Environment archive

Study finds hazardous flame retardants in preschool, childcare settings

Study finds hazardous flame retardants in preschool, childcare settings May 15, 2014:

A new study led by UC Berkeley researchers finds that flame retardants are prevalent indoors in preschools and daycare centers, potentially exposing young children to chemicals known to be hazardous.

Polar bear genome gives new insight into adaptations to high-fat diet

Polar bear genome gives new insight into adaptations to high-fat diet May 8, 2014:

The polar bear diverged from the brown bear, or grizzly, as recently as several hundred thousand years ago, according to a genome comparison by UC Berkeley, Chinese and Danish researchers. They pinpointed genes involved in fat metabolism that could provide insights that will help humans deal with health problems caused by high-fat diets.

Strawberry Creek discoloration update

Strawberry Creek discoloration update May 4, 2014:

Strawberry Creek unintentionally discolored bright orange this morning with a starch based powder. The source of the release has been stopped, and the creek discoloration is diminishing.

Art in Science: A Berkeley perspective with photos

Art in Science: A Berkeley perspective February 26, 2014:

The Feb. 27-28 exhibit, “Art-in-Science: The intersection of image and research,” drew record crowds to see sculpture, painting, photography, origami, multi-media and digital art by scientists and artists — now or formerly at UC Berkeley — whose works portray the artistic face of science. The exhibit was sponsored by Science@Cal and the EBI.