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  1. The Optical Society launches global environmental monitoring networkRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Sep 12 | EurekAlert!

    The Optical Society has announced its intent to establish a global network of regional environmental centers aimed at better understanding and forecasting the local impacts of climate change. The Global Environmental Measurement and Monitoring Network project was unveiled by OSA at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.

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  2. Jennifer Doudna to receive the 2018 Pearl Meister Greengard PrizeRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Sep 12 | EurekAlert!

    The Rockefeller University has announced that Jennifer Doudna will receive this year's Pearl Meister Greengard Prize , a major international accolade honoring outstanding women scientists. Doudna is a professor of chemistry and molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley, where she also holds the Li Ka Shing Chancellor's Chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences.

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  3. Regret is a gambler's curse, neuroscientists sayRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Sep 12 | EurekAlert!

    IMAGE: Activity in the orbitofrontal cortex during a gambling experiment, as recorded by electrode meshes placed directly on the surface of the brain. On the left, the dots indicate the positions... view It's not just the anticipation of a big payoff, or doubts about the wisdom of her bet.

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  4. Gut bacteria's shocking secret: They produce electricityRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Sep 11 | EurekAlert!

    IMAGE: Listeria bacteria transport electrons through their cell wall into the environment as tiny currents, assisted by ubiquitous flavin molecules . view While bacteria that produce electricity have been found in exotic environments like mines and the bottoms of lakes, scientists have missed a source closer to home: the human gut.

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  5. Artificial intelligence helps track down mysterious cosmic radio burstsRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Sep 9 | EurekAlert!

    IMAGE: Breakthrough Listen researchers used artificial intelligence to search through radio signals recorded from a fast radio burst, capturing many more than humans could. They are using a similar algorithm to... view Artificial intelligence is invading many fields, most recently astronomy and the search for intelligent life in the universe, or SETI.

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  6. Mysterious 'lunar swirls' point to moon's volcanic, magnetic pastRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Sep 5 | EurekAlert!

    IMAGE: Sonia Tikoo, an assistant professor in Rutgers-New Brunswick's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, looks at moon rock samples in a Petri dish. view The mystery behind lunar swirls, one of the solar system's most beautiful optical anomalies, may finally be solved thanks to a joint Rutgers University and University of California Berkeley study.

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  7. Study examines pros and cons of hydropowerRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Sep 5 | EurekAlert!

    Hydropower can generate electricity without emitting greenhouse gases but can cause environmental and social harms, such as damaged wildlife habitat, impaired water quality, impeded fish migration, reduced sediment transport, and diminished cultural and recreation benefits of rivers. A new River Research and Applications study considers these issues as they relate to a hydropower project undergoing relicensing in California.

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  8. Why we stick to false beliefs: Feedback trumps hard evidenceRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Sep 3 | EurekAlert!

    Ever wonder why flat earthers, birthers, climate change and Holocaust deniers stick to their beliefs in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary? New findings from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, suggest that feedback, rather than hard evidence, boosts people's sense of certainty when learning new things or trying to tell right from wrong. Developmental psychologists have found that people's beliefs are more likely to be reinforced by the positive or negative reactions they receive in response to an opinion, task or interaction, than by logic, reasoning and scientific data.

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  9. NASA-funded rocket to view sun with X-ray visionRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Sep 3 | EurekAlert!

    VIDEO: This video shows views of the Sun from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory in different wavelengths of visible and extreme ultraviolet light. Notice how features on the Sun that are visible... view Without special instrumentation, the Sun looks calm and inert.

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  10. Engineered sand zaps storm water pollutantsRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Aug 29 | EurekAlert!

    University of California, Berkeley, engineers have created a new way to remove contaminants from storm water, potentially addressing the needs of water-stressed communities that are searching for ways to tap the abundant and yet underused source of fresh drinking water. Using a mineral-coated sand that reacts with and destroys organic pollutants, the researchers have discovered that the engineered sand could help purify storm water percolating into underground aquifers, creating a safe and local reservoir of drinking water for parched communities.

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  11. Improving soil quality can slow global warmingRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Aug 28 | EurekAlert!

    IMAGE: This is a worker in corn field. Widespread use of proven agricultural land management practices can help slow global warming.

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  12. The spotlight of attention is more like a strobeRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Aug 21 | EurekAlert!

    That's the fundamental finding of a team of researchers from Princeton University and the University of California-Berkeley who studied monkeys and humans and discovered that attention pulses in and out four times per second. "Our subjective experience of the visual world is an illusion," said Sabine Kastner , a professor of psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute .

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  13. California plain shows surprising winners and losers from prolonged droughtRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 19, 2018 | EurekAlert!

    The Carrizo Plain National Monument is a little-known ecological hotspot in Southern California. Though small, it explodes in wildflowers each spring and is full of threatened or endangered species.

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  14. A valley so low: Electrons congregate in ways that could be useful to 'valleytronics'Read the original story w/Photo

    Aug 16, 2018 | EurekAlert!

    IMAGE: Elliptical orbits of bismuth surface electrons in a large magnetic field. The orientation and interference patterns of the electronic states reveal that the electrons prefer to occupy a single valley.... view A Princeton-led study has revealed an emergent electronic behavior on the surface of bismuth crystals that could lead to insights on the growing area of technology known as "valleytronics."

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  15. Under pressure, hydrogen offers a reflection of giant planet interiorsRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 15, 2018 | EurekAlert!

    Lab-based mimicry allowed an international team of physicists including Carnegie's Alexander Goncharov to probe hydrogen under the conditions found in the interiors of giant planets--where experts believe it gets squeezed until it becomes a liquid metal, capable of conducting electricity. Their work is published in Science .

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  16. A unique combination of catalysts opens doors to making useful compoundsRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 15, 2018 | EurekAlert!

    Researchers have developed a new method that aids in the process of making valuable compounds by using a unique combination of catalysts. Huimin Zhao, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and leader of the Biosystems Design research theme at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois, led the research alongside John Hartwig, Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, who was previously a professor at the University of Illinois and is a longtime collaborator of Zhao's.

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  17. Poor sleep triggers viral loneliness and social rejectionRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 13, 2018 | EurekAlert!

    Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have found that sleep-deprived people feel lonelier and less inclined to engage with others, avoiding close contact in much the same way as people with social anxiety. Worse still, that alienating vibe makes sleep-deprived individuals more socially unattractive to others.

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  18. A computational method for designing a new type of 2D carbonsRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 12, 2018 | EurekAlert!

    VIDEO: In silico generation of the schwarzite templated in the zeolite FAU. Carbon atoms are deposited and rearranged in the zeolite until the zeolite... view Zeolites are porous minerals that occur both naturally but also are being synthesized artificially.

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  19. Long-sought carbon structure joins graphene, fullerene familyRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 12, 2018 | EurekAlert!

    VIDEO: This is the cage structure of a schwarzite that was formed inside the pores of a zeolite. The zeolite is subsequently dissolved to release the new material.

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  20. Environmental regulations drove steep declines in US factory pollutionRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 7, 2018 | EurekAlert!

    The federal Clean Air Act and associated environmental regulations have driven steep declines in air pollution emissions over the past several decades, even as U.S. manufacturers increased production, a study by two University of California, Berkeley, economists has shown. The study, forthcoming in the American Economic Review , found that polluting emissions from U.S. manufacturing fell by 60 percent between 1990 and 2008--a period in which manufacturing output grew significantly--primarily because manufacturers adopted cleaner production methods in tandem with increasingly strict environmental regulation.

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