PET scans reveal key details of Alzheimer’s protein growth in aging brains

March 2, 2016
New research led by scientists at UC Berkeley shows for the first time that PET scans can track the progressive stages of Alzheimer’s disease in cognitively normal adults, a key advance in the early diagnosis and staging of the neurodegenerative disorder.

Berkeley Seismologists Help Predict the Next Megaquake

January 29, 2016
In Japan and areas like the Pacific Northwest where megathrust earthquakes are common, scientists may be able to better forecast large quakes based on periodic increases and decreases in the rate of slow, quiet slipping along the fault, thanks to the work of Berkeley seismologists.

CRI Representatives Head to Paris with Gov. Brown’s Climate Team

December 14, 2015
California Gov. Jerry Brown is headed to Paris this weekend for the two-week global climate summit, prepped for his meetings by a team of scientists almost entirely from the UC system, including two from UC Berkeley: William Collins, a professor of earth and planetary science and a Berkeley Lab researcher; and Anthony Barnosky, a professor of integrative biology.

Mathematician Ian Agol and Physicist Kam-Biu Luk Awarded Breakthrough Prizes

November 6, 2015
Congratulations to our Berkeley faculty who received the famed Breakthrough Prize: Ian Agol, Breakthrough Prize Winners Kam-Biu Luk and Ian AgolMathematics and The Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment team co-led by Kam-Biu Luk, Physics. Founded by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, and Yuri and Julia Milner, the Breakthrough Prize honors important achievements in the categories of Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics.

Berkeley Lab Scientists Participate in Mile-deep Dark Matter Experiment in Former South Dakota Gold Mine

December 14, 2015
The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter experiment has already proven itself to be the most sensitive detector in the hunt for dark matter. Now with a new set of calibration techniques coupled with advanced computer simulations at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab) National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) and Brown University’s Center for Computation and Visualization (CCV) the detector’s sensitivity has dramatically improved again.

UC Berkeley biochemist Jennifer Doudna joins Biden in Davos rollout of ‘cancer moonshot’

January 19, 2016
Jennifer Doudna joined Joseph Biden this morning at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as the vice president promoted a major new U.S. initiative to speed the discovery of cures for cancer, what President Obama has dubbed a “cancer moonshot.” Announced last week in Obama’s State of the Union address, the initiative will be the focus of Biden’s final year in office as he attempts to double the rate of progress against cancer.

Ripples in galaxy help astronomers locate dark-matter satellites of Milky Way

January 7, 2016
A new techinique pioneered by a former UC Berkeley postdoctoral fellow uses ripples in the distribution of hydrogen gas to uncover the presence of invisible satellite galaxies which may be buzzing around or through the Milky Way.

UC Berkeley biologists link worldwide bee epidemic to human cause: colony trafficking

February 10, 2016
According to a new finding by UC Berkeley and Exeter University biologists, world traffic in bee colonies is fueling a worldwide bee epidemic. The spread of the deformed wing virus, which is affecting European honeybee colonies and wild bee populations, is adding to fears over the future of global bee populations, biodiversity, agricultural biosecurity, global economies and human health.

Berkeley Researcher Discusses The State, the Drought and El Niño

January 14, 2016
Berkeley News interviews professor B. Lynn Ingram, a geologist specializing in paleoclimatology, to discuss what the climate could have in store for us.

UC Berkeley scientists develop new app that turns smartphones into worldwide seismic network

February 12, 2016
UC Berkeley scientists today are releasing a free Android app that taps a smartphone’s ability to record ground shaking from an earthquake, with the goal of creating a worldwide seismic detection network that could eventually warn users of impending jolts from nearby quakes.