Berkeley Study links Texas earthquakes to wastewater injection

October 3, 2016

A new study co-authored by UC Berkeley professor Michael Manga confirms that earthquakes in America’s oil country — including a 4.8 magnitude quake that rocked Texas in 2012 — are being triggered by significant injections of wastewater below the surface of the Earth.

CRISPR toolbox expanded by protein that cuts RNA in two distinct ways

September 27, 2016

UC Berkeley biochemist Jennifer Doudna, molecular biologist Robert Tijan and a team of researchers have expanded the role of the newly discovered CRISPR protein C2c2 that targets RNA instead of DNA.

Physicist Richard Muller publishes a new book that links the flow of time with the Big Bang

September 20, 2016

Why does the arrow of time flow inexorably toward the future, constantly creating new “nows”?

That quest resulted in a book published today, NOW: The Physics of Time (W. W. Norton), which delves into the history of philosophers’ and scientists’ concepts of time, uncovers a tendency physicists have to be vague about time’s passage, demolishes the popular explanation for the arrow of time and proposes a totally new theory.

UC Berkeley to partner in $600M Chan Zuckerberg science ‘Biohub’

September 21, 2016

UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco and Stanford University will join forces in a new medical science research center funded by a $600 million commitment from Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg and pediatrician Priscilla Chan.

Berkeley scientists examine what happened after the lights came on in the universe

September 14, 2016

An experiment to explore the aftermath of cosmic dawn, when stars and galaxies first lit up the universe, has received nearly $10 million in funding from the National Science Foundation to expand its detector array in South Africa. Led by UC Berkeley, HERA will explore the billion-year period after hydrogen gas collapsed into the first stars, perhaps 100 million years after the Big Bang, through the ignition of stars and galaxies throughout the universe. T

Berkeley scientists investigate how types of fat might protect us from brain disease

September 8, 2016

An intriguing finding in nematode worms suggests that having a little bit of extra fat may help reduce the risk of developing some neurodegenerative diseases, such as Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

Conversations in science: Berkeley biologist Jennifer Doudna speaks with Dan Rather

September 12, 2016

Biochemist Jennifer Doudna speaks with journalist Dan Rather about new genome editing technologies and their implications for science, medicine, and society. This conversation in science was produced by iBiology.

Injustice comes to light with L&S's On the Same Page program

August 29, 2016

The idea behind On the Same Page is simple: if you give every incoming student at UC Berkeley a copy of the same book, you’re also giving them each something in common. With a school as large and diverse as Berkeley, establishing common ground with classmates can be challenging. On the Same Page tries to ease the process for incoming students — but the fact that this year’s title is both challenging and timely is no accident.

Notes from Understory: A Berkeley Biologist Gauges the Health of the Redwoods from the Ferns on the Forest Floor

August 29, 2016

Emily Burns, who got her PhD from Berkeley in integrative biology 2009 and is the science director of Save the Redwoods Leaguefinds that water is the critical determinant in fern size. 

Berkeley scientists and engineers team up to build the first dust-sized, wireless sensors

August 4, 2016

UC Berkeley engineers have built the first dust-sized, wireless sensors that can be implanted in the body, bringing closer the day when a Fitbit-like device could monitor internal nerves, muscles or organs in real time.