Research

Piranha-proof fish scales offer inspiration for armor

Piranha

10/17/2019 UCSD - UC Berkeley and UC San Diego material scientists have discovered the secret to Arapaima gigas's impermeable armor. The scales on this Amazonian freshwater fish could serve as inspiration for stronger, lightweight and flexible synthetic armors.

Berkeley receives grant to grow public interest technology

Jennifer Marigold

10/7/2019 - UC Berkeley received a $180,000 grant from the Public Interest Technology University Network to develop an innovative curriculum that encourages students to work across disciplines and understand the ethical, political and societal implications of technology.

Berkeley researchers help secure water future

water fountain

9/27/2019 - The National Alliance for Water Innovation , which includes researchers from Berkeley Engineering, has been awarded a five-year, $100 million Energy-Water Desalination Hub by the U.S. Department of Energy to address water security issues in the United States.

Eight Berkeley engineers honored as Siebel Scholars

9/25/2019 - Eight Berkeley Engineering graduate students — five from bioengineering, two from computer science and one from energy science — have been named to the Siebel Scholars Foundation’s 2020 class.

Can cellphones help cities be more energy efficient?

San Francisco

9/23/2019 - Berkeley Engineering, Berkeley Lab and MIT researchers have created a new tool that uses cellphone data to estimate building occupancy rates in urban areas, with the aim of optimizing energy use at a citywide scale — and helping to mitigate climate change.

U.S. Military researchers work to fix easily fooled AI

Dawn Song

9/19/2019 NPR - NPR's All Things Considered talked to EECS professor Dawn Song about her AI work with traffic signs to explain how U.S. Military researchers are working to combat what they call "adversarial artificial intelligence." That's when someone hacks into an AI system to transmit the wrong information.

A single dose for good measure

Rebecca Abergel

9/13/2019 Berkeley Lab - Nuclear engineering professor Rebecca Abergel and her colleagues at Berkeley Lab have developed a new pill to treat radiation poisoning. The pill could also double as an anti-gadolinium-toxicity pill for MRI patients injected with a commonly-used contrast dye.

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