Press Release archive

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.

Forever Valentine: Study shows marriage gets better in old age with video

Forever Valentine: Study shows marriage gets better in old age February 11, 2014:

Love, marriage, kids — and then what? UC Berkeley psychologist Robert Levenson looks back on his longitudinal study of 156 middle-aged and older couples in the San Francisco Bay Area who survived the slings and arrows of early wedlock.

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.

Berkeley to host nearly 170 aspiring young women physicists with video

Berkeley to host nearly 170 aspiring young women physicists January 15, 2014:

UC Berkeley, LBNL and LLNL are hosting the 2014 West Coast Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, a three-day event designed to encourage attendees to pursue careers in a field where women are still a minority.