Devices & inventions

New test rapidly identifies antibiotic-resistant 'superbugs'

Tara deBoer holding synthetic urine samples being tested with DETECT solution

10/15/2018 - A new test dubbed DETECT, co-developed by Berkeley bioengineers, can diagnose patients with antibiotic-resistant infections in a matter of minutes and help limit the spread of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs,” which kill as many as 700,000 people worldwide each year.

A tiny step into the final frontier

Berkeley undergrads holding examples of their tiny SpinorSats

10/15/2018 Medium - Six undergrad engineers are developing "SpinorSats" — each less than 10 grams, about the size of an Apple Watch — that they hope will be the smallest maneuverable satellites in space.

Engineered sand zaps storm water pollutants

Discarded cup carried to storm drain by runoff water

8/30/2018 - Berkeley engineers have created a new way to remove contaminants from storm water using mineral-coated sand, potentially addressing the needs of water-stressed communities that are searching for ways to tap the abundant and yet underused source of fresh drinking water.

Calling out fake photos on the web

Illustration of fake photo detection

8/21/2018 Wired - Fake photos are the bane of internet junkies. SurfSafe, a browser plugin from RoBhat Labs (computer science undergrads Ash Bhat and Rohan Phadte), can warn users that they're viewing a Photoshopped fake in real time — like an antivirus for photos.

Young interns design and create in CITRIS Invention Lab

Young interns in the CITRIS Invention Lab

7/16/2018 CITRIS - Teenagers from Bay Area junior high and high schools are spending two weeks in the CITRIS Invention Lab this summer, using things like laster cutters and 3D printers to spread their maker wings and fly.

New technique could speed synthesis of DNA

Sebastian Palluk and Daniel Arlow in a lab at the Joint BioEnergy Institute

6/18/2018 - A team of scientists in chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Jay Keasling's lab has made a breakthrough in the synthesis of new genes, offering promise for cheaper, faster and safer development of medicines.

Solar power windows

6/1/2018 Researchers have created windows that automatically darken to block heat while also generating electricity.

Redesigning wind power

Diagram of the parts of the new efficient wind turbine: Tower, blades, concentrator and camouflage

6/1/2018 Berkeley Engineering students have designed a wind turbine that is quiet, efficient and protects birds.

Those four-wheeled robots on campus, explained

Kiwi robot transporting food in downtown Berkeley

5/31/2018 - The presence of talented EECS student engineers, along with plenty of hungry students and a gourmet local food scene, goes a long way to explain the decision by Felipe Chavez to launch his robot-powered meal delivery startup Kiwi in Berkeley.