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.

Blocking nerve cells could halt symptoms of eczema

Blocking nerve cells could halt symptoms of eczema October 3, 2013:

New research on the chronic, itchy skin condition called eczema, which often progresses to asthma and allergies, could lead to new therapies. Diana Bautista and her colleagues have discovered that itch-sensitive nerves in the skin play a key role in responding to itch-producing chemicals, and have found evidence that blocking these nerves can help alleviate symptoms.

Clot-dissolving bubbles to treat strokes?

Clot-dissolving bubbles to treat strokes? September 24, 2013:

Researchers from UC Berkeley and UC San Deigo have used computer simulations to show how ultrasound and tiny bubbles injected into the bloodstream can break up blood clots, limiting the damage caused by a stroke. The treatment was tested using supercomputers at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center.

Got calcium? Mineral key to restoring acid rain-damaged forests

Got calcium? Mineral key to restoring acid rain-damaged forests September 19, 2013:

Scientists have reversed the decline of a New Hampshire watershed by gradually adding calcium back into the soil over 15 years. The experimental forest had suffered depletion of key soil nutrients due to acid rain. The study not only illustrates the impact of acid rain, but a potential treatment to help reverse the damage.

New theory points to ‘zombie vortices’ as key step in star formation

New theory points to ‘zombie vortices’ as key step in star formation August 20, 2013:

UC Berkeley scientists have proposed a new model that elucidates a key step in star formation. They point to “zombie vortices” as a destabilizing force needed to help protostars accumulate the mass needed to grow into stars.