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Ripples in galaxy help astronomers locate dark-matter satellites of Milky Way

A new techinique pioneered by a former UC Berkeley postdoctoral fellow uses ripples in the distribution of hydrogen gas to uncover the presence of invisible satellite galaxies which may be buzzing around or through the Milky Way.

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Science magazine names CRISPR ‘Breakthrough of the Year’

In its year-end issue, the journal Science chose the CRISPR genome-editing technology invented at UC Berkeley as 2015’s Breakthrough of the Year.  CRISPR was used to edit the muscle cells pictured below.

Berkeley Lab Scientists Participate in Mile-deep Dark Matter Experiment in Former South Dakota Gold Mine

The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter experiment has already proven itself to be the most sensitive detector in the hunt for dark matter. Now with a new set of calibration techniques coupled with advanced computer simulations at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab) National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) and Brown University’s Center for Computation and Visualization (CCV) the detector’s sensitivity has dramatically improved again.

World’s most sensitive dark matter detector gets even better

The world’s most sensitive experimental search for dark matter has gotten 20 times more sensitive thanks to new techniques pioneered by the Department of Physics.

Simulation demonstrates the link between turbulence in a collapsing star, hypernovae and gamma-ray bursts

The UC Berkeley Astronomy department is using a supercomputer simulation (of a mere 10 milliseconds in the collapse of a massive star into a neutron star) to prove that these catastrophic events, often called hypernovae, can generate the enormous magnetic fields needed to explode the star and fire off bursts of gamma rays visible halfway across the universe.
Hypernovae image

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