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Scientists to monitor California kelp for Fukushima radiation

Scientists to monitor California kelp for Fukushima radiation January 14, 2014:

Researchers from Cal State-Long Beach, Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have launched “Kelp Watch 2014,” a scientific campaign to determine the extent of radioactive contamination of the state’s kelp forest from Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant following the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami.

Sanjay Kumar and Niren Murthy get Keck grant for cancer cell research

Sanjay Kumar and Niren Murthy get Keck grant for cancer cell research January 10, 2014:

Bioengineering professors Sanjay Kumar and Niren Murthy have been awarded $500,000 from the W.M. Keck Foundation to help improve the diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer. The researchers will focus on identifying the protein “fingerprints” that characterize glioblastoma tumors.

Science magazine calls Berkeley discoveries top breakthroughs of 2013

Science magazine calls Berkeley discoveries top breakthroughs of 2013 January 8, 2014:

Science magazine’s Breakthrough of the Year for 2013 – cancer immunotherapy – emerged from work conducted at UC Berkeley in the 1990s by James Allison, while a 2012 UC Berkeley discovery by Jennifer Doudna was named one of nine runners-up for the annual honor.

Galaxy teems with sub-Neptune planets that are missing in our own solar system

Galaxy teems with sub-Neptune planets that are missing in our own solar system January 6, 2014:

UC Berkeley astronomer Geoff Marcy led a large team of Kepler space telescope scientists in analyzing data on newly discovered exoplanets, three-quarters of which are in a size range – larger than Earth but smaller than Neptune – that is missing in our solar system.

Powerful ancient explosions explain new class of supernovas

Powerful ancient explosions explain new class of supernovas December 18, 2013:

Astronomers Daniel Kasen of UC Berkeley and D. Andrew Howell of UC Santa Barbara have discovered two of the brightest and most distant supernovae ever recorded, likely powered by the creation of a magnetar, an extraordinarily magnetized neutron star spinning hundreds of times per second.