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Were galaxies much different in the early universe?

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 01/24/2023 - 08:10
Though not yet complete, the HERA telescope in South Africa's Karoo is already telling astronomers about conditions in the early universe before stars ignited
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Climate change likely to uproot more Amazon trees

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 01/19/2023 - 14:29
A Berkeley Lab/UC Berkeley study warns that global warming is likely to increase the number of violent windstorms in the Amazon, knocking down trees that would otherwise suck up greenhouse gases
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New ‘chain mail’ material of interlocking molecules is tough, flexible and easy to make

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 01/18/2023 - 08:30
Molecular bonds break when bent, but structures made from interlocking molecules can be flexible and tough, just like the chain mail made of interlocking metal rings worn by medieval knights.
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A big step toward ‘green’ ammonia and a ‘greener’ fertilizer

UC Berkeley Science News - Wed, 01/11/2023 - 08:00
UC Berkeley chemists demonstrated a new process that uses less energy to separate ammonia from the chemical reactants used industrially to produce the chemical for fertilizer
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Speciesism, like racism, imperils humanity and the planet

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 01/09/2023 - 09:00
The attitude that humans are superior to other species has helped justify environmental destruction and animal extinctions, scientists warn
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Speciesism in Biology and Culture: How Human Exceptionalism is Pushing Planetary Boundaries

Department of Integrative Biology - Wed, 12/21/2022 - 11:21

Former IB postdoc Brian Swartz and IB professor Brent Mishler, present their new book entitled Speciesism in Biology and Culture: How Human Exceptionalism is Pushing Planetary Boundaries.  It includes 9 chapters containing wide-ranging discussions about the sociopolitical, cultural, and scientific ramifications of speciesism and world views that derive from it, integrating natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.  

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Congratulations to Nya Domkam, BioE BS

Department of Bioengineering - Mon, 12/12/2022 - 13:03
Congratulations to Nya Domkam, BioE BS and MTM alumnus currently pursuing a PhD in Applied Sciences & Technology at Berkeley, and Sharicka Zutshi, current BioE undergraduate planning to pursue graduate studies in medical diagnostics, named to the 2023 class of Quad Fellows. The Quad Fellowship is an initiative of the governments of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States, designed to build ties among the next generation of scientists and technologists. The program sponsors 100 exceptional master's and doctoral students in STEM to study in the United States.
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How a viral toxin may exacerbate severe COVID-19

UC Berkeley Science News - Fri, 12/09/2022 - 12:24
A new study finds that the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein can contribute to vascular leak, a dangerous release of fluids from the blood vessels that can lead to respiratory failure
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Clean Air Act dramatically cut vehicle pollution, but inequities remain

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 12/06/2022 - 12:19
The first comprehensive study of air pollution exhaust standards finds that the 1972 Clean Air Act has driven spectacular decreases in pollution from U.S. passenger vehicles but poses a challenge for pollution policy in poor communities
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James Analytis is drawn to superconducting magnets

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 12/06/2022 - 12:02
Analytis, a 2021 Heising-Simons Faculty Fellow, studies the fundamental underpinnings of exotic superconductors, which could lead to new kinds of MRI machines or supercomputers.
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Alison Burklund named to 30 Under 30

Department of Bioengineering - Thu, 12/01/2022 - 21:50
MTM alumna Alison Burklund, the cofounder and CTO of Nanopath, has been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Nanopath creates diagnostics that test pelvic and gynecologic infections during a single visit, so treatment can begin right away.
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Webb Space Telescope, Keck team up to study Saturn’s moon Titan

UC Berkeley Science News - Thu, 12/01/2022 - 08:00
After the James Webb Space Telescope noticed clouds on Titan, a UC Berkeley astronomer stepped in to confirm and track their movement with the Keck telescope in Hawai'i
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Berkeley leads a ‘new era of innovation’ in quantum science, technology research

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 11/29/2022 - 11:52
UC Berkeley professors highlight the research, education, and entrepreneurship currently being conducted that makes Berkeley a leader in quantum science and technology.
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For female astronomers, pandemic widened publishing’s gender gap

UC Berkeley Science News - Mon, 11/28/2022 - 08:00
The pandemic had differing effects on the productivity of male vs female astronomers. Both wrote more papers, but women less so, widening a long-standing gender gap in the rate of publication.
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Ph.D. student’s goal: Access to psychedelics for Indigenous peoples

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 11/22/2022 - 09:58
Psychedelic mushrooms changed Marlena Robbins' life
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Finding solutions for living on Mars — and a rapidly changing Earth

Department of Bioengineering - Fri, 11/18/2022 - 13:07
Prof Adam Arkin and the Center for the Utilization of Biological Engineering in Space are leading efforts to create zero-waste biomanufacturing systems in “Mars-like conditions”, for human futures on other worlds and our own.
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Building an extraterrestrial ‘starter kit’ for a future on Mars

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 11/15/2022 - 09:53
At Berkeley’s Center for the Utilization of Biological Engineering in Space (CUBES), scientists are creating plants and microbes that could one day provide sustenance to humans exploring the final frontier
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Yartsev wins Neuroscience Young Investigator Award:

Department of Bioengineering - Sun, 11/13/2022 - 10:00
Congratulations Professor Michael Yartsev, named the 2022 Young Investigator awardee from the Society for Neuroscience! The Young Investigator Award recognizes the outstanding achievements and contributions by a young neuroscientist who leads an independent research group, and recognizes Yartsev for his groundbreaking work understanding the neural complexity of free-flying fruit bats.
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