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December 9, 2016

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

Erin Ptaschinski copes with stress by plunging from planes into a 180-mph free fall before opening her parachute.

In the last six years, she’s skydived more than 1,800 times, but there’s one jump Ptaschinski, 31, a UC Berkeley adviser for undergraduate psychology majors, will never forget. That is, until she breaks her next world record.

December 7, 2016

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

Shortly after joining the UC Berkeley faculty in 1971 as an assistant professor of Sanskrit, Goldman says he assembled a group of scholars, divvying up the seven books of the Ramayana among them. The Valmiki Ramayana Translation Project was off and running.

Time Magazine

Jennifer Doudna and other CRISPR scientists were 2016 runners up for Time's "Person of the Year".

December 6, 2016

Research on colorful phenomena has inspired many technologies, from sensors to drug treatments, and has provided a glimpse into nature’s inner workings, from evolution to quantum physics. This article explores the various ways to generate color, both manmade and natural. 

December 5, 2016

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

Following Earth’s last ice age, which peaked 20,000 years ago, the Antarctic warmed between two and three times the average temperature increase worldwide, according to a new study by a team of American geophysicists.

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

A young assistant professor of physics, Surjeet Rajendran, was named one of six winners of the 2017 New Horizons In Physics Prize during a Sunday night gala announcing the annual winners of the Breakthrough Prize.

November 30, 2016

The New York Times

EPS Professor Roland Bürgmann featured in New York Times article about views of San Francisco from space.

The Verge

The Verge profiles CRISPR-cas9.

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

UC Berkeley history professor Thomas Laqueur has won the 2016 Cundill Prize for Historical Literature for his latest book, The Work of the Dead. The prize, announced late Thursday at McGill University in Quebec, is one of the world’s biggest international awards for a nonfiction book. It is given to an author whose work has had profound literary, social and academic impact in the area of history.

November 28, 2016

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

It can be hard to tell the difference between humans and androids in such sci-fi TV shows as Westworld. But in real life, beyond our screens, the human brain takes less than a second to tell between reality and fantasy, according to new UC Berkeley research.

November 22, 2016

A physicist, a biologist and an environmental lawyer are UC Berkeley’s newest fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, joining more than 220 others on campus who have been honored for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

November 21, 2016

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

Director Joe Goode, a professor in the department, interviewed veterans and worked with actors to embody their stories of survival and perseverance... Goode calls the performance style “verbatim theater,” where he works with actors to edit, arrange and sculpt the veterans’ experiences through text, movement and music, with the words supplied entirely by interviewees. “It is all verbatim from the mouths of real people,” he says.

November 16, 2016

An international team of researchers who are reporting three new species of the world’s smallest salamander from the remote mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico, warn that the rare creatures are already in danger of dying out.

November 15, 2016

Breakthrough Listen, the UC Berkeley-led 10-year, $100 million search for intelligent life beyond Earth, inaugurated its observations with the Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia by homing in on our nearest extrasolar planet, Proxima b, the main destination for a sister project called Breakthrough Starshot.

November 8, 2016

Solar cells made from an inexpensive and increasingly popular material called perovskite can more efficiently turn sunlight into electricity using a new technique to sandwich two types of perovskite into a single photovoltaic cell.

November 2, 2016

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

A review of brain imaging studies led by researchers at UC Berkeley and the University of British Columbia offers a new way of looking at spontaneous versus controlled thinking, challenging the adage that a wandering mind is an unhappy mind.

It suggests that increased awareness of how our thoughts move when our brains are at rest could lead to better diagnoses and targeted treatments for such mental conditions as depression, anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

October 28, 2016

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

 UC Berkeley is the fourth-best university in the world, according to new global rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

October 26, 2016

One of the most detailed genomic studies of any ecosystem to date has revealed an underground world of stunning microbial diversity, and added dozens of new branches to the tree of life.

The Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards supports early career neuroscientists whose research may help us understand neurological and psychiatric disorders. Three of the eleven 2016 Klingenstein-Simons Fellowships were awarded to Berkeley Neuroscience Faculty! Congratulations to Stephen Brohawn, Evan Miller, and Michael Yartsev.

Tabby’s star has provoked so much excitement over the past year, with speculation that it hosts a highly advanced civilization capable of building orbiting megastructures to capture the star’s energy, that UC Berkeley’s Breakthrough Listen project is devoting hours of time on the Green Bank radio telescope to see if it can detect any signals from intelligent extraterrestrials.