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DOE selects UC Berkeley to lead U.S.-China energy and water consortium

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 07:30
Bilateral investment in clean energy related to water to total $50 million over five years

Asteroid impact, volcanism were one-two punch for dinosaurs

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 11:00
Berkeley geologists have uncovered compelling evidence that an asteroid impact on Earth 66 million years ago accelerated the eruptions of volcanoes in India for hundreds of thousands of years, and that together these planet-wide catastrophes

Chemist Peidong Yang receives MacArthur ‘genius award’

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 21:00
Synthetic leaf project aims to convert sunlight into fuel

Berkeley to lead $12.3M study of crop drought tolerance

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 08:00
Unlocking the secrets of sorghum's ability to survive water deprivation is becoming more important with climate change

Bittman heads into the fields with children’s health researcher

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 11:31
In his new California Matters video, journalist Mark Bittman ventures into the fields of the Salinas Valley with UC Berkeley health researcher Brenda Eskenazi to learn more about her work linking pesticide exposure to children's health problems.

Scientists win $6.4 million to crack the code of smell navigation

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 14:00
Researchers to create a smellscape to study how critters map their environment

How the coal-export wars came to Oakland

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 11:07
In seeking an alternative route to Asian markets, coal's path from Utah to China via West Coast ports has hit a snag: citizen activism. On the blog Legal Planet, Berkeley Law's Mark Belleville shares the backstory on a controversial plan for the former Oakland Army Base.

VW’s Deepwater Horizon?

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 15:37
What is the optimal fine for deterring car manufacturers from cheating on smog-emissions tests, as Volkswagen just admitted to? Resource economist Auffhammer performs some back-of-the-envelope calculations, in a recent blog post.

Architecture professor sees lessons in changing Chinese cities

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 13:00
Author says Chinese cities may offer new design strategies for urban identity, sustainability.

El Niño: Relief for California, disaster for the tropics?

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 09:58
Scientists are predicting an El Niño — one likely to bring considerable suffering in the tropics. But this time around we have more scientific understanding of the likely human toll, and more tools to mitigate the damages — write Berkeley expert Solomon Hsian and coauthor Kyle Meng, in a recent op-ed.

Mobile app would bring earthquake early warning to all

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 15:48
How an early warning system really works

What the Inuit can tell us about omega-3 fats and ‘paleo’ diets

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 11:00
Their traditional diet is held up as an example of how omega-3 fats can counterbalance the bad health effects of a high-fat diet, but a new study hints that what’s true for the Inuit may not be true for everyone else.

Project taps amateur botanists for green treasure hunt

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 08:11
Botanists in UC Berkeley’s herbaria hosted a plant treasure hunt this past spring to tap the expertise of the California Native Plant Society, hoping to locate, map and collect some of the state’s rare and

‘The fires just keep coming’

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 16:06
Wildfires are becoming a year-round thing in California, because of drought and climate change. The state needs to up its forestry game in response.

Scientific literacy: It’s not (just) about facts

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 10:02
In a piece about scientific literacy, psychology professor Tania Lombrozo discusses public knowledge of scientific concepts and facts, as revealed by recent polls, on "13.7," an NPR blog.

How the Golden State got so green

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 11:00
Professor finds California’s most important lesson may be its demonstration of the links between economic growth and environmental protection.

How to beat the climate crisis? Start with carrots

Thu, 09/10/2015 - 11:00
Researchers say promotion of clean energy helps build key political coalitions

Tribal elder brings water history to life for students

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 13:40
In a course on western water history, Paiute tribal elder Harry Williams shares his knowledge of ancient ditches in California's Owens Valley, site of pivotal, early water wars. Students' research "will help us fight for the water rights of our people,” he says.

Lasker Award for immunotherapy derived from UC Berkeley research

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 10:02
Discovery unleashes immune system to fight cancer

CT scan of Earth links deep mantle plumes with volcanic hotspots

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 10:00
Rising plumes of rock in Earth's mantle linked to volcanic hotspots