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Cockroach inspires robot that squeezes through cracks

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 12:00
Roaches are even creepier when you see them squeezing through tiny cracks. But Berkeley biologists find this ability inspiration for search-and-rescue robots
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White House renews commitment to earthquake early warning system designed at UC Berkeley

College of Letters & Science - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 07:26

The Obama administration and members of Congress today renewed their commitment to funding an earthquake early warning system along the Pacific Coast, with UC Berkeley’s Richard Allen predicting that such a system could reduce injuries from an earthquake by at least 50 percent.

External News Link:  http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/02/02/white-house-renews-commitment-to-earthquake-early-warning-system-designed-at-uc-berkeley/

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Berkeley Seismologists Help Predict the Next Megaquake

College of Letters & Science - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 14:46

In Japan and areas like the Pacific Northwest where megathrust earthquakes are common, scientists may be able to better forecast large quakes based on periodic increases and decreases in the rate of slow, quiet slipping along the fault, thanks to the work of Berkeley seismologists.
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External News Link:  http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/01/29/can-slow-creep-along-thrust-faults-help-forecast-megaquakes/

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White House renews commitment to earthquake early warning system designed at UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 13:12
Moore Foundation commits additional funds to developing ShakeAlert system
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Enhancing the IB and MCB Undergraduate Experience at Cal

Department of Integrative Biology - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 16:11

The IB and MCB Departments have partnered up to support undergrads and their love for the biosciences.

More than 200 students attended this exciting networking event held on Jan 21st from 2-5pm in the Li Ka Shing Lobbies. Even more incredible? That this event was made BY students (both IB and MCB) FOR students. A whopping 26 clubs and organizations dedicated their time and efforts to the student community.

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Can slow creep along thrust faults help forecast megaquakes?

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 14:05
In Japan and areas like the Pacific Northwest where megathrust earthquakes are common, scientists may be able to better forecast large quakes based on periodic increases and decreases in the rate of slow, quiet slipping
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UC Berkeley Launches the Alliance for Global Health and Science

College of Letters & Science - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 11:10

The Biological Sciences Division, in partnership with the School of Public Health, is proud to announce the launch of the Alliance for Global Health and Science. The Alliance for Global Health and Science seeks to build the scientific and public health research capacity in developing nations to address communicable and non-communicable threats to health within these countries.

External News Link:  http://cend.globalhealth.berkeley.edu/2016/01/29/uc-berkeley-launches-alliance-global-health-science/

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Let them see you sweat: What new wearable sensors can reveal from perspiration

Department of Integrative Biology - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 11:40

While health monitors have exploded onto the consumer electronics scene over the past decade, researchers say this device, reported in the Jan. 28 issue of the journal Nature, is the first fully integrated electronic system that can provide continuous, non-invasive monitoring of multiple biochemicals in sweat.

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Coming this spring: Cal Day, politics, innovation and BAMPFA’s new digs

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 13:00
American politics, innovative thinkers, artistic luminaries and our annual open house are just a few of the events happening at Berkeley this spring. Serial podcast creator Sarah Koenig talks binge-worthy journalism, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to campus, poets and writers discuss their work and Chancellor Dirks talks with top innovators.
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South America’s white-sand forests: poorly known and under threat

Department of Integrative Biology - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 10:53

Paul Fine, a tropical biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, approached Biotropica with the idea for the special issue after helping organize a symposium at a 2013 meeting ATBC held in Costa Rica on white-sand forest ecology and evolution and coming away impressed by the breadth of the talks.

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A new approach to filtering water: graphene

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 13:54
Growing up amid dry lake beds in China, Baoxia Mi knew that water was not something to take for granted. Now a civil and environmental engineering professor at Berkeley, Mi is pioneering research in cheaper, energy-efficient ways to purify water using graphene.
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Feeling smug about your solar rooftop? Not so fast

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 10:40
If you've installed solar panels on your roof, "there’s a good chance someone else has purchased your halo and is wearing it right now." So writes resource economist Severin Borenstein, in a post on the Berkeley Blog.
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Herr receives 2016 AES Mid-Career Achievement Award

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 10:29
Professor Amy Herr is the 2016 recipient of the Mid-Career Achievement Award from the American Electrophoresis Society! This award is given for exceptional contributions to the field of electrophoresis, microfluidics, and related areas by an individual who is currently in the middle of their career. The award will be presented at the SciX Meeting this […]
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UC Berkeley biochemist Jennifer Doudna joins Biden in Davos rollout of ‘cancer moonshot’

College of Letters & Science - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 11:27

Jennifer Doudna joined Joseph Biden this morning at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as the vice president promoted a major new U.S. initiative to speed the discovery of cures for cancer, what President Obama has dubbed a “cancer moonshot.” Announced last week in Obama’s State of the Union address, the initiative will be the focus of Biden’s final year in office as he attempts to double the rate of progress against cancer.

External News Link:  http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/01/19/doudna-joins-biden-in-davos-rollout-of-cancer-moonshot/

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After repeated pounding, antihydrogen reveals its charge: zero

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 10:00
Search for differences between matter and antimatter turns to beach-ball science
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Advance improves cutting and pasting with CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 10:00
UC Berkeley researchers have made a major improvement in CRISPR-Cas9 technology that achieves an unprecedented success rate of 60 percent when replacing a short stretch of DNA with another. The improved technique is especially useful
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Head-Gordon, Lee new AIMBE Fellows

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 10:44
Congratulations to professors Teresa Head-Gordon and Seung-Wuk Lee, new members of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows! The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country. Fellows are generally engineering and medical school chairs, research directors, innovators, and successful entrepreneurs who […]
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Berkeley Researcher Discusses The State, the Drought and El Niño

College of Letters & Science - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 14:47

Berkeley News interviews professor B. Lynn Ingram, a geologist specializing in paleoclimatology, to discuss what the climate could have in store for us.

 

External News Link:  http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/01/14/el-nino-and-the-drought/

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The state, the drought and El Niño: It’s complicated

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 13:30
Just last year, researchers were saying there was no end in sight for California’s drought. But things are looking up, with the arrival of El Niño. Berkeley professor and geologist B. Lynn Ingram discusses what the climate could have in store for us.
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MTM team selected for Clinton Global Initiative University

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 16:31
The Master of Translational Medicine team of Michael Nasr, Tyler Schmeckpeper, and Josh Yang has been selected to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in April 2016. The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. […]
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