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CT scan of Earth links deep mantle plumes with volcanic hotspots

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 09:00
Rising plumes of rock in Earth's mantle linked to volcanic hotspots
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IGS poll: Californians support stronger climate-change rules

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 07:00
Californians support stronger efforts to fight climate change by requiring more electricity to come from renewable resources and cutting gasoline use in half, according to a new poll from UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies.
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New material captures and converts carbon into useful chemicals

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 13:44
Organic frameworks could help remove and convert carbon pollution
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Healy’s brown fat research in Daily Cal

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 10:17
Check out more on the Bioengineering/Nutritional Sciences research collaboration to implant energy-burning brown fat into mice to stimulate weight loss, featuring Professor Kevin Healy.
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Millet Project shows grain isn’t just for the birds

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 09:00
Berkeley cultivates the drought-tolerant nutritious grain, a good fit for California
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The bat man is here – meet new faculty member Michael Yartsev

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 15:33
Learn more about Assistant Professor Michael Yartsev, a new Berkeley faculty member with joint appointments in Bioengineering, the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, and the Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute.
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Yartsev receives BRAIN EAGER grant

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 08:47
Assistant Professor Michael Yartsev has received an NSF EAGER grant for funding of his research project, “BRAIN EAGER: Going All Wireless to Establish Bats as The First Mammalian Model System for Vocal Learning.” The NSF Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) program supports exploratory work in its early stages on untested, but potentially transformative, research […]
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Dudley Discovers Gliding Spiders

Department of Integrative Biology - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:28

Professor Robert Dudley has discovered a new type of nocturnal hunting spider from South America that is able to steer while it glides to the ground, unlike other spiders that just drop.
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Experiment attempts to snare a dark energy ‘chameleon’

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 10:00
Physicists search for deviations from normal gravity
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Engineered hot fat implants reduce weight gain in mice

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 09:23
Professor Kevin Healy and his postdoctoral researcher Amit Jha collaborated with Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology professor Andreas Stahl and Ph.D. student Kevin Tharp on their experiment to implant energy-burning brown fat into mice to stimulate weight loss.
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Engineered hot fat implants reduce weight gain in mice

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 09:21
Professor Kevin Healy and his postdoctoral researcher Amit Jha collaborated with Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology professor Andreas Stahl and Ph.D. student Kevin Tharp on their experiment to implant energy-burning brown fat into mice to stimulate weight loss.
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Sprouting this fall: A new minor in food systems

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 09:52
New this fall at UC Berkeley is a minor in food systems, which will explore the role of food within the environment and society.
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Biologists discover skydiving spiders in South American forests

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 20:19
One type of neotropical spider is able to maneuver as it falls
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Herr Lab startup featured in Daily Cal

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 09:55
Professor Amy Herr, alumna Kelly Gardner, and their startup Zephyrus Biosciences were featured in an article on startup innovation in the Daily Cal.
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$100,000 competition to stimulate innovative clean technology

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 15:57
Berkeley CUP shares campus's start-up ecosystem nationally
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Campanile bones hold climate-change clues

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 09:00
For more than 100 years, the tower has housed prehistoric fossils from the La Brea tar pits. Now climate-change researchers are finding them a priceless source of information.
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Pursuing charm in a singularly unfeminine profession

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 07:00
Physicist Mary K. Gaillard's new book chronicles her trials and tribulations in a male-dominated field
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Methane enshrouds nearby Jupiter-like exoplanet

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 10:00
Gemini Planet Imager finds first exoplanet in quest to understand planet formation
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Octopus Shows Unique Hunting and Social Behavior

Department of Integrative Biology - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 09:00

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said marine biologist Roy Caldwell, a University of California, Berkeley, professor of integrative biology.”

“Octopuses typically pounce on their prey or poke around in holes until they find something. When this octopus sees a shrimp at a distance, it compresses itself and creeps up, extends an arm up and over the shrimp, touches it on the far side and either catches it or scares it into its other arms.”
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Octopus shows unique hunting, social and sexual behavior

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:00
Unusual hunting and mating behavior in Central American octopus
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