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To improve Beijing’s air quality, cut household fuel use too

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 12:00
Homes, not just cars and power plants, are big air polluters, new study shows

‘Dark vortex’ confirmed on Neptune

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 12:18
Berkeley astronomers use Hubble Space Telescope to study cloud convection on our distant neighbor

Breakout: How black hole jets punch out of their galaxies

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 16:01
Astronomers solve mystery of jets produced by supermassive black holes

Study finds global legalization trial escalates elephant poaching

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 01:00
Does legalization really make black markets collapse? New research looking at ivory trade raises questions.

Climate change could trigger tropical evacuations, researchers advise

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 06:00
Big changes in store for tropical populations as Earth's temperatures climb

UC Carbon Neutrality Project launched with $300,000 donation

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 13:15
UC system to advance continued commitment to sustainability, combating climate change

New radio map of Jupiter reveals what’s beneath colorful clouds

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 11:00
View nearly 100 kilometers into the atmosphere shows immense plumes of ammonia

Universe expanding faster than expected

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 08:20
A new, precise measurement of how fast the universe is expanding doesn’t agree with predictions based on our current understanding of the physics of the cosmos

Jacobs Hall, designing for real-world problems

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 10:45
UC Berkeley's new Jacobs Hall was the site of nearly 30 courses this past spring, with enrollments totaling roughly 1,700. Many of these courses put designing for real-world problems at the center of the syllabus.

Japanese-language MyShake app crowdsources earthquake shaking

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 17:30
Berkeley scientists hope to tap seismically active Japan to test MyShake app

An energy strategy that can take the heat

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 09:44
Per Peterson, professor of nuclear engineering, is working with molten salts as part of a joint U.S.-China research project, CERC-WET, that aims to advance technologies to improve thermoelectric power generation while reducing the need for water in the process.

Beware of microbial traffic jams

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 08:20
Biophysicist Oskar Hallatscheck finds that rapidly proliferating yeast pack quite a punch

$40 million to establish early-universe observatory in Chile

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 11:00
Simons Foundation partners with Heising-Simons Foundation to support multi-university collaboration

Scientists decipher opening dance steps of DNA and its partner

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:00
Scientists use electron microscopy to show how cellular machinery unwinds DNA

Star has four mini-Neptunes orbiting in lock step

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:00
Simulation shows how planets migrate inward during evolution of a star system

Fox squirrels’ tell-tail signs of frustration

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 10:00
When nuts are out of reach, squirrels flick their tails and start problem-solving

Calscape website helps Californians bring back native plants

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 14:13
The campus's Jepson Herbarium has joined with the California Native Plant Society to create Calscape, an online tool to help homeowners replace lawns and other water-thirsty plants with native California species.

Hazards and opportunities in the pipeline

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 11:39
UC Berkeley environmental engineer David Sedlak tracks chemical contaminants in urban water systems, and says aging systems are not up to the challenge of providing us with clean water these days. What’s needed, he says, is nothing short of a revolution in water technology.

Atomic force microscope reveals chemical ghosts

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 11:24
Mapping molecules with atomic precision is helping expand the toolbox for designing new catalytic reactions