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UC Berkeley biologists link worldwide bee epidemic to human cause: colony trafficking

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.

UC Berkeley biologists find robotic inspiration in the cockroach

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.

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

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.

Berkeley Seismologists Help Predict the Next Megaquake

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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UC Berkeley Launches the Alliance for Global Health and Science

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.

UC Berkeley biochemist Jennifer Doudna joins Biden in Davos rollout of ‘cancer moonshot’

Jennifer Doudna joined Joseph Biden this morning at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as the vice president promoted a major new U.S. initiative to speed the discovery of cures for cancer, what President Obama has dubbed a “cancer moonshot.” Announced last week in Obama’s State of the Union address, the initiative will be the focus of Biden’s final year in office as he attempts to double the rate of progress against cancer.

Berkeley Researcher Discusses The State, the Drought and El Niño

Berkeley News interviews professor B. Lynn Ingram, a geologist specializing in paleoclimatology, to discuss what the climate could have in store for us.

 

Ripples in galaxy help astronomers locate dark-matter satellites of Milky Way

A new techinique pioneered by a former UC Berkeley postdoctoral fellow uses ripples in the distribution of hydrogen gas to uncover the presence of invisible satellite galaxies which may be buzzing around or through the Milky Way.

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Science magazine names CRISPR ‘Breakthrough of the Year’

In its year-end issue, the journal Science chose the CRISPR genome-editing technology invented at UC Berkeley as 2015’s Breakthrough of the Year.  CRISPR was used to edit the muscle cells pictured below.

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