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‘Six things I learned at COP21 about carbon removal’

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 11:06
"U.N. negotiators understand the magnitude of the climate change problem, and have left space for carbon removal to contribute to climate action in the future," writes 2015 Berkeley grad Noah Deich in a blog post looking at the Paris Agreement.

World’s most sensitive dark matter detector gets even better

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 09:00
Dark matter experiment in abandoned South Dakota gold mine is searching for elusive WIMPs

A shift to carbon capture

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 12:04
Scientists and regulators are placing increased emphasis on carbon removal and sequestration, and UC Berkeley is focused on the mission.

Future conditional: Artists and designers at COP21

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 13:56
ArtCOP21, at the Paris climate talks, brought together artists and a plan: “To truly meet the climate challenge, we need to get creative.” Associate Vice Chancellor for the Arts and Design Shannon Jackson reports from the scene.

CRISPR-Cas9 helps uncover genetics of exotic organisms

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 10:00
Genome editing helps reveal how key animal genes set up segmented body plan

UC awards catalyze interdisciplinary research on Berkeley campus

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 15:33
Four Research Catalyst Awards from UC's Office of the President will stimulate inter-campus collaboration

Human gene editing is easier than ever. But is it ethical?

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 16:32
Experts from around the world gathered recently for a summit looking at the rapidly changing possibilities of human gene editing. UC Berkeley's Charis Thompson, who spoke at the meeting, summarizes positions taken on a key question: the ethics of creating permanent, hereditary changes in the human genome.

How UC is playing a unique role on climate change

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 12:12
As scientists and leaders at the Paris climate summit try to map out responses to global warming, evidence grows that the world is beginning to follow California's lead, and UC is key to the state's efforts.

As nations talk, California shows how states and cities can cut emissions

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 09:44
Ethan Elkind of UC Berkeley's Center for Law, Energy and the Environment is in Paris for the COP21 climate summit, helping to get cities and states to commit to aggressive greenhouse gas reductions. He talks about this California-led initiative in a Q&A.

UC Berkeley scientists key members of Gov. Brown’s climate team

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 09:50
California Gov. Jerry Brown is headed to Paris this weekend for the two-week global climate summit, prepped for his meetings by a team of scientists almost entirely from the UC system, including two from UC Berkeley.

Dire climate forecast inspires upbeat film about solutions for a warmer ‘Tomorrow’

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 17:07
Anthony Barnosky's warning of climate tipping point inspires French filmmakers to focus on solutions for 'Tomorrow'

UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab and Tsinghua team up to tackle climate change

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 12:17
Institutions establish Berkeley Tsinghua Joint Research Center on Energy and Climate Change

Notes from Paris: COP21 initial impressions

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 11:58
Reporting from Paris on Day 2 of the U.N. climate summit, 2015 Berkeley grad Noah Deich describes enthusiastic support for climate action in principle, and under-the-radar interest in removing carbon already in the atmosphere, through sequestration and other technologies.

One grad student’s story: from English lit to global climate talks

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 11:30
Valeri Vasquez is a graduate student with UC Berkeley's Energy and Resources Group. She is taking time off from her graduate work to spend time is Paris, acting as counselor to the co-chair of the United Nations climate negotiations, Daniel Reifsnyder.

CRISPR inventor calls for pause in editing heritable genes

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 11:43
At international summit in Washington Dec. 1-3, Jennifer Doudna and others discuss the ethical and societal issues surrounding germline gene editing

Exiled exoplanet likely kicked out of star’s neighborhood

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 09:55
An exoplanet unusually far from its star may have been kicked out of its birthplace, Gemini Planet Imager reveals

Grad student, ‘excited and curious,’ heads for climate summit

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 12:52
Graduate student Ian Bolliger, who studies climate change and its effects on snowpack and water management — and is part of a Berkeley team designing a sustainable tiny house — discusses the 2015 U.N. climate summit and related events he'll attend in Paris.

Missing link between turbulence in collapsing star, hypernovae and gamma-ray bursts

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 09:00
A supercomputer simulation shows how turbulence in a collapsing star can fuel a hypernova explosion and bright gamma-ray burst

In Rim Fire’s wake, fungi hold hope for rebirth

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 13:59
New research points the way for forest regneration after the catastrophic 2013 Yosemite fire

‘Connector hubs’ are the champions of brain coordination

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 02:00
To hit a fastball, or perform other complex tasks, these hubs do most of the heavy lifting