When Hollywood knocked on the doors of UC Berkeley engineering professors Michel Maharbiz and Jose Carmena, the researchers answered. Director Wally Pfister tapped the researchers' expertise in neural engineering and brain-machine interfaces during the filming of his movie, "Transcendence," which opens in theaters Friday, April 18.
Wildfires across the western United States have been getting bigger and more frequent over the last 30 years, a trend that could continue as climate change causes temperatures to rise and drought to become more severe in the coming decades, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Utah and UC Berkeley.
As a boy, Sol Hsiang ran an experiment to test whether plants grow better sprinkled with water or orange juice. Today, as a Berkeley professor — and one of Forbes magazine's "brightest stars" in the field of law and policy — he applies complex statistical strategies to examine the same basic question: How will environmental change affect life?
Bioengineering professor Adam Arkin, director of Berkeley Lab’s Physical Biosciences Division, was named one of six recipients of DOE's Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award for his work advancing biological and environmental sciences. Arkin is a leading authority on the evolutionary design principles of cellular networks and populations and their application to systems and synthetic biology
The costs of using wind energy and natural gas for electricity are virtually equal when accounting for the full private and social costs of each, according to a new study on the federal tax credit for wind energy by UC Berkeley's Greg Linden and Syracuse University's Jason Dedrick. This makes wind a competitive energy source for the United States, they argue.
UC Berkeley astronomer Geoff Marcy and UC Santa Cruz astronomer Steve Vogt will be sharing a new robotic telescope at Lick Observatory, in operation since January, that will continuously scan the night sky for new planets. The first robotic telescope devoted to planet hunting, the Automated Planet FInder has the ultimate goal of finding Earth-size planets.
Children born to mothers who work in California’s pesticide-treated fields show signs of developmental problems, according the pathbreaking CHAMACOS study, led by UC Berkeley professor Dr. Brenda Eskenazi in the Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health. The study is spotlighted in the new "Nation."
The assumption that corporate funding yields academic work that is less useful and less accessible to other researchers is challenged by an analysis of two decades of data from more than 12,000 inventions in the University of California system. The paper is published in the peer-reviewed journal "Nature." Read about how new technology is spreading from campus faster than ever.
A group led by scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has conducted the largest survey yet of how information encoded in an animal genome is processed in different organs, stages of development and environmental conditions. Their findings about the fruit fly paint a new picture of how genes function in the nervous system and in response to environmental stress.
UC Berkeley physicist Janet Luhmann & former postdoc Ying Liu report that a rapid succession of coronal mass ejections – the most intense eruptions on the sun – sent a pulse of magnetized plasma barreling into space & through Earth’s orbit on July 23, 2012. Had it hit Earth, it could have disrupted the electrical grid, satellites, GPS & our increasingly electronic lives.
UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco are launching the Innovative Genomics Initiative (IGI) to lead a revolution in genetic engineering based on a new technology already generating novel strategies for gene therapy and the genetic study of disease. The leader of the initiative, Berkeley professor Jennifer Doudna, is one of the discoverers of the new technology, called CRISPR/Cas9.