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Like all mammals, the Neanderthals breast fed their babies. Scientists wanted to know: For how long? In a new report in Nature, researchers from UC Berkeley and other institutions say the answer can be found in the fossilized tooth of an eight-year old Neanderthal child, discovered in a Belgian cave. KQED's science blog reports.
At the request of California Gov. Jerry Brown, UC Berkeley biologist Tony Barnosky prepared with 15 other scientists a consensus statement about the environmental problems endangering Earth and what policy makers should do about it, and garnered more than 500 signatures before presenting it to Brown on May 23.
Whether we’re listening to Bach or the blues, our brains are wired to make music-color connections depending on how the melodies make us feel, according to new research from UC Berkeley. For instance, Mozart’s jaunty Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major is most often associated with bright yellow and orange, whereas his somber Requiem in D minor is more likely to be linked to dark, bluish gray.
Three young faculty members - Nicole King, Michael Rape & Russell Vance - have won the most sought-after appointment for a researcher at any American university: as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. The institute will pay their salaries in the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology and provide research funding, freeing them from constant application for federal research grants.
Some 44 years ago, the late chemist Melvin Calvin and colleagues at the Space Sciences Laboratory analyzed moon dust brought back by Apollo 11 and 12, published a paper, and then stashed the dust on a shelf. Archivists at Berkeley Lab rediscovered the precious material, vacuum sealed in a jar, and have returned it to NASA.
UC Berkeley cooperative extension specialist Peggy Lemaux's efforts to engineer crops to reduce malnutrition in developing countries.will be featured in a half-hour program, "Next Meal: Engineering Food," that will be shown on KQED's Quest on Wednesday. The program explores the pros and cons of GM crops, as well as the future of research and regulation.
Most physicists suspect that antimatter and normal matter weigh the same, that is, they are affected the same way by gravity. No direct measurements exist, however, that prove they do. UC Berkeley scientists, part of the ALPHA collaboration at CERN, are working on just such an experiment and have some very rough results.
Physicist Fabiola Gianotti, co-discoverer of the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, will deliver a free public lecture, “The Higgs Boson and Our Life.” The talk is part of a 3-day celebration of UC Berkeley physicist Bruno Zumino, whose theory of supersymmetry has emerged as a possible explanation for the variety of fundamental particles seen in nature.
A contact lens on the bathroom floor, an escaped hamster in the backyard, a car key in a bed of gravel: How are we able to focus so sharply to find that proverbial needle in a haystack? UC Berkeley scientists have discovered that when we embark on a targeted search, various visual and non-visual regions of the brain mobilize to track down a person, animal or thing.
Jay Keasling, a professor of biochemical engineering, associate laboratory director at Berkeley Lab, CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute and director of the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center, is the recipient of the 2013 George Washington Carver Award for innovation in industrial biotechnology. The award is presented annually by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).