Professor Ramanathan with Pope Francis

The war on climate change: Are we at a new tipping point?

A new alliance between scientists, religious leaders and policy makers could be what is needed to spur real action on climate change.

Lake Oroville

What would it take to end California’s drought?

The state has built momentum on water reform, but rains from an expected El Niño could stall it.

Alice Waters, Vicki Lynn Ruiz, Fedwa Malti-Douglas

UC luminaries to receive National Humanities Medal

Food activist and scholars are among 10 honored for their work elevating the human experience.

driverless car

Laser breakthrough could speed rise of self-driving cars

UC Berkeley research could reduce size, weight, cost, and power consumption of the sensors that help direct the vehicles.

Eko entrepreneurs Jason Bellet, Connor Landgraf and Tyler Crouch

Alumni startup’s digital stethoscope green-lighted by FDA

Federal clearance sets the stage for unlimited clinical use of the tool by Eko Devices, a Skydeck accelerator-nurtured business.

brain cancer

Promising new treatment for deadliest form of brain cancer

Method combines chemotherapy drug with adoptive cell transfer, in which a patient’s own immune cells are reprogrammed to target the disease.

young men examine small tech device

UC campuses ranked high for entrepreneurship

AffordableSchools.net named five UC campuses to its top 50 Most Entrepreneurial Schools in America.

sunlight through hands

Soak it up

New solar cells absorb high-energy light at 30 times the concentration of conventional cells.

Mark Pollock

Completely paralyzed man voluntarily moves his legs

Robotic step training and noninvasive spinal stimulation enable patient to take thousands of steps.

man with CPAP machine

First evidence of how obstructive sleep apnea damages the brain

The disorder contributes to a breakdown of the blood–brain barrier, which protects brain tissue.

middle-aged man riding bicycle

Bike injuries rise, especially among older riders

Resurgence of cycling is taking a toll on middle-aged cyclists: More are getting hurt, and their injuries are more serious.

student with magnetic field armband prototype

Magnetic fields provide a new way to communicate wirelessly

New technique could pave the way for ultra low power and high-security wireless communication systems.

Terrie Williams and dolphin

Healthy heart lessons from dogs, cats and surfers

Heart rates of big-wave surfers are among the surprises from 30 years of studying exercise physiology in people and wild animals.

red-footed booby amid plasict

Virtually all seabirds are eating plastic

Thanks to its prevalence as garbage in the ocean, plastics have been ingested by nine out of every 10 seabirds now living.

Tracy's clarkia

Hunting for green treasure

Citizen scientists are joining botanists to find and measure California's plant diversity.

hand holding petri dish

DNA guides 3-D printing of human tissue

Technique produces tiny models of human tissue, or ‘organoids,’ that can be used in cancer research and drug screening.

Deflecting asteroids: fact or fiction?

Solar laser beams will push that deadly space rock out of a collision course with Earth: It sounds far-fetched, but it may be closer to reality than one might think.

pensive elderly woman

More than 750,000 elderly Californians ‘unofficially’ poor

1 in 5 older adults have incomes above the federal poverty level, but still struggle to