Octopuses, squid and other cephalopods are colorblind – their eyes see only black and white – but their weirdly shaped pupils may allow them to detect color and mimic the colors of their background, according to a father/son team of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard University.
July 7, 2016
Josh Prenot is the latest Cal Bear to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio after breaking the national record for the 200-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha, Nebraska.
July 6, 2016
June 30, 2016
Hundreds of researchers, medical professionals and industry leaders gathered together in Washington, D.C. Wednesday for a summit on the “cancer moonshot,” a program spearheaded by Vice President Joe Biden with ties to critical innovations happening at UC Berkeley.
“This is a key step toward the goal of a public earthquake early-warning system for the entire state,” said Richard Allen, director of the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory at UC Berkeley and one of the lead researchers on the project. “This funding will enable us to add more sensors to the seismic networks, making the warnings faster and enabling the system to reach more users.”
June 29, 2016
June 28, 2016
June 27, 2016
New images obtained by the Hubble Space Telescope confirm the presence of a “dark vortex” in the atmosphere of Neptune, a rare type of feature that can persist for years. This vortex, the first to be observed on Neptune in the 21st century, was first seen in September 2015 by the HST.
June 22, 2016
Developmental biologist Michael Rape is one of three winners of the 2016 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists announced today in New York.
June 21, 2016
A simulation of the powerful jets generated by supermassive black holes at the centers of the largest galaxies explains why some burst forth as bright beacons visible across the universe, while others fall apart and never pierce the halo of the galaxy.
June 20, 2016
Taiwan’s top science award, the Tang Prize, has gone to two UC Berkeley scientists well-known in the fields of biochemistry and physics: Jennifer Doudna, for her invention of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, and Arthur Rosenfeld, often called the “godfather of energy efficiency.”
June 17, 2016
New research is uncovering how mutations - errors made when DNA is copied or consequences of chance chemical reactions - are in fact the seeds of life’s diversity.
June 15, 2016
June 13, 2016
University of California, Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Howard Hughes Medical Institute researchers have now clarified the critical role that copper plays in nutrition: It helps move fat out of fat cells – called adipocytes – and into the blood stream for use as energy.
June 10, 2016
UC Berkeley biologist Mu-ming Poo has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Gruber Neuroscience Prize for work showing how the brain’s circuitry changes in response to life experiences.
June 7, 2016
June 6, 2016
Hold on tight: The universe is expanding faster than we thought
Cal Student Orientation season has officially started. The first CalSO session for the newest class of incoming Bears contained 74 computer science intended majors, 59 intended to major in molecular & cell biology, 40 students for Haas School of Business, 36 intended for economics, and 19 for mathematics, making up seventy percent of the incoming 326 students. Among smaller groups, there was one intended history major, one intended film major, one student for anthropology, and six wisely intending to major in physics.
UC Berkeley astronomers have used a new technique to see deeper into the atmosphere of Jupiter using a radio telescope.