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Can science rob snakes of their deadliest weapon?

Don't Miss<p>I<p>RVINE, Calif. — Even in a test tube, snake venom is terrifying.<p>Mix a few beads of venom from a deadly Indian krait with blood cells and, …

Medicine

Delicious and nearly extinct, can white abalone be saved?

A male white abalone that was collected in October 2016. He arrived at Bodega Marine Lab in December 2016 and only survived two months. Scientists …

Biodiversity

California boosts efforts to stamp out hunger on campus

Two-thirds of community college students have trouble paying for food, according to a new 24-state study. California schools are combining federal …

College & University

New initiative advances agriculture technology education

<b>As agriculture and food production achieve greater high-tech heights and resources such as water become more scarce, the country will increasingly depend on innovative solutions from its brightest minds.</b><p>A new initiative at UC Merced aims to poise today’s students at the leading edge of the nexus of …

Agriculture

How your diet affects climate change

<b>You are what you eat, as the saying goes, and while good dietary choices boost your own health, they also could improve the health care system and even benefit the planet. Healthier people mean not only less disease but also reduced greenhouse gas emissions from health care.</b><p>As it turns out, some …

Climate Change

There’s new tech to build better basketball shooters. And Steph Curry is all over it.

You wouldn’t know it by the proliferation of triple-doubles and other out-of-this-world performances, but the NBA’s shooters aren’t getting any better and haven’t for decades. The league’s average field goal percentage has oscillated between 44 and 46 percent the last 20 years, with three-point …

Basketball

UC Santa Cruz Grad Slam winner envisions surfing on shrimp shells

<b>Twelve UC Santa Cruz graduate students provided brief glimpses into their ongoing research in the third annual campuswide Grad Slam, a three-minute elevator pitch competition to encourage better storytelling about complex academic topics.</b><p>John Felts, a second year Ph.D. electrical engineering …

UC Berkeley

UC San Diego scientists find potential genetic basis for anorexia

<b>An international research team, led by scientists at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, has created the first cellular model of anorexia nervosa (AN), reprogramming induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) derived from adolescent females with the eating disorder.</b><p>Writing in the …

Biology

UC graduate schools ranked highly by U.S. News

<b>University of California graduate schools ranked among the nation’s top programs in a survey released today (March 14) by U.S. News and World Report.</b><p>U.S. News’ 2018 Best Graduate Schools guide evaluates graduate schools for business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing and specialties …

College & University

The mission to capture storms’ water before it flows away

Image 1of/3<p>Caption<p>Close<p>WATSONVILLE — With winter rains filling California rivers and reservoirs in a dramatic display of drought-ending bluster, the …

Water

Scientists May Be a Step Closer to Creating Solar-Fueled Vehicles

Scientists are developing a practical method to convert water and sunshine into fuel — a key step in someday powering cars with the sun.<p>Experts have …

Renewable Energy

The future car is driverless, shared and electric

Quick summary• Transportation experts say three technology revolutions are driving rapid change: shared, electric and automated vehicles<br>• Government awareness and involvement are essential to ensure driverless vehicles benefit everyone and do not harm the environment<br>• Google, Tesla, Uber, GM and Lyft …

Transportation

New nano-implant could one day help restore sight

<b>A team of engineers at the University of California San Diego and La Jolla-based startup Nanovision Biosciences Inc. have developed the nanotechnology and wireless electronics for a new type of retinal prosthesis that brings research a step closer to restoring the ability of neurons in the retina</b> …

UC Berkeley

Stressed out by the news? Nature videos will make you happier

<b>Being out in wild nature has been shown to reduce stress and lift our spirits. But does watching nature documentaries have a similar effect? A study from UC Berkeley and BBC Earth suggests so.</b><p>UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner teamed up with BBC Earth to explore the connection between nature …

Psychology

Restoring Sight with a Nanowire Implant

These are primary cortical neurons cultured on the surface of an array of optoelectronic nanowires. Here a neuron is pulling the nanowires, …

Science

UC president announces pick for UC Berkeley chancellor

University of California President Janet Napolitano today (March 13) announced that she has selected Carol T. Christ, UC Berkeley’s interim executive vice chancellor and provost and the former president of Smith College, as her choice to become the campus’s next chancellor, the first woman to serve …

