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Scientists kill invasive ants with seaweed

Scientists in California have developed an eco-friendly way to battle invasive ants. The new ant bait is made from a seaweed-based hydrogel.

Insects

In Napa Valley, Vineyards and Conservationists Battle for the Hills

Kellie Anderson stands in the understory of a century-old forest in eastern Napa County, about 70 miles north of San Francisco. To her left is a …

Wine

Making batteries from waste glass bottles

<b>Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have used waste glass bottles and a low-cost chemical process to create nanosilicon anodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries. The batteries will extend the range of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid</b> …

Batteries

Common U.S. pesticide makes bees 'drunk'

<b>Biologists at the University of California, San Diego, have demonstrated for the first time that a widely used pesticide can significantly impair the ability of otherwise healthy honey bees to fly, raising concerns about how pesticides affect their capacity to pollinate and the long-term effects on</b> …

Bees

Going green shouldn’t be this hard

How we can have our cake and solve climate change too.<p>Lauren Singer lives a nearly waste-free life. How near? Her total trash for the past four years fits into a single Mason jar.<p>If that makes you sputter with disbelief, you’re not alone. Singer’s lifestyle provokes strong reactions: Some people …

Climate

Climate Lab

Follow conservation scientist and UCLA visiting researcher M. Sanjayan as he explores surprising ways to change how we think and act about climate change. Produced by the University of California in partnership with Vox.

Making Batteries From Waste Glass Bottles

UCR researchers are turning glass bottles into high performance lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and personal electronics<p>RIVERSIDE, Calif. …

Batteries

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How do we kick ourselves into action around climate change when all we want to do is change the subject?<p>We’ve partnered with Vox on a six-part video …

Where do greenhouse gas emissions come from?

<b>If someone asked you to list the major sources of greenhouse gases around the world, what would you say?</b><p>“A lot of places — it’s complicated,” is a perfectly reasonable answer, so it’s understandable that most people don’t have this info at their fingertips. One 2014 study found that people tend to …

UC Irvine to save 50 million gallons in drinkable water annually

<b>Aiming to greatly expand its use of recycled water, the University of California, Irvine is partnering with the Irvine Ranch Water District to convert the school’s central cooling plant to an environmentally friendly system that will conserve more than 50 million gallons of drinkable water per year.</b><p>…

Renewable energy has robust future in much of Africa

<b>As Africa gears up for a tripling of electricity demand by 2030, a new Berkeley study maps out a viable strategy for developing wind and solar power while simultaneously reducing the continent’s reliance on fossil fuels and lowering power plant construction costs.</b><p>Using resource mapping tools, a UC …

How a daughter of immigrants became a leader in ocean and climate science

Berkeley Engineers Catch Waves for Clean Energy

Kaitlyn Kraybill-VothIf you’ve ever been knocked over by a breaking wave, you’ve felt the ocean’s power, but did you ever imagine it could be turned …

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A collective push on climate change

Throughout UC Davis’ history, the university has brought scientists across disciplines to work together on the challenge of growing food. Now, Ben Houlton, director of the John Muir Institute of the Environment at UC Davis, is focusing his efforts on helping the campus apply that same collaborative …

Saving whales from a major threat

<b>It’s an image nobody wants to see: The body of a majestic blue whale, lying limp over the bow of a massive cargo vessel, or washed up on a beach, fatally wounded from what’s commonly known as a “ship strike.”</b><p>The collisions have become all too frequent, as ship traffic proliferates along migratory …

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 …

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 …

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> …

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 …

New Projects to Make Geothermal Energy More Economically Attractive | Berkeley Lab

Berkeley Lab scientists will work at The Geysers, the world’s largest geothermal field, located in northern California, on two projects aimed at …

The First-Ever Roddenberry Prize Awards Companies Pushing Us Toward A Star Trek Future

The winner, Opus 12, is converting CO2 emissions into jet fuel.<p>The world would be a better place if it looked like <i>Star Trek</i>, still one of the most progressive, utopian TV shows ever made. Race and gender would be irrelevant. Religious conflict would be a thing of the past. Science and rational …

Star Trek

'Near-perfect' broadband absorber invented

<b>Transparent window coatings that keep buildings and cars cool on sunny days. Devices that could more than triple solar cell efficiencies. Thin, lightweight shields that block thermal detection.</b><p>These are potential applications for a thin, flexible, light-absorbing material developed by engineers at …

As 3-D printing grows, so does need to reclaim plastic waste

<b>UC Berkeley is a leader in 3-D printing. From creating a prosthetic hand for an 8-year-old girl to a “smart cap” that senses spoiled food to large-scale cement buildings, engineers and designers on campus are pushing the technology to the limits, using it in ways never seen before.</b><p>The technology …

Recycling

Canadian glaciers now major contributor to sea level change

<b>Ice loss from Canada’s Arctic glaciers has transformed them into a major contributor to sea level change, new research by University of California, Irvine glaciologists has found.</b><p>From 2005 to 2015, surface melt off ice caps and glaciers of the Queen Elizabeth Islands grew by an astonishing 900 …

Climate Change

Advanced data would improve how California manages water

Few people realize how outdated our systems for water information are. Because of data limitations, real-time, transparent decisions about drought …

Water

Intelligence test: A computer program that learns how to save fuel

Intelligence testA computer program that learns how to save fuel<p>A piece of artificial intelligence that can draw on past experience<p>print-edition …

Artificial Intelligence

Global warming hiatus disproved — again

<b>A controversial paper published two years ago that concluded there was no detectable slowdown in ocean warming over the previous 15 years — widely known as the “global warming hiatus” — has now been confirmed using independent data in research led by researchers from UC Berkeley and Berkeley Earth,</b> …

Climate Change

Learning to live without plastic

<b>Tiffany Ma couldn’t brush her teeth. She couldn’t pour her cereal. Or even check her email. Well, she could. But she promised she wouldn’t.</b><p>She was taking a UC Berkeley course called “Objects and Commodities,” and she and her classmates were embarking on a lofty challenge: Don’t use anything made of …

Sustainability

Pure electricity

<b>The University of California, Irvine is poised to be the first college campus in the nation to convert its buses to an all-electric fleet. The student-funded and -operated Anteater Express shuttle service is acquiring 20 buses from BYD (Build Your Dreams) for $15 million.</b><p>The vehicles are being …

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