Through a new website called Backyard Worlds: Planet 9, anyone can now help search for objects far beyond the orbit of our farthest planet, Neptune, by viewing brief “flipbook” movies made from images captured by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission. A faint spot seen moving through background stars might be a new and distant planet orbiting the sun or a nearby brown dwarf.
February 16, 2017
February 13, 2017
Today, scientists can sequence the DNA of nearly any organism they wish. Yet they cannot predict the size, shape, or functions of a developing organism solely based on its DNA sequence.
February 10, 2017
Scientists are joining lawyers, policymakers and writers to urge conservationists not only to save species, but also to preserve a diverse array of ecosystem structures and functions in the face of rising populations and changing climate. This could include allowing some species to disappear from some areas if that means a more resilient environment able to respond to warming temperatures and loss of habitat.
February 8, 2017
Thirteen UC Berkeley faculty, seven of them women, are among 47 new investigators chosen by the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub to receive up to $1.5 million each over the next five years to conduct cutting-edge biomedical research — with no strings attached.
February 7, 2017
Using a 3D imaging technique called seismic tomography and data gathered from more than 1,000 on- and offshore seismometers, researchers William Hawley, Richard Allen, and Mark Richards have captured a clearer picture of one portion of the earth’s elusive deep structure. It’s a giant, sausage-shaped accumulation of buoyant material beneath the Juan de Fuca Plate—an oceanic plate nearly the size of Michigan. The plate’s western edge runs from Northern California to Vancouver Island, Canada.
February 6, 2017
The Bakar Fellows Program supports research by biochemist James Hurley, professor of molecular and cell biology, to develop a new drug to boost the natural autophagy process.
February 3, 2017
Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier were awarded the Japan Prize today for their invention of the revolutionary gene-editing technology known as CRISPR-Cas9, which has swept into research labs around the world and is already yielding new therapies for cancer and hereditary diseases.
January 31, 2017
Amid rumors that President Donald Trump will soon pull out of the Paris climate agreement that former President Barack Obama signed last year, more than 2,300 faculty from California universities have signed an open letter to the Trump administration calling for sustained action on climate change and urging the president to honor the country’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions as set forth in the agreement.
The University of California, Berkeley, mourns the loss of William K. Bowes, Jr., a visionary leader in business, education, medical research, and philanthropy — and a tireless supporter of Berkeley. He passed away Dec. 28 at the age of 90.
On Friday, President Trump issued an EO that restricts entry into the United States for 90 days for individuals from seven countries – Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Based on news reports, individuals with immigrant and non-immigrant visas and those with green cards who are originally from these countries are being denied entry into the United States. We continue to analyze the EO and its impact on our students, faculty, scholars, employees, and other community members.
January 27, 2017
Art Rosenfeld, a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) Distinguished Scientist Emeritus who is also known as California’s “godfather” of energy efficiency and who has been credited with being personally responsible for billions of dollars in energy savings, died Friday at his home in Berkeley, California. He was 90.
January 26, 2017
In a paper published online last week in the journal Physical Review Letters, the UC Berkeley assistant professor of physics,Norman Yao, describes exactly how to make and measure the properties of such a crystal, and even predicts what the various phases surrounding the time crystal should be — akin to the liquid and gas phases of ice.
Arturo Fernandez, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in statistics, discusses his experience as an undocumented student at UC Berkeley.
January 25, 2017
L&S congratulates Peter Gao on being named the inaugural postdoc fellow in Heising-Simons' "51 Pegasi b" program! Named after the first exoplanet discovered, 51 Pegasi b Fellows are exceptional scientists who will advance planetary astronomy.
Katherine de Kleer, a current Berkeley doctoral candidate, is also an inaugural fellow. Katherine will do her fellowship at Caltech.
An initiative launched two years ago by UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco to use CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to develop new disease therapies is expanding into research on the planet’s major crops and poorly understood microbiomes, with plans to invest $125 million in these areas over the next five years.
January 23, 2017
A new upward mobility report card for U.S. colleges and universities reveals high rankings for California schools, from community colleges to the University of California, including UC Berkeley.
UC Berkeley researchers today announced the launch of the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative, a joint project of faculty, researchers and students that will explore such timely issues as refugee crises, human rights, immigration, nativism and border control concerns.
January 19, 2017
A booming field called immunotherapy - pioneered at UC Berkeley - proves that studying the way the immune system deals with cancer cells and pathogens could greatly improve therapies for both.
Scientists at UC Berkeley, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Dartmouth College and Université Paris Descartes have found that blinking does more than lubricate dry eyes and protect them from irritants.
January 18, 2017
In an experiment involving 18 healthy adults aged 18 to 30, researchers found that, when deprived of sleep for 24 hours, subjects struggled to effectively process facial expressions and identified a wider range of expressions as hostile than they had after a normal night’s rest.