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Berkeley researchers discover how bacteria act as aphrodisiac for the closest relatives of animals

September 1, 2017

To the surprise of scientists, bacteria can act as an aphrodisiac for one-celled marine organisms notable for being the closest living relatives of all animals. This is the first known example of bacteria triggering mating in a eukaryote, a group that includes all plants and animals.

Berkeley scientists link more education to better cognitive functioning later in life

August 28, 2017

Higher levels of education are tied to later ages of peak cognitive functioning, according to new research published today in the journal PLoS One.

Modernized Wheeler Hall reopens at age 100

August 23, 2017

Historic Wheeler Hall, a 100-year-old classroom and office building that’s been the site of famous speeches and campus protests, reopens today after a major, year-long overhaul. But you’re not likely to see many of the changes; they’re hidden behind the walls.

Megamovie video captures eclipse coast-to-coast

August 22, 2017

Last evening, the Eclipse Megamovie project posted a preview of the photos of the total solar eclipse submitted by a cast of some 1,500 volunteers spread out along the path of totality.

Where you can watch livestreams of the eclipse at Berkeley

August 21, 2017

Can’t chase Monday’s solar eclipse to the zone of totality on Monday? Fog blocking your view in Berkeley? UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science is offering an alternative: Live feeds of the action from spots along the path of totality.

From Broadway to Berkeley: 'Hamilton' hits the classroom

August 18, 2017

Perhaps it was only a matter of time before the smash Broadway hit “Hamilton” worked its way into the curriculum at UC Berkeley.

Vern Ehlers, Berkeley physicist who went to Congress, dies at 83

August 17, 2017

Washington Post obituarary for Vern Ehlers, a nuclear physicist who became a congressman.

Berkeley scientists identifiy two-step process that leads to cell immortalization and cancer

August 17, 2017

A mutation that helps make cells immortal is critical to the development of a tumor, but new research at UC Berkeley suggests that becoming immortal is a more complicated process than originally thought.

Tips for viewing (and enjoying) Monday’s solar eclipse

August 17, 2017

The total solar eclipse – the first visible from the continental U.S. since 1979 – will traverse the entire country in a band about 70 miles wide, beginning on the Oregon coast and ending 90 minutes later off the coast of South Carolina.

Give me a C! New students break world record

August 16, 2017

To Angela Neally from Long Beach and Dani Goland from Israel, the letter C they were forming on the football field Tuesday night with some 7,000 other new students might have stood for “Ccccccold!” Temperatures dipped and fog swirled around California Memorial Stadium, unlike the warm summer evenings many knew back home. But at about 9:15 p.m., as it finally took shape, there was no doubt what the big C meant to all the incoming UC Berkeley students who created it.