Divisions & Units - Mathematical & Physical Sciences

UC Berkeley scientists work to provide faster, more accurate tsunami warnings with GPS

February 16, 2016
According to UC Berkeley seismologists, GPS instruments already in place around the world could provide more rapid and more accurate warning of a tsunami, allowing nearly 20 minutes more to evacuate coastal areas.

White House renews commitment to earthquake early warning system designed at UC Berkeley

February 2, 2016
The Obama administration and members of Congress today renewed their commitment to funding an earthquake early warning system along the Pacific Coast, with UC Berkeley’s Richard Allen predicting that such a system could reduce injuries from an earthquake by at least 50 percent.

World’s most sensitive dark matter detector gets even better

December 14, 2015
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.

Mars to lose its largest moon, but gain a ring

November 23, 2015
According to two members of the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, Mars’ largest moon, Phobos, is slowly falling toward the planet. But rather than smash into the surface, it likely will be shredded and the pieces strewn about the planet in a ring like the rings encircling Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune.

Six faculty members elected to National Academy of Sciences

May 9, 2016

The National Academy of Sciences announced today the election of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates, including six from UC Berkeley.

Beware of microbial traffic jams

May 17, 2016

When tiny microbes jam up like fans exiting a baseball stadium, they can do some real damage. UC Berkeley physicists found this out the hard way when the baker’s yeast cells (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) they were studying multiplied so prolifically that they burst the tiny chamber in which they were being raised.

Astronomers probe below Jupiter's cloud tops

June 6, 2016

UC Berkeley astronomers have used a new technique to see deeper into the atmosphere of Jupiter using a radio telescope.

Japanese-language MyShake app crowdsources earthquake shaking

May 25, 2016

UC Berkeley scientists are releasing a Japanese version of an Android app that crowdsources ground-shaking information from smartphones to detect quakes and eventually warn users of impending jolts from nearby quakes.

$40 million given to Berkeley to establish early-universe observatory in Chile

May 17, 2016

The Simons Foundation has given $38.4 million to establish a new astronomy facility in Chile’s Atacama Desert, adding new telescopes and new detectors to existing instruments in order to boost ongoing studies of the evolution of the universe, from its earliest moments to today.

Universe expanding faster than expected

June 2, 2016

Astronomers have obtained the most precise measurement yet of how fast the universe is expanding, and it doesn’t agree with predictions based on other data and our current understanding of the physics of the cosmos.