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UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab and Tsinghua team up to tackle climate change

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 12/02/2015 - 11:17
Institutions establish Berkeley Tsinghua Joint Research Center on Energy and Climate Change
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Notes from Paris: COP21 initial impressions

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 12/02/2015 - 10:58
Reporting from Paris on Day 2 of the U.N. climate summit, 2015 Berkeley grad Noah Deich describes enthusiastic support for climate action in principle, and under-the-radar interest in removing carbon already in the atmosphere, through sequestration and other technologies.
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One grad student’s story: from English lit to global climate talks

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 12/02/2015 - 10:30
Valeri Vasquez is a graduate student with UC Berkeley's Energy and Resources Group. She is taking time off from her graduate work to spend time is Paris, acting as counselor to the co-chair of the United Nations climate negotiations, Daniel Reifsnyder.
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CRISPR inventor calls for pause in editing heritable genes

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 12/01/2015 - 10:43
At international summit in Washington Dec. 1-3, Jennifer Doudna and others discuss the ethical and societal issues surrounding germline gene editing
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Fletcher named a Leading Global Thinker of 2015

Department of Bioengineering - Tue, 12/01/2015 - 10:20
Professor Dan Fletcher, Chair of the Department of Bioengineering, has been named one of the top 100 global thinkers of 2015 by Foreign Policy magazine. Fletcher was selected as a top Innovator for designing a diagnostic microscope on a cell phone platform.
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Exiled exoplanet likely kicked out of star’s neighborhood

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 12/01/2015 - 08:55
An exoplanet unusually far from its star may have been kicked out of its birthplace, Gemini Planet Imager reveals
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Grad student, ‘excited and curious,’ heads for climate summit

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 11/30/2015 - 11:52
Graduate student Ian Bolliger, who studies climate change and its effects on snowpack and water management — and is part of a Berkeley team designing a sustainable tiny house — discusses the 2015 U.N. climate summit and related events he'll attend in Paris.
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Missing link between turbulence in collapsing star, hypernovae and gamma-ray bursts

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 11/30/2015 - 08:00
A supercomputer simulation shows how turbulence in a collapsing star can fuel a hypernova explosion and bright gamma-ray burst
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In Rim Fire’s wake, fungi hold hope for rebirth

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 12:59
New research points the way for forest regneration after the catastrophic 2013 Yosemite fire
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Mars to lose its largest moon, but gain a ring

College of Letters & Science - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 16:43

According to two members of the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, Mars’ largest moon, Phobos, is slowly falling toward the planet.  But rather than smash into the surface, it likely will be shredded and the pieces strewn about the planet in a ring like the rings encircling Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune.
Mars Ring Photo

External News Link:  http://news.berkeley.edu/2015/11/23/mars-to-lose-its-largest-moon-but-gain-a-ring/

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‘Connector hubs’ are the champions of brain coordination

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 01:00
To hit a fastball, or perform other complex tasks, these hubs do most of the heavy lifting
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Mars to lose its largest moon, but gain a ring

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 17:00
In 10-20 million years, Phobos will get so close to Mars that it'll be shredded into a ring
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Dan Kammen: ‘The stakes are high’

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 15:26
Dan Kammen, professor of energy at Berkeley and a climate adviser to the Obama administration, has participated in numerous international climate negotiations since 2001. In a Q&A with Berkeley News, he shares hopes and predictions about the upcoming COP21 summit in Paris.
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Eko smart stethoscope named one of the 25 best inventions of 2015 by Time magazine

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:06
The Eko Core smart stethoscope, conceived in the BioE capstone design course and brought to market by BioE alum Connor Landgraf and his team at Eko Devices, has been named one of the 25 best inventions of 2015 by Time magazine!
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The Surprising Benefits of Stress

Department of Integrative Biology - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 09:31

Daniela Kaufer, PhD, is an associate professor at UC Berkeley who studies the biology of stress, examining at the molecular level how the brain responds to anxiety and traumatic events. Her most recent findings show that certain kinds of stress can have surprising benefits. Dr. Kaufer explains the difference between good stress and bad stress, and gives pointers for how to respond to stressful events in a healthy way.

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Decade-long volcanic eruptions may not have caused global extinctions

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 08:00
Sulfur emissions from years-long lava eruptions, one of the proposed causes of massive die-offs in earth's history, may have had less grim consequences than once thought
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Uber and Lyft to get environmental scrutiny

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 09:00
UC Berkeley and the Natural Resources Defense Council are teaming up to conduct a yearlong national study of the environmental impacts of ride-hailing companies, Uber and Lyft.
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Acorn worm genome reveals gill origins of human pharynx

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 08:44
The earliest creatures with gill slits tell biologists about the origin of structures that allow us to bite, chew, swallow and speak
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Thank you for supporting L&S during the Big Give!

College of Letters & Science - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 12:16

L&S Deans

During the Big Give, L&S alumni and friends showed us they think bigger by donating over $380,000 to the College!  Thank you for your support, and for helping L&S reach further.  

External News Link:  http://biggive.berkeley.edu

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Reduced breathing capacity in kids linked to early pesticide exposure

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 09:00
Study is the first to show effects on lung health in kids living near fields where organophosphates are used
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