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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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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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