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Chemical Footprinting: New tools for tracking green chemistry business practices

News from the GreenChemBlog - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 09:43
Chemical Footprinting: Identifying Hidden Liabilities in Manufacturing Consumer Products In an unassuming low-rise in the Boston suburbs, Mark Rossi tinkers with a colorful dashboard on his laptop screen while his border collie putters around his feet. Rossi is the founder of BizNGO and Clean Production Action, two nonprofit collaborations of business and environmental groups to […]

Neuroscientist works to see through Alzheimer’s disease

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 12:28
If early intervention is key, then so is the ability to detect even the slightest sign of neurological damage. UC Berkeley neuroscientist William Jagust is using statistical and computational approaches to refine PET scan sensitivity to identify a possible Alzheimer precursor.

Citizen science helps predict spread of sudden oak death

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 00:01
Efforts to predict the emergence and spread of sudden oak death, an infectious tree-killing disease, have gotten a big boost from the work of grassroots volunteers. A joint study led by researchers at UC Berkeley and NC State reveals that years of data from SOD Blitz, a survey project in which volunteers are trained to identify symptoms of sudden oak death, led to better predictive models of the disease's spread.

Al Gore at UC Berkeley: ‘Democracy has been hacked’

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 14:07
In an impassioned campus speech, former Vice President Al Gore urged nearly 400 UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members to "stop tolerating the destruction of humankind" and the environment and to redouble their efforts to stop climate change.

Did dinosaur-killing asteroid trigger largest lava flows on Earth?

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:30
The asteroid that slammed into the ocean off Mexico 66 million years ago and killed off the dinosaurs probably rang the Earth like a bell, triggering volcanic eruptions around the globe, according to a team of UC Berkeley geophysicists. The impact may have re-ignited the eruptions at the Deccan Traps, initiating the largest lava flows on Earth.

Fossils help identify marine life that may be at high risk of extinction today

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:00
Seth Finnegan, assistant professor of integrative biology, led an international study of marine extinctions over the past 23 million years to better understand the "natural" extinction risk in groups ranging from mammals to corals. Their findings can help guide conservation efforts in today's oceans.

Opinion: Should you listen to Dr. Oz?

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 14:19
As celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz faces new scrutiny from the medical profession, the longtime chair of the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter, John Swartzberg, applauds a recent study analyzing health recommendations offered on TV's two most popular medical talk shows.

Al Gore’s climate change talk today will be livestreamed

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 14:33
Former Vice President Al Gore, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and best-selling author on climate change, will speak at UC Berkeley today (April 29) at 12:30 p.m. The event will be livestreamed.

Robotic telescope discovers three super-Earth planetary neighbors

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 13:00
Using a robotic telescope at Lick Observatory that scans the sky night after night, UC Berkeley graduate student Lauren Weiss and her colleagues at the University of Hawaii have discovered three planets – supersized Earths ‑ around a nearby star.

The high environmental price of cooling off with air conditioners

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 12:33
Staying cool is good but there’s a wealth of fallout. The demand for more “AC” will also cause consumers to use more electricity causing stress on energy prices, infrastructure, and environmental policy, according to a new study from the Haas School of Business.

Five Berkeley scientists named to National Academy

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 12:03
The National Academy of Sciences on April 28 elected five UC Berkeley faculty members to its ranks, raising the number of members on campus to 143. They are Martin Head-Gordon and Daniel Neumark of chemistry; Eva Nogales and Jeremy Thorner of molecular and cell biology; and Jitendra Malik of electrical engineering and computer sciences.

Why the Nepalese quake was so destructive

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 13:28
The earthquake that ripped across Nepal and its neighbors on Saturday was the world's strongest quake so far this year. Scientists on UC Berkeley's Seismo Blog look at what caused it and why it was so devastating.

Astronomers join forces to speed discovery of habitable worlds

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 08:39
UC Berkeley astronomer James Graham is leading a coalition of planet-searchers in an effort to more efficiently find habitable planets around other stars, and perhaps extraterrestrial life itself. The project is one of 16 funded by NASA's new NExSS (Nexus for Exoplanet System Science) initiative.

The Future of Coal Passes Through Kosovo: op-ed from UC Berkeley’s Noah Kittner and Daniel Kammen

News from the GreenChemBlog - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 18:21
BCGC affiliates Noah Kittner and Daniel Kammen argue that coal is the wrong energy source for Kosovo, environmentally and economically

Nanowire-bacteria hybrid converts carbon dioxide into plastic

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 15:53
Chemists Peidong Yang, Christopher Chang and Michelle Chang have created a nanowire structure that captures carbon dioxide from the air and, with the help of sunlight, makes acetate, a building block for plastics and other chemicals. The researchers call it a "revolutionary leap forward in the field of artificial photosynthesis."

Doudna among Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 08:32
Time magazine has named Jennifer Doudna, a professor of molecular and cell biology, to its 2015 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The list also includes President Barack Obama, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and rapper Kanye West.

Opinion: Seismo Blog details Bay Area quake risk

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 13:19
In its 100th entry since its launch in 2008, the UC Berkeley Seismology Laboratory’s “Seismo Blog” offers an up-to-date, more detailed map of earthquake risk in the larger San Francisco Bay Area.

What happens when you put a hummingbird in a wind tunnel?

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 08:00
KQED producer Sheraz Sadiq joined UC Berkeley postdoctoral researcher Victor Ortega in Robert Dudley’s Animal Flight Laboratory to film hummingbirds in action for a “Deep Look” segment, “What Happens When You Put a Hummingbird in a Wind Tunnel?”

Capturing Chromium(VI): Abby Knight is using a new class of molecules to remove metals from groundwater and blood

News from the GreenChemBlog - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 23:21
Abby Knight is using innovative chemistry to clean up contaminated groundwater

New target for anticancer drugs: RNA

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 08:00
UC Berkeley researchers Jamie Cate and Amy Lee have found that a subset of messenger RNAs – many of which have been linked to cancer – have unique tags that make them promising targets for anticancer drugs. These short RNA tags bind to a protein, eIF3, that regulates translation at the ribosome.