College & University

How Bears Breed Unicorns: Inside Cal's Vast Startup Ecosystem

Bill SnyderHow’s this for a modern take on the venerable office vending machine? You swipe your credit or debit card, open a fridge-like glass door, …

Startups

California students: A world-class UC education is within reach

<b>The University of California set records this past fall with the largest single year increase in enrollment of California resident students since World War II.</b><p>But it's not done yet. It plans to boost California enrollment numbers in the coming fall, too, and is reaching out to high school students …

College & University

Snake bit? UC Irvine chemists figure out how to easily and cheaply halt venom’s spread

<b>Chemists at the University of California, Irvine have developed a way to neutralize deadly snake venom more cheaply and effectively than with traditional anti-venom — an innovation that could spare millions of people the loss of life or limbs each year.</b><p>In the U.S., human snakebite deaths are rare — …

UC Berkeley

Why are pandas black and white? UC Davis scientists have the answer

Quick summary• Giant pandas are black and white to hide and communicate<br>• White markings help pandas hide in the snow; black limbs provide camouflage in shady forests<br>• Darkness around the eyes and ears sends a warning signal to predators<br>• Dark eye patches also help pandas recognize each other<p><b>The scientists</b> …

Biology

$5.8 million grant helps expand radio telescope to study ‘cosmic dawn’

<b>A radio telescope array being built in South Africa to explore the period after stars first formed in the early universe has received $5.8 million in new funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.</b><p>The grant to the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA) project, led by UC Berkeley, will …

Astronomy

Head injuries can alter hundreds of genes and lead to serious brain diseases

<b>Head injuries can harm hundreds of genes in the brain in a way that increases people’s risk for a wide range of neurological and psychiatric disorders, UCLA life scientists report.</b><p>The researchers identified for the first time master genes that they believe control hundreds of other genes that are …

Genetics

New blood test could help detect and locate cancer early on

<b>Bioengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new blood test that could detect cancer — and locate where in the body the tumor is growing.</b><p>The study could provide a way to diagnose cancer early on without having to do invasive surgical procedures like biopsies. Researchers …

Cancer

Feeding right-brain innovation

<b>The bulk of entrepreneurs emerging from leading universities are scientists and engineers. These so-called “left-brainers” are celebrated problem-solvers — logical thinkers with an enviable attention to detail.</b><p>But with all-consuming digital technologies shifting society toward greater visualization …

Innovation

Never-before-seen views of elk herds on an incredible journey

<b>A new film produced by a UC Berkeley professor takes viewers on an incredible journey with elk herds on their migration from Wyoming’s ranch lands to Yellowstone’s high-alpine meadows.</b><p>The film, "Elk River," is directed by filmmaker Jenny Nichols and Joe Riis and produced by Berkeley’s Arthur …

National Parks

Beauty boosters: Medications with cosmetic benefits

<b>Good genes only go so far in resisting aging. For those who want to up their arsenal of beauty boosters, there is a range of over-the counter and prescription medications available to fight skin redness, wrinkles and other beauty battles. Researching why the products were manufactured — and how</b> …

Skin Care

Oral delivery system could make vaccinations needle-free

<b>Patients could one day self-administer vaccines using a needleless, pill-sized technology that jet-releases a stream of vaccine inside the mouth, according to a proof-of-concept study conducted at UC Berkeley.</b><p>The study did not test vaccine delivery in people, but demonstrated that the technology, …

UC Berkeley

Boosting a baby's health during the 'golden window'

Quick summary• Young children grow and develop better with lipid-based nutrient supplements<br>• Study targeted children’s first 1,000 days of life<br>• 4,011 pregnant Bangladeshi women were enrolled in nutritional trial<p><b>Moms and dads caught in the frenzy of raising little ones probably don’t realize it, but the</b> …

UC Berkeley

UC Riverside is building a greenhouse that will produce food and solar power

Print Photo<p>Share<p>Pin It<p>More Galleries<p>Dark pink, translucent solar panels developed at U.C. Santa Cruz are shown here in use at a commercial greenhouse …

Solar Power

Look twice, cut once

<b>Before Sonia Ramamoorthy, M.D., chief of colon and rectal surgery at UC San Diego Health, took a scalpel to Larry Smarr, Ph.D., director of Calit2 and Harry E. Gruber Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego, she first took a virtual tour of his large intestine. It encompassed</b> …

Medicine