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Patel Featured on KQED Science

Department of Integrative Biology - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:59

Research by Professor Nipam Patel on how butterflies can color their wings with pigmentless "structural color" is featured on KQED Science.

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Sensing distant tornadoes, birds flew the coop. What tipped them off?

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:00
Sensing distant tornadoes, birds flew the coop. What tipped them off?A UC Berkeley-led research team found that golden-winged warblers in Tennessee fled the path of tornado-generating storms one to two days ahead, well before any local signs of troubling weather. Signs point to the use of infrasound as Mother Nature's early warning system.
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Students show off ‘autonomous vehicles’ at L.A. Drone Expo

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 14:53
Students show off ‘autonomous vehicles’ at L.A. Drone ExpoUC Berkeley engineering students joined civil engineering professor Raja Sengupta at the first-ever Drone Expo in Los Angeles on Saturday, demonstrating their "unmanned autonomous vehicles" to a crowd of some 4,000 hobbyists and enthusiasts.
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Berkeley innovators named fellows of National Academy of Inventors

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:17
Berkeley innovators named fellows of National Academy of InventorsBiochemist Jennifer Doudna, chemical engineer Jay Keasling and chemist Richard Mathies were among 170 people named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. The organization honors innovators who have file patents in the United States.
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Study reveals resilience of Roman architectural concrete

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:30
Study reveals resilience of Roman architectural concreteAn international research team studying the mortar used to build such Roman architectural marvels as the Pantheon, Trajan’s Markets and the Colosseum has found a secret to the material's resilience. Led by scientists at UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab, the team found that as the mortar cures, it forms a crystalline binding hydrate that prevents microcracks from propagating.
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Scientists measure speedy electrons in silicon

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 11:00
Scientists measure speedy electrons in siliconAttosecond lasers provide the shortest light pulses yet, allowing observation of nature’s most short-lived events. Berkeley researchers have used these lasers for the first time to take snapshots of electrons jumping from silicon atoms into the conduction band of a semiconductor, the key event behind the transistor.
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Mark Bittman’s menu to include UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:00
Mark Bittman’s menu to include UC BerkeleyMark Bittman, popular food writer and New York Times columnist, will be a distinguished visiting fellow on campus during spring semester, collaborating with faculty, staff and students connected to the Berkeley Food Institute.
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Food luminaries to light up spring semester

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:00
Food luminaries to light up spring semesterThe Berkeley Food Institute is drawing food and agriculture experts to campus from across the country to address challenges and find solutions to problems in the food sector. Among the luminaries headed to campus this spring is New York Times columnist and writer Mark Bittman, who will co-host the popular Edible Education 101 course. Also: Q&A with Mark Bittman
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Can organic crops compete with industrial agriculture?

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 16:01
Can organic crops compete with industrial agriculture?An analysis of 115 studies comparing organic and conventional farming finds that the crop yields of organic agriculture are higher than previously thought. Researchers also found that taking into account methods that optimize the productivity of organic agriculture could minimize the yield gap between organic and conventional farming.
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Lick supernova search gets critical instrument upgrade

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 09:57
Lick supernova search gets critical instrument upgradeThe Kast spectrograph on the 3-meter Shane Telescope at UC's Lick Observatory will receive a much-needed upgrade thanks to a $350,000 donation by the Kast family & the Heising-Simons Foundation. Berkeley astronomer Alex Filippenko says the upgrade will help the automated supernova search in the quest to understand dark energy & the accelerating expansion of the universe.
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New therapy holds promise for restoring vision

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 14:11
New therapy holds promise for restoring visionA new genetic therapy developed by UC Berkeley scientists has not only helped blind mice regain light sensitivity sufficient to distinguish flashing from non-flashing lights, but also restored light response to the retinas of dogs, setting the stage for future clinical trials of the therapy in humans. The therapy involves inserting photoswitches into retinal cells that are normally "blind."
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Eko Devices – Extreme Tech Challenge Finalist

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 13:47
Eko Devices, a startup of Bioe undergrad alum Connor Landgraf, is one of ten startups selected to present live on stage at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show this January. The top three winners get the chance of a lifetime to pitch Sir Richard Branson on his private island. Eko competed against nearly 2,000 other applicants in the Extreme Tech Challenge to become one of the final ten.
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Scientists detect brain network that gives humans superior reasoning skills

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 09:00
Scientists detect brain network that gives humans superior reasoning skillsWhen it comes to getting out of a tricky situation, we humans have an evolutionary edge over other primates. UC Berkeley scientists have found mounting brain evidence that helps explain how humans have excelled at “relational reasoning,” a cognitive skill we use to solve problems.
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Lee creates graphene nanopores with optical antennas

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 15:55
Professor Luke Lee, collaborating with Professor of Physics Alex Zettl, have created the world's first graphene nanopores that feature a "built-in" optical antenna. This addition could significantly speed up nanopore sequencing of DNA.
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Barnosky Book About Extinction

Department of Integrative Biology - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 13:32

Professor Anthony Barnosky is the author of a new book, Dodging Extinction, which provides strategies for preventing the sixth mass extinction.
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Student searches for supernovas, secret to dark energy

UC Berkeley Science News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 16:00
Student searches for supernovas, secret to dark energyGraduate student Danny Goldstein created a computer algorithm that can sort through thousands of 570-megapixel images taken each night in search of tiny points of light indicating a distant supernova explosion. He created the algorithm, which runs on the Energy Department'’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center at Berkeley Lab, for the Dark Energy Survey.
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MTM team selectd for Clinton Global Initiative University

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 15:29

The Master of Translational Medicine team of Huzaifa Beg, Rahul Nayak, Danielle Chou and Sita Kumar has been selected to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) from March 6 to March 8 of 2015.

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Taking place at the University of Miami this year, CGI U is a conference where students, university representatives, topic experts, and celebrities meet to innovate novel solutions to current global challenges. Students bring their unique “commitments to action,” or methods of translating practical goals into feasible, measurable solutions.

The MTM team’s commitment to action involves the design and production of a device capable of detecting vaginal infections in pregnant women, which carry the potential risks of either maternal transmission of infections to the unborn child or causing the infant to be born preterm. The Masters students are collaborating with the Smart Diaphragm project at UCSF, which focuses on developing digital medical devices for earlier and at-home detection of pregnancy-related complications such as preterm birth.

The team is led by principal investigator Dr. Larry Rand, MD from the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, and co-principal investigators in the Department of Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences to accomplish this goal—Shuvo Roy, Phd; BioE alum Mozziyar Etemadi, PhD; and former MTM/current medical student Philip Chung, MS.

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Dodging a sixth mass extinction

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 14:48
Dodging a sixth mass extinctionIntegrative biology professor Anthony Barnosky not only has a new book out, Dodging Extinction, but also appears in a new documentary airing Nov. 30 on the Smithsonian Channel. The film, Mass Extinction, Life at the Brink, also features UC Berkeley geologist Walter Alvarez and Barnosky's wife, Stanford ecologist Elizabeth Hadly.
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‘Sleepless in America’ documentary to feature Berkeley research

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:00
‘Sleepless in America’ documentary to feature Berkeley researchUC Berkeley neuroscientist and sleep researcher Matthew Walker will be featured Nov. 30 in Sleepless in America, a documentary on the National Geographic Channel that lays out in gripping detail the perils of getting too little sleep.
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New mushroom discovered on campus — the first since 1985

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:16
New mushroom discovered on campus — the first since 1985For the first time in 30 years, a new species of mushroom has been discovered on the UC Berkeley campus, to the delight of the researchers who found it. Else Vellinga and Nhu Nguyen, the researchers, named it Helvella dryophila,
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