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First shipment of malaria drug heads to Africa

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 13:10
The first 1.7 million treatments of semi-synthetic artemisinin, engineered by Professor Jay Keasling's lab using synthetic biology, has been shipped to malaria-endemic countries in Africa.
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Berkeley Faculty Offer Trainings on Critical Environmental Content

College of Natural Resources - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:56
Climate Change Course Launches New Professional Education Program By Ann Brody Guy | August 12, 2014 BERKELEY — With the environmental, social, and economic impacts of climate change at the forefront of the global dialogue, UC Berkeley is launching professional... Ann Guy

Antimalarial drug based on Berkeley technology shipped to Africa

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 09:09
Antimalarial drug based on Berkeley technology shipped to AfricaThe road from lab bench to market can be long, but UC Berkeley's Jay Keasling has been patient. Thirteen years after he discovered how to make an antimalarial drug in microbes, the product - the world's first semisynthetic antimalarial drug - has been shipped from Italy to Africa to bolster the fight against this killer disease.
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Report checks health claims of popular sports, vitamin drinks

College of Natural Resources - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 11:35
By Sarah Yang | UC Berkeley Media Relations BERKELEY — A new report by UC Berkeley researchers questions the health claims of popular energy, sports, tea and fruit drinks on the market. In a report released today (Wednesday, Aug. 6),... Ann Guy

Botanist Alan Smith receives award for lifetime work on ferns

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 09:38
Botanist Alan Smith receives award for lifetime work on fernsThe American Society of Plant Taxonomists awarded Alan R. Smith, emeritus research botanist of the University Herbarium, its 2014 Asa Gray Award for outstanding lifetime achievement in the field of plant systematics. Smith is an expert on ferns from around the world and is widely recognized as the greatest living student of fern diversity and the undisputed expert of fern identification.
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A hellacious two weeks on Jupiter’s moon Io

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 09:00
A hellacious two weeks on Jupiter’s moon IoDuring a yearlong series of observations of Jupiter's volcanically active moon, Io, UC Berkeley astronomers Imke de Pater and graduate student Katherine de Kleer observed within a two week period three of the largest outbursts ever observed on the moon, all probably involving lava erupting through fissures in curtains of fire. They used the Keck and Gemini telescopes in Hawaii.
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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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