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Q&A: The high cost of marijuana’s ‘quasi-legal’ status

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 12:00
In a Q&A on a new study showing that marijuana growers are harming California's environment, coauthor Mary Power, a UC Berkeley scientist, talks about environmental damage, inconsistent laws and the difference between growing pot to make a living or to make a killing.

Cold-blooded animals find it hard to adjust to global warming

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 14:34
Cold-blooded and other animals that are unable to regulate their internal temperature may have a hard time tolerating global warming, according to an analysis by biologists Alex Gunderson and Jonathon Stillman from UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University.

The sleep-deprived brain can mistake friends for foes

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 14:00
If you can't tell a smile from a scowl, you're probably not getting enough sleep

Karen Chapple to talk on ties between state tax policy, environmental goals

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 07:00
In Bacon Lectureship, planning professor will explore links between taxes, climate goals.

Ultra-low-cost solution to a big water problem

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 07/13/2015 - 17:00
Engineering grad student's proposal for cleaning up toxic groundwater in India wins Designing Solutions for Poverty contest.

An art folly, ‘Invisible Barn,’ materializes in Sagehen woods

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 16:27
Berkeley's Sagehen Creek Field Station a barn covered with reflective panels that make the structure nearly disappear among the surrounding pines. A similar structure was first installed in NYC last year as an art folly, but the enthusiasm of Sagehen director Jeff Brown convinced the firm to bring the art piece to Truckee.

Research profile: Small salmon, big threat

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 16:14
Drought and the growing water demands of agriculture and a changing climate are creating a “knife edge” of survival for young salmon and steelhead, says UC Berkeley fish ecologist Stephanie Carlson. She is working to determine minimum water levels needed to sustain the fish.

Bats do it, dolphins do it. Now humans can do it, too.

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 12:00
UC Berkeley physicists have used graphene to build lightweight ultrasonic loudspeakers and microphones, enabling people to mimic bats or dolphins’ ability to use sound to communicate and gauge the distance and speed of objects around them.

Add water and ‘resurrection plants’ spring to life in seconds

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 11:30
KQED's "Deep Look" team visited UC Berkeley's University and Jepson Herbaria to learn about so-called "resurrection plants" from one of the world's moss experts, Brent Mishler, director of the herbaria and a professor of integrative biology.

Chemist Christopher Chang receives $250,000 Blavatnik Award

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 10:14
Christopher Chang, the Class of 1942 Chair in the College of Chemistry, was one of three University of California recipients of the 2015 Blavatnik Award, given yearly to exceptional young scientists and engineers. Chang was honored for his discoveries in chemistry that span both neuroscience and energy science and will receive an unrestricted prize of $250,000.

Botanical Garden celebrates 125 years of research, romance

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 13:00
Celebratory events starting this Sunday will highlight the outdoor attractions and research contributions of the UC Botanical Garden, which is the spectacular home of one of the country's oldest, largest and most diverse plant collections.

Meet the SAGE Trainees!

News from the GreenChemBlog - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 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 fifteen trainees and alum doing amazing green work on campus. We went out to speak to them about their research…and a few other […]

UC Berkeley, Sungevity launch solar partnership

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 14:48
Striking another blow for sustainability, UC Berkeley has selected Sungevity, Inc., a leading global solar service based in Oakland, as its official solar energy partner for the next decade, campus officials announced today.

Streamlined cockroaches inspire highly maneuverable robots

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 10:53
Outfitting a robot with a rounded shell helps it scoot through clutter as easily as a cockroach, UC Berkeley researchers have found.

Environment takes big hit from water-intensive marijuana cultivation

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 09:00
The debate over the legalization of marijuana has focused primarily on questions of law, policy and health. But a new paper co-authored by UC Berkeley researchers shines a spotlight on the environmental damage caused by illegal marijuana plantations in sensitive watersheds.