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Evolution Of Multicellular Life Sparked By Bacteria
2012-10-24 13:36:16

Bacteria have a bad rap as agents of disease, but scientists are increasingly discovering their many benefits, such as maintaining a healthy gut. A new study now suggests that bacteria may also have helped kick off one of the key events in evolution: the leap from one-celled organisms to many-celled organisms, a development that eventually led to all animals, including humans. Published this month in the inaugural edition of the new online journal eLife, the study by University of...

2012-10-05 23:04:14

Professor Filippenko shares his Blue Angels flight experience with the public to promote the importance of math and science curricula as core drivers of technology and medical innovation. San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 05, 2012 University of California, Berkeley astronomy Professor Alex Filippenko was chosen as one of the prominent Bay Area personalities to soar over the San Francisco Bay Area in a pre-performance flight with the Blue Angels on October 3, 2012. Professor Filippenko was...

2012-10-04 10:48:01

Bisphenol A (BPA), an estrogen-like compound that has drawn increased scrutiny in recent years, has been linked to changes in thyroid hormone levels in pregnant women and newborn boys, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. Normal thyroid function is essential to the healthy growth and cognitive development of fetuses and children. Yet, until this study, to be published Thursday, Oct. 4, in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, little...

2012-10-03 23:00:01

More than 50 UC Berkeley energy research projects on display Berkeley, Calif. (PRWEB) October 02, 2012 The largest student-run energy event in the West will convene on October 18 and 19 to examine the tensions driving innovation, investment and policy in energy. The Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC) will host the annual BERC Symposium on the campus of UC Berkeley. Two keynotes and a range of panel discussions on October 19 will examine technical drivers, policy challenges...

Using Microbes To Convert Heavy Metals
2012-09-30 07:22:29

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research from University of California at Berkeley scientists could have a big impact on toxic metal clean-up at hundreds of sites around the United States and the world. Using a groundbreaking metagenomic sequencing analysis on underground microbes at a contaminated uranium mill in Colorado, the UC Berkeley research team identified 150,000 genes that were assigned to 80 different microbes that live in the soil, according to their...

How Does Climate Change Affect Animals?
2012-08-19 06:57:39

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online As part of an effort to better understand and predict how animals will respond to changing environmental conditions associated with global warming, researchers at the University of California-Berkeley (UC Berkeley) have published a pair of studies investigating why some species move in response to climate change and where they go. According to Sarah Yang of the school's media relations department, the first study, published August...

California High-speed Rail Future Looks Green
2012-07-27 10:41:09

A new analysis gives Californians good reason to be optimistic about the green credentials of the state´s proposed high-speed rail project, due to begin construction in 2013 thanks to funding recently approved by state legislators. Arpad Horvath at the University of California, Berkeley, and Mikhail Chester at Arizona State University compared the future sustainability of California high-speed rail with that of competing modes of transportation, namely automobile and air travel. They...

Cockroaches And Lizards Use Ninja-like Skills To Quickly Vanish
2012-06-07 08:45:36

[ Watch the Video ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com Cockroaches performing ninja-like acrobatics surprised University of California, Berkeley biologists who were studying the insect´s locomotion and escape abilities. Graduate student Jean-Michel Mongeau and his colleagues first identified the amazing behavior while studying how roaches´ use their antennae to sense gaps and maneuver across them. "As we made the gap wider, they would end up on the underside of the ramp,"...

2012-05-30 10:40:42

Reinforcing that the best things in life are free, a new study from the University of California, Berkeley, shows that online freebie-exchange communities such as “Freecycle” and “Couchsurfing” foster greater team spirit among their members than do cash-for-goods websites. The results, published earlier this month in the journal Administrative Science Quarterly, may help explain why a growing number of recession-weary Americans are participating less in...

Prime Materials For Efficient Carbon Capture Pinpointed Using Computer Model
2012-05-28 09:34:26

Model vets millions of structures to find ones that will improve efficiency of current technology When power plants begin capturing their carbon emissions to reduce greenhouse gases — and to most in the electric power industry, it's a question of when, not if — it will be an expensive undertaking. Current technologies would use about one-third of the energy generated by the plants — what's called "parasitic energy" — and, as a result, substantially drive up the...


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2009-07-14 16:50:21

Einsteinium is a metallic synthetic element with the symbol Es and atomic number 99. It became the seventh transuranic (atomic number higher than 99) element produced. It was named for Albert Einstein. It is an element found within the actinoid series which includes Actinium. Though it has only been produced in small amounts, it has been accurately determined to be silver in coloration. Like all synthetic elements, einsteinium isotopes are highly radioactive and are extremely toxic. Besides...

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Word of the Day
maffling
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.