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‘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.

Seafloor carpet catches waves to generate energy with video

Seafloor carpet catches waves to generate energy January 28, 2014:

UC Berkeley engineers are developing a seafloor carpet system to capture ocean wave energy and convert it into usable electricity. The system could eventually help lower the cost of converting seawater into fresh water, easing the pressure during periods of drought.

CITRIS joins Newsom in launch of California Report Card

CITRIS joins Newsom in launch of California Report Card January 28, 2014:

How would you grade your state’s elected officials? A new app developed by CITRIS researchers in partnership with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will let you voice your opinion with ease.

UC Berkeley psychologists tackle spats over disliked Facebook posts

UC Berkeley psychologists tackle spats over disliked Facebook posts January 21, 2014:

From Mumbai to Menlo Park, Facebook is swamped with complaints about “inappropriate” posts, each of which must be manually reviewed by an employee. Yet rather than take down the offending content, the social network has tapped the emotional intelligence of UC Berkeley psychologists, among other top minds, to resolve disputes over posts that don’t clearly violate the company’s community standards.

Scientists to monitor California kelp for Fukushima radiation

Scientists to monitor California kelp for Fukushima radiation January 14, 2014:

Researchers from Cal State-Long Beach, Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have launched “Kelp Watch 2014,” a scientific campaign to determine the extent of radioactive contamination of the state’s kelp forest from Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant following the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami.

Sanjay Kumar and Niren Murthy get Keck grant for cancer cell research

Sanjay Kumar and Niren Murthy get Keck grant for cancer cell research January 10, 2014:

Bioengineering professors Sanjay Kumar and Niren Murthy have been awarded $500,000 from the W.M. Keck Foundation to help improve the diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer. The researchers will focus on identifying the protein “fingerprints” that characterize glioblastoma tumors.

Light-generating metamaterials hold promise for quantum computing

Light-generating metamaterials hold promise for quantum computing December 5, 2013:

Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley have demonstrated that an optical metamaterial can allow light waves to gain strength while moving through in all directions. The advancement is a major step forward the foundation for future quantum networks.