Research archive

Fierce solar magnetic storm barely missed Earth in 2012

Fierce solar magnetic storm barely missed Earth in 2012 with video

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.

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.

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.

Galaxy teems with sub-Neptune planets that are missing in our own solar system

Galaxy teems with sub-Neptune planets that are missing in our own solar system January 6, 2014:

UC Berkeley astronomer Geoff Marcy led a large team of Kepler space telescope scientists in analyzing data on newly discovered exoplanets, three-quarters of which are in a size range – larger than Earth but smaller than Neptune – that is missing in our solar system.

Powerful ancient explosions explain new class of supernovas

Powerful ancient explosions explain new class of supernovas December 18, 2013:

Astronomers Daniel Kasen of UC Berkeley and D. Andrew Howell of UC Santa Barbara have discovered two of the brightest and most distant supernovae ever recorded, likely powered by the creation of a magnetar, an extraordinarily magnetized neutron star spinning hundreds of times per second.

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.

New imaging tool could advance carbon nanotube technology

New imaging tool could advance carbon nanotube technology November 14, 2013:

UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab physicist Feng Wang and his colleagues have developed a way to simultaneously identify the structure of a carbon nanotube and characterize its properties, both essential to developing electronic applications for these hard-to-see materials.