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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.

Aduro Biotech helps launch new immunotherapy, vaccine effort at Berkeley

March 28, 2016
UC Berkeley cancer immunologists are teaming up with colleagues working on infectious disease to create a new Immunotherapeutics and Vaccine Research Initiative, fueled by $7.5 million in funding from Aduro Biotech, Inc., a Berkeley company that develops immunotherapies for cancer and other diseases.

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.

Scientists map brain’s thesaurus to help decode inner thoughts

May 2, 2016

UC Berkeley scientists have built a “semantic atlas” that shows in vivid colors and multiple dimensions how the human brain organizes language. The atlas identifies brain areas that respond to words that have similar meanings.

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.

Copper essential for burning fat, researchers find

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.