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LA Times covers Berkeley research linking smelling food to weight gain

July 6, 2017

New findings suggest that the odor of what we eat may play an important role in how the body deals with calories. If you can’t smell your food, you may burn it rather than store it.

Berkeley biologists uncover how the dinosaurs’ extinction was frogs’ gain

July 5, 2017

A new study by Chinese and American biologists shows that if the calamity had not wiped the planet clean of most terrestrial life 66 million years ago, 88 percent of today’s frog species wouldn’t be here. Nearly nine out of 10 species of frog today have descended from just three lineages that survived the mass extinction.

Gemini telescope aids Juno mission’s exploration of Jupiter

July 5, 2017

As NASA’s Juno spacecraft loops around Jupiter, the Earth-bound Gemini North telescope is providing high-resolution images to help guide its exploration of the giant planet.

Berkeley biologists map the world through a mouse’s whiskers

June 27, 2017

Mice, unlike cats and dogs, are able to move their whiskers to map out their surroundings, much as humans use their fingers to build a 3D picture of a darkened room. UC Berkeley researchers have for the first time reconstructed the whisker map a mouse creates of its surroundings in order to navigate its world, catch insects and avoid cats.

Two early career biology researchers awarded Pew grants

June 23, 2017

Two young UC Berkeley biomedical scientists received awards last week from the Pew Charitable Trusts to support their research on the brain.

Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Research Featured in LA Times

June 23, 2017

The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology is working to unravel why bird eggs come in different shapes.

Berkeley Lab Researchers Share Solutions for a Sustainable Future

May 31, 2017

Making fuel from sunlight, increasing the resiliency of urban waterfronts, and developing low-cost batteries for energy storage are among the many efforts by Berkeley researchers aimed at creating solutions for energy efficiency, sustainability, and the environment.

Update: Peregrine falcon chicks on Campanile now banded, getting ready to fly

June 19, 2017

Experts made their way to the second balcony of the Campanile today to band two peregrine falcon chicks, whose family made a home on the 307-foot bell tower last month. The chicks are believed to have hatched on May 22.

Physicists Uncover Geometric ‘Theory Space’

June 19, 2017

A decades-old method called the “bootstrap” is enabling new discoveries about the geometry underlying all quantum theories.

Seismologists examine how seasonal rain and snow trigger small quakes on California faults

June 15, 2017

California’s winter rains and snow depress the Sierra Nevada and Coast Ranges, which then rebound during the summer, changing the stress on the state’s earthquake faults and causing seasonal upticks in small quakes, according to a new study by University of California, Berkeley seismologists.