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  • Illustration of reserchers discussing fire response techniques
    Modern technologies needed to prevent wildfires

    1/23/2019 Daily Californian - In an op-ed, mechanical engineering professor Tarek Zohdi writes about his new Fire Research Group's focus on actions needed to combat fire emergencies in both wildland and urban environments.

  • Ambidextrous robot
    'Ambidextrous' robots could dramatically speed e-commerce

    1/16/2019 - In a new paper, Berkeley engineers build on 35 years of research with new algorithms that compute robust robot pick points, enabling robot grasping of a diverse range of products without training.

  • Researchers capture an image of negative capacitance in action

    1/14/2019 - For the first time ever, an international team of researchers imaged the microscopic state of negative capacitance. This novel result could have far-reaching consequences for energy-efficient electronics.

  • Thumbnail of video: SAC on Minitaur - Training
    Clever clumsiness: Self-taught walking robot

    1/9/2019 Wired - Researchers from the Berkeley AI Research Lab and Google Brain have taught a robot to teach itself how to walk, through trial and error, in just two hours; the results "are as awkward as they are magical."

  • Ph.D. graduates taking a selfie at commencement
    Minority STEM PhDs fare better with clear expectations, acceptance

    1/9/2019 - Women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields are more likely to advance professionally, publish more research and secure postdoctoral and faculty positions if their institutional culture is welcoming and sets clear expectations, according to a new study.

  • Illustration of the proposed WAND device, with two of the new chips embedded in a chassis located outside the head.
    Wireless 'pacemaker for the brain'

    12/31/2018 - A new neurostimulator developed by engineers at UC Berkeley can listen to and stimulate electric current in the brain at the same time, potentially delivering fine-tuned treatments to patients with diseases like epilepsy and Parkinson’s.

  • robotic finger on computer keyboard
    Artificial intelligence opens health data privacy to attack

    12/21/2018 - Current privacy laws and regulations are nowhere near sufficient to keep an individual’s health data private in the face of advances in artificial intelligence, according to a new study from IEOR professor Anil Aswani and his team.

  • Robots in the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research (BAIR) Lab
    These robots are learning the old-fashioned way—by playing

    12/19/2018 California Magazine - Unlike most robots, the ones in the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research (BAIR) Lab haven’t been programmed to perform a specific task. Instead, they’ve been programmed to learn new stuff by observation or through physical trial and error.

  • Diagram demonstrating recycling carbon dioxide into valuable chemicals through a copper catalyst
    Greener days ahead for carbon fuels

    12/18/2018 Berkeley Lab - Researchers led by Joel Ager, MSE adjunct professor, have discovered copper's potential as a catalyst for turning carbon dioxide into sustainable chemicals and fuels without wasteful byproducts.

  • Illustration of metal carbides sparking a reaction that splits water into oxygen and valuable hydrogen gas
    Jiggly Jell-O makes powerful new hydrogen fuel catalyst

    12/13/2018 - A cheap and effective gelatin-based catalyst, developed by mechanical engineering professor Liwei Lin and his Berkeley research team, can generate hydrogen fuel from water just as efficiently as platinum, the far more expensive current standard.

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