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Forecasting the impact of climate change, welcome or not

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 10:31
Forecasting the impact of climate change, welcome or notPlant ecologist David Ackerly, a UC Berkeley professor of integrative biology, has calculated that some animals and plants would need to migrate as much as four miles a year to track their preferred temperature in a rapidly warming climate. He is one of the architects of the Berkeley Initiative in Global Change Biology, an ambitious research effort.
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Forecasting the impact of climate change, welcome or not

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 10:31
Forecasting the impact of climate change, welcome or notPlant ecologist David Ackerly, a UC Berkeley professor of integrative biology, has calculated that some animals and plants would need to migrate as much as four miles a year to track their preferred temperature in a rapidly warming climate. He is one of the architects of the Berkeley Initiative in Global Change Biology, an ambitious research effort.
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New awards fund work between U.S., Chinese women scientists

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 09:00
New awards fund work between U.S., Chinese women scientistsThe Chau Hoi Shuen Foundation Women in Science Program is now funding three women faculty members to allow them to collaborate with women scientists in China. The program is designed to encourage joint research projects that might not get off the ground otherwise.
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Some star explosions are lopsided, X-ray telescope finds

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 16:00
Some star explosions are lopsided, X-ray telescope findsBased on measurements by NuSTAR's X-ray telescope, physicist Steve Boggs & colleagues found that a 1987 stellar explosion in the Large Magellanic Cloud was lopsided, providing the best proof yet that core collapse supernovas - those that produce a neutron star or pulsar - are not symmetric. The outer layers are blown off in one direction, while the neutron star rebounds in the other.
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Some star explosions are lopsided, X-ray telescope finds

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 16:00
Some star explosions are lopsided, X-ray telescope findsBased on measurements by NuSTAR's X-ray telescope, physicist Steve Boggs & colleagues found that a 1987 stellar explosion in the Large Magellanic Cloud was lopsided, providing the best proof yet that core collapse supernovas - those that produce a neutron star or pulsar - are not symmetric. The outer layers are blown off in one direction, while the neutron star rebounds in the other.
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Young biologists: First time in the field, and curious about life

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 12:00
 First time in the field, and curious about lifeWatch students who may have not have thought much about biology take their first plunge into the world of plants and wildlife on a three-day visit to the UC Natural Reserve System’s Hastings Natural History Reservation in Carmel Valley. They're in Berkeley's Biology Scholars Program, which supports underrepresented minority students pursuing the life sciences.
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Human security at risk as depletion of soil accelerates, scientists warn

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:00
Human security at risk as depletion of soil accelerates, scientists warnScientists warn that humans have been depleting soil nutrients at rates that are orders of magnitude greater than our current ability to replenish it. They say that fixing this imbalance is critical to global food security over the next century.
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UC Berkeley scientists begin monitoring tremors on San Andreas Fault

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:00
UC Berkeley scientists begin monitoring tremors on San Andreas FaultThe first of four borehole seismometers will be installed underground in Central California to monitor faint tremors beneath the San Andreas Fault, part of UC Berkeley’s TremorScope project to determine the link between tremors and earthquakes.
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Young physics professor receives DOE early career grant

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 12:51
Young physics professor receives DOE early career grantJames Analytis, an assistant professor of physics, has been awarded one of the Department of Energy’s coveted Early Career Research Program grants to pursue work on exotic behavior in metals.
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Video cellscope automates detection of parasites in blood

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 10:43
The CellScope team in Professor Dan Fletcher's lab have made another breakthrough in mobile microscopy, using video to automatically detect and quantify infection by parasitic worms in a drop of blood. The new device can help revive efforts to treat common, neglected filarial diseases in Africa, such as river blindness.
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Whitaker Fellowship for Cheung

Department of Bioengineering - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 08:52
Congratulations to graduating senior Shin Yu Celia Cheung, recipient of a 2015 Whitaker International Fellowship! Cheung will begin research this Fall at Imperial College London, under the mentorship of Dr. David Klug. Congratulations also to incoming PhD student, Alisha Geldert, also a 2015 Whitaker Fellow.
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Marriott lab finds uses for bioluminescent protein

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 15:09
Professor Gerard Marriott's lab has found amazing applications for a new type of genetically encoded fluorescent protein that is found in a symbiont populating the light organ of the ponyfish. The uniquely low mass and long fluorescence lifetime of the protein make it potentially useful as a biosensor to carry out rapid, quantitative and proteome-wide analyses of specific protein interactions, or to screen for drugs designed to disrupt a specific protein complex in a living cell.
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Neuroscientist works to see through Alzheimer’s disease

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 11:28
Neuroscientist works to see through Alzheimer’s diseaseIf early intervention is key, then so is the ability to detect even the slightest sign of neurological damage. UC Berkeley neuroscientist William Jagust is using statistical and computational approaches to refine PET scan sensitivity to identify a possible Alzheimer precursor.
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Fossils Help Identify Marine Life That May be at High Risk of Extinction Today

Department of Integrative Biology - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 07:21

Our goal was to diagnose which species are vulnerable in the modern world, using the past as a guide,” said lead author Seth Finnegan, an assistant professor of integrative biology at UC Berkeley. “We believe the past can inform the way we plan our conservation efforts. However, there is a lot more work that needs to be done to understand the causes underlying these patterns and their policy implications.”

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Citizen science helps predict spread of sudden oak death

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 23:01
Citizen science helps predict spread of sudden oak deathEfforts to predict the emergence and spread of sudden oak death, an infectious tree-killing disease, have gotten a big boost from the work of grassroots volunteers. A joint study led by researchers at UC Berkeley and NC State reveals that years of data from SOD Blitz, a survey project in which volunteers are trained to identify symptoms of sudden oak death, led to better predictive models of the disease's spread.
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Al Gore at UC Berkeley: ‘Democracy has been hacked’

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 13:07
 ‘Democracy has been hacked’In an impassioned campus speech, former Vice President Al Gore urged nearly 400 UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members to "stop tolerating the destruction of humankind" and the environment and to redouble their efforts to stop climate change.
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Did dinosaur-killing asteroid trigger largest lava flows on Earth?

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 10:30
Did dinosaur-killing asteroid trigger largest lava flows on Earth?The asteroid that slammed into the ocean off Mexico 66 million years ago and killed off the dinosaurs probably rang the Earth like a bell, triggering volcanic eruptions around the globe, according to a team of UC Berkeley geophysicists. The impact may have re-ignited the eruptions at the Deccan Traps, initiating the largest lava flows on Earth.
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Fossils help identify marine life that may be at high risk of extinction today

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 10:00
Fossils help identify marine life that may be at high risk of extinction todaySeth Finnegan, assistant professor of integrative biology, led an international study of marine extinctions over the past 23 million years to better understand the "natural" extinction risk in groups ranging from mammals to corals. Their findings can help guide conservation efforts in today's oceans.
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Opinion: Should you listen to Dr. Oz?

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 13:19
 Should you listen to Dr. Oz?As celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz faces new scrutiny from the medical profession, the longtime chair of the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter, John Swartzberg, applauds a recent study analyzing health recommendations offered on TV's two most popular medical talk shows.
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Al Gore’s climate change talk today will be livestreamed

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 13:33
Al Gore’s climate change talk today will be livestreamedFormer Vice President Al Gore, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and best-selling author on climate change, will speak at UC Berkeley today (April 29) at 12:30 p.m. The event will be livestreamed.
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