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How Cockroaches Crash Into Walls and Keep Going

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 07:45

Anyone who’s tried to kill a cockroach knows that the ancient pests have some world-class evasive maneuvers. Or at least they appear to.

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Increased UV from ozone depletion sterilizes trees

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 13:59

“Paleontologists have come up with various kill scenarios for mass extinctions, but plant life may not be affected by dying suddenly as much as through interrupting one part of the life cycle, such as reproduction, over a long period of time, causing the population to dwindle and potentially disappear,” said co-author Cindy Looy, a UC Berkeley associate professor of Integrative Biology.

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California’s Dry Regions are Hotspots of Plant Diversity

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 13:01

The first “big data” analysis of California’s native plants, using digitized information from more than 22 herbaria and botanical gardens around the state, provides some surprises about one of the most thoroughly studied and unique areas in the country.

For one, the state’s arid regions, including deserts such as Death Valley, are hotspots for originating new plant species and providing refuges for older plants that have disappeared elsewhere.

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Insight Fall 2017 Newsletter

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:23

Take a look inside the newest IB Newsletter!

IB Fall 2017 Newsletter cover

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New course to tap UC Berkeley’s diversity and maker spirit

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 10:45

Robert Full wants to tap the diverse experiences of UC Berkeley undergraduates to teach them the fun of discovering biology’s secrets and the innovations that can spring from hacking them.

Maybe he’ll spark a few entrepreneurs in the process.

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Fourteen HHMI Professors Take On Important Challenges in Science Education

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 10:44

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) announced today that 14 leading scientists have been named HHMI professors, an award that recognizes excellence in research and education and empowers recipients to explore new approaches to important challenges in science education. HHMI is awarding 10 individual grants of $1 million each and two grants for collaborative projects that will receive a total of $1.5 million each over five years.

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