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Global economic losses from cyclones linger for decades, study finds

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 08:30
Global economic losses from cyclones linger for decades, study findsA new study co-authored by a UC Berkeley public policy professor debunks the idea that cyclones have no long-term, lasting economic impacts, and suggests the urgent need for revamping disaster policy around the world.
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Berkeley to host international neuroscience database to speed brain discoveries

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 07:19
Berkeley to host international neuroscience database to speed brain discoveriesUC Berkeley, a partner in "Neurodata Without Borders," will host a neuroscience database to make the digital information more usable and accessible and accelerate the pace of discoveries about the brain in health and disease. The work is funded by the Kavli Foundation, GE, HHMI and the Allen Institute for Brain Science.
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New super-resolution microscope empowers bioscientists

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 13:29
New super-resolution microscope empowers bioscientistsWith a grant from the National Institutes of Health, the campus's Biological Imaging Facility is purchasing a structured-illumination microscope — an instrument so powerful it allows bioscientists to visualize the arrangement of proteins and magnetic particles inside bacteria.
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Rep. Waxman to FERC: ‘Read UC Berkeley climate-change study’

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:30
 ‘Read UC Berkeley climate-change study’In a Congressional hearing July 29, Congressman Henry Waxman had a rare chance to speak to all five sitting members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission concerning climate change. He urged them to read a recent UC Berkeley report on FERC's authority to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and placed the report into the Congressional Record.
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Paleontologist entices diverse students to dig her field

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 16:00
Paleontologist entices diverse students to dig her fieldWe love to see giant dinosaur fossils in museums, but microfossils are everywhere, geoscientist Lisa White tells school kids. An African-American woman in one of the least diverse scientific fields, White directs education and public programs at the Museum of Paleontology. Read California Magazine's profile.
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Cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths wins early career impact award

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:54
Cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths wins early career impact awardUC Berkeley cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths is the 2014 winner of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences Foundation's "Early Career Impact Award." The award recognizes scientists who have made major research contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior.
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Watching Schrodinger’s cat die

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 09:13
Watching Schrodinger’s cat dieA famous quantum physics paradox states that a cat is both dead and alive until someone opens the box to find out. UC Berkeley scientists have demonstrated that you can actually watch the cat die (or live), providing new techniques for error correction in quantum computers.
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Berkeley, Stanford biologists make foray into politics of climate change

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 13:19
Berkeley, Stanford biologists make foray into politics of climate changeBERKELEY — UC Berkeley biologist Anthony Barnosky’s 2012 Nature paper warning of an impending tipping point in Earth’s climate resonated with California Governor Jerry Brown, who called Barnosky out of the blue to ask his help in spreading the message to politicians and policy makers. As reported in the July 24 issue of Nature, Barnosky, a professor of integrative biology and member […]
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Richard Steinhardt has Died

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 16:49

We are saddened to announce the death of Professor Emeritus Richard Steinhardt.

Global wildlife decline driving slave labor and organized crime

College of Natural Resources - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:00
By Sarah Yang, UC Berkeley Media Relations Berkeley — Global decline of wildlife populations is driving increases in violent conflicts, organized crime and child labor around the world, according to a policy paper led by researchers at the University of... Ann Guy

Keasling boosts bioengineering on Capitol Hill

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:37
UC Berkeley professor and synthetic biology pioneer Jay Keasling called for ‘national initiative’ to boost bioengineering, stressing the need for a federal strategy to ensure continued U.S. leadership in a field he said can yield significant medical benefits for people throughout the world, “and even save lives.”
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Birthday bash to celebrate laser inventor Charles Townes’ 99th

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:47
Birthday bash to celebrate laser inventor Charles Townes’ 99thLaser inventor and Nobel laureate Charles Hard Townes, professor emeritus of physics, turns 99 on Monday (July 28), and an adoring campus is throwing him a long-overdue birthday party. In a new video, he says he's still having fun with physics.
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Phylogenetic Diversity and Endemism Revealed

Department of Integrative Biology - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 08:37

Professor Brent Mishler and his research group published a major paper presenting new quantitative methods for assessing patterns of phylogenetic diversity and endemism on the landscape using collection data.
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On Capitol Hill, Keasling calls for ‘national initiative’ to boost bioengineering

UC Berkeley Science News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 16:00
On Capitol Hill, Keasling calls for ‘national initiative’ to boost bioengineeringUC Berkeley professor and synthetic-biology pioneer Jay Keasling was on Capitol Hill Thursday, stressing the need for a federal strategy to ensure continued U.S. leadership in a field he said can yield significant medical benefits for people throughout the world, “and even save lives.”
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Tiny laser sensor heightens bomb detection sensitivity

UC Berkeley Science News - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 09:00
Tiny laser sensor heightens bomb detection sensitivityUC Berkeley researchers are developing ultra-sensitive bomb detectors using tiny laser sensors. Experiments showed that the nanoscale plasmon sensors could detect airborne explosives at concentrations below one part per billion, a result that is much more sensitive than published results to date for other optical sensors.
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Scientists enlist big data to guide conservation efforts

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 03:55
Scientists enlist big data to guide conservation effortsUC Berkeley's Brent Mishler and Australian colleagues have created a model of biodiversity that takes into account both the number and distribution of species and their evolutionary relationships in order to identify lineages that need preservation, in particular rare endemics.
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Giant laser recreates extreme conditions inside planets

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:16
Giant laser recreates extreme conditions inside planetsUsing the world's largest laser at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility, scientists including UC Berkeley's Ray Jeanloz have created the extreme temperatures and pressures found inside planets like Jupiter. These experiments are vital for understanding how dirty, carbon-rich planets, including newly discovered exoplanets, formed.
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Professor and nuclear chemist Heino Nitsche has died at 64

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 08:49
Professor and nuclear chemist Heino Nitsche has died at 64Heino Nitsche, professor of chemistry and LBNL senior scientist, passed away unexpectedly at home July 14. A native of Germany, Nitsche was a nuclear chemist who focused on the synthesis and chemistry of superheavy elements. He was part of a team that confirmed superheavy elements 114 and 117, so far unnamed
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How posture and gestures affect state of mind

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 16:00
How posture and gestures affect state of mindMost are aware of the mind-body connection — how mental processes can affect a person's physical state. But what about the reverse? Berkeley Wellness reports on how body position, posture, gestures, even facial expressions may influence how we think, feel and behave.
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Capstone team takes 2nd in ASME Undergraduate Design Competition

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 16:03

A team of students in the Fall 2013 Bioengineering Senior Capstone Design course have won Second Place in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Undergraduate Design Competition this summer.

ASME 2014 plaqueThe team of Andrea Dickey, Noah Goldman, Geonyoung Kim and Robin Parrish designed the Demilune Walker, a redesigned compact walker that assists the elderly moving about in small spaces to prevent falls. Three team members presented their project at the World Congress of Biomechanics in Boston.

Congratulations!

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