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Carolyn Bertozzi, Peidong Yang receive Lawrence Award from DOE

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 08:00
Top honor from energy department goes to transformative chemists

It don’t mean a thing if the brain ain’t got that swing

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 08:00
New study paves way for treating brain disorders

Simple technology makes CRISPR gene editing cheaper

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 09:00
Technique can quickly turn entire genomes into thousands of probes

Newfound groups of bacteria are mixing up the tree of life

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 18:36
Jill Banfield, professor of EPS and ESPM, and grad student Christopher Brown discovered a large number of new groups or phyla of bacteria, suggesting that the branches on the tree of life need some rearranging. The more than 35 new phyla equal in number all the plant and animal phyla combined.

Ashvin Vishwanath, Ian Agol named Simons Investigators

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 15:06
$100,000, five-year grants support research in math and physics

World’s science journalists are coming to Berkeley in 2017

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 12:33
The 2017 meeting of the World Federation of Science Journalists will be held in San Francisco, co-hosted by UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco.

Enigmatic dark matter may not be as strange as we think

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 08:49
A new theory proposed by Hitoshi Murayama and others says dark matter — the glue of the universe — may be similar to well-known pions

Genome analysis pinpoints arrival and spread of first Americans

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 10:00
Siberians moved into North America less than 23,000 years ago

Internet investor Yuri Milner joins with Berkeley in $100 million search for extraterrestrial intelligence

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 04:00
In search of extraterrestrial intelligence in the universe: Internet investor Yuri Milner joins with Berkeley to vastly expand the effort

New technique allows study of clouds in 3-D

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 12:35
With two off-the-shelf digital cameras situated about 1 kilometer apart, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists David Romps and Rusen Oktem are collecting three-dimensional data on cloud behavior that have never been possible to collect before. Romps is also an assistant professor of earth and planetary science at Berkeley.

Curbing America’s ‘addiction’ to air conditioning

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 12:35
Modern America is afflicted with an “addiction to air conditioning,” says Gail Brager, UC Berkeley architecture professor and associate director of the Center for the Built Envornment. And that dependence, she adds, has consequences for

Q&A: The high cost of marijuana’s ‘quasi-legal’ status

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 12:00
In a Q&A on a new study showing that marijuana growers are harming California's environment, coauthor Mary Power, a UC Berkeley scientist, talks about environmental damage, inconsistent laws and the difference between growing pot to make a living or to make a killing.

Cold-blooded animals find it hard to adjust to global warming

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 14:34
Cold-blooded and other animals that are unable to regulate their internal temperature may have a hard time tolerating global warming, according to an analysis by biologists Alex Gunderson and Jonathon Stillman from UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University.

The sleep-deprived brain can mistake friends for foes

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 14:00
If you can't tell a smile from a scowl, you're probably not getting enough sleep

Karen Chapple to talk on ties between state tax policy, environmental goals

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 07:00
In Bacon Lectureship, planning professor will explore links between taxes, climate goals.

Ultra-low-cost solution to a big water problem

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 17:00
Engineering grad student's proposal for cleaning up toxic groundwater in India wins Designing Solutions for Poverty contest.

An art folly, ‘Invisible Barn,’ materializes in Sagehen woods

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 16:27
Berkeley's Sagehen Creek Field Station a barn covered with reflective panels that make the structure nearly disappear among the surrounding pines. A similar structure was first installed in NYC last year as an art folly, but the enthusiasm of Sagehen director Jeff Brown convinced the firm to bring the art piece to Truckee.

Research profile: Small salmon, big threat

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 16:14
Drought and the growing water demands of agriculture and a changing climate are creating a “knife edge” of survival for young salmon and steelhead, says UC Berkeley fish ecologist Stephanie Carlson. She is working to determine minimum water levels needed to sustain the fish.

Bats do it, dolphins do it. Now humans can do it, too.

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 12:00
UC Berkeley physicists have used graphene to build lightweight ultrasonic loudspeakers and microphones, enabling people to mimic bats or dolphins’ ability to use sound to communicate and gauge the distance and speed of objects around them.

Add water and ‘resurrection plants’ spring to life in seconds

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 11:30
KQED's "Deep Look" team visited UC Berkeley's University and Jepson Herbaria to learn about so-called "resurrection plants" from one of the world's moss experts, Brent Mishler, director of the herbaria and a professor of integrative biology.