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Mars to lose its largest moon, but gain a ring

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 18:00
In 10-20 million years, Phobos will get so close to Mars that it'll be shredded into a ring

Dan Kammen: ‘The stakes are high’

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 16:26
Dan Kammen, professor of energy at Berkeley and a climate adviser to the Obama administration, has participated in numerous international climate negotiations since 2001. In a Q&A with Berkeley News, he shares hopes and predictions about the upcoming COP21 summit in Paris.

Decade-long volcanic eruptions may not have caused global extinctions

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 09:00
Sulfur emissions from years-long lava eruptions, one of the proposed causes of massive die-offs in earth's history, may have had less grim consequences than once thought

Uber and Lyft to get environmental scrutiny

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 10:00
UC Berkeley and the Natural Resources Defense Council are teaming up to conduct a yearlong national study of the environmental impacts of ride-hailing companies, Uber and Lyft.

Acorn worm genome reveals gill origins of human pharynx

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 09:44
The earliest creatures with gill slits tell biologists about the origin of structures that allow us to bite, chew, swallow and speak

Reduced breathing capacity in kids linked to early pesticide exposure

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 10:00
Study is the first to show effects on lung health in kids living near fields where organophosphates are used

Celebrating World Toilet Day, reinventing sanitation

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 11/16/2015 - 16:17
U.N. World Toilet Day, Nov. 19, highlights global sanitation shortfalls (close to one in three lack adequate sanitation) and their toll on human health and the environment. Grad students William Tarpeh and Emily Woods are taking up this challenge with innovative work to repurpose human waste.

CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing: check three times, cut once

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 12:00
Revolutionary gene-editing tool is so precise because it employs at least three proofreading steps before cutting DNA

The design hierarchy

News from the GreenChemBlog - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 12:23
The problem of toxic substances has roots that can be traced back through the organizational levels of industrial systems: from the design and manufacture of products to the design and manufacture of the materials from which products are fashioned, and ultimately to the level of chemical production and molecular design. The results of design and […]

UC Berkeley instruments shed light on Mars climate change mystery

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 12:15
MAVEN mission shows solar wind scoured planet's atmosphere billions of years ago

$4 million NIH grant for next-generation gene imaging

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 11/03/2015 - 14:09
Berkeley and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine received $4.25 million to develop tools that can image genes and the proteins for which they code

Scientists map source of Northwest’s next big quake

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 11/02/2015 - 11:00
Ocean-bottom seismometers help understand tectonic plate causing megathrust earthquakes

PBS special to feature Berkeley paleontologist

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 11/02/2015 - 09:58
How was North America formed? When did life first appear here? How did human activity transform our continent? In “Making North America,” a three-part PBS series that airs at 9 p.m. on Nov. 4, 11

Loss of large land mammals could change landscapes forever

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 10/26/2015 - 12:00
Based on past megafauna extinctions, loss of elephants and other large animals could have permanent effects on the plants and animals they coexist with

Insect museum joins global effort to digitize 100 years of data

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 10/21/2015 - 16:37
For centuries, scientists documenting the natural world have sent billions of specimens to museums, universities and field stations. Now, UC Berkeley and other institutions across the globe want to make that information available to the public. But they need your help — and are throwing a digital data blitz event this weekend.

Study finds climate change will reshape global economy

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 10/21/2015 - 10:00
The average person will suffer economic harm, often dramatic harm, by 2100 if climate change continues on its current course, new research shows.

Student-installed sensors help monitor Botanical Garden

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 10/20/2015 - 12:01
Students designed and installed an array of wire sensors to monitor temperatures and humidity at the UC Botanical Garden.