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New app turns smartphones into worldwide seismic network

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 12:00
MyShake Android app crowdsources ground shaking from smartphone accelerometers

Worldwide bee epidemic linked to human cause: colony trafficking

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 12:30
Deformed wing virus spread by global movement of European bee colonies

Cockroach inspires robot that squeezes through cracks

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 13:00
Roaches are even creepier when you see them disappearing through tiny crevices. But Berkeley biologists find this ability inspiration for search-and-rescue robots

White House renews commitment to earthquake early warning system designed at UC Berkeley

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 14:12
Moore Foundation commits additional funds to developing ShakeAlert system

Can slow creep along thrust faults help forecast megaquakes?

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 15:05
In Japan and areas like the Pacific Northwest where megathrust earthquakes are common, scientists may be able to better forecast large quakes based on periodic increases and decreases in the rate of slow, quiet slipping

Coming this spring: Cal Day, politics, innovation and BAMPFA’s new digs

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 14:00
American politics, innovative thinkers, artistic luminaries and our annual open house are just a few of the events happening at Berkeley this spring. Serial podcast creator Sarah Koenig talks binge-worthy journalism, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to campus, poets and writers discuss their work and Chancellor Dirks talks with top innovators.

A new approach to filtering water: graphene

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 14:54
Growing up amid dry lake beds in China, Baoxia Mi knew that water was not something to take for granted. Now a civil and environmental engineering professor at Berkeley, Mi is pioneering research in cheaper, energy-efficient ways to purify water using graphene.

Feeling smug about your solar rooftop? Not so fast

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 11:40
If you've installed solar panels on your roof, "there’s a good chance someone else has purchased your halo and is wearing it right now." So writes resource economist Severin Borenstein, in a post on the Berkeley Blog.

Outgoing Berkeley Lab director to take research helm at UC Berkeley

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 11:00
Paul Alivisatos, recent recipient of the National Medal of Science, is a nanotech pioneer and entrepreneur

After repeated pounding, antihydrogen reveals its charge: zero

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 11:00
Search for differences between matter and antimatter turns to beach-ball science

Advance improves cutting and pasting with CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 11:00
UC Berkeley researchers have made a major improvement in CRISPR-Cas9 technology that achieves an unprecedented success rate of 60 percent when replacing a short stretch of DNA with another. The improved technique is especially useful

The state, the drought and El Niño: It’s complicated

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 14:30
Just last year, researchers were saying there was no end in sight for California’s drought. But things are looking up, with the arrival of El Niño. Berkeley professor and geologist B. Lynn Ingram discusses what the climate could have in store for us.

Growth rings on rocks give up North American climate secrets

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 13:00
Detailed analysis covering the past 120,000 years reveals new pattern of wetter-than-normal summers

Will computers ever truly understand what we’re saying?

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 09:57
Brain scans during communication game pinpoint areas where minds meet

Ripples in galaxy help locate dark-matter satellites of Milky Way

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 12:15
Astronomers from RIT, UC Berkeley find invisible galaxy predicted by new field of 'galactoseismology'

New interactive map compares carbon footprints of Bay Area neighborhoods

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 11:00
Data on current carbon emissions will help cities meet goals set at Paris climate summit, and show people how they contribute to global warming.

Science magazine names CRISPR ‘Breakthrough of the Year’

Fri, 12/18/2015 - 12:14
CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing makes its mark, from pigs to wheat

Cosmic déjà vu: supernova reappears exactly as predicted

Fri, 12/18/2015 - 09:00
The slowing of light in a gravitational field, a key part of Einstein's general theory of relativity, explains why distant supernova reappears

Humans began altering natural world 6,000 years ago

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 15:58
Human population had gotten dense enough to irreversibly alter the interactions among plants and animals

El Niño has effects all the way to the edge of the atmosphere

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 12:42
Widespread ocean warming not only affects rainfall worldwide, but also the thickness of the ionosphere