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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

IGS poll: Californians support stronger climate-change rules

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 08:00
Californians support stronger efforts to fight climate change by requiring more electricity to come from renewable resources and cutting gasoline use in half, according to a new poll from UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS).

New material captures and converts carbon into useful chemicals

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 14:44
Organic frameworks could help remove and convert carbon pollution

Millet Project shows grain isn’t just for the birds

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:00
Berkeley cultivates the drought-tolerant nutritious grain, a good fit for California

More gentrification, displacement in Bay Area forecast

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 08:25
Berkeley experts mapping out the Bay Area's housing scene see a high-income enclave, without

Experiment attempts to snare a dark energy ‘chameleon’

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:00
Physicists search for deviations from normal gravity

Sprouting this fall: A new minor in food systems

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 10:52
New this fall at UC Berkeley is a minor in food systems, which will explore the role of food within the environment and society.

Biologists discover skydiving spiders in South American forests

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 21:19
One type of neotropical spider is able to maneuver as it falls

$100,000 competition to stimulate innovative clean technology

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 16:57
Berkeley CUP shares campus's start-up ecosystem nationally

Campanile bones hold climate-change clues

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 10:00
For more than 100 years, the tower has housed prehistoric fossils from the La Brea tar pits. Now climate-change researchers are finding them a priceless source of information.

Pursuing charm in a singularly unfeminine profession

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 08:00
Physicist Mary K. Gaillard's new book chronicles her trials and tribulations in a male-dominated field

Methane enshrouds nearby Jupiter-like exoplanet

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 11:00
Gemini Planet Imager finds first exoplanet in quest to understand planet formation

Octopus shows unique hunting, social and sexual behavior

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:00
Unusual hunting and mating behavior in Central American octopus

Octopus genome reveals cephalopod secrets

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:00
Genome helps track genetic roots of octopus camouflage and nervous system

Blodgett researcher seeks ways to lower wildfire risk on tree farms

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 12:07
California's own forestry regulations may be part of what helps fuel wildfires, according to a recent report on Capitol Public Radio. Studies at UC Berkeley's Blodgett Forest Research Station aim to change that.

Clearing habitat surrounding farm fields fails to reduce pathogens

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 12:00
In some cases, this effort to improve the safety of produce may even backfire

Pupil shape linked to animals’ place in ecological web

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 11:00
Hunters have vertical slits; the hunted, horizontal

Is drought killing California’s giant sequoias?

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 14:06
California's giant sequoias are showing signs of stress — likely from severe drought — and UC Berkeley tree biologist Anthony Ambrose is leading a team of scientists that hopes to prevent die off of these massive trees.

Siebel brings major energy presence to Berkeley

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 12:01
The Siebel Energy Institute, a global university consortium focused on smart energy, marked its debut today by announcing 24 research grants nearing $1 million. The winning proposals, many of them led by Berkeley faculty, will accelerate improved performance in modern energy systems.

World’s quietest gas lets physicists hear faint quantum effects

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 11:23
Low-entropy gas lets physicists model high-temperature superconductors