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As 3D printing grows, so does need to reclaim plastic waste

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

With more than 100 3D printers on campus, at least 600 pounds of plastic trash is generated each year. Undergraduates Nicole Panditi and Scott Silva have a solution



Decision clears way for UC Berkeley patent on CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:24:39 +0000

The ruling says that the inventions claimed in the pending U.S. patent application filed by the Doudna/Charpentier research group and those filed by the Broad Institute are separately patentable, moving the Doudna/Charpentier group’s application closer to issuance as a U.S. patent.



‘Editing’ new metamaterials brings light into focus

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 19:05:17 +0000

Materials scientist and Bakar Fellow Jie Yao has developed a technique to readily change the structure of thin sheets of “metamaterials” so that they can focus light in an entirely new and commercially promising way



Q&A with Betsy Cooper on national cybersecurity

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 22:32:17 +0000

Berkeley's cybersecurity leader urges the president to take prompt action



State gives $2.2 million to strengthen entrepreneurship and innovation

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Funds from Assembly Bill 2664 will flow through six entities on campus.



A chain reaction to spare the air

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 20:12:13 +0000

Bakar Fellow Jeffrey Long, professor of chemistry and of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has devised a new material that can capture and release CO2 at a lower temperature and in a much greater volume than present-day technologies



Scientists unveil new form of matter: time crystals

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 16:30:57 +0000

By repeatedly tweaking a group of ions, physicists make first example of a non-equilibrium material: a system that repeats in time, rather than space



Center for Built Environment, turning 20, helps shape building industry

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 19:58:48 +0000

Its research offers building operators, managers and designers new tools to enhance energy efficiency, environmental quality and livability for residents and workers — from the open-office plan and the cubicle to multifamily structures



Berkeley launches RISELab, enabling computers to make intelligent real-time decisions

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:07:18 +0000

The new five-year intensive lab follows on AMPLab and aims to speed up machine decision making to milliseconds






Turning up the thermostat in tropics shows promise for energy and comfort

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Slightly upping office temperatures and equipping workers with smart fans can save significantly on energy costs while maintaining employee comfort



History, museum and languages benefit from NEH awards for Berkeley projects

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 21:00:05 +0000

Work on the history of American slavery, rehousing classical artifacts and translating hieroglyphs and other scripts into an international character-encoding standard get a boost


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Wall-jumping robot is most vertically agile ever built

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:01:24 +0000

Roboticists at UC Berkeley have designed a small robot that can leap into the air and then spring off a wall, or perform multiple vertical jumps in a row, resulting in the highest robotic vertical jumping agility ever recorded



It takes less than a second to tell humans from androids

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:00:15 +0000

TV shows may have us fooled, but in real life, our brains make accurate snap judgments about what is real.



To recover from next big quake, start today

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:30:00 +0000

While most Bay Area residents know a big earthquake is predicted to strike the region in the next two or three decades, many are unprepared.



Crop yield gets boost by tweaking how plants use sunlight

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Plant biologists have developed a method to increase crop productivity, which could be used to help address the world’s future food needs.



Young blood does not reverse aging in old mice, UC Berkeley study finds

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:45:59 +0000

A new study from UC Berkeley argues against the rejuvenating properties of young blood and points to old blood, or molecules within, as driving the aging process.



Cybersecurity center offers early guidance for Trump administration

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20:52:30 +0000

What actions should the Trump administration take in its first 100 days to safeguard cybersecurity? Berkeley experts have some ideas.



Major advance in solar cells made from cheap, easy-to-use perovskite

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 22:12:03 +0000

Berkeley physicists boost efficiency of new material that holds promise as foundation for next-generation solar cells



For more resilient cities, think small(er) and look to vacant lots

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Nicholas de Monchaux's data-driven new book, 'Local Code,' explores digitally tailored interventions for vacant public land in SF, LA, NY and Venice, Italy