Ecology & environment

UC Berkeley fox at night

Mammals going nocturnal to avoid humans

Human activity is causing the planet’s mammals to flee daylight for the protection of night, according to a new study.

Markus Kalmutzki, Farhad Fathieh and Eugene Kapustin set up the water harvester for tests on a rooftop on the UC Berkeley campus

Pulling fresh water from desert air

Powered only by sunlight, a next-generation water harvester has pulled drinking water from thin, desert air.

hot car study UC San Diego

Hot cars can hit life-threatening levels in only an hour

Interior temperatures can rise to 116 degrees Fahrenheit, potentially causing fatal injuries to children trapped inside.

UC Riverside atmosphere map

Could atmospheric seasons signal alien life?

Seasonal changes in the Earth’s atmosphere are guiding researchers in their search for extraterrestrial life.

Peregrine chicks UC Berkeley

Berkelium, Californium, Lawrencium? Peregrine name finalists chosen

The winning name combination will be announced on Friday, June 1, the day fledgewatch begins.

Chewing spectral tarsier

Did your great-great grandpa eat bugs?

A gene for digesting crunchy insects suggests that our common ancestor in the Age of Dinosaurs was an insect eater.

UC Merced students

The next Silicon Valley?

How UC Merced undergrads are solving real-life problems, from BART escalators to the disappearing monarch butterfly.

UC San Diego hippos zoo

A drug lord and the world’s largest invasive animal

A zoo built by Pablo Escobar gives biologists a rare chance to study the impact of hippos gone rogue.

UC San Diego mammoth

Should we bring back the Woolly Mammoth?

Scientists are getting closer to bringing big animals, and big questions, to life.

ozone hole

Stopping an environmental disaster before it’s too late

How UC research sounded the alarm on the ozone layer.

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