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Study suggests bees more important to crops than fertilizers

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 09:41
Not only do pollinators help increase crop yields, they may be even more important than fertilizers and sufficient water, according to a recent study out of UC Berkeley.

Your genes affect your betting behavior

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 12:00
People playing betting games engage two main areas of the brain: the medial prefrontal cortex and the striatum. Ming Hsu of UC Berkeley and Eric Set of the University of Illinois scanned 12 genes involved in dopamine regulation in these areas and found that people's genetic variants affected how they dealt with trial-and-error learning and belief learning.

The games genes play: Algorithm helps explain sex in evolution

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 12:00
UC Berkeley computer theorists have identified an algorithm to describe the strategy used by genes during sexual recombination. In doing so, they address the dueling evolutionary forces of survival of the fittest and of diversity.

Five early-career faculty named Rose Hills innovators

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 14:26
Five faculty researchers have been selected as the first recipients of support from the new Rose Hills Innovator Program at UC Berkeley. The program assists early-career faculty in developing innovative research programs in the STEM fields.