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January 4, 2017

One of the rare and brief bursts of cosmic radio waves that have puzzled astronomers since they were first detected nearly 10 years ago has finally been tied to a source: an older dwarf galaxy more than 3 billion light years from Earth.

January 3, 2017

California Magazine
A team of Berkeley researchers is helping digitize fragile wax recordings of California's Native American languages.

December 23, 2016

UC Berkeley scientists have discovered simple CRISPR systems similar to CRISPR-Cas9 — a gene-editing tool that has revolutionized biology — in previously unexplored bacteria that have eluded efforts to grow them in the laboratory.

December 20, 2016

UC Berkeley NewsCenter
When you’re suddenly able to understand someone despite their thick accent, or finally make out the lyrics of a song, your brain appears to be re-tuning to recognize speech that was previously incomprehensible. UC Berkeley neuroscientists have now observed this re-tuning in action by recording directly from the surface of a person’s brain as the words of a previously unintelligible sentence suddenly pop out after the subject is told the meaning of the garbled speech.

December 19, 2016

UC Berkeley NewsCenter
More than 85,000 high school students have submitted applications for a seat in UC Berkeley’s 2017-18 freshman class, another record.

December 16, 2016

UC Berkeley NewsCenter
UC Berkeley is the No. 3 public university in the country when it comes to value for its in-state students, according to new rankings from Kiplinger, the business and personal finance publisher.

December 15, 2016

UC Berkeley NewsCenter
The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced awards to support UC Berkeley research on American slavery, rehousing of classical artifacts and translating Mayan and Egyptian hieroglyphs and other scripts.
Heising-Simons Foundation

Frances Hellman, and other prominent scientists, discuss academic and career pathways for women in science and what can be done to increase diversity in physics and astronomy.

December 14, 2016

UC Berkeley NewsCenter
The three-ton lid of the coffin of an ancient Egyptian doctor has been carefully removed from storage and maneuvered into a new resting place at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley.

 Berkeley’s worldwide network of smartphone earthquake detectors has recorded nearly 400 earthquakes since the MyShake app was made available for download in February, with one of the most active areas of the world the fracking fields of Oklahoma.

December 13, 2016

Todd Dawson, a professor of integrative biology and environmental science, policy and management at UC Berkeley has teamed up with Parrot to test the company’s drone-based research tools as a way to monitor the Sierra Nevada’s giant sequoias more intensively, helping him find out how they utilize water and sunlight and predict how they will deal with a warmer Earth and changes in water supply.

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

Time Magazine

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

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.

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.