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

January 7, 2016
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.

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

February 10, 2016
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.

Three young faculty members, including molecular and cell biology professor, honored by White House

February 19, 2016
President Obama this week named three young UC Berkeley faculty members as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

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

February 12, 2016
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.

UC Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna joins Biden during Bay Area stop on cancer ‘listening tour’

February 29, 2016
Vice President Joe Biden visited UCSF on Feb. 27 as part of his ‘cancer moonshot’ tour, where he heard from scientists such as UC Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna, the co-inventor of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing tool now being applied to cancer research.

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

February 18, 2016
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and UC Berkeley will play a role in an upcoming space telescope project, formally set in motion this week by NASA, that will explore the mysteries of the expanding universe and observe alien worlds circling distant suns, among other science aims.

Brain scientist Marian Diamond subject of new documentary

February 26, 2016
Over the course of her career, Diamond, a professor emeritus of integrative biology at UC Berkeley, demonstrated that an enriched environment builds better brains and helped establish the idea that the brain changes throughout our lifetimes. Now 89, Diamond is the subject of a new one-hour documentary, My Love Affair with the Brain: the Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond, that will get its local premiere Saturday, Feb. 27, at 1 p.m. in the new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

Rolling Stone Magazine Profiles UC Berkeley's Breakthrough Listen Project

April 7, 2016
Reporter Mark Adams writes about the exciting space discoveries of 2016 and research being conducted by the Department of Astronomy at UC Berkeley.

UC Berkeley Lichenologists Profiled by the New York Times

April 18, 2016
UC Berkeley scientists uncover more than 100 species of plants, mosses, lichens and more living in redwood trees.

UC Berkeley Astronomer Finds That Supermassive Black Holes May Be More Common Than Anyone Imagined

April 6, 2016
Scientists have discovered a supermassive black hole that may be the biggest ever spotted. According to the research of Chung-Pei Ma, an astronomer at the UC Berkeley, this find suggests that supermassive black holes maybe be much more common than previously thought.