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Aug 25, 2006 New test for liquid explosives revealed
Potential bomb attacks on aircraft could be more easily detected thanks to a new test for hydrogen peroxide, one of the liquids that have sparked dramatic security clampdowns at airports around the world, according to UC Berkeley researchers.
Jul 28, 2006 NPR Professor Monteiro on NPR
program. Monteiro discussed the basics of structural engineering and materials.
Jun 12, 2006 NPR Figures on Chinese Engineers Fail to Add Up
A report cited in The New York Times and quoted on the House floor claimed China graduates nine times as many engineers as the U.S. Skeptical, a Duke professor had students check the numbers.
Jun 09, 2006 Washington Monthly The Washington Monthly's Annual College Guide
In a new university ranking released this week, Washington Monthly called the University of California, Berkeley "about the best thing for America we can find..."
Jun 09, 2006 SF Chronicle Op-Ed: Leadership needed for better health-care research
Christopher Wolf is a student in the College of Engineering, department of bioengineering and the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.
Jun 07, 2006 NCIIA The NCIIA Recognizes Collegiate Biomedical Engineering Innovations
The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) Presents BMEidea Awards to Four Student Teams With Breakthrough Discoveries for Cardiovascular Disease, Cancer and Anemia
Jun 02, 2006 NY Times (*requires registration) Army Builders Accept Blame Over Flooding
Robert G. Bea, an engineering expert at the University of California, Berkeley, who has been critical of the corps, said he was impressed by the level of criticism in the report. "This report has got a tone in it that is not like anything we have seen before," Dr. Bea said. "They're coming forward now."
May 31, 2006 Breit Bart New Orleans Sinking Faster Than Thought
The federal government, especially the Army Corps of Engineers, hasn't taken the dramatic sinking into account in rebuilding plans, said University of Berkeley engineering professor Bob Bea, part of an independent National Academy of Sciences-Berkeley team that analyzed the levee failures during Katrina.
May 31, 2006 Tech News New Metamaterial Could Transform Ultrasound Imaging
The University of California-Berkeley researchers say they used the same principles that help create a guitar's complex tones to develop the substance -- called an "ultrasonic metamaterial" -- that responds differently to sound waves than any substance found in nature.
May 30, 2006 NY Times An Autopsy of Katrina: Four Storms, Not Just One
"This is a national issue," said Raymond Seed, a professor of engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and an author of a stinging report released last week. That report has identified flaws in design, construction and maintenance of the levees that contributed to the failures. But underlying it all, the report stated, were the problems with the initial model used to determine how strong the system should be.
May 25, 2006 NY Times Levees Rebuilt Just in Time, but Doubts Remain
Raymond Seed, a professor of engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, who is one of the corps' most consistent critics, said he did not doubt that the system was, to use the mantra of the corps, "better and stronger" in many ways. But, he asked, "Better enough?"
May 23, 2006 USA Today Op-Ed: Corps' goal is safety
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is examining the levee analysis report by the University of California, Berkeley-led investigation team. While the report is solid, it contains several conclusions we're concerned about, including references to our work to rebuild the levees and to our organizational processes.
May 22, 2006 MSNBC Are you prepared for the next Big One?
Working with the UC Berkeley’s earthquake engineering research center, NBC's Dateline sponsored the building of a house designed to examine the effects of an 8.0 quake on a typical 1930s San Francisco house. The shake table's quake simulation was featured on Dateline Sunday, May 21.
May 22, 2006 NY Times New Study of Levees Faults Design and Construction
"People didn't die because the storm was bigger than the system could handle, and people didn't die because the levees were overtopped," said Raymond Seed, a professor of engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and the chief author of the report, in a weekend briefing for reporters here. "People died because mistakes were made," he said, "and because safety was exchanged for efficiency and reduced cost."...
May 19, 2006 CNet Scientists team up for nanotube breakthrough
Scientists from Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley laboratories have created a filtration membrane smaller than a quarter riddled with a billion tiny tubes that are 50,000 times thinner than a human hair.
May 19, 2006 LA Times UC Report on Levees Sees Institutional Failings in Corps
The report from the UC Berkeley engineering department says the corps lacked a coherent strategy for protecting the city.
May 16, 2006 Times-Picayune Replay feared if big storm hits
Raymond Seed, a civil engineer at the University of California, Berkeley and a leader of a 36-member team of engineers and scientists conducting their own independent investigation of the levee failures with financing from the National Science Foundation, said the 17th Street Canal wall failure can be blamed on a thin layer of slick clay that test borings failed to detect when the levee was being built.
May 13, 2006 SF Chronicle Berkeley: Engineering students make it easy, low-tech
Three UC Berkeley engineering students have been recognized by campus officials for their efforts to help people in impoverished areas of India, Sri Lanka and Mexico secure clean drinking water and save lives by reducing a potentially devastating threat to public health.
May 09, 2006 The Ethanol Solution
Fifteen years ago Brazil made a commitment to burning ethanol made from sugar cane as a primary vehicle crop. And lots of energy analysts have scoffed at the idea," says professor Daniel Kammen, who heads the Renewable Energy Lab at the Berkeley campus of the University of California, where he studies ethanol and other alternative fuels.
May 09, 2006 The Times Picayune Katrina report blames human errors
Hurricane Katrina wouldn't have breached the region's hurricane protection system had it been properly financed, designed, built and maintained, say a group of forensic scientists who are calling for strict new federal levee safety standards and an end to "dysfunctional" local government interference they say also hampers flood protection.
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