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Commonly available blood-pressure drug prevents epilepsy after brain injury

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 08:21
UC Berkeley neuroscientist Daniela Kaufer and colleagues in Israel and Germany have shown in rats that a drug commonly prescribed for hypertension can nearly eliminate the epilepsy that often follows severe head injury. Nearly one in five cases of epilepsy is the result of head trauma.

Brain size matters when it comes to animal self-control

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:00
Chimpanzees may throw tantrums like toddlers, but their total brain size suggests they have more self-control than, say, gerbils or fox squirrels, according to a new study of 36 mammal and bird species ranging from orangutans to zebra finches.

Neuroengineers bring science cred, Berkeley feel to ‘Transcendence’ film

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 00:15
When Hollywood knocked on the doors of UC Berkeley engineering professors Michel Maharbiz and Jose Carmena, the researchers answered. Director Wally Pfister tapped their expertise in neural engineering and brain-machine interfaces during the filming of his movie, "Transcendence," which opens in theaters April 18.

Bigger, more frequent wildfires burn Western United States, study finds

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 17:15
Wildfires across the western United States have been getting bigger and more frequent over the last 30 years, a trend that could continue as climate change causes temperatures to rise and drought to become more severe in the coming decades, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Utah and UC Berkeley.

Chancellor Dirks hosts clean-energy talks with DOE, industry

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 20:03
UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks hosted Department of Energy Assistant Secretary David Danielson and representatives from the clean-energy industry, university and DOE research labs to focus on the future of U.S. innovation and competitiveness.

Can new understanding avert tragedy?

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:28
As a boy, Sol Hsiang ran an experiment to test whether plants grow better sprinkled with water or orange juice. Today, as a Berkeley professor — and one of Forbes magazine's "brightest stars" in the field of law and policy — he applies complex statistical strategies to examine the same basic question: How will environmental change affect life?

Adam Arkin receives DOE’s Lawrence Award for synthetic biology work

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 09:42
Bioengineering professor Adam Arkin, director of Berkeley Lab’s Physical Biosciences Division, was named one of six recipients of DOE's Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award for his work advancing biological and environmental sciences. Arkin is a leading authority on the evolutionary design principles of cellular networks and populations and their application to systems and synthetic biology

Guggenheim fellowships go to eight Berkeley faculty

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:46
Eight UC Berkeley faculty are among 178 artists, scientists and scholars nationally who have been awarded 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowships, the foundation announced.

On memory’s trail

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:30
Berkeley neuroscientist Ehud (Udi) Isacoff and his colleagues are working to solve one of the brain's mysteries: how memories form, and how they might be restored in people who have lost them, such as Alzheimer's victims.

UC Berkeley professor and structural biologist Thomas Alber dies at 60

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 08:00
Thomas Alber, a UC Berkeley structural biologist known for his striking ability to choose important biological problems and attack them with elegant biochemical and structural studies, died peacefully on March 28, 2014, at his home in Berkeley, Calif.

Hummingbird evolution soared after they invaded South America 22 million years ago

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:19
A newly constructed family tree of the hummingbirds, led by Jimmy McGuire of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, tells a story of a unique group of birds that originated in Europe, passed through Asia and North America, and ultimately found its Garden of Eden in South America 22 million years ago.