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Scientists unveil dramatic new portrait of Jupiter

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 10/14/2015 - 12:10
The giant planet's Great Red Spot is shrinking, astronomers find

Watch Berkeley’s famous flesh-eating beetles in action

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 10/14/2015 - 11:33
KQED Science seized on Halloween as a good reason to visit UC Berkeley's Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and make a video of its flesh-eating beetles quietly doing their thing: cleaning the bones bound for the museum's huge collection of preserved critters.

Organic produce means reduced pesticides in kids, study shows

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 15:31
New research out of the Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health at UC Berkeley shows that switching from conventional to organic fruits and vegetables, even for just a few days, significantly reduces pesticide levels in children's bodies.

NIH rewards high-risk research by two young faculty

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 08:00
Two assistant professors named NIH New innovators

‘Blind analysis’ could reduce bias in social science research

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 06:00
Researchers urged to adopt technique common in physics

Cool Campus Challenge kicks off

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 10:00
Ten campuses. Ten years. One goal: carbon neutrality by 2025. The Cool Campus Challenge is on.

DOE selects UC Berkeley to lead U.S.-China energy and water consortium

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 07:30
Bilateral investment in clean energy related to water to total $50 million over five years

Asteroid impact, volcanism were one-two punch for dinosaurs

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 11:00
Berkeley geologists have uncovered compelling evidence that an asteroid impact on Earth 66 million years ago accelerated the eruptions of volcanoes in India for hundreds of thousands of years, and that together these planet-wide catastrophes

BCGC in the news!

News from the GreenChemBlog - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 09:14
BCGC students and their work have been making big waves in national media. Check out these great articles and get caught up on what everyone at BCGC is up to these days: The Greener Solutions course was highlighted on TakePart.com and picked up by Yahoo News! Noah Kittner, a SAGE fellow, co-wrote a letter to the editor […]

Chemist Peidong Yang receives MacArthur ‘genius award’

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 09/28/2015 - 21:00
Synthetic leaf project aims to convert sunlight into fuel

Berkeley to lead $12.3M study of crop drought tolerance

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 09/28/2015 - 08:00
Unlocking the secrets of sorghum's ability to survive water deprivation is becoming more important with climate change

Bittman heads into the fields with children’s health researcher

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 09/25/2015 - 11:31
In his new California Matters video, journalist Mark Bittman ventures into the fields of the Salinas Valley with UC Berkeley health researcher Brenda Eskenazi to learn more about her work linking pesticide exposure to children's health problems.

Scientists win $6.4 million to crack the code of smell navigation

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 14:00
Researchers to create a smellscape to study how critters map their environment

How the coal-export wars came to Oakland

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 11:07
In seeking an alternative route to Asian markets, coal's path from Utah to China via West Coast ports has hit a snag: citizen activism. On the blog Legal Planet, Berkeley Law's Mark Belleville shares the backstory on a controversial plan for the former Oakland Army Base.

VW’s Deepwater Horizon?

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 15:37
What is the optimal fine for deterring car manufacturers from cheating on smog-emissions tests, as Volkswagen just admitted to? Resource economist Auffhammer performs some back-of-the-envelope calculations, in a recent blog post.

Architecture professor sees lessons in changing Chinese cities

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 13:00
Author says Chinese cities may offer new design strategies for urban identity, sustainability.

El Niño: Relief for California, disaster for the tropics?

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 09:58
Scientists are predicting an El Niño — one likely to bring considerable suffering in the tropics. But this time around we have more scientific understanding of the likely human toll, and more tools to mitigate the damages — write Berkeley expert Solomon Hsian and coauthor Kyle Meng, in a recent op-ed.

Mobile app would bring earthquake early warning to all

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 09/21/2015 - 15:48
How an early warning system really works

What the Inuit can tell us about omega-3 fats and ‘paleo’ diets

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 11:00
Their traditional diet is held up as an example of how omega-3 fats can counterbalance the bad health effects of a high-fat diet, but a new study hints that what’s true for the Inuit may not be true for everyone else.

Project taps amateur botanists for green treasure hunt

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 09/16/2015 - 08:11
Botanists in UC Berkeley’s herbaria hosted a plant treasure hunt this past spring to tap the expertise of the California Native Plant Society, hoping to locate, map and collect some of the state’s rare and