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Photonics breakthrough points to ultrafast DNA diagnostics

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 09:01
Professor Luke Lee's lab has developed technology that promises to make the standard polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test cheaper, more portable, and many times faster by accelerating the heating and cooling of genetic samples with light.
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$1.2 million to ramp up earthquake early warning system

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 13:45
Total of $4 million to ramp up West Coast warning system
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Building better birdhouses

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:30
Students together at the College of Environmental Design to learn design and construction skills in a project to help birds nesting in the Bay Area.
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Scientists urge ban on salamander imports to fend off new fungus

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:00
Biologists call for immediate ban on salamander imports
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Dawson Elected Fellow of American Geophysical Union

Department of Integrative Biology - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:34

Professor Todd Dawson has been elected to the Union of Fellows for the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for his long history of work discovering the different roles trees play in hydrological and biogeochemical processes.

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Dawson, de Pater named fellows of American Geophysical Union

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 09:00
Plant ecologist, planetary astronomer honored by American Geophysical Union
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Carolyn Bertozzi, Peidong Yang receive Lawrence Award from DOE

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 07:00
Top honor from energy department goes to transformative chemists
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Yartsev receives Konishi Neuroethology Research Award

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 15:34

New Assistant Professor Michael Yartsev is one of the recipients of the 2015 Konishi Neuroethology Research Award. The awards from the International Society for Neuroethology are intended  to promote research by early career investigators.



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It don’t mean a thing if the brain ain’t got that swing

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 07:00
New study paves way for treating brain disorders
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Simple technology makes CRISPR gene editing cheaper

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:00
Technique can quickly turn entire genomes into thousands of probes
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Ashvin Vishwanath, Ian Agol named Simons Investigators

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 14:06
$100,000, five-year grants support research in math and physics
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Genome Analysis Pinpoints Arrival and Spread of First Americans

Department of Integrative Biology - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 08:09

The analysis, using the most comprehensive genetic data set from Native Americans to date, was conducted using three different statistical models, two of them created by UC Berkeley researchers. The first, developed by the lab of Yun Song, a UC Berkeley associate professor of statistics and of electrical engineering and computer sciences, takes into account the full DNA information available from the genomes in the study.

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Enigmatic dark matter may not be as strange as we think

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 07:49
A new theory proposed by Hitoshi Murayama and others says dark matter — the glue of the universe — may be similar to well-known pions
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Genome analysis pinpoints arrival and spread of first Americans

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 09:00
Siberians moved into North America less than 23,000 years ago
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Internet investor Yuri Milner joins with Berkeley in $100 million search for extraterrestrial intelligence

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 03:00
In search of extraterrestrial intelligence in the universe: Internet investor Yuri Milner joins with Berkeley to vastly expand the effort
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Curbing America’s ‘addiction’ to air conditioning

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 11:35
Modern America is afflicted with an “addiction to air conditioning,” says Gail Brager, UC Berkeley architecture professor and associate director of the Center for the Built Envornment. And that dependence, she adds, has consequences for
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Q&A: The high cost of marijuana’s ‘quasi-legal’ status

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 11:00
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.
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The sleep-deprived brain can mistake friends for foes

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 13:00
If you can't tell a smile from a scowl, you're probably not getting enough sleep
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Healy Lab grows beating human heart tissue from stem cells

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 08:37
Researchers in Professor Kevin Healy's lab have developed a template for growing beating cardiac tissue from stem cells, creating a system that could serve as a model for early heart development and as a drug-screening tool to make pregnancies safer.
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