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Native Amazonians, Americans and monkeys show similar thinking patterns

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 11:00
Primates' neural computations shed new light on the evolution of language
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Rogue’s gallery of dusty star systems reveals exoplanet nurseries

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 08:00
A unique, systematic survey of young debris disks around 104 nearby stars turns up 25 stars with evidence of planets
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Pandemic could decimate environmental, outdoor science education programs

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 08:00
Study finds 11 million children at risk of losing access to the educational and health benefits of environmental education
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Of virulent viruses and reservoir hosts

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 23:00
As the public health community races to contain the current global pandemic, researchers are working diligently to understand the novel coronavirus
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Berkeley Talks: Using peer pressure to fight climate change

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 09:00
"When you do something, other people see you do it, and they do it, too," says Robert Frank, an economics professor at Cornell University and author of Under the Influence
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US can reach 90% clean energy by 2035 without higher costs, report says

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 17:01
The report by Berkeley's Center for Environmental Public Policy finds an ambitious move to clean energy is do-able — and could bring broad economic, environmental benefits
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Stephen Glickman, father of world’s only captive hyena colony, dies at 87

Mon, 06/08/2020 - 10:11
A pioneer in behavioral endocrinology and passionate advocate for hyenas
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Emergency COVID-19 measures prevented more than 500 million infections, study finds

Mon, 06/08/2020 - 02:00
“I don’t think any human endeavor has ever saved so many lives in such a short period of time,” author says
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Fitful nightly sleep linked to chronic inflammation, hardened arteries

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 11:00
Scientists tie disrupted slumber to deadly plaque buildup known as atherosclerosis
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Bakar Fellow Q&A: Can microbes mine for metals?

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 08:30
Arash Komeili and Carly Grant are exploring whether microbes that sequester iron can be tweaked to extract other valuable metals or remove toxic metals from the environment
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Living near oil and gas wells tied to low birth weights in infants

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 06:00
Study of nearly 3 million California births links proximity to active oil and gas well sites with adverse birth outcomes for rural residents
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Searching for quantum weirdness in interactions between light and matter

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 10:23
Physicists Alessandra Lanzara and Joseph Orenstein were awarded $1.6 million each to poke and probe new types of materials to see what unusual quantum phenomena pop out
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Bakar Fellow Q&A: Better plant engineering with nanotubes

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 08:10
Markita Landry uses nanotubes to ferry CRISPR-Cas9 molecules into plant cells to edit genes and produce better crops
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Astronomers create cloud atlas for hot, Jupiter-like exoplanets

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 08:47
Of all the exotic clouds proposed for hot Jupiters, the most common should be silicate clouds: essentially molten quartz
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Berkeley Talks: The global politics of waste

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 09:00
Berkeley professor Kate O'Neill discusses the afterlives of the things we throw away and how China's decision to stop importing paper and plastic has disrupted the global waste economy
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Drought ‘refuges’ protect young coho salmon from summer heat

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 09:00
A seven-year study of Russian River salmon reveals new tools for protecting the population in the face of climate change
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Scientists finally crack nature’s most common chemical bond

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 08:46
The carbon-hydrogen bond makes up two-thirds of all the bonds in hydrocarbons, yet has defied chemists' attempts to open it up and add new chemical groups. John Hartwig's lab has now cracked that problem.
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Saving livestock by thinking like a predator

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 11:38
Preventing endangered carnivores from eating valuable livestock may require going back to Ecology 101
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COVID-19: Tracking, data privacy and getting the numbers right

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 23:30
UC Berkeley experts said they want data sources that provide the most accurate picture in the shortest time after exposure
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Campus lab takes COVID-19 testing to utility workers, underserved

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 08:00
The COVID-19 diagnostics lab ramped up its capacity to where now it can test members of the local community, including asymptomatic first responders and homeless people exposed to the coronavirus
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