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Video Q&A: Lessons learned from Loma Prieta

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 14:39
As the 25th anniversary of Loma Prieta earthquake approaches, Professor Richard Allen sat down with the NewsCenter's video team to talk about the lessons learned from the 6.9-magnitude temblor. Allen is director of the UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory.

Earth’s magnetic field could flip within a human lifetime

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 08:51
UC Berkeley geophysicist Paul Renne, grad student Courtney Sprain and their Italian and French colleagues found that Earth's last magnetic reversal took place 786,000 years ago and happened very quickly, in less than 100 years – roughly a human lifetime. The rapid flip is much faster than the thousands of years most geologists thought.

Scientists create new protein-based material with some nerve

UC Berkeley Science News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 02:00
UC Berkeley scientists have taken proteins from nerve cells and used them to create a "smart" material that is extremely sensitive to its environment. This marriage of materials science and biology could lead to new types of biological sensors, flow valves and controlled drug release systems, the researchers said.