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Were galaxies much different in the early universe?

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 08:10
Though not yet complete, the HERA telescope in South Africa's Karoo is already telling astronomers about conditions in the early universe before stars ignited
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Climate change likely to uproot more Amazon trees

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 14:29
A Berkeley Lab/UC Berkeley study warns that global warming is likely to increase the number of violent windstorms in the Amazon, knocking down trees that would otherwise suck up greenhouse gases
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New ‘chain mail’ material of interlocking molecules is tough, flexible and easy to make

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 08:30
Molecular bonds break when bent, but structures made from interlocking molecules can be flexible and tough, just like the chain mail made of interlocking metal rings worn by medieval knights.
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A big step toward ‘green’ ammonia and a ‘greener’ fertilizer

Wed, 01/11/2023 - 08:00
UC Berkeley chemists demonstrated a new process that uses less energy to separate ammonia from the chemical reactants used industrially to produce the chemical for fertilizer
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Speciesism, like racism, imperils humanity and the planet

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 09:00
The attitude that humans are superior to other species has helped justify environmental destruction and animal extinctions, scientists warn
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How a viral toxin may exacerbate severe COVID-19

Fri, 12/09/2022 - 12:24
A new study finds that the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein can contribute to vascular leak, a dangerous release of fluids from the blood vessels that can lead to respiratory failure
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Clean Air Act dramatically cut vehicle pollution, but inequities remain

Tue, 12/06/2022 - 12:19
The first comprehensive study of air pollution exhaust standards finds that the 1972 Clean Air Act has driven spectacular decreases in pollution from U.S. passenger vehicles but poses a challenge for pollution policy in poor communities
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James Analytis is drawn to superconducting magnets

Tue, 12/06/2022 - 12:02
Analytis, a 2021 Heising-Simons Faculty Fellow, studies the fundamental underpinnings of exotic superconductors, which could lead to new kinds of MRI machines or supercomputers.
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Webb Space Telescope, Keck team up to study Saturn’s moon Titan

Thu, 12/01/2022 - 08:00
After the James Webb Space Telescope noticed clouds on Titan, a UC Berkeley astronomer stepped in to confirm and track their movement with the Keck telescope in Hawai'i
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Berkeley leads a ‘new era of innovation’ in quantum science, technology research

Tue, 11/29/2022 - 11:52
UC Berkeley professors highlight the research, education, and entrepreneurship currently being conducted that makes Berkeley a leader in quantum science and technology.
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For female astronomers, pandemic widened publishing’s gender gap

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 08:00
The pandemic had differing effects on the productivity of male vs female astronomers. Both wrote more papers, but women less so, widening a long-standing gender gap in the rate of publication.
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Ph.D. student’s goal: Access to psychedelics for Indigenous peoples

Tue, 11/22/2022 - 09:58
Psychedelic mushrooms changed Marlena Robbins' life
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Building an extraterrestrial ‘starter kit’ for a future on Mars

Tue, 11/15/2022 - 09:53
At Berkeley’s Center for the Utilization of Biological Engineering in Space (CUBES), scientists are creating plants and microbes that could one day provide sustenance to humans exploring the final frontier
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Psychedelic guides trained in first-ever UC Berkeley program

Thu, 11/10/2022 - 13:48
Twenty-four advanced professionals — including doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists and chaplains — are learning to be skilled psychedelic facilitators in research and therapeutic settings
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Earth-sun distance dramatically alters seasons in equatorial Pacific in a 22,000-year cycle

Wed, 11/09/2022 - 11:52
An unrecognized contribution to wind and ocean conditions in the eastern Pacific likely impacts our weather in California
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Widespread forest loss holds grave consequences for wildlife

Fri, 11/04/2022 - 10:09
Between 2011 and 2020, the southern Sierra Nevada lost 30% of its conifer forests to wildfire, drought or other forest disturbances, threatening species like the California spotted owl and the Pacific fisher
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Endangered Devils Hole pupfish is one of the most inbred animals known

Fri, 11/04/2022 - 09:29
UC Berkeley scientists sequenced and analyzed the genome of this iconic fish, which is found in a lone thermal pool in Nevada
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Meet our new faculty: Molly Ohainle, molecular and cell biology

Tue, 11/01/2022 - 14:09
Molly Ohainle is a new member of the UC Berkeley faculty
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Berkeley Talks: Indigenous access, political ecology in settler states

Fri, 10/21/2022 - 17:38
Clint Carroll, an associate professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, gave a talk called "Reuniting with Our Lands and Waters" in September
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