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Study helps map path to improved cassava production

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 12:36
A new analysis of the genetic diversity of cassava will help improve strategies for breeding disease resistance and climate tolerance into the root crop, a staple and major source of calories for a billion people

The secret language of microbes

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 17:00
Different strains of fungus 'speak' different dialects, showing that microbial communication is more complex than once thought

Space weather satellite ICON on course for summer 2017 launch

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 07:00
Mission led by UC Berkeley will study impact of Earth's weather on space weather

Supermassive black holes may be lurking everywhere in the universe

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 10:00
Surprise discovery of 17-billion-solar-mass black hole in sparse area of local universe

Berkeley’s newest field site, Blue Oak Ranch Reserve, gets a facelift

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 03/30/2016 - 09:54
A pristine but wired area of rolling green hills is an ideal site for studying California's oak woodlands

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 […]

Scientists tap the smarts of mice, capture problem-solving in action

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 03/07/2016 - 03:00
Findings support active learning and critical thinking in schools and workplaces

Meet the SAGE Trainees!*Updated*

News from the GreenChemBlog - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 11:35
The SAGE IGERT Fellowship at BCGC supports UC Berkeley graduate students conducting research related to green chemistry and green energy. The fellowship began in 2013 and now, two years later, there are nineteen trainees and alum doing amazing green work on campus. We went out to speak to them about their research…and a few other fun […]

UC Berkeley honored for stoking Bay Area innovation, economic growth

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 02/25/2016 - 17:00
The East Bay Economic Development Alliance has named UC Berkeley the 2016 Legacy Award honoree.

For students, a key to careers in biomedical and biotech fields

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 02/24/2016 - 17:00
Shilpi Mathrani wanted a career in the biomedical field. To a student, though, the industry can seem like an exclusive club. For Mathrani, UC Berkeley's Bio-Manufacturing to Market program held the key.

Berkeley professor suggests a look at aligning state’s climate and tax policies

UC Berkeley Science News - Sun, 02/21/2016 - 17:00
Professor says legislators should study climate goals in relation to tax policy.

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

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 […]

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, […]