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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.

UC Berkeley biologists find robotic inspiration in the cockroach

February 9, 2016
Our fear and disgust that cockroaches can quickly squeeze through the tiniest cracks are well-justified, say UC Berkeley scientists. Not only can they squish themselves to get into one-tenth-of-an-inch crevices, but once inside they can run at high speed even when flattened in half. This finding has inspired a robot that can rapidly squeeze through cracks — a new capability for search-and-rescue in rubble resulting from tornados, earthquakes and explosions.

UC Berkeley Launches the Alliance for Global Health and Science

January 29, 2016
The Biological Sciences Division, in partnership with the School of Public Health, is proud to announce the launch of the Alliance for Global Health and Science. The Alliance for Global Health and Science seeks to build the scientific and public health research capacity in developing nations to address communicable and non-communicable threats to health within these countries.

Science magazine names CRISPR ‘Breakthrough of the Year’

December 18, 2015

In its year-end issue, the journal Science chose the CRISPR genome-editing technology invented at UC Berkeley as 2015’s Breakthrough of the Year. CRISPR was used to edit the muscle cells pictured below.

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.