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Researchers from Cal State-Long Beach, Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have launched “Kelp Watch 2014,” a scientific campaign to determine the extent of radioactive contamination of the state’s kelp forest from Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant following the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami.
Ever since Tim White & his team reported the discovery of Ardipithicus ramidus in 1994, anthropologists have debated whether the 4 million-year-old creature was an ape with human features or a human ancestor retaining some ape-like features. A detailed analysis of the fossils by White & William Kimbel of the Institute of Human Origins confirms that it belongs to the human lineage.
A nutshell description, or a super-short video, can be a powerful tool in helping people understand the science behind global warming, says Michael Ranney, a cognitive psychologist at the Graduate School of Education. Ranney and his research team recently published five short explanatory videos (one just 52 seconds long), which quickly went viral.
UC Berkeley physicist Yunqiao Wu, an associate professor of materials science and engineering and Berkeley Lab researcher, has used vanadium dioxide to create a micro-muscle that can catapult a tiny object with a thousand times more power than human muscle. He hopes to use the material to make artificial muscle fibers.
Four young professors - Ben Recht of electrical engineering and computer science, Daniel Kasen of physics, Junqiao Wu of materials science and engineering, and Ahmet Yildiz of molecular and cell biology - were among 102 researchers named by President Obama as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
The campus installed its 10th chancellor, Nicholas Dirks, celebrated its 22nd Nobel Prize winner, Randy Schekman, and was, in turn, celebrated at film festivals and theaters around the world as the subject of a four-hour documentary by Frederick Wiseman. And that was just some of what happened at Berkeley in 2013.
BERKELEY — Even by the standards of UC Berkeley, 2013 was a banner year. The campus installed its 10th chancellor, historian and anthropologist Nicholas Dirks, and celebrated its 22nd Nobel Prize winner, Randy Schekman, a professor of molecular and cell biology. And the Berkeley campus, in turn, was celebrated at film festivals and theaters around the world, as famed director […]
A new instrument that combines two high-resolution telescope techniques – adaptive optics and interferometry – has for the first time imaged the individual stars in a nearby binary star system, demonstrating promise for eventually picking out planets that have been indistinguishable from the stars they orbit.
A throng turned out for Thursday's high-spirited launch of the Berkeley Institute for Data Science. Designed to help researchers across the disciplines harness data in order to spur discoveries and create knowledge, the center for data-related teaching and collaboration will be housed in Doe Library.