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New UC/Vox video series takes on climate change

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:24:02 +0000

(image) Why are humans so bad at thinking about climate change? That provocative question opens the new series, Climate Lab, which looks at solutions to a daunting challenge

Fighting for children’s rights in the high-tech fertility age

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0000

(image) Mary Ann Mason, a faculty affiliate of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, discusses ideas from her new book Babies of Technology: Assisted Reproduction and the Rights of the Child

Device pulls water from dry air, powered only by the sun

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0000

(image) The key component is an extremely porous material called a metal-organic framework that absorbs 20 percent of its weight in water from low-humidity air

Shoe-string theory: Science shows why shoelaces come untied

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 23:01:42 +0000

(image) Berkeley scientists have begun to unravel a knotty mystery

West Coast rollout of updated ‘ShakeAlert’ earthquake warning system

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0000

(image) California was the first to try ShakeAlert in 2016. Now Washington and Oregon will be able to test what will become a fully integrated West Coast early warning system.

European Patent Office to grant UC a broad patent on CRISPR-Cas9

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:15:40 +0000

(image) Patents would cover single-guide CRISPR-Cas9 editing in all cells, including human

Makeathon to build tech for people with disabilities

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:44:55 +0000

(image) The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation will be taken over by nearly 100 makers for a three-day technology-building marathon

EBI, Shell sign $25 million partnership to fund new energy tech research

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:58:14 +0000

(image) UC Berkeley’s Energy Biosciences Institute and Shell have entered into a five-year research agreement to spend up to $25 million over five years on fundamental research in the areas of global energy transition and new energy technology.

Berkeley engineers join $24 million push for craniofacial repair therapies

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 16:44:03 +0000

(image) Berkeley joins six other California universities to treat and repair craniofacial disease and damage. The consortium has been awarded $12 million by the NIH, part of a larger $24 million effort to develop strategies for treating craniofacial defects, which affect millions of Americans.

Oral delivery system could make vaccinations needle-free

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 19:00:43 +0000

(image) New technology developed at UC Berkeley could one day let patients give themselves vaccinations by holding a pill-sized capsule called a MucoJet inside their mouth and jet-releasing a stream of vaccine, removing the need for injections

UC Berkeley, power company Enel launch innovation hub

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 21:30:20 +0000

(image) The Enel Innovation Hub joins the CITRIS and the Banatao Institute at UC Berkeley to foster collaboration with promising Berkeley-affiliated startups. The hub will scout startups to join the hub and develop business projects with the fledgling companies in the United States and internationally.

College of Engineering loses two professors, Karl Hedrick and James Hunt

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 22:53:45 +0000

(image) The College of Engineering this week announced the deaths of Karl Hedrick, a professor of mechanical engineering, and James Hunt, a professor of civil engineering.

Tracking your body, moment to moment

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:11:20 +0000

(image) A Cory Hall lab has been converted into a high-tech mini-fitness center where researchers track metabolic changes second by second in a substance any good workout produces: sweat.

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

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

(image) 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

(image) 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

(image) 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

(image) 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

(image) 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

(image) 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

(image) 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