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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.

Robert Levenson: Marriage detective

Robert Levenson: Marriage detective December 3, 2013:

For more than two decades, UC Berkeley psychologist Robert Levenson has been tracking the marriages of more than 150 middle-aged and older couples, looking into everything from marital conflict to whether there’s a happy marriage gene. Levenson discusses his findings with Larissa Branin of UCOP’s “Science Today” radio show.