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MEng Capstone Project Highlight: Applied Rejuvenative Therapies

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 15:57
A team of BioE Master of Engineering students is working on aging and rejuvenation in the Conboy Lab.
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April 29-30 symposium explores mystery of dinosaurs’ death

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 04/13/2017 - 14:51
Was it a comet or asteroid, volcanic eruptions, both or neither. Come find out.
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Device pulls water from dry air, powered only by the sun

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 17:00
The key component is an extremely porous material called a metal-organic framework that absorbs 20 percent of its weight in water from low-humidity air
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Capstone team takes a bite out of Shark Tank

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 16:01
The capstone team of Darya Fadavi, Jeffrey Feng, and Noreen Wauford was one of only three teams to win Accelerator Awards in the UCSF Surgical Innovations Shark Tank event. They will receive $25,000 in seed funding plus engineering and development support to advance their project, "Quantitative Assessment of Degree & Spatial Extent of Pain Nerve Block." They were the only winning team with student members, and co-presented with their UCSF mentors, Professors Matthew Haight and Merlin Larson.
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Scientists join director at April 15 U.S. premiere of climate doc Tomorrow

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 10:00
Climate tipping points inspired upbeat documentary about climate change and efforts to fight it
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West Coast rollout of updated ‘ShakeAlert’ earthquake warning system

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 17:00
California was the first to try ShakeAlert in 2016. Now Washington and Oregon will be able to test what will become a fully integrated West Coast early warning system.
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M.Eng. Capstone Project Highlight: Prevention of Early Breastfeeding Cessation

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 04/07/2017 - 12:37
Bioengineering Master of Engineering students are developing a revolutionary breast cream to help mothers continue breastfeeding their newborn children.
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Yosemite documentary features Berkeley sequoia researchers

Department of Integrative Biology - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 13:25

BS Nature documentary that first aired March 29 and is now available for streaming explores the impact of climate change on Yosemite National Park, and features two UC Berkeley biologists who climb to the tops of giant sequoias to understand what the future holds for these ancient trees.

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When human illness rises, the environment suffers, too

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 12:00
Sick people can also create health problems for the environment, as a new study of the fishing community around Kenya’s Lake Victoria shows.
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Renewable energy has robust future in much of Africa

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:00
Strategic siting of wind and solar farms can reduce need for fossil fuel and hydropower
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BioE startup mFluiDx publishes their detection chip in Science

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 11:55
mFluiDx, a startup founded by BioE PhD alum Charlie Yeh and currently in the CITRIS Foundry incubator, has published their development of a portable, self-powered, low-cost nucleic acid detection chip. This simple chip allows rapid quantitative digital nucleic acid detection directly from small human blood samples, an alternative to real-time PCR testing in remote or low-resource settings.
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Seven months after Rio Olympics, Zika continues to plague babies in urban slums

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 08:53
New research shows that risk to visitors to the Rio Olympics were low, but people who live there bear the brunt of the mosquito-borne virus
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Herr Lab advances protein expression profiling of circulating tumor cells using microfluidic western blotting

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 08:00
Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are detached primary cancer cells found in the circulatory system that are implicated in the metastasis of cancer. Herr and collaborators have developed a microfluidic western blot for an 8-plex protein panel for individual CTCs, derived from estrogen receptor positive breast cancer patients, that advances the state of the art in CTC characterization with tiny sample sizes.
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Feature story: Designing healthy futures

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 14:17
See how students in bioengineering and other fields are working at the intersection of design and health at the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation.
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M.Eng. Capstone Project Highlight: Commercializing Nanocarriers for Neurological Diseases

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:30
A capstone team of bioengineering MEng students is developing nanocarriers to deliver medicine to inaccessible regions of the brain to treat neurologic and brain-related diseases.
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Two BioE startups graduating from CITRIS Foundry

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:28
BioE startups GenEdit (Prof Niren Murthy and PhD Kunwoo Lee) and SmartPhage (MEng Job Shiach) have completed their time as members of the CITRIS Foundry's startup program and are going out to change the world.
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Hawaiian biodiversity has been declining for millions of years

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 08:30
Because of constantly shrinking land area, the older islands have been losing bird, insect and plant species for millions of years
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EBI, Shell sign $25 million partnership to fund new energy tech research

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 08:58
UC Berkeley’s Energy Biosciences Institute and Shell have entered into a five-year research agreement to spend up to $25 million over five years on fundamental research in the areas of global energy transition and new energy technology.
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Where’d you get those threads?

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 12:47
Alumni company Bolt Threads has launched its first direct to consumers clothing made of synthetic spider silk - a snazzy tie! Only 50 will be made, but more engineered clothing is on the horizon.
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