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Breakthrough in social science research has roots in L&S Big Ideas course

A course on critical thinking at UC Berkeley, co-taught for the past three years by a public policy expert and a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, has generated a new proposal to remove sources of bias in research and improve confidence in published studies. Big Ideas logo

Schekman receives Nobel Medal in Stockholm ceremony

Newly minted Nobel Laureate Randy Schekman used his Nobel acceptance speech  Dec. 10 in Stockholm to encourage more support for basic research, the “freedom of inquiry (that) nourished the careers of today’s Laureates,” he said.

UC Berkeley biologists find robotic inspiration in the cockroach

Our fear and disgust that cockroaches can quickly squeeze through the tiniest cracks are well-justified, say UC Berkeley scientists. Not only can they squish themselves to get into one-tenth-of-an-inch crevices, but once inside they can run at high speed even when flattened in half. This finding has inspired a robot that can rapidly squeeze through cracks — a new capability for search-and-rescue in rubble resulting from tornados, earthquakes and explosions.

White House renews commitment to earthquake early warning system designed at UC Berkeley

The Obama administration and members of Congress today renewed their commitment to funding an earthquake early warning system along the Pacific Coast, with UC Berkeley’s Richard Allen predicting that such a system could reduce injuries from an earthquake by at least 50 percent.

Berkeley Seismologists Help Predict the Next Megaquake

In Japan and areas like the Pacific Northwest where megathrust earthquakes are common, scientists may be able to better forecast large quakes based on periodic increases and decreases in the rate of slow, quiet slipping along the fault, thanks to the work of Berkeley seismologists.
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UC Berkeley Launches the Alliance for Global Health and Science

The Biological Sciences Division, in partnership with the School of Public Health, is proud to announce the launch of the Alliance for Global Health and Science. The Alliance for Global Health and Science seeks to build the scientific and public health research capacity in developing nations to address communicable and non-communicable threats to health within these countries.

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