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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

Breastfeeding is good for yet another reason, researchers discover

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:06
Antibodies in breast milk help shape newborns' immune systems

Top graduating senior finds nirvana in pure math

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 11:00
University Medalist Kaavya Valiveti is breaking gender barriers in a male-dominated field

Study finds human activity is major factor driving wildfires

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 08:23
Berkeley, George Washington study finds human development patterns as important as climate change in causing California wildfires

Campus team honored in EPA RainWorks contest

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 11:02
A UC Berkeley student team took second place in the E.P.A.'s Campus Rainworks Challenge, a competition looking for innovative stormwater-management solutions on college campuses. The plan would revamp a problematic stretch of Strawberry Creek to reduce flooding, restore ecological diversity and provide a site for teaching and learning.

Ashok Gadgil, and the search for smarter water, energy strategies

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 10:59
Climate change will mean droughts that could prove catastrophic in some regions, says the Berkeley professor who is leading the U.S. side of a new $64 million collaboration with China to develop ways to conserve water in energy production and use.

Birgeneau wins prestigious National Science Board award

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:25
UC Berkeley chancellor emeritus wins Vannevar Bush Award for extraordinary public service, scientific leadership and relentless support for equity and inclusion in higher education.

Do gut microbes shape our evolution?

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 10:51
Biologist proposes that microbiota can steer a host's evolution in new directions

Mellon Foundation extends funding for Global Urban Humanities Initiative

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 16:24
A quest for new ways of understanding urban form and experience.

Study helps map path to improved cassava production

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 12:36
A new analysis of the genetic diversity of cassava will help improve strategies for breeding disease resistance and climate tolerance into the root crop, a staple and major source of calories for a billion people