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Changing when we use energy to fit the ‘duck curve’

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:17
As more solar power comes online, the available energy peaks at midday, forcing Californians to shift their usage to take full advantage of renewables
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California’s Dry Regions are Hotspots of Plant Diversity

Department of Integrative Biology - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 13:01

The first “big data” analysis of California’s native plants, using digitized information from more than 22 herbaria and botanical gardens around the state, provides some surprises about one of the most thoroughly studied and unique areas in the country.

For one, the state’s arid regions, including deserts such as Death Valley, are hotspots for originating new plant species and providing refuges for older plants that have disappeared elsewhere.

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First Hacking for Impact Class Buzzes Around the Mosquito Problem

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 11:18
IEEE Spectrum talks with Professor Amy Herr, founder of Berkeley's Hacking for Impact course, about the non-technical challenges of pursuing impact.
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Eclipse Megamovie project seeks public’s help analyzing 50,000 photos

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 09:00
Help make a better Megamovie by sorting through photos of the great total solar eclipse of 2017
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Alumna Lee-Karlon elected to AIMBE

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 10:13
BioE undergrad alumna Ann Lee-Karlon, later a PhD graduate of UC San Diego, has been elected to the AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2018. She was recognized for “outstanding leadership in successful drug development and business operations in Genentech and for enhancing diversity of future BME leaders.”
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Million Hands with MEng students

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 10:02
BioE Master of Engineering students Bhardwaj, Dabiri, and Ramirez are working with the Million Hands organization to create customized low-cost prosthetic hands for children with 3D-printing.
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Which came first: complex life or high atmospheric oxygen?

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 10:00
Deep ocean basalts record 3.5-billion-year history of oceanic and atmospheric oxygen levels
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CRISPR put to work to save chocolate from devastation

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 15:29
UC Berkeley scientists are using new gene-editing tool to save cacao from climate change
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Palm oil plantations fuel pigs that ruin Southeast Asian forests

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:47
Planting of palm oil plantations is a major cause of deforestation, but the palm seeds also support rising populations of forest-destroying wildlife like pigs and monkeys
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Insight Fall 2017 Newsletter

Department of Integrative Biology - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:23

Take a look inside the newest IB Newsletter!

IB Fall 2017 Newsletter cover

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New course to tap UC Berkeley’s diversity and maker spirit

Department of Integrative Biology - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 10:45

Robert Full wants to tap the diverse experiences of UC Berkeley undergraduates to teach them the fun of discovering biology’s secrets and the innovations that can spring from hacking them.

Maybe he’ll spark a few entrepreneurs in the process.

Read more here...

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Fourteen HHMI Professors Take On Important Challenges in Science Education

Department of Integrative Biology - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 10:44

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) announced today that 14 leading scientists have been named HHMI professors, an award that recognizes excellence in research and education and empowers recipients to explore new approaches to important challenges in science education. HHMI is awarding 10 individual grants of $1 million each and two grants for collaborative projects that will receive a total of $1.5 million each over five years.

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First step toward CRISPR cure of Lou Gehrig’s disease

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 16:46
Researchers led by Professor David Schaffer have for the first time used CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to disable a defective gene that causes amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, in mice, extending their lifespan by 25 percent.
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Conolly Lab – closing in on cancer through MPI

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 20:35
Bioengineering and EECS professor Steven Conolly is building a new kind of medical diagnostic technology called magnetic particle imaging (MPI).
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Climate video series: Bees lead the way to farming’s future

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 08:15
Diversified farming can improve yields and limit the environmental damage of industrial agriculture and slash-and-burn farming
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Deploying drones to follow the water

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 11:26
$2.2 million grant from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation will allow high-tech monitoring of UC Natural Reserve System's wildland preserves
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Climate video series: Are we like the whale in ‘Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’?

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:47
Paleontologist Charles Marshall knows well the radical climate change Earth has experienced over hundreds of millions of years, but today's rapid change is more perilous - like freefall
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BioE alum Ranganathan to lead UChicago’s Center for Physics of Evolving Systems

Department of Bioengineering - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 11:27
Prominent scientist Rama Ranganathan received his undergraduate degree in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley as one of the pioneering students in the Engineering Science BioE program, before the founding of the department. Now Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Chicago, Ranganathan will lead their new center spanning the Division of the Biological Sciences and the Institute for Molecular Engineering.
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Hot bodies are attractive

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 06:00
Blackbody radiation from a warm object attracts polarizable objects
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PhD student Rao builds pneumonia diagnostic

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 21:10
BioE PhD student Adam Rao is part of the team that designed Tabla, a low-cost device that uses sound waves to detect the presence of pneumonia. Tabla is the winner of the student category of Fast Company‘s 2017 Innovation by Design Awards.
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