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Does the Paris agreement open the door to geoengineering?

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 12/14/2015 - 16:01
How can the world achieve the aspirational climate goals set at the 2015 U.N. climate summit? According to Professor Dan Farber of the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment, it may require, in part, a technological solution he's not a particular fan of. Read his post on the Berkeley Blog.
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‘Six things I learned at COP21 about carbon removal’

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 12/14/2015 - 10:06
"U.N. negotiators understand the magnitude of the climate change problem, and have left space for carbon removal to contribute to climate action in the future," writes 2015 Berkeley grad Noah Deich in a blog post looking at the Paris Agreement.
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World’s most sensitive dark matter detector gets even better

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 12/14/2015 - 08:00
Dark matter experiment in abandoned South Dakota gold mine is searching for elusive WIMPs
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A shift to carbon capture

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 12/11/2015 - 11:04
Scientists and regulators are placing increased emphasis on carbon removal and sequestration, and UC Berkeley is focused on the mission.
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Amy Herr named to Cornell visiting professorship

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 12/11/2015 - 10:21
Professor Amy Herr has been named the Mary Shepard B. Upson Visiting Professor in Engineering at Cornell University for Fall 2015 through Spring 2018. The appointment includes research and travel support for collaborative work with Cornell faculty and students. Herr will be working with Professor Brian Kirby on micro- and nanofluidic advances. Never fear, Professor […]
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Future conditional: Artists and designers at COP21

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 12/10/2015 - 12:56
ArtCOP21, at the Paris climate talks, brought together artists and a plan: “To truly meet the climate challenge, we need to get creative.” Associate Vice Chancellor for the Arts and Design Shannon Jackson reports from the scene.
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CRISPR-Cas9 Helps Uncover Genetics of Exotic Organisms

Department of Integrative Biology - Thu, 12/10/2015 - 11:03

The simplicity of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing will soon make studying the genes of any organism, from the simplest slime mold to the octopus, as easy as it now is to study the genes controlling development in standard lab animals such as nematodes, fruit flies, frogs and mice.

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CRISPR-Cas9 helps uncover genetics of exotic organisms

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 12/10/2015 - 09:00
Genome editing helps reveal how key animal genes set up segmented body plan
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UC Awards Catalyze Interdisciplinary Research on Berkeley campus

Department of Integrative Biology - Wed, 12/09/2015 - 15:06

$1.76 million over three years for a Conservation Genomics Network, led by UCLA and involving UC Berkeley’s Rasmus Nielsen as co-principal investigator and Michael Nachman, Steven Beissinger and Erica Rosenblum as co-investigators. The goal is to develop a revolutionary bioinformatics toolkit to understand changes in gene expression and how threatened populations respond to changes in their habitats and in the climate.

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Zheng, Conolly, Schaffer achieve first in vivo magnetic particle imaging

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 12/09/2015 - 10:44
Professor Steven Conolly’s lab is the first in the world to achieve cell tracking in vivo by magnetic particle imaging. Authored by recent BioE Ph.D. Bo Zheng, the publication announces successful monitoring of cellular grafts with high contrast, sensitivity, and quantitativeness. The study shows 200-cell detection in vitro and in vivo monitoring of human neural […]
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UC awards catalyze interdisciplinary research on Berkeley campus

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 12/08/2015 - 14:33
Four Research Catalyst Awards from UC's Office of the President will stimulate inter-campus collaboration
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CRI Representatives Head to Paris with Gov. Brown’s Climate Team

College of Letters & Science - Mon, 12/07/2015 - 15:33

California Gov. Jerry Brown is headed to Paris this weekend for the two-week global climate summit, prepped for his meetings by a team of scientists almost entirely from the UC system, including two from UC Berkeley: William Collins, a professor of earth and planetary science and a Berkeley Lab researcher; and Anthony Barnosky, a professor of integrative biology.
 UC Berkeley Researchers accompany Governor Brown to Paris Climate Talks

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Human gene editing is easier than ever. But is it ethical?

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 12/07/2015 - 15:32
Experts from around the world gathered recently for a summit looking at the rapidly changing possibilities of human gene editing. UC Berkeley's Charis Thompson, who spoke at the meeting, summarizes positions taken on a key question: the ethics of creating permanent, hereditary changes in the human genome.
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How UC is playing a unique role on climate change

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 12/07/2015 - 11:12
As scientists and leaders at the Paris climate summit try to map out responses to global warming, evidence grows that the world is beginning to follow California's lead, and UC is key to the state's efforts.
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As nations talk, California shows how states and cities can cut emissions

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 12/07/2015 - 08:44
Ethan Elkind of UC Berkeley's Center for Law, Energy and the Environment is in Paris for the COP21 climate summit, helping to get cities and states to commit to aggressive greenhouse gas reductions. He talks about this California-led initiative in a Q&A.
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MTM team wins VentureWell E-Team Award

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 12/04/2015 - 15:40
Congratulations to the MTM Otto team, who have been awarded a VentureWell E Team grant for their design of a wearable cognitive assist device for the elderly. Otto is an integrated smartwatch solution that permits caregivers to communicate with, remind, monitor, and assess elderly patients. The project team of Aradhana Verma, Alex Diehl, and Ahmed Rahim work with Dr. Pierre Theodore of UCSF.
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Eko Core one of Time‘s ’25 Best Inventions of 2015’

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 12/04/2015 - 13:14
The Eko Core digital stethoscope, created by a startup founded by BioE alum Connor Landgraf with three other UC Berkeley graduates, has made Time magazine's list of "25 Best Inventions of 2015."
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UC Berkeley scientists key members of Gov. Brown’s climate team

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 12/04/2015 - 08:50
California Gov. Jerry Brown is headed to Paris this weekend for the two-week global climate summit, prepped for his meetings by a team of scientists almost entirely from the UC system, including two from UC Berkeley.
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Dire Climate Forecast Inspires Upbeat Film About Solutions For a Warmer ‘Tomorrow’

Department of Integrative Biology - Thu, 12/03/2015 - 09:24

In 2012, UC Berkeley paleontologist Anthony Barnosky and 20 co-authors published a dire paper warning that Earth’s climate is approaching a tipping point that could irrevocably drive the planet into a scary and uncertain future.

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Dire climate forecast inspires upbeat film about solutions for a warmer ‘Tomorrow’

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 12/02/2015 - 16:07
Anthony Barnosky's warning of climate tipping point inspires French filmmakers to focus on solutions for 'Tomorrow'
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