Research archive

Study links honesty to prefrontal region of the brain

Research links brain impairment to honesty

September 8, 2014:

Lead author of new study linking honesty to a certain region of the brain says the findings have significant implications for understanding social interaction and cooperation within business organizations and beyond.

Changing how we farm can save evolutionary diversity, study suggests

Changing how we farm can save evolutionary diversity, study suggests September 11, 2014:

A new study by biologists at Stanford University and UC Berkeley highlights the dramatic hit on evolutionary diversity when forests are transformed into agricultural lands. The findings point to using diversified farming as a way to preserve the evolutionary history embodied in wildlife.

Can UC’s Lick Observatory be saved?

Can UC’s Lick Observatory be saved? September 4, 2014:

“I’m fighting in part for the next generation,” says UC Berkeley Professor of Astronomy Alex Filippenko in a Daily Californian feature on the future of UC’s Lick Observatory, near San Jose. UC Office of the President recently announced it plans to phase out funding for the facility by 2018.

Report finds positives in proposed LA minimum wage hike

Report finds positives in proposed LA minimum wage hike September 1, 2014:

Scholars at UC Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment find that the minimum-wage policy proposed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti would provide significant gains in income to Los Angeles’ low-wage workers and their families. Read their report here (PDF).

‘Getting-by girls’ straddle gap between academic winners and losers with photos

‘Getting-by girls’ straddle gap between academic winners and losers August 16, 2014:

Everyone notices the academic superstars and failures, but what about the tens of millions of American teens straddling these two extremes? A new UC Berkeley study has spotlighted a high school subculture that has made an art of slacking, even with ample educational resources, and may be destined to perpetuate the nation’s struggling lower-middle class.

New tool makes a single picture worth a thousand – and more – images with video

New tool makes a single picture worth a thousand – and more – images August 14, 2014:

A photo is worth a thousand words, but what if the image could also represent a thousands of other images? New software developed by UC Berkeley computer scientists seeks to tame the sea of visual data in the world by generating a single photo that can represent massive clusters of images.

Worm, fly development surprisingly similar, Berkeley study finds

Worm, fly development surprisingly similar, Berkeley study finds July 2, 2014:

Grad student Jingyi Jesscia Li, plant and microbial biology professor Steve Brenner and colleagues compared the genes activated during development in the early fruit fly and nematode (C. elegans) and found them to be surprisingly similar. Fruit flies actually use these genes twice, once during larval development and again during metamorphosis. The research is part of the modENCODE project.