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Saul Perlmutter to lead dark energy team on NASA’s new WFIRST mission

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 12:10
New NASA mission will unravel secrets of dark energy and dark matter, and explore evolution of the cosmos
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UC Berkeley scientists work to provide faster, more accurate tsunami warnings with GPS

College of Letters & Science - Thu, 02/18/2016 - 10:01

According to UC Berkeley seismologists, GPS instruments already in place around the world could provide more rapid and more accurate warning of a tsunami, allowing nearly 20 minutes more to evacuate coastal areas.

External News Link:  http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/02/16/faster-more-accurate-tsunami-warnings-with-gps/

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UC Berkeley scientists develop new app that turns smartphones into worldwide seismic network

College of Letters & Science - Wed, 02/17/2016 - 08:52

UC Berkeley scientists today are releasing a free Android app that taps a smartphone’s ability to record ground shaking from an earthquake, with the goal of creating a worldwide seismic detection network that could eventually warn users of impending jolts from nearby quakes.

External News Link:  http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/02/12/new-app-turns-smartphones-into-worldwide-seismic-network/

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Faster, more accurate tsunami warnings with GPS

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 02/16/2016 - 15:06
Instruments already in place around the world could allow nearly 20 minutes more to evacuate coastal areas, UC Berkeley seismologists report.
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Di Carlo receives Materials Research Society’s Outstanding Young Investigator Award

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 17:44
Bioengineering alumnus Dino Di Carlo, (B.S. 2002, Ph.D. 2006), has been named the 2016 Outstanding Young Investigator by the Materials Research Society. He is currently a professor in the department of bioengineering at UCLA. His award winning research, Microstructured Materials for Cell Analysis and Regeneration, will be presented at the 2016 MRS Spring Meeting and Exhibit on Thursday, March 31 at UCLA.
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New app turns smartphones into worldwide seismic network

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 11:00
MyShake Android app crowdsources ground shaking from smartphone accelerometers
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UC Berkeley biologists link worldwide bee epidemic to human cause: colony trafficking

College of Letters & Science - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 08:49

According to a new finding by UC Berkeley and Exeter University biologists, world traffic in bee colonies is fueling a worldwide bee epidemic. The spread of the deformed wing virus, which is affecting European honeybee colonies and wild bee populations, is adding to fears over the future of global bee populations, biodiversity, agricultural biosecurity, global economies and human health.

External News Link:  http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/02/10/worldwide-bee-epidemic-linked-to-human-cause-colony-trafficking/

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Worldwide bee epidemic linked to human cause: colony trafficking

Department of Integrative Biology - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 09:27

To determine the course and source of the virus’s spread around the globe, a UC Berkeley researcher Michael Boots, professor of integrative biology, collaborated with colleagues at Exeter University in the UK to analyze the genomes of viruses collected from around Europe, Asia, Australia and North America.

“The key insight of our work is that the global virus pandemic in honeybees is manmade not natural,”

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Worldwide bee epidemic linked to human cause: colony trafficking

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 11:30
Deformed wing virus spread by global movement of European bee colonies
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Cockroach Inspires Robot that Squeezes Through Cracks

Department of Integrative Biology - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 10:51

“What’s impressive about these cockroaches is that they can run as fast through a quarter-inch gap as a half-inch gap, by reorienting their legs completely out to the side,” said study leader Kaushik Jayaram, who recently obtained his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and is now a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. “They’re about half an inch tall when they run freely, but can squish their bodies to one-tenth of an inch — the height of two stacked pennies.”

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UC Berkeley biologists find robotic inspiration in the cockroach

College of Letters & Science - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 09:01

Our fear and disgust that cockroaches can quickly squeeze through the tiniest cracks are well-justified, say UC Berkeley scientists. Not only can they squish themselves to get into one-tenth-of-an-inch crevices, but once inside they can run at high speed even when flattened in half. This finding has inspired a robot that can rapidly squeeze through cracks — a new capability for search-and-rescue in rubble resulting from tornados, earthquakes and explosions.

External News Link:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/02/09/how-one-of-natures-grossest-creatures-could-help-save-someones-life/

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Cockroach inspires robot that squeezes through cracks

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 12:00
Roaches are even creepier when you see them disappearing through tiny crevices. But Berkeley biologists find this ability inspiration for search-and-rescue robots
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White House renews commitment to earthquake early warning system designed at UC Berkeley

College of Letters & Science - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 07:26

The Obama administration and members of Congress today renewed their commitment to funding an earthquake early warning system along the Pacific Coast, with UC Berkeley’s Richard Allen predicting that such a system could reduce injuries from an earthquake by at least 50 percent.

External News Link:  http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/02/02/white-house-renews-commitment-to-earthquake-early-warning-system-designed-at-uc-berkeley/

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Berkeley Seismologists Help Predict the Next Megaquake

College of Letters & Science - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 14:46

In Japan and areas like the Pacific Northwest where megathrust earthquakes are common, scientists may be able to better forecast large quakes based on periodic increases and decreases in the rate of slow, quiet slipping along the fault, thanks to the work of Berkeley seismologists.
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External News Link:  http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/01/29/can-slow-creep-along-thrust-faults-help-forecast-megaquakes/

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White House renews commitment to earthquake early warning system designed at UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 13:12
Moore Foundation commits additional funds to developing ShakeAlert system
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Enhancing the IB and MCB Undergraduate Experience at Cal

Department of Integrative Biology - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 16:11

The IB and MCB Departments have partnered up to support undergrads and their love for the biosciences.

More than 200 students attended this exciting networking event held on Jan 21st from 2-5pm in the Li Ka Shing Lobbies. Even more incredible? That this event was made BY students (both IB and MCB) FOR students. A whopping 26 clubs and organizations dedicated their time and efforts to the student community.

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Can slow creep along thrust faults help forecast megaquakes?

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 14:05
In Japan and areas like the Pacific Northwest where megathrust earthquakes are common, scientists may be able to better forecast large quakes based on periodic increases and decreases in the rate of slow, quiet slipping
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UC Berkeley Launches the Alliance for Global Health and Science

College of Letters & Science - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 11:10

The Biological Sciences Division, in partnership with the School of Public Health, is proud to announce the launch of the Alliance for Global Health and Science. The Alliance for Global Health and Science seeks to build the scientific and public health research capacity in developing nations to address communicable and non-communicable threats to health within these countries.

External News Link:  http://cend.globalhealth.berkeley.edu/2016/01/29/uc-berkeley-launches-alliance-global-health-science/

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Let them see you sweat: What new wearable sensors can reveal from perspiration

Department of Integrative Biology - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 11:40

While health monitors have exploded onto the consumer electronics scene over the past decade, researchers say this device, reported in the Jan. 28 issue of the journal Nature, is the first fully integrated electronic system that can provide continuous, non-invasive monitoring of multiple biochemicals in sweat.

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Coming this spring: Cal Day, politics, innovation and BAMPFA’s new digs

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 13:00
American politics, innovative thinkers, artistic luminaries and our annual open house are just a few of the events happening at Berkeley this spring. Serial podcast creator Sarah Koenig talks binge-worthy journalism, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to campus, poets and writers discuss their work and Chancellor Dirks talks with top innovators.
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