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Walter Alvarez: A geologist ponders the improbability of life

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 13:18
In his new book, the originator of the theory that a comet or asteroid killed off the dinosaurs discusses the origins of life itself
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Rare supernova discovery ushers in new era for cosmology

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:37
Gravitational lens reveals magnified Type Ia supernova from across the universe
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New UC/Vox video series takes on climate change

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 14:24
Why are humans so bad at thinking about climate change? That provocative question opens the new series, Climate Lab, which looks at solutions to a daunting challenge
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April 29-30 symposium explores mystery of dinosaurs’ death

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

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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Scientists join director at April 15 U.S. premiere of climate doc Tomorrow

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

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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When human illness rises, the environment suffers, too

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

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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Seven months after Rio Olympics, Zika continues to plague babies in urban slums

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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Hawaiian biodiversity has been declining for millions of years

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

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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Berkeley engineers join $24 million push for craniofacial repair therapies

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 08:44
Berkeley joins six other California universities to treat and repair craniofacial disease and damage. The consortium has been awarded $12 million by the NIH, part of a larger $24 million effort to develop strategies for treating craniofacial defects, which affect millions of Americans.
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Never-before-seen views of elk herds on an incredible journey

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 11:00
UC Berkeley professor Arthur Middleton teamed up with a photographer and an artist to follow — and film — elk herds as they migrate over steep mountain passes and ford treacherous river crossings in Yellowstone
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$5.8 million grant helps expand radio telescope to study ‘cosmic dawn’

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 09:00
Moore Foundation funding will boost study of epoch after first stars formed in the universe
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Climate change has the potential to alter natural selection, study finds

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 14:51
The study, published in the journal Science, indicates that changes in precipitation patterns influence natural selection worldwide
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Woolly mammoths experienced a genomic meltdown just before extinction

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 16:00
The study warns that preserving a small group of isolated animals is not sufficient to stop the negative effects of inbreeding
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How a butterfly builds its wings

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 10:05
A new video from the California Academy of Sciences shows Berkeley scientists using time-lapse microscopy to show how butterfly wings develop their fragile structures and beautiful colors.
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Megamovie project to crowdsource images of August solar eclipse

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 05:00
Public asked to submit photos to stitch together into 90-minute eclipse Megamovie
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