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The high environmental price of cooling off with air conditioners

The high environmental price of cooling off with air conditioners April 28, 2015:

Staying cool is good but there’s a wealth of fallout. The demand for more “AC” will also cause consumers to use more electricity causing stress on energy prices, infrastructure, and environmental policy, according to a new study from the Haas School of Business.

Astronomers join forces to speed discovery of habitable worlds

Astronomers join forces to speed discovery of habitable worlds April 22, 2015:

UC Berkeley astronomer James Graham is leading a coalition of planet-searchers in an effort to more efficiently find habitable planets around other stars, and perhaps extraterrestrial life itself. The project is one of 16 funded by NASA’s new NExSS (Nexus for Exoplanet System Science) initiative.

Student has fun exploring disco clam’s underwater world with video

Student has fun exploring disco clam’s underwater world March 26, 2015:

Lindsey Dougherty’s love of the sea eventually led her to UC Berkeley, where she is now a graduate student focusing on one of the ocean’s more unusual critters: a clam that flashes in the deep. In a recent interview with Discovery Canada’s science show “Daily Planet,” Dougherty talked about her love of diving and her first encounter with these unusual mollusks.