Checking machinery in Bolt Threads lab

Improving the work of silkworms and spiders, with yeast

Where some people see mere cobwebs, David Breslauer sees nature’s most robust fiber. Now the bioengineering Ph.D.'s company, Bolt Threads, has learned how to mimic spider silk in the lab — without spiders.

Improving the work of silkworms and spiders, with yeast

7/23/2015, by Nate Seltenrich Where some people see mere cobwebs, David Breslauer sees nature’s most robust fiber. A 2010 graduate of the joint UC Berkeley-UCSF Graduate Program in Bioengineering, he has spent years studying spider silk, the stuff of webs and cocoons, in order to better understand how it’s made. When fermented with sugar...

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Robot from the science fiction fantasy film “Terminator Genisys.”

Musk, Hawking among experts to urge ban on military robots

7/30/2015 Thousands of artificial intelligence researchers and experts are calling for a worldwide ban on so-called autonomous weapons, warning that they could set off a revolution in weaponry comparable to gunpowder and nuclear arms. Signatories include EECS professor Stuart Russell, Apple co-founder (and Berkeley alum) Steve Wozniak, and dozens of other Berkeley Engineering faculty and students.

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Camp helps girls explore STEM fields

7/16/2015 At UC Berkeley’s Girls in Engineering summer camps, middle schoolers go from robots to cow legs to edible juice caviar, all in one whirlwind week.

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Campers experimenting with a robit they built
  • Modern-day Edison creates design innovation fund

    7/27/2015 - Jack McCauley’s (B.S.’86 EECS) has been a lifelong tinkerer, inventor and modern-day Edison whose inventions have spanned several disciplines and industries.

  • Genes yield clues to arrival of first Americans

    7/21/2015 - Statistical models, including one created by EECS and statistics associate professor Yun Song, confirm that the original Americans crossed a land bridge from Siberia in a single wave no more than 23,000 years ago, at the height of the last Ice Age.

  • 3D-printed 'smart cap' uses electronics to sense spoiled food

    7/20/2015 - UC Berkeley engineers, in collaboration with colleagues at Taiwan’s National Chiao Tung University, have expanded the range of 3D printing technology to include electrical components, successfully printing a wireless “smart cap” for a milk carton that detects signs of spoilage using embedded sensors, .

  • Alice Agogino: ME trailblazer

    7/15/2015 Blum Center - When historians get around to investigating the trials and triumphs of women scientists in the late 20th century, they would do well to spend some time looking at the career of Alice Merner Agogino, a pioneer in mechanical engineering, development engineering and STEM gender equity.

Jacobs Hall celebration

Aug. 20, 1:30-4 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate the opening of Jacobs Hall, home of the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at UC Berkeley. Jacobs Hall, at the corner of Ridge Road and LeRoy Avenue, is Berkeley's new hub for engineers, artists and game-changers of all kinds who love working at the intersection of design and technology.

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