The Brain’s ‘Background Noise’ May Be Meaningful After All

The Brain’s ‘Background Noise’ May Be Meaningful After All

Photograph: Jessica VoytekIn collaboration with neuroscientists at UC San Diego and Berkeley, Voytek developed software that isolates regular oscillations—like alpha waves, which are studied heavily in both sleeping and waking subjects—hiding in the aperiodic parts of brain activity.

California Plans to Ban Sales of Gas-Powered Cars by 2035

California Plans to Ban Sales of Gas-Powered Cars by 2035

Here's everything you need to know about what humans can do to stop wrecking the planet.“This is really significant, because it sends a clear signal about where California is going in terms of its vehicle fleet,” says Ethan Elkind, who directs the climate program at the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at UC Berkeley.

Deepfakes Aren’t Very Good. Nor Are the Tools to Detect Them

Deepfakes Aren’t Very Good. Nor Are the Tools to Detect Them

“It’s all fine and good for helping human moderators, but it's obviously not even close to the level of accuracy that you need,” says Hany Farid, a professor at UC Berkeley and an authority on digital forensics, who is familiar with the Facebook-led project.

The Timely Retrofuturism of UC Berkeley’s Virtual Theater

The Timely Retrofuturism of UC Berkeley’s Virtual Theater

But on Monday, March 9, a week into rehearsals, the play’s director, Mina Morita, came down with a sore throat.Morita began rehearsals by asking each of the 20 members of the cast and crew to share updates and feelings from the day.

UC Berkeley Was About to Launch a Satellite. Then PG&E Said It Was Cutting Power

UC Berkeley Was About to Launch a Satellite. Then PG&E Said It Was Cutting Power

Milano, who helps run the Space Sciences Laboratory at UC Berkeley, had been gearing up for a satellite launch.Normally, NASA wouldn’t let mission control run on anything less than a stable grid connection, says Steven Beckwith, the lab’s director.

How Anthony Levandowski Put Himself at the Center of an Industry

How Anthony Levandowski Put Himself at the Center of an Industry

He dabbled in robotics while studying industrial engineering at UC Berkeley and made the move into autonomous vehicles when he entered the 2004 Darpa Grand Challenge —a seminal event that helped launch the self-driving industry we know today.

Always Too Hot or Cold? The Embr Wave Is Your Personal Thermostat

Always Too Hot or Cold? The Embr Wave Is Your Personal Thermostat

That's because in cold conditions, the local temperature of your hands and feet dictate how comfortable you feel, says Dr. Hui Zhang, a research scientist at UC Berkeley's Center of the Build Environment.

Crispr’s Epic Patent Fight Changed the Course of Biology

Crispr’s Epic Patent Fight Changed the Course of Biology

In addition to the Broad Institute’s claims, UC-Berkeley also has to contend with another foundational patent for Crispr-Cas9 gene editing filed before anyone else in March 2012, by Virginijus Šikšnys, a Lithuanian scientist who shares the prestigious Kavli Prize with Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna and The University of Vienna’s Emmanuelle Charpentier for their early work on Crispr.

How Engineering the Climate Could Mess With Our Food

How Engineering the Climate Could Mess With Our Food

Bad news is, the solar shading that would come with geoengineering would negatively affect crops, likely wiping out the gains from lower temperatures.“If we imagine geoengineering as an experimental surgery, our findings suggest that the damages or side effects from the surgery are just as bad as the original disease,” says UC Berkeley agricultural economist Jonathan Proctor, lead author of the new study.A funny thing happens to light when it hits a volcano’s sulfate aerosols in the air.