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Saul Perlmutter to lead dark energy team on NASA’s new WFIRST mission

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 13:10
New NASA mission will unravel secrets of dark energy and dark matter, and explore evolution of the cosmos

Faster, more accurate tsunami warnings with GPS

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 02/16/2016 - 16:06
Instruments already in place around the world could allow nearly 20 minutes more to evacuate coastal areas, UC Berkeley seismologists report.

New app turns smartphones into worldwide seismic network

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 12:00
MyShake Android app crowdsources ground shaking from smartphone accelerometers

Worldwide bee epidemic linked to human cause: colony trafficking

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 12:30
Deformed wing virus spread by global movement of European bee colonies

Cockroach inspires robot that squeezes through cracks

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 13:00
Roaches are even creepier when you see them disappearing through tiny crevices. But Berkeley biologists find this ability inspiration for search-and-rescue robots

White House renews commitment to earthquake early warning system designed at UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 14:12
Moore Foundation commits additional funds to developing ShakeAlert system

Can slow creep along thrust faults help forecast megaquakes?

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 15:05
In Japan and areas like the Pacific Northwest where megathrust earthquakes are common, scientists may be able to better forecast large quakes based on periodic increases and decreases in the rate of slow, quiet slipping

Coming this spring: Cal Day, politics, innovation and BAMPFA’s new digs

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 14:00
American politics, innovative thinkers, artistic luminaries and our annual open house are just a few of the events happening at Berkeley this spring. Serial podcast creator Sarah Koenig talks binge-worthy journalism, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to campus, poets and writers discuss their work and Chancellor Dirks talks with top innovators.

Outgoing executive director Marty Mulvihill reflects on five years with BCGC

News from the GreenChemBlog - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 13:09
I first fell in love with molecules in my sophomore organic chemistry course. I remember commenting to my lab partner that organic chemistry problems were much more interesting than crossword puzzles, and they should be included in newspapers (with spelling as poor as mine, crosswords were never very fun). After failing to convince others of […]

A new approach to filtering water: graphene

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 14:54
Growing up amid dry lake beds in China, Baoxia Mi knew that water was not something to take for granted. Now a civil and environmental engineering professor at Berkeley, Mi is pioneering research in cheaper, energy-efficient ways to purify water using graphene.

Feeling smug about your solar rooftop? Not so fast

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 11:40
If you've installed solar panels on your roof, "there’s a good chance someone else has purchased your halo and is wearing it right now." So writes resource economist Severin Borenstein, in a post on the Berkeley Blog.

Chemical safety information online

News from the GreenChemBlog - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 12:55
Last year, PubChem introduced a new feature called Laboratory Chemical Safety Summary (LCSS). This is a new way to get the type of health & safety information normally found in material safety data sheets (MSDS)—except that you may find even more information, more easily. As of today, 3,290 compounds have LCSS information available in the database, […]

Outgoing Berkeley Lab director to take research helm at UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 11:00
Paul Alivisatos, recent recipient of the National Medal of Science, is a nanotech pioneer and entrepreneur

After repeated pounding, antihydrogen reveals its charge: zero

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 11:00
Search for differences between matter and antimatter turns to beach-ball science

Advance improves cutting and pasting with CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 11:00
UC Berkeley researchers have made a major improvement in CRISPR-Cas9 technology that achieves an unprecedented success rate of 60 percent when replacing a short stretch of DNA with another. The improved technique is especially useful

The state, the drought and El Niño: It’s complicated

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 14:30
Just last year, researchers were saying there was no end in sight for California’s drought. But things are looking up, with the arrival of El Niño. Berkeley professor and geologist B. Lynn Ingram discusses what the climate could have in store for us.

Growth rings on rocks give up North American climate secrets

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 13:00
Detailed analysis covering the past 120,000 years reveals new pattern of wetter-than-normal summers

Will computers ever truly understand what we’re saying?

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 09:57
Brain scans during communication game pinpoint areas where minds meet