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Android app turns your phone into an earthquake detector

Your smartphone can already warn you about earthquakes. UC Berkeley, however, is going one step further: it wants your phone to help detect those quakes. The school has released an Android app, MyShake, that uses your phone's motion sensors to detect the telltale signs of tremors and combine that with the data from every other user. Show More Summary

UC Berkeley’s latest Android app can detect earthquakes [VIDEO]

The scientists at UC Berkeley have developed an interesting new Android app that could help a lot of people. The app's purpose is to be able to detect an earthquake while a phone is sitting on a flat surface.

Why Goats and Other Prey Animals Have Eyes on the Sides of Their Heads With Rotating Horizontal Pupils

3 days agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

In advance of their new Explorer special Eyes Wide Open, science journalist Michael Stevens of Vsauce and National Geographic spoke with Dr. Marty Banks and Dr. William Sprague of UC Berkeley about why prey animals such as goats, have eyes on the side of their heads with rotating horizontal pupils. Marty noticed something that no […]

With money tight, chancellor says UC Berkeley must 'reimagine' its future

UC Berkeley is facing an unsustainable budget deficit and will launch an extensive review to “reimagine” its fundamental structure, the university chancellor announced Wednesday. In a message to the Berkeley community, Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks said a “new normal” of dwindling state support...

Cockroach inspires robot that squishes down to crawl through cracks and crevices

4 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

For most people, the cockroach doesn't inspire anything but the shivers and a mild sense of revulsion. For scientists at the University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley), however, the insect has inspired a whole new way of thinking about robots. Show More Summary

Cockroach-Inspired robot can squeeze into some tight spaces

Researchers at UC Berkeley who created the robot believe it could one day be used to crawl through rubble in disaster situations. Video provided by Newsy        

If you can't squish 'em, join 'em: Scientists build cockroach robot

5 days agoHealth : Booster Shots

After running roaches through tunnels that were only as high as two pennies stacked flat, researchers at UC Berkeley have designed a cockroach robot that’s able to squeeze through tiny spaces at blazing speeds. Such a roach bot, described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,...

ICYMI: VR yourself into a robot, plasma physics and more

Today on In Case You Missed It: UC Berkeley is using VR, motion capture and spatial mapping to put a human 'into' the body of a robot with a technique called robotic teleoperation. The video looks like a complicated form of the claw game, but also gives a really interesting perspective.

Bee virus spread manmade and emanates from Europe

The spread of a disease that is decimating global bee populations is manmade, and driven by European honeybee populations, new research has concluded. A study led by the University of Exeter and UC Berkeley and published in the journal...Show More Summary

A New-Generation Exoskeleton Helps the Paralyzed to Walk

Until recently, being paralyzed from the waist down meant using a wheelchair to get around. And although daily life is more accessible to wheelchair users, they still face physical and social limitations. But UC Berkeley's Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory has been working to change that.

When Graphic Design Was A Protest Weapon

America In Revolt: The Art of Protest spotlights rare posters from a guerilla group of activist artists at UC Berkeley. Shortly after Ohio National Guardsmen shot and killed four students at Kent State University in 1970, prompting demonstrations nationwide, a group of activists joined forces in Berkeley, California. Their goal: use art as a protest weapon. Read Full Story

University Of California Faculty Object To Monitoring Of Their Emails, Website Visits

San Francisco Chronicle, Cal Professors Fear UC Bosses Will Snoop on Them: UC Berkeley faculty members are buzzing over news that University of California President Janet Napolitano ordered the installation of computer hardware capable of monitoring all e-mails going in and out of the UC system. “The intrusive device is...

Berkeley Art Museum Steps Up With A Big New Home

2 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“As much as anything else, the 83,000-square-foot, $112 million fusion of museum and movie house is a bid by UC Berkeley to put its museum on the arts map as a revived, vital West Coast cultural force.”

USC & Frat Sued By Family Of UC Berkeley Student Killed Crossing 10 Freeway

The family of a UC Berkeley student killed while trying to cross a freeway is suing a USC fraternity, saying their son was illegally served alcohol before his death. [ more › ]

USC Frat Sued In Death of Cal Soccer Player

The family of a 19-year-old UC Berkeley soccer player who died in March claims he was illegally served booze at a USC frat party hours before his death... this according to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports.  The freshman soccer player, Eloi…

How to Make Your Own NSA Bulk Surveillance System

Existing off-the-shelf components are all you need to spy like the NSA, says a UC Berkeley researcher. The post How to Make Your Own NSA Bulk Surveillance System appeared first on WIRED.

Crouching protein, hidden enzyme

LA JOLLA, CA - January 25, 2016 - Meet a microscopic gymnast. A new study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and the University of California (UC), Berkeley shows how a crucial molecular enzyme starts in a tucked-in...Show More Summary

Students Favor Male Professors Regardless of Their Skills and Teaching Style

A new study co-authored by academics out of Paris and UC Berkeley has found that students tend to rate male professors higher than their female counterparts—even when their male instructors are total cornball Gilderoy Lockhearts and their female educators are badass McGonagalls. Accio inherent gender bias! Read more...

Amazon Puts Mini E-Book Stores In Drugstores In Washington State

Back in November, Amazon did something unexpected: the company opened a real-life bookstore in its hometown of Seattle. The company also has a Kindle and Fire showroom at its new package pickup point at UC Berkeley. Amazon clearly wants to move into real-life retail, in some ways, and they have an intriguing new product spotted on drugstore shelves …

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