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Berkeley, Stanford biologists make foray into politics of climate change

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 13:19
Berkeley, Stanford biologists make foray into politics of climate changeBERKELEY — UC Berkeley biologist Anthony Barnosky’s 2012 Nature paper warning of an impending tipping point in Earth’s climate resonated with California Governor Jerry Brown, who called Barnosky out of the blue to ask his help in spreading the message to politicians and policy makers. As reported in the July 24 issue of Nature, Barnosky, a professor of integrative biology and member […]
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Richard Steinhardt has Died

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 16:49

We are saddened to announce the death of Professor Emeritus Richard Steinhardt.

Global wildlife decline driving slave labor and organized crime

College of Natural Resources - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:00
By Sarah Yang, UC Berkeley Media Relations Berkeley — Global decline of wildlife populations is driving increases in violent conflicts, organized crime and child labor around the world, according to a policy paper led by researchers at the University of... Ann Guy

Keasling boosts bioengineering on Capitol Hill

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:37
UC Berkeley professor and synthetic biology pioneer Jay Keasling called for ‘national initiative’ to boost bioengineering, stressing the need for a federal strategy to ensure continued U.S. leadership in a field he said can yield significant medical benefits for people throughout the world, “and even save lives.”
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Birthday bash to celebrate laser inventor Charles Townes’ 99th

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:47
Birthday bash to celebrate laser inventor Charles Townes’ 99thLaser inventor and Nobel laureate Charles Hard Townes, professor emeritus of physics, turns 99 on Monday (July 28), and an adoring campus is throwing him a long-overdue birthday party. In a new video, he says he's still having fun with physics.
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Phylogenetic Diversity and Endemism Revealed

Department of Integrative Biology - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 08:37

Professor Brent Mishler and his research group published a major paper presenting new quantitative methods for assessing patterns of phylogenetic diversity and endemism on the landscape using collection data.
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On Capitol Hill, Keasling calls for ‘national initiative’ to boost bioengineering

UC Berkeley Science News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 16:00
On Capitol Hill, Keasling calls for ‘national initiative’ to boost bioengineeringUC Berkeley professor and synthetic-biology pioneer Jay Keasling was on Capitol Hill Thursday, stressing the need for a federal strategy to ensure continued U.S. leadership in a field he said can yield significant medical benefits for people throughout the world, “and even save lives.”
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Tiny laser sensor heightens bomb detection sensitivity

UC Berkeley Science News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 09:00
Tiny laser sensor heightens bomb detection sensitivityUC Berkeley researchers are developing ultra-sensitive bomb detectors using tiny laser sensors. Experiments showed that the nanoscale plasmon sensors could detect airborne explosives at concentrations below one part per billion, a result that is much more sensitive than published results to date for other optical sensors.
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Scientists enlist big data to guide conservation efforts

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 03:55
Scientists enlist big data to guide conservation effortsUC Berkeley's Brent Mishler and Australian colleagues have created a model of biodiversity that takes into account both the number and distribution of species and their evolutionary relationships in order to identify lineages that need preservation, in particular rare endemics.
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Giant laser recreates extreme conditions inside planets

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:16
Giant laser recreates extreme conditions inside planetsUsing the world's largest laser at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility, scientists including UC Berkeley's Ray Jeanloz have created the extreme temperatures and pressures found inside planets like Jupiter. These experiments are vital for understanding how dirty, carbon-rich planets, including newly discovered exoplanets, formed.
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Professor and nuclear chemist Heino Nitsche has died at 64

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 08:49
Professor and nuclear chemist Heino Nitsche has died at 64Heino Nitsche, professor of chemistry and LBNL senior scientist, passed away unexpectedly at home July 14. A native of Germany, Nitsche was a nuclear chemist who focused on the synthesis and chemistry of superheavy elements. He was part of a team that confirmed superheavy elements 114 and 117, so far unnamed
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How posture and gestures affect state of mind

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 16:00
How posture and gestures affect state of mindMost are aware of the mind-body connection — how mental processes can affect a person's physical state. But what about the reverse? Berkeley Wellness reports on how body position, posture, gestures, even facial expressions may influence how we think, feel and behave.
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Capstone team takes 2nd in ASME Undergraduate Design Competition

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 16:03

A team of students in the Fall 2013 Bioengineering Senior Capstone Design course have won Second Place in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Undergraduate Design Competition this summer.

ASME 2014 plaqueThe team of Andrea Dickey, Noah Goldman, Geonyoung Kim and Robin Parrish designed the Demilune Walker, a redesigned compact walker that assists the elderly moving about in small spaces to prevent falls. Three team members presented their project at the World Congress of Biomechanics in Boston.

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Berkeley seismologists tie Louisiana sinkhole to gas-charged quakes

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 15:09
Berkeley seismologists tie Louisiana sinkhole to gas-charged quakesUC Berkeley seismologists Doug Dreger and Avinash Nayak looked at seismic records of quakes that preceded the formation of a massive sinkhole near Bayou Corne, La., in 2012, and determined that they came from strong underground gas discharges, which may have caused the collapse of a salt dome now flooded with water.
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Extinct human cousin gave Tibetans advantage at high elevation

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 09:00
Extinct human cousin gave Tibetans advantage at high elevationTens of thousands of years ago, the common ancestors of Han Chinese and Tibetans interbred with a mysterious human-like group known as Denisovans and picked up a unique variant of a gene for hemoglobin regulation that later helped them adapt to a low-oxygen environment on the high Tibetan plateau, reports UC Berkeley professor of integrative biology Rasmus Nielsen.
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Worm, fly development surprisingly similar, Berkeley study finds

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 16:00
Worm, fly development surprisingly similar, Berkeley study findsGrad student Jingyi Jesscia Li, plant and microbial biology professor Steve Brenner and colleagues compared the genes activated during development in the early fruit fly and nematode (C. elegans) and found them to be surprisingly similar. Fruit flies actually use these genes twice, once during larval development and again during metamorphosis. The research is part of the modENCODE project.
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Berkeley a big part of new UC initiative on global food needs

College of Natural Resources - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 11:43
By the UC Berkeley Public Affairs team The University of California is launching an initiative to marshal resources across the UC campuses — including Berkeley’s 90 courses, 150 faculty and staff and multiple institutes and centers devoted to the study... Ann Guy

Drunken monkeys: what animals tell us about our thirst for booze

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 11:15
 what animals tell us about our thirst for boozeRobert Dudley, an evolutionary physiologist and professor of integrative biology, discusses his new book, "The Drunken Monkey, Why we drink and abuse alcohol" (UC Press 2014). Dudley talks about his motivations for writing the book, the evidence that our attraction to alcohol is an evolutionary adaptation, and what this means for efforts to prevent alcohol abuse.
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Berkeley a big part of new UC initiative on global food needs

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 09:45
Berkeley a big part of new UC initiative on global food needsThe University of California is launching an initiative to marshal resources across the UC campuses — including Berkeley's 90 courses, 150 faculty and staff and multiple institutes and centers devoted to the study of agriculture and food — to address global food challenges.
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Fact sheet on food/ag studies and research at UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 09:34
Fact sheet on food/ag studies and research at UC BerkeleyUC Berkeley offers a wide array of programs and initiatives related to food and agriculture systems, encompassing many disciplines, departments, academic program areas, institutes, centers, student initiatives and services spanning the campus and the community. A fact sheet.
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