San Francisco Chronicle | May 19th, 2016

Obama on science: ‘It is fun. I love this stuff’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared science “is fun” Thursday as he recognized 17 leading scientists and innovators for work helping put “countless revolutionary discoveries within our reach.” Obama paired the honors with a renewed pitch for encouraging young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. He announced a new advisory […]

The White House Office of the Press Secretary | May 19th, 2016

President Obama Honors Nation’s Leading Scientists and Innovators

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the President will award the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in the East Room of the White House. The Medals presented to 17 individuals are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government on scientists, engineers, and inventors. “These scientific laureates exemplify the American […]

Berkeley Research | May 17th, 2016

Copper: A new player in health and disease

They’ll have to change biology textbooks. The opening pages on the nervous system inevitably include the iconic illustration of a synapse — the gap where one neuron passes a signal on to another. The images often show how the chemical elements calcium, sodium and potassium migrate through channels in the signaling neuron’s membrane to trigger […]

Berkeley News | May 10th, 2016

Fox squirrels’ tell-tail signs of frustration

Fox squirrels flick their tails when they can’t get a cherished nut in much the same way that humans kick a vending machine that fails to deliver the anticipated soda or candy bar, according to new UC Berkeley research. In what is thought to be among the first studies of frustration in free-ranging animals, the findings, […]

Wall Street Journal | May 6th, 2016

Walter J. Freeman III Used Mathematics to Explore the Brain

Walter J. Freeman III, a neuroscientist, applied mathematics to explore the workings of the brain. At times, he strayed into philosophy. Dr. Freeman died April 24 at age 89 of pulmonary fibrosis at his home in Berkeley, Calif. He was a professor emeritus of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Berkeley News | May 3rd, 2016

Genetic switch could be key to increased health and lifespan

Newly discovered genetic switches that increase lifespan and boost fitness in worms are also linked to increased lifespan in mammals, offering hope that drugs to flip these switches could improve human metabolic function and increase longevity. These so-called epigenetic switches, discovered by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de […]

MedTech Boston | May 2nd, 2016


Dr. Rikky Muller didn’t discover neurotechnology until after she’d graduated from MIT with her Bachelors and Masters degrees. But once she began to learn about it, she realized the promise it had for treating neurological conditions and improving overall understanding of the brain. Inspired, she decided to pursue her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley […]

Berkeley Engineer | May 1st, 2016

Life with machine: Robot relationships get real

Berkeley’s renowned programs in artificial intelligence and robotics involve scores of professors in the College of Engineering. Not one of them is typical — as here, where three quite different researchers discuss technologies that are bringing machines and humans into closer relationships. Rikky Muller works at the boundary where sensitive machines and human brains make […]

Discover | April 30th, 2016

Words On The Brain: A Semantic Map of the Cortex

In a new Nature paper, Berkely neuroscientists Alexander G. Huth and colleagues present a ‘semantic atlas’ of the human brain. Huth et al. have mapped which brain areas respond to words, according to the semantics (meanings) of each word. It turns out that these maps are highly similar across individuals – which could have implications for ‘mind reading’ […]