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U.S. patent office issues decision in CRISPR-Cas9 case

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:24
The ruling says that the inventions claimed in the pending U.S. patent application filed by the Doudna/Charpentier research group and those filed by the Broad Institute are separately patentable, moving the Doudna/Charpentier group’s application closer to issuance as a U.S. patent.
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UC Berkeley, NASA looking for citizen scientists to help find Planet 9

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:00
Volunteers needed to scan images of the sky to look for moving specks of light that could be a new planet or brown dwarf
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Fossil record should help guide conservation in a changing world

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 12:28
Writers, lawyers and policymakers as well as biologists and paleobiologists urge a focus on saving resilient ecosystems as well as species
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$3.6 million from NIH to build better infectious disease surveillance

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 15:50
Berkeley is leading a global project that will use big data to simulate and track infectious diseases around the world.
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UC, CSU faculty send open letter to Trump on climate change

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 09:00
More than 2,300 faculty from all disciplines urge action on climate change
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A chain reaction to spare the air

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 12:12
Bakar Fellow Jeffrey Long, professor of chemistry and of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has devised a new material that can capture and release CO2 at a lower temperature and in a much greater volume than present-day technologies
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Scientists unveil new form of matter: time crystals

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 08:30
By repeatedly tweaking a group of ions, physicists make first example of a non-equilibrium material: a system that repeats in time, rather than space
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Center for Built Environment, turning 20, helps shape building industry

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 11:58
Its research offers building operators, managers and designers new tools to enhance energy efficiency, environmental quality and livability for residents and workers — from the open-office plan and the cubicle to multifamily structures
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CRISPR research institute expands into agriculture, microbiology

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 08:15
Five year, $125 million investment in Innovative Genomics Institute will help improve global food security and the environment
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Why the lights don’t dim when we blink

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 09:00
Study finds that blinking prompts eye muscles to keep our vision in line
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Climate change could kill off parasites, destabilizing ecosystems

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 14:48
Mass parasite extinction could create more virulent disease or alter the food web
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Snails travel far and wide, spreading disease along the way

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 12:52
UC Berkeley-led study is the first to find genetic evidence for long-distance dispersal of disease-carrying snails.
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Learning to live without plastic

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 10:00
More than a dozen professors across a range of departments, from gender and women's studies to nuclear engineering, are working to incorporate content related to carbon neutrality, climate change and sustainability into their undergraduate course material.
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Global warming hiatus disproved — again

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 11:00
Study confirms steady warming of oceans for past 45 years
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Fast radio burst tied to distant dwarf galaxy and, perhaps, magnetar

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 10:00
First localization of mysterious bursts pinpoints galaxy 3 billion light years away
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Turning up the thermostat in tropics shows promise for energy and comfort

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 16:00
Slightly upping indoor temperatures in tropical offices and arming workers with smart fans can save significantly on overall energy costs while maintaining employee comfort.
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From a single genetic mutation, secrets of ‘boy in the bubble’ disease revealed

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 14:33
UC Berkeley was part of a research team that identified the cause of rare SCID case as a gene never before associated with the deadly immune system disorder
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Two NASA satellites slated for 2017 launch will focus on edge of space

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 16:29
NASA’s ICON and GOLD missions will team up to observe Earth’s ionosphere and upper atmosphere
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