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Breakout: How black hole jets punch out of their galaxies

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 16:01
Astronomers solve mystery of jets produced by supermassive black holes

Study finds global legalization trial escalates elephant poaching

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 01:00
Does legalization really make black markets collapse? New research looking at ivory trade raises questions.

Climate change could trigger tropical evacuations, researchers advise

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 06:00
Big changes in store for tropical populations as Earth's temperatures climb

UC Carbon Neutrality Project launched with $300,000 donation

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 06/03/2016 - 13:15
UC system to advance continued commitment to sustainability, combating climate change

New radio map of Jupiter reveals what’s beneath colorful clouds

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 11:00
View nearly 100 kilometers into the atmosphere shows immense plumes of ammonia

Universe expanding faster than expected

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 08:20
A new, precise measurement of how fast the universe is expanding doesn’t agree with predictions based on our current understanding of the physics of the cosmos

Towards Sustainable ‘Biofriendly’ Materials for Additive Manufacturing

News from the GreenChemBlog - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 18:04
Our Greener Solutions student’s work with Autodesk has been highlighted in a 3 part in-depth series on the Autodesk Spark site. Check out the first, second, and third blog posts on the Autodesk site, and you can read the Greener Solutions team’s original report here. Filed under: Environmental Chemistry

Jacobs Hall, designing for real-world problems

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 10:45
UC Berkeley's new Jacobs Hall was the site of nearly 30 courses this past spring, with enrollments totaling roughly 1,700. Many of these courses put designing for real-world problems at the center of the syllabus.

Japanese-language MyShake app crowdsources earthquake shaking

UC Berkeley Science News - Sat, 05/21/2016 - 17:30
Berkeley scientists hope to tap seismically active Japan to test MyShake app

An energy strategy that can take the heat

UC Berkeley Science News - 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

UC Berkeley Science News - 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

UC Berkeley Science News - 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

UC Berkeley Science News - 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

UC Berkeley Science News - 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

UC Berkeley Science News - 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

UC Berkeley Science News - 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

UC Berkeley Science News - 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

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 11:24
Mapping molecules with atomic precision is helping expand the toolbox for designing new catalytic reactions

Alternatives assessment frameworks

News from the GreenChemBlog - Wed, 03/09/2016 - 07:36
A big part of implementing green chemistry in industry is the task of identifying and selecting product or process chemistries that are safer, less resource-intensive, and also functionally better than those we currently use. That involves complex judgments and comparisons with many dimensions. Figuring out how to make multifaceted comparisons to support scientifically informed judgments […]