Scientists Can Now Herd Cells Like Cattle Using Electrical Fields

We've known that flesh wounds create disturbances in the skin's bioelectric field since Emil du Bois-Reymond first placed an injured hand in a galvanometer in 1843. Thanks to a new discovery from a team at the University of Berkeley, we might soon be able to harness those currents to heal ourselves with electricity. » 3/12/14 2:20pm 3/12/14 2:20pm

A Waggable Tail Lets This Crawling Robot Turn on a Dime

UC Berkeley might be able to claim the title of 'world's fastest turning robot' and it's all thanks to an innovation that Mother Nature came up even well before the dinosaurs: a wagging tail. » 6/04/13 12:33pm 6/04/13 12:33pm

Our Robot Overlords Will Have Baby Brains

Scientists are modeling artificial intelligence after baby brains. Why would they want to make computers similar to beings whose favorite pastimes are drooling and pooping? It makes perfect sense when you think about how malleable a baby's gray matter is. » 3/13/12 6:40pm 3/13/12 6:40pm

Boffins Set to Shake Down Google's Earthquake Warning System

You don't see earthquakes coming as you would with, say, a hurricane. But that may soon change with recent advancements to a "groundbreaking" early warning system developed, in part, by Google's philanthropic arm. » 11/30/11 10:40pm 11/30/11 10:40pm

Robot Birds and Octoroaches On The Loose at UC Berkeley

No matter how fancy and complicated we make robots, nature always has us beat. Is there anything more capable, more efficient, and more utterly indestructible than a cockroach? Of course not. Not yet, anyway. » 9/27/11 1:00pm 9/27/11 1:00pm

Samsung-Funded Study Finds Samsung's 3DTVs Hurt Your Eyes (Updated)

Whoops! Looks like we shouldn't have funded that university study on the effects of looking at 3DTVs, probably says some guy at Samsung right now. Probably, because the study found that 3DTVs cause eye strain and fatigue, Ars reports. » 7/25/11 8:00pm 7/25/11 8:00pm

Thanks to an Exoskeleton, a Paralyzed Boy Got to Walk on His Graduation…

Austin Whitney, a 22-year-old student, was able to walk on his graduation day at UC Berkeley. Why is that surprising? Because Whitney is paralyzed from the waist down and needed an exoskeleton to make those seven steps. » 5/16/11 7:00pm 5/16/11 7:00pm

Me and My Exoskeleton: The Trick to Super Strength

When I first see the Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC), it is hanging limply from the ceiling by a strap attached to its neck, dangling over a treadmill. I can't wait to try it on. » 11/11/09 12:00pm 11/11/09 12:00pm

Hackers Break Into UC Berkeley's Database, Steal Nearly 100,000 Social…

An unknown number of hackers broke into UC Berkeley's database and were able to access the personal and health information of over 160,000 students and former students. They're still at large. » 5/09/09 5:45pm 5/09/09 5:45pm

Scientists Say Their Mirror-Based Invisibility Cloaks Actually Work

Researchers from Cornell and UC Berkeley say they've both developed invisibility cloaks using bump-shaped mirrors that can hide objects across optical wavelengths. Oddly enough, their designs are nearly identical. » 4/29/09 9:40pm 4/29/09 9:40pm

Mobile Millennium Project is a Poor Man's Traffic-Relaying GPS

On Monday Nokia, NAVTEQ and UC Berkeley will launch the Mobile Millennium project which will use GPS data from thousands of cell phones » 11/07/08 9:30pm 11/07/08 9:30pm to gather traffic information in the San Francisco Bay Area. By having users relay and access the information, it will enable them to find and avoid traffic congestion, similar to the

Rube Goldberg Voting Machine Is Irreverent, Thankfully Irrelevant

Well, the election is over! Luckily, it was pretty clear from about two hours in who would be the winner this time around , so even if there were a couple of iffy voting » 11/05/08 3:30am 11/05/08 3:30am , it wouldn't be anything to take up to the Supreme Court. Still, some post-election voting humor never hurt anybody – check out this Rube…

Winos Delight in Red Wine Headache Detector

Chemists at UC Berkeley developed a device that detects the amount of biogenic amines in red wine, which are thought to be the culprit for the mind-numbing red wine headache. Though the detector is still in its prototype stages—and is currently the size of a briefcase—it only takes one drop of wine to determine the… » 11/05/07 7:50pm 11/05/07 7:50pm

Allen Telescope Array Fully Operational; Set To Find Treacherous Space…

Paul Allen's SETI array was powered up yesterday. Currently with 42 6-meter dishes in operation, the final product will have 350 antennas (antennae?), capable in total of scanning over 1 million star systems in the hope of finding some kind of intelligent life out there. Since the Hat Creek, California, telescope… » 10/12/07 8:25am 10/12/07 8:25am

UC Berkeley Puts Lectures Online to Bore You At Home

Just like MIT and various other colleges before it, UC Berkeley's put a bunch of lectures online to YouTube so you can watch and learn from the comfort of your toilet. Berkeley does have a great computer science department (top three or something), but don't expect many of those lectures online for free though—why… » 10/04/07 4:50pm 10/04/07 4:50pm