Research archive

NEI awards $3.2 million for visionary retina research

NEI awards $3.2 million for visionary retina research May 1, 2015:

The National Eye Institute has awarded a five-year, $3.2 million grant for a UC Berkeley-led project to map the interaction of retinal cells in an effort to better understand how visual data is processed before it is sent to the brain.

Berkeley teams up with financial industry to apply data tools to financial risk

Berkeley teams up with financial industry to apply data tools to financial risk April 30, 2015:

Economists and statisticians from across the UC Berkeley campus will soon be able to collaborate more easily, via the newly formed Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk, with financial-industry experts on advanced data-intensive techniques for managing and easing economic and financial risk.

Robotic telescope discovers three super-Earth planetary neighbors

Robotic telescope discovers three super-Earth planetary neighbors April 28, 2015:

Using a robotic telescope at Lick Observatory that scans the sky night after night, UC Berkeley graduate student Lauren Weiss and her colleagues at the University of Hawaii have discovered three planets – supersized Earths ‑ around a nearby star.

Astronomers join forces to speed discovery of habitable worlds

Astronomers join forces to speed discovery of habitable worlds April 22, 2015:

UC Berkeley astronomer James Graham is leading a coalition of planet-searchers in an effort to more efficiently find habitable planets around other stars, and perhaps extraterrestrial life itself. The project is one of 16 funded by NASA’s new NExSS (Nexus for Exoplanet System Science) initiative.

Electric vehicle batteries last longer than previously thought

Electric vehicle batteries last longer than previously thought March 30, 2015:

Scott Moura, UC Berkeley assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has co-authored a study with Berkeley Lab colleagues that may alleviate the concerns of battery life in electric vehicles. After analyzing real-world driving patterns, the researchers found that batteries that have lost 20 percent of their originally rated energy storage capacity can still meet the daily travel needs of more than 85 percent of U.S. drivers.