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Asteroid impact, volcanism were one-two punch for dinosaurs

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 10:00
Berkeley geologists have uncovered compelling evidence that an asteroid impact on Earth 66 million years ago accelerated the eruptions of volcanoes in India for hundreds of thousands of years, and that together these planet-wide catastrophes
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Five BioE startups nominated for QB3 awards

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 12:48
Congratulations to 5 startups founded by BioE alumni, all nominated for 2015 QB3 awards: Diassess and Privail for Diagnostics Startup of the Year, Bolt Threads and Lygos for Synthetic Biology Startup of the Year, and Magnetic Insight for Groundbreaking Science.
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Chemist Peidong Yang receives MacArthur ‘genius award’

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 09/28/2015 - 20:00
Synthetic leaf project aims to convert sunlight into fuel
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Berkeley to lead $12.3M study of crop drought tolerance

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 09/28/2015 - 07:00
Unlocking the secrets of sorghum's ability to survive water deprivation is becoming more important with climate change
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Bittman heads into the fields with children’s health researcher

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 09/25/2015 - 10:31
In his new California Matters video, journalist Mark Bittman ventures into the fields of the Salinas Valley with UC Berkeley health researcher Brenda Eskenazi to learn more about her work linking pesticide exposure to children's health problems.
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Bolt Threads photo essay on MIT Tech Review

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 14:56
Learn how alumni startup Bolt Threads spins its synthetic spider silk.
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Scientists win $6.4 million to crack the code of smell navigation

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 13:00
Researchers to create a smellscape to study how critters map their environment
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How the coal-export wars came to Oakland

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 10:07
In seeking an alternative route to Asian markets, coal's path from Utah to China via West Coast ports has hit a snag: citizen activism. On the blog Legal Planet, Berkeley Law's Mark Belleville shares the backstory on a controversial plan for the former Oakland Army Base.
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VW’s Deepwater Horizon?

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 14:37
What is the optimal fine for deterring car manufacturers from cheating on smog-emissions tests, as Volkswagen just admitted to? Resource economist Auffhammer performs some back-of-the-envelope calculations, in a recent blog post.
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Architecture professor sees lessons in changing Chinese cities

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 12:00
Author says Chinese cities may offer new design strategies for urban identity, sustainability.
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El Niño: Relief for California, disaster for the tropics?

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 08:58
Scientists are predicting an El Niño — one likely to bring considerable suffering in the tropics. But this time around we have more scientific understanding of the likely human toll, and more tools to mitigate the damages — write Berkeley expert Solomon Hsian and coauthor Kyle Meng, in a recent op-ed.
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Mobile app would bring earthquake early warning to all

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 09/21/2015 - 14:48
How an early warning system really works
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What the Inuit can tell us about omega-3 fats and ‘paleo’ diets

Department of Integrative Biology - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 14:21

“The original focus on fish oil and omega-3s came from studies of Inuit. On their traditional diet, rich in fat from marine mammals, Inuit seemed quite healthy with a low incidence of cardiovascular disease, so fish oil must be protective,” said project leader Rasmus Nielsen, a UC Berkeley professor of integrative biology. “We’ve now found that they have unique genetic adaptations to this diet, so you cannot extrapolate from them to other populations.

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What the Inuit can tell us about omega-3 fats and ‘paleo’ diets

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 10:00
Their traditional diet is held up as an example of how omega-3 fats can counterbalance the bad health effects of a high-fat diet, but a new study hints that what’s true for the Inuit may not be true for everyone else.
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Professor Phil Messersmith Appointed Member of the NADCRC

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 09/16/2015 - 15:12
Professor Phil Messersmith has been appointed as a member of the National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council( NADCRC), the advisory council of the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research(NIDCR) of the National Institute of Health (NIH). The NADCRC is responsible for advising, consulting with, and making recommendations to the Secretary of the Department […]
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Conolly Lab achieves new MPI milestone

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 09/16/2015 - 15:05
BioE PhD Bo Zheng and other researchers in Professor Steven Conolly's lab have demonstrated that Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI) enables monitoring of cellular grafts with high contrast, sensitivity, and quantitativeness in vivo. They report the first MPI cell tracking study, showing in vivo monitoring of human neural graft clearance in the rat brain, this week in Nature.
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Four faculty present at ‘Summer Davos’

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 09/16/2015 - 15:00
Four Berkeley BioE-affiliated faculty presented at the 2015 world economic forum’s ‘Annual Meeting of the New Champions’ in Dalian, China, informally called “Summer Davos”. Bioengineering professors Dan Fletcher and Amy Herr, with bioengineering graduate program faculty Ana Claudia Arias and Lydia Sohn, presented an ideaslab called ‘Precision Medicine at UC Berkeley’ in a session moderated […]
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Project taps amateur botanists for green treasure hunt

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 09/16/2015 - 07:11
Botanists in UC Berkeley’s herbaria hosted a plant treasure hunt this past spring to tap the expertise of the California Native Plant Society, hoping to locate, map and collect some of the state’s rare and
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‘The fires just keep coming’

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 09/15/2015 - 15:06
Wildfires are becoming a year-round thing in California, because of drought and climate change. The state needs to up its forestry game in response.
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Scientific literacy: It’s not (just) about facts

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 09/15/2015 - 09:02
In a piece about scientific literacy, psychology professor Tania Lombrozo discusses public knowledge of scientific concepts and facts, as revealed by recent polls, on "13.7," an NPR blog.
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