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Did last ice age affect breast feeding in Native Americans?

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:00
Tracing the genetics of a distinctive tooth shape in Native Americans, scientists discover link between mutation and the density of female breast tissue
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Enlarged spleen key to diving endurance of ‘sea nomads’

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 09:00
The Indonesian Bajau people spend much of their day underwater, and have adapted to long periods without air by developing spleens half again as large as those of non-diving groups
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Imported bullfrogs likely kicked off state epidemic of frog-killing fungus

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:45
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology helps track down culprit behind fungus that has devastated frog populations throughout California
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Calaveras Dam fossil trove gives researchers greatest local find in decades

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:14
The quality and size of discovery paints a detailed picture of the Bay Area 20 million years ago
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In ‘Gone City,’ geographer questions Silicon Valley’s boom times

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 17:00
Geographer's new book deconstructs the Bay Area's remarkable journey from the Gold Rush to its dominance at the top of the tech world
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UC Berkeley’s massive egg collection helps project up for possible Webby

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 16:14
Voting is open until Thursday for a best-of-the-Internet Webby award
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Drought alters microbiome of plants’ roots

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 16:00
Sorghum study shows drought shifts balance of root microbiome, a finding that could help scientists manipulate crops to withstand climate change
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Capstone team takes second in Big Ideas

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 09:09
The senior capstone team "SurgeCare", of Jovanny Guillen, Tatiana Jansen and Irene Kim, took 2nd place in the 2018 Big Ideas contest, Global Health category! SurgeCare is a locally sourced device capable of effectively cleaning surgical instruments using recycled, pressurized water, without the use of electricity, with the potential to decrease the high rate of surgical site infections in low resource settings like Ethiopia.
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Berkeley ecologist selected as a lead author for IPCC report

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 10:00
Patrick Gonzales will lead a chapter in the report.
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Start of most sensitive search yet for dark matter axion

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 16:16
Listening to the faint signals of axions was impossible until John Clarke invented a low-noise superconducting quantum amplifier
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A ‘Deep Look’ into leeches’ comeback

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 12:45
Once widely used as a cure-all for an array of ailments, leeches are making a resurgence in the medical community just for being their blood-thirsty selves
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Soaring through Peru: Berkeley student turns summer research into augmented reality app

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 12:24
With her eyes locked on the Inca ruins in front of her, UC Berkeley student Natalea Schager gently nudged a switch. A white DJI Phantom 3 Professional drone hovered on the horizon nearly 1,000 feet
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BioE alumni on different continents win grant to to see molecular structure of membraneless organelles

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 16:46
Bioengineering PhD alumni Nick Fawzi and Sapun Parekh started a conversation about something completely different and ended up with a grant from the Human Frontier Science Program to study membraneless organelles. Nicolas Fawzi is an Assistant Professor at Brown University, who received his Bioengineering PhD in 2007 working in Professor Teresa Head-Gordon’s lab. Sapun Parekh […]
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You do Belong in Science – a podcast event by BioE PhD students

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 13:28
You do belong in science - even if it doesn't always feel that way. The Double Shelix podcast, hosted by UC Berkeley Bioengineering PhD Candidates Sally Winkler and Kayla Wolf, launches on April 3 with a series of 7 episodes on the the theme of belonging in STEM. Every Tuesday, they'll bring conversations with experts in science, education, and inclusion in conversation about how we can create STEM communities where all feel belonging.
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Hubble peers through cosmic lens to capture most distant star ever seen

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 09:58
Gravitational lensing by sun-like star in massive cluster reveals blue supergiant from 9 billion light years away
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Outstanding student poster at Microtechnologies in Medicine and Biology (MMB)

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 15:35
BioE PhD student Alison Su, in Professor Amy Herr's lab, won the Outstanding Student Poster award at this year's International Conference on Microtechnologies in Medicine and Biology.
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BioE Ph.D. student learns how to tug at federal purse strings

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 15:30
BioE PhD student Andrew Bremer attended the Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) workshop, held by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington DC. CASE educates STEM students on science policy matters – including in-depth learning about the mechanisms of federal research spending and how to engage with policymakers as scientists.
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From pollution cleanup to building houses, what can’t mushrooms do?

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 15:00
There are more than 5 million species of fungi, and each one likes a particular food — some like sawdust; others like plastic; some can even digest heavy metals
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Land degradation pushing planet towards sixth mass extinction

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 17:00
A landmark new report shows the threats and costs from human misuse of lands
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