Press Release archive

Media Advisory: Panel discussion with four Nobel laureates

Media Advisory: Panel discussion with four Nobel laureates April 8, 2014:

UC Berkeley’s newest speaker series “Berkeley Talks: Thought Leaders in Conversation,” Chancellor Nicholas Dirks will gather four of UC Berkeley’s Nobel Laureates to moderate an enlightening dialogue on the role of science in modern society.

Director Wally Pfister joins UC Berkeley neuroengineers to discuss the science behind ‘Transcendence’

Director Wally Pfister joins UC Berkeley neuroengineers to discuss the science behind ‘Transcendence’ April 7, 2014:

“Transcendence” director Wally Pfister, Oscar-winning cinematographer (“Inception”), will come to UC Berkeley for a screening of exclusive clips and audience Q&A of the movie about a leading artificial intelligence researcher, played by Johnny Depp, creating sentient machines. Pfister will join Jose Carmena and Michel Maharbiz, pioneering neuroengineering experts at UC Berkeley and technical consultants for the movie. They plan to discuss the science behind the movie.

April 2 symposium to dedicate new chemistry research institute

March 26, 2014:

An April 2 scientific symposium will celebrate the opening of the California Research Alliance at Berkeley (CARA), a multidisciplinary chemistry research institute funded by the chemical company BASF Corp. that will bring together researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, UCLA, Stanford University and BASF.

Fierce solar magnetic storm barely missed Earth in 2012 with video

Fierce solar magnetic storm barely missed Earth in 2012 March 18, 2014:

UC Berkeley physicist Janet Luhmann & former postdoc Ying Liu report that a rapid succession of coronal mass ejections – the most intense eruptions on the sun – sent a pulse of magnetized plasma barreling into space & through Earth’s orbit on July 23, 2012. Had it hit Earth, it could have disrupted the electrical grid, satellites, GPS & our increasingly electronic lives.

MEMO: POLARBEAR scientists available for comment on cosmic microwave background & inflation

MEMO: POLARBEAR scientists available for comment on cosmic microwave background & inflation March 17, 2014:

A UC Berkeley-led team called POLARBEAR has measured the polarization of the cosmic microwave background, showing that so-called ‘B-mode’ polarization measurements can be used to map the large scale structure of the universe, and perhaps determine the masses of neutrinos.

Colored diamonds are a superconductor’s best friend

Colored diamonds are a superconductor’s best friend March 6, 2014:

Physicists Dmitry Budker of UC Berkeley and Ron Folman of Ben-Gurion University show that color centers in diamonds, among the most sensitive magnetic sensors known today, can help researchers learn about the much ballyhooed but still mysterious high-temperature superconductors.

Closest, brightest supernova in decades is also a little weird

Closest, brightest supernova in decades is also a little weird February 27, 2014:

When supernova SN2014J was first noticed in January 2014, astronomers called it the closest and brightest supernova in decades. Berkeley astronomer Alex Filippenko and his team found that it is also weird: it brightens faster than expected for Type Ia supernovae, which are used to measure cosmic distances. The finding may reveal unsuspected new physics inside these exploding stars.

Exhibit emphasizes the art in science

Exhibit emphasizes the art in science February 24, 2014:

Science@Cal and the Energy Biosciences Institute will host “Art-in-Science: The intersection of image and research,” a two-day exhibit of sculpture, painting, photography, origami, multimedia and digital art by scientists and artists whose works portray the artistic face of science.