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Flapping baby birds offer clues to origin of flight

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:30
Flapping baby birds offer clues to origin of flightThe origin of flight is a contentious issue: Some argue that dinosaurs climbed trees and learned to fly in order to avoid hard falls, others that birds ran along the ground and pumped their forelimbs to gain lift, eventually taking off. New evidence from UC Berkeley biologists favors the tree-dweller hypothesis.
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CRS Junior Wins World Food Prize Fellowship

College of Natural Resources - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:51
Nicole Wong, a Conservation and Resource Studies major starting her junior year, completed a prestigious World Food Prize fellowship this summer at the U.S. Department of Agriculture ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center in Davis, California. Wong was one... Ann Guy

Healy Lab in Wired News

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:09
New research on "organs-on-a-chip" in Professor Kevin Healy's lab is featured on Wired.com this week!
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John Harte: A whole-Earth approach

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:58
 A whole-Earth approachSymmetry magazine profiles John Harte, professor of energy and resources, who applies his physics background to deep questions of ecology and work to save the planet.
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BioE research on Danish TV

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 09:26
Danish TV program, "Tech and City" filmed an episode at UC Berkeley featuring technology from two bioengineering faculty laboratories. They showcased Professor Seung-Wuk Lee's virus-electric energy work, and the CellScope project from Professor Dan Fletcher's lab, explained by PhD alum and lecturer Frankie Myers.
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10-second alert: the view from the Berkeley Seismo Lab

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:10
 the view from the Berkeley Seismo LabScientists at the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory were alerted 5-10 seconds before Sunday morning's 6.0 magnitude temblor on the Napa Fault, courtesy of the ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system.
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Faculty Recruitment

Department of Integrative Biology - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 14:36

The Department of Integrative Biology (IB) is seeking applications for a tenure-track faculty position for a biologist studying adaptation. The research areas we are specifically considering include: [1] the genetics of adaptation, [2] genomics, [3] organismal evolution, [4] physiological adaptation, and [5] adaptation in a changing environment. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research spans various sub-disciplines within our broad department.
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IB Grad Student in the News

Department of Integrative Biology - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 04:15

Lindsey Dougherty, a graduate student in Roy Caldwell's lab, and her research on disco clams is the focus of a NY Times article.
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Seven tiny grains captured by Stardust likely visitors from interstellar space

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 09:58
Seven tiny grains captured by Stardust likely visitors from interstellar spaceUC Berkeley physicist Andrew Westphal led a team of scientists and citizen-scientists — through Stardust@home — in analyzing dust collected by the Stardust spacecraft in 2004, and reports finding seven dust particles that probably came from interstellar space. These may be the first confirmed visitors from another star.
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First shipment of malaria drug heads to Africa

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 13:10
The first 1.7 million treatments of semi-synthetic artemisinin, engineered by Professor Jay Keasling's lab using synthetic biology, has been shipped to malaria-endemic countries in Africa.
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Berkeley Faculty Offer Trainings on Critical Environmental Content

College of Natural Resources - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:56
Climate Change Course Launches New Professional Education Program By Ann Brody Guy | August 12, 2014 BERKELEY — With the environmental, social, and economic impacts of climate change at the forefront of the global dialogue, UC Berkeley is launching professional... Ann Guy

Antimalarial drug based on Berkeley technology shipped to Africa

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 09:09
Antimalarial drug based on Berkeley technology shipped to AfricaThe road from lab bench to market can be long, but UC Berkeley's Jay Keasling has been patient. Thirteen years after he discovered how to make an antimalarial drug in microbes, the product - the world's first semisynthetic antimalarial drug - has been shipped from Italy to Africa to bolster the fight against this killer disease.
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Report checks health claims of popular sports, vitamin drinks

College of Natural Resources - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 11:35
By Sarah Yang | UC Berkeley Media Relations BERKELEY — A new report by UC Berkeley researchers questions the health claims of popular energy, sports, tea and fruit drinks on the market. In a report released today (Wednesday, Aug. 6),... Ann Guy

Botanist Alan Smith receives award for lifetime work on ferns

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 09:38
Botanist Alan Smith receives award for lifetime work on fernsThe American Society of Plant Taxonomists awarded Alan R. Smith, emeritus research botanist of the University Herbarium, its 2014 Asa Gray Award for outstanding lifetime achievement in the field of plant systematics. Smith is an expert on ferns from around the world and is widely recognized as the greatest living student of fern diversity and the undisputed expert of fern identification.
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A hellacious two weeks on Jupiter’s moon Io

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 09:00
A hellacious two weeks on Jupiter’s moon IoDuring a yearlong series of observations of Jupiter's volcanically active moon, Io, UC Berkeley astronomers Imke de Pater and graduate student Katherine de Kleer observed within a two week period three of the largest outbursts ever observed on the moon, all probably involving lava erupting through fissures in curtains of fire. They used the Keck and Gemini telescopes in Hawaii.
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Global economic losses from cyclones linger for decades, study finds

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 08:30
Global economic losses from cyclones linger for decades, study findsA new study co-authored by a UC Berkeley public policy professor debunks the idea that cyclones have no long-term, lasting economic impacts, and suggests the urgent need for revamping disaster policy around the world.
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Berkeley to host international neuroscience database to speed brain discoveries

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 07:19
Berkeley to host international neuroscience database to speed brain discoveriesUC Berkeley, a partner in "Neurodata Without Borders," will host a neuroscience database to make the digital information more usable and accessible and accelerate the pace of discoveries about the brain in health and disease. The work is funded by the Kavli Foundation, GE, HHMI and the Allen Institute for Brain Science.
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New super-resolution microscope empowers bioscientists

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 13:29
New super-resolution microscope empowers bioscientistsWith a grant from the National Institutes of Health, the campus's Biological Imaging Facility is purchasing a structured-illumination microscope — an instrument so powerful it allows bioscientists to visualize the arrangement of proteins and magnetic particles inside bacteria.
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Rep. Waxman to FERC: ‘Read UC Berkeley climate-change study’

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:30
 ‘Read UC Berkeley climate-change study’In a Congressional hearing July 29, Congressman Henry Waxman had a rare chance to speak to all five sitting members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission concerning climate change. He urged them to read a recent UC Berkeley report on FERC's authority to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and placed the report into the Congressional Record.
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Paleontologist entices diverse students to dig her field

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 16:00
Paleontologist entices diverse students to dig her fieldWe love to see giant dinosaur fossils in museums, but microfossils are everywhere, geoscientist Lisa White tells school kids. An African-American woman in one of the least diverse scientific fields, White directs education and public programs at the Museum of Paleontology. Read California Magazine's profile.
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