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Mars’ oceans formed early, possibly aided by massive volcanic eruptions

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 09:00
Oceans formed before and evolved along with Tharsis volcano, shaping climate history of Mars
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Researchers create a protein ‘mat’ that can soak up pollution

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 11:00
The mats could one day be used in war zones to decontaminate chemical weapons.
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How to make space molecules

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 08:00
Berkeley researchers demonstrate how complex hydrocarbons like pyrene can form around hot giant stars
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How brightly colored spiders evolved on Hawaii again and again … and again

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 09:01
Stick spiders with similar traits live on different Hawaiian islands but aren't each other's closest relatives; they are a rare instance where a physical form has evolved separately on each island, according to a new study
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Sinking land will exacerbate flooding from sea level rise in Bay Area

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 11:00
New satellite measurements show that areas around the Bay at risk of inundation could be twice earlier estimates
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A way to grow plants with less water

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 10:04
Researchers at UC Berkeley have discovered a key protein that improves the efficiency of photosynthesis, reducing water use by 25 percent
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Hidden ‘rock moisture’ may be key to tree survival during drought

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 09:59
Zone of weathered rock underlying the soil on hillsides holds reservoir of moisture critical for surviving water shortages
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Berkeley, Amah Mutsun tribe excavate ancient practices to save animals, plants, land

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 10:11
Archaeologists and anthropologists are working with tribal stewards to help ensure the future of these lands, and the planet
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Better planetary management though data science

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:32
Sol Hsiang discusses how data, analysis and computing can show us our future in a warming world, and lead us to take action to lessen the impact
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Amateur astronomer captures rare first light from massive exploding star

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:00
It's the first observation of optical light from the shock breakout in a supernova explosion
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Some black holes erase your past

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 08:30
Physicists argue that the world is deterministic, that your past and present uniquely determine your future, but this may not be true inside some types of black holes
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Cheap, efficient cookstoves are small-tech solution with big payoff

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 08:30
Ashok Gadgil redesigned a simple technology, the wood cookstove, to help women in refugee camps in Darfur, Sudan
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Increased UV from ozone depletion sterilizes trees

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 11:00
Evidence links volcanoes to Earth's largest mass extinction 252 million years ago
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Connecting the dots between declining wildlife and human misery

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 11:45
Justin Brashares explores the social and cultural impacts of declining wildlife populations around the world, from fish to carnivores
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Young planet hunters receive Pegasi b fellowships

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 15:16
Two incoming fellows and one departing Ph.D. will explore the diversity of exoplanets discovered since 1995
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Super-resolution microscopy reveals fine detail of cellular mesh

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 15:35
Clear picture of geodesic scaffold underlying membrane of red blood cell sheds light on cellular cytoskeleton and the parasites that hijack it
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Artificial leaves to produce fuel on Earth and, one day, Mars

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 15:34
Chemist Peidong Yang is developing ways to convert sunlight, water and carbon directly into fuel, just as a leaf converts sunlight into food
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Amid flu epidemic, more bad news about its spread

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:52
Just talking or breathing can transmit the virus, new study shows
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100 million dead trees in the Sierra are a massive risk for unpredictable wildfires

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 05:55
The dead trees have created potential fuel for dangerously unpredictable wildfires in the near future.
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