Study cooks up ideas for stove efficiency

The simple task of boiling water can take a Haitian almost 40 minutes using traditional charcoal stoves, during which they are exposed to levels of air pollution that can effectively shorten the average life by 6.6 years. However, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are working to improve the efficiency
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Research reconstructs brain activity

Scientists could recreate dreams and memories with new brain imaging technology developed by UC Berkeley researchers. With the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging, activities created by the brain from watching YouTube videos were reconstructed, allowing scientists to view the images that the brain observed. The research was published Sept.
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Research shows tears shed light on presence of eye disease

Your optometrist may make you cry during your next appointment, but don’t worry — it’s for your own good. Amy Herr, UC Berkeley assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering, and graduate student Kelly Karns have developed a new method of diagnosing the eye disease Sjogren’s syndrome by analyzing tears.
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Study suggests evaporation from trees cools global climate

In addition to providing shade and oxygen, a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researcher’s study published Sept. 14 in the journal Environmental Research Letters proposes that trees could help cool the planet through evaporation. According to the study, evaporated water from trees adds to low-level clouds, which reflect solar radiation back to
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Study could help improve the efficiency of solar cells

UC Berkeley researchers laid the groundwork for potentially developing more energy-efficient solar cells in a new study published Sept. 15 in the journal Physical Review Letters. In the past, researchers have focused on looking at domains — the crystal surface of a solar cell that can convert sunlight into energy
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