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Kelp study finds no ocean-borne Fukushima radiation

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 05/07/2014 - 10:30
Initial results from Kelp Watch 2014, a project that tests kelp along the western U.S. coast for signs of radioactive seawater, has found no signs of ocean-borne radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. The project is a collaborative effort led by researchers at California State University, Long Beach, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley.

Study says green buildings don’t create happier workers, yet

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 15:33
People working in buildings certified under LEED’s green building standard appear no more satisfied with their indoor workplaces than those in conventional buildings, new research finds.

Seismic early-warning: What Mexico has, California is lacking

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 11:55
Mexico, Japan, Taiwan, Romania, Turkey and several other nations in seismically active areas operate early-warning systems, but not the United States, notes "Seismo Blog" at UC Berkeley's Seismological Laboratory.

Chemist Robert Bergman wins 2014 Welch Award

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 10:57
Chemistry professor Robert Bergman has been named the 2014 recipient of the Welch Award in Chemical Research for “pioneering work in alkane activation and mechanisms of organometallic reactions.”