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Study links Texas earthquakes to wastewater injection

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0000

A new study co-authored by a UC Berkeley professor confirms that earthquakes in America’s oil country are being triggered by significant injections of wastewater below the surface of the Earth.

Construction of next-gen dark matter detector moves forward

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0000

A new dark matter detector, which will be at least 100 times more sensitive than its predecessor, has cleared another approval milestone and is on schedule to begin its deep-underground hunt for theoretical particles known as WIMPs in 2020

UC Berkeley to partner on $24 million imaging science center

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0000

The center, which aims to tackle major scientific challenges by improving imaging technology, also includes scientists from UCLA and the University of Colorado Boulder

Nobel Prize winner to join UC Berkeley faculty

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:20:35 +0000

Physicist Eric Betzig and biophysicist Na Ji will join the UC Berkeley faculty in the summer of 2017

Chan, Zuckerberg pledge $3B to end diseases ‘within our children’s lifetime’

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:23:10 +0000

Acclaimed biologists, chemists will serve on the science initiative's advisory boards

Seismic ‘CT scans’ reveal deep earth dynamics

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:00:09 +0000

A new look 100 miles beneath a massive tectonic plate as it dives under North America has helped clarify the subduction process that generates earthquakes, volcanoes and the rise of the Cascade Range in the Pacific Northwest.

UC Berkeley to partner in $600M Chan Zuckerberg science ‘Biohub’

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:00:15 +0000

An unprecedented collaboration between the Bay Area's three premier research universities

In exploring the ‘now,’ new book links flow of time with Big Bang

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:00:28 +0000

Physicist Richard Muller proposes that time is created as space is created in the expanding universe

What happened after the lights came on in the universe?

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:00:58 +0000

National Science Foundation awards UC Berkeley $9.5 million for experiment to explore ‘cosmic dawn’

Report outlines how to make equity part of California’s low-carbon economy

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 22:59:24 +0000

A new report from UC Berkeley’s Labor Center identifies ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while ensuring that California’s low-income and working class residents share the benefits of the state’s transition to a low-carbon economy and don't bear the brunt of its costs.

Spanish architect Carme Pinós awarded 2016 Rupp Prize

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 16:00:34 +0000

The 2016 Rupp Prize goes to Carme Pinós, whose designs run from furniture and cultural centers to schools, office towers, urban landscapes and public housing.

How robotic floats coaxed secrets of climate change from the ocean

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 17:45:31 +0000

After 10 days at sea, the research vessel Oceanus is back in port and the team of Berkeley Lab and Berkeley scientists, plus students, isassessing the results of their mission: to fine-tune robotic floats capable of measuring carbon cycles in the ocean.

Researchers find climate change already playing major roles

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 20:35:01 +0000

Berkeley researchers point to current climate changes as underscoring a need for adaptation now

$4.6 million grant to improve how automated cars, drones interact with humans

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 15:30:17 +0000

VeHICaL project aims to understand how humans and machines can collaborate safely and effectively

In search of energy-efficient comfort through ‘smart’ ceiling fans and thermostats

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 17:30:30 +0000

A research team led by the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment (CBE) will develop ways to integrate commercially available “smart” ceiling fans and communicating thermostats, and to evaluate how they may

Berkeley alumna back from simulated Mars mission

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 20:58:07 +0000

UC Berkeley launches Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 20:00:52 +0000

The Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence, launched this week, will focus on making sure AI systems are beneficial to humans.

Astronomer Gibor Basri awarded Carl Sagan Prize for science popularization

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 16:27:45 +0000

Former vice chancellor for equity and inclusion encouraged minorities to participate in science

Explaining Italy’s new quake tragedy

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:15:18 +0000

Scientists at the UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory lay out the science of yesterday's strong temblor, and its differences from the one that left L'Aquila in ruins seven years ago.

A floating classroom for students

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 23:04:27 +0000

Students get a hands-on education aboard the research vessel Oceanus — and lend their skills to the climate change mission