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Recording a thought’s fleeting trip through the brain

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 08:30
Berkeley researchers record from the surface of the brain to obtain best view yet of how prefrontal cortex coordinates our responses
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Berkeley anthropologist honored with 2017 Huxley Award

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 16:00
Berkeley's Margaret Conkey is honored with one of anthropology's highest tributes.
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Podcast: Bot Garden series explores the science of cannabis

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:00
With recreational cannabis newly legal in California, the UC Botanical Garden has lined up a full roster of experts to discuss the latest research on the commercialization and use of the popular plant
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Podcast: Here’s what our recent quake sounded like

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 16:00
Toppling tchotchkes and whining dogs were only some of the sounds from last week’s 4.4-magnitude earthquake on the Hayward Fault. Underground at UC Berkeley, seismic sensors captured the quake’s deep rumble
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Largest recorded underwater volcanic eruption sheds light on deep-sea events

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 15:07
Seafloor eruption in 2012 produced a huge raft of pumice in the southern Pacific
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Dueber lab moves closer to clean, green indigo dyes

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 21:53
Professor John Dueber's lab has advanced two steps closer to cleaning up the dirty production of indigo dyes. Using synthetic biology they have done away with the wasteful chemical synthesis of indigo, and removed the damaging bleaching stage that converts indigo to leucoindigo.
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SETI project homes in on strange ‘fast radio bursts’

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 09:55
Some bursts may be from advanced civilizations, but this one is likely immersed in the strong magnetic field of a massive black hole
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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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