Jul 21, 2014 UC Berkeley NewsCenter On Capitol Hill, Keasling calls for ‘national initiative’ to boost bioengineering
UC Berkeley professor and synthetic-biology pioneer Jay Keasling was on Capitol Hill Thursday, stressing the need for a federal strategy to ensure continued U.S. leadership in a field he said can yield significant medical benefits for people throughout the world.
Jul 20, 2014 UC Berkeley NewsCenter Tiny laser sensor heightens bomb detection sensitivity
UC Berkeley researchers, led by mechanical engineering professor Xiang Zhang, are developing ultra-sensitive bomb detectors using tiny laser sensors that could detect incredibly minute concentrations of explosives.
Jul 18, 2014 Business Insider The 10 best universities for robotics in the U.S.
In a roundup of university robotics options from around the country, UC Berkeley lands at the top of the list, described as "an incredibly robust college for robotics that will likely meet your interests no matter what they are."
Jul 16, 2014 Forbes A class discovery platform: By students, for students
Three Berkeley undergraduates, including EECS junior Noah Gilmore, have created an interactive website designed to help students choose classes. Called Berkeleytime, it gathers all of the school's curricular information in one place, allowing students to filter and sort by thousands of criteria.
Jul 15, 2014 siliconANGLE Password managers hacked: Researchers find ‘critical’ vulnerabilities
Berkeley Engineering researchers have discovered several quickly-patched vulnerabilities in popular password managers that could allow attackers to gain access.
Jul 14, 2014 livescience Nanolasers on silicon to provide faster data transmission
New technology in development at Berkeley Engineering promises to ensure that fiber optic networks will be able to keep pace with consumer demand for speed and seamless data flow. The work, led by EECS professor Connie Chang-Hasnain, involves growing lasers (called nanoneedles) on silicon , the base layer of choice for electronic devices.
Jul 10, 2014 U.S. News & World Report Colleges work to engage women, minorities in STEM fields
Sheila Humphreys, director of diversity for Berkeley Engineering's electrical engineering and computer science department, talks about efforts in her department to encourage minorities and women breaking into the field.
Jul 01, 2014 Information Week Databricks Spark plans: Big data Q&A
Ian Stoica, computer science professor and CEO of Databricks, talks about his company's bold vision to make Databricks and its Apache Spark core, developed in UC Berkeley's AMPLab in 2009, into big data's epicenter of analysis.
Jul 01, 2014 UC Berkeley NewsCenter Blind lead the way in brave new world of tactile technology
Imagine feeling a slimy jellyfish, a prickly cactus or map directions on your iPad display. Virtual textured touchscreens are where tactile technology is headed. New research has found that people are faster at navigating tactile technology when using both hands and several fingers. Moreover, blind people in the study outmaneuvered their sighted counterparts.
Jun 27, 2014 Daily Californian UC now able to invest in homegrown technology
Thanks to a change in policy, the University of California is now able to invest directly in companies that use and market technology developed at UC facilities, or to accept equity from such companies or from campus-run “incubators” — such as UC Berkeley’s SkyDeck, which supports fledgling companies with resources and expertise.
Jun 24, 2014 SciDev.Net Holistic development engineering on the upswing
The open access Journal of Development Engineering is due to launch in 2015, a move that could encourage more researchers to enter this nascent and holistic field, where UC Berkeley's Blum Center for Developing Economies plays a leading role.
Jun 19, 2014 UC Berkeley NewsCenter RadWatch project brings near real-time radiation data to the public
A team of Berkeley nuclear engineering scientists has launched a project called RadWatch to provide the public online access to a wealth of information — including near real-time readings — on environmental radiation levels. The researchers say the effort is meant to demystify radiation, an often misunderstood subject.