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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

$1.2 million to ramp up earthquake early warning system

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 14:45
Total of $4 million to ramp up West Coast warning system

Building better birdhouses

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 12:30
Students together at the College of Environmental Design to learn design and construction skills in a project to help birds nesting in the Bay Area.

Scientists urge ban on salamander imports to fend off new fungus

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:00
Biologists call for immediate ban on salamander imports

Dawson, de Pater named fellows of American Geophysical Union

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 10:00
Plant ecologist, planetary astronomer honored by American Geophysical Union

Is your iPhone ruining your eyes?

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:18

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.