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Study reveals resilience of Roman architectural concrete

Study reveals resilience of Roman architectural concrete

December 15, 2014:

An international research team studying the mortar used to build such Roman architectural marvels as the Pantheon, Trajan’s Markets and the Colosseum has found a secret to the material’s resilience. Led by scientists at UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab, the team found that as the mortar cures, it forms a crystalline binding hydrate that prevents microcracks from propagating.

‘HackTheHearst’ to expand public discovery of ancient treasures

‘HackTheHearst’ to expand public discovery of ancient treasures August 27, 2014:

Hackers are being invited to compete in a contest to open up the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology’s digital collections to a wider public, making the museum’s treasures even more accessible to students, Native Americans, researchers and everyone else.

10-second alert: the view from the Berkeley Seismo Lab with video

10-second alert: the view from the Berkeley Seismo Lab August 25, 2014:

Scientists at the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory were alerted 5-10 seconds before Sunday morning’s 6.0 magnitude temblor on the Napa Fault, courtesy of the ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system.

UC Berkeley engineers among MIT Tech Review top innovators

UC Berkeley engineers among MIT Tech Review top innovators August 21, 2014:

A Berkeley Electrical Engineering and Computer Science post-doc and two Engineering alumni are named to the 2014 MIT Technology Review “35 Innovators Under 35” list. All three are recognized in the humanitarian category.

Berkeley Engineering launches summer camp for girls with video

Berkeley Engineering launches summer camp for girls August 15, 2014:

Berkeley Engineering has been hosting 60 fifth, sixth and seventh-graders in a new Girls in Engineering camp this summer. The program seeks to inspire middle-school girls to explore careers in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math).

New tool makes a single picture worth a thousand – and more – images with video

New tool makes a single picture worth a thousand – and more – images August 14, 2014:

A photo is worth a thousand words, but what if the image could also represent a thousands of other images? New software developed by UC Berkeley computer scientists seeks to tame the sea of visual data in the world by generating a single photo that can represent massive clusters of images.

Professional-ed trainings focus on critical environmental issues

Professional-ed trainings focus on critical environmental issues August 13, 2014:

The College of Natural Resources has launched a series of professional-education programs on critical environmental issues. First up: “The Economic Impact of Climate and Energy Policy on Public and Private Sectors,” a three-day certificate course taught by 11 UC faculty members, now open for enrollment.

Research on the literal edge of 2D semiconductors

Research on the literal edge of 2D semiconductors May 1, 2014:

Researchers at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have recorded the first observations of a strong nonlinear optical resonance along the edges of single layers of molybdenum disulfide. The existence of these edge states is key to the use of molybdenum disulfide in nanoelectronics, as well as a catalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction in fuel cells, desulfurization and other chemical reactions.

Five faculty members elected to National Academy of Sciences

Five faculty members elected to National Academy of Sciences April 29, 2014:

Mathematicians Richard Borcherds and L. Craig Evans, statistician Bin Yu, molecular biologist Richard Harland and population geneticist Montgomery Slatkin were elected this month to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), bringing to 139 the total number of NAS members at UC Berkeley.