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Opinion: Should you listen to Dr. Oz?

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 14:19
As celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz faces new scrutiny from the medical profession, the longtime chair of the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter, John Swartzberg, applauds a recent study analyzing health recommendations offered on TV's two most popular medical talk shows.

Al Gore’s climate change talk today will be livestreamed

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 14:33
Former Vice President Al Gore, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and best-selling author on climate change, will speak at UC Berkeley today (April 29) at 12:30 p.m. The event will be livestreamed.

Robotic telescope discovers three super-Earth planetary neighbors

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 13:00
Using a robotic telescope at Lick Observatory that scans the sky night after night, UC Berkeley graduate student Lauren Weiss and her colleagues at the University of Hawaii have discovered three planets – supersized Earths ‑ around a nearby star.

The high environmental price of cooling off with air conditioners

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 12:33
Staying cool is good but there’s a wealth of fallout. The demand for more “AC” will also cause consumers to use more electricity causing stress on energy prices, infrastructure, and environmental policy, according to a new study from the Haas School of Business.

Five Berkeley scientists named to National Academy

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 12:03
The National Academy of Sciences on April 28 elected five UC Berkeley faculty members to its ranks, raising the number of members on campus to 143. They are Martin Head-Gordon and Daniel Neumark of chemistry; Eva Nogales and Jeremy Thorner of molecular and cell biology; and Jitendra Malik of electrical engineering and computer sciences.

Why the Nepalese quake was so destructive

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 13:28
The earthquake that ripped across Nepal and its neighbors on Saturday was the world's strongest quake so far this year. Scientists on UC Berkeley's Seismo Blog look at what caused it and why it was so devastating.

Astronomers join forces to speed discovery of habitable worlds

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 08:39
UC Berkeley astronomer James Graham is leading a coalition of planet-searchers in an effort to more efficiently find habitable planets around other stars, and perhaps extraterrestrial life itself. The project is one of 16 funded by NASA's new NExSS (Nexus for Exoplanet System Science) initiative.

The Future of Coal Passes Through Kosovo: op-ed from UC Berkeley’s Noah Kittner and Daniel Kammen

News from the GreenChemBlog - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 18:21
BCGC affiliates Noah Kittner and Daniel Kammen argue that coal is the wrong energy source for Kosovo, environmentally and economically

Nanowire-bacteria hybrid converts carbon dioxide into plastic

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 15:53
Chemists Peidong Yang, Christopher Chang and Michelle Chang have created a nanowire structure that captures carbon dioxide from the air and, with the help of sunlight, makes acetate, a building block for plastics and other chemicals. The researchers call it a "revolutionary leap forward in the field of artificial photosynthesis."

Doudna among Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 08:32
Time magazine has named Jennifer Doudna, a professor of molecular and cell biology, to its 2015 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The list also includes President Barack Obama, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and rapper Kanye West.

Opinion: Seismo Blog details Bay Area quake risk

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 13:19
In its 100th entry since its launch in 2008, the UC Berkeley Seismology Laboratory’s “Seismo Blog” offers an up-to-date, more detailed map of earthquake risk in the larger San Francisco Bay Area.

What happens when you put a hummingbird in a wind tunnel?

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 08:00
KQED producer Sheraz Sadiq joined UC Berkeley postdoctoral researcher Victor Ortega in Robert Dudley’s Animal Flight Laboratory to film hummingbirds in action for a “Deep Look” segment, “What Happens When You Put a Hummingbird in a Wind Tunnel?”

Capturing Chromium(VI): Abby Knight is using a new class of molecules to remove metals from groundwater and blood

News from the GreenChemBlog - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 23:21
Abby Knight is using innovative chemistry to clean up contaminated groundwater

New target for anticancer drugs: RNA

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 08:00
UC Berkeley researchers Jamie Cate and Amy Lee have found that a subset of messenger RNAs – many of which have been linked to cancer – have unique tags that make them promising targets for anticancer drugs. These short RNA tags bind to a protein, eIF3, that regulates translation at the ribosome.

Calaveras-Hayward fault link means potentially larger quakes

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:03
UC Berkeley seismologists have proven that the Hayward and Calaveras faults are essentially the same system, meaning that a rupture on one could trigger a rupture on the other, producing considerably larger quakes than once thought.

200th anniversary of Tambora eruption a reminder of volcanic perils

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 06:00
An expert on supervolcano eruptions, UC Berkeley's Steve Self was the first modern-day scientist to visit Tambora in Indonesia, the site of the largest volcanic eruption in the past 1,000 years. On the 200th anniversary of its eruption in 1815, Self and others are warning of the ever-present dangers of volcanoes like Tambora.

Iron-catalyzed C-H Borylation

News from the GreenChemBlog - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 16:20
New, greener, catalysis

Astronomers upgrade their cosmic light bulbs

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 13:53
Type Ia supernovae allow astronomers to measure the distances to galaxies and the ever-increasing rate at which our universe is expanding. UC Berkeley postdoc Patrick Kelly has now identified the best, top-of-the-line Type Ia supernovae for measuring cosmic distances, potentially making distance cosmic measurements twice as precise as before.

Student has fun exploring disco clam’s underwater world

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:34
Lindsey Dougherty's love of the sea eventually led her to UC Berkeley, where she is now a graduate student focusing on one of the ocean's more unusual critters: a clam that flashes in the deep. In a recent interview with Discovery Canada’s science show “Daily Planet,” Dougherty talked about her love of diving and her first encounter with these unusual mollusks.

Young bug enthusiast meets his hero, E.O. Wilson

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:10
Ever since he was 5, Jasper Bagley’s idol has been E. O. Wilson, the renowned biologist, widely considered the world’s leading ant expert. On March 25, the 11-year-old insect enthusiast got to meet Wilson at UC Berkeley, where the entomologist was the keynote speaker at a conference on the national parks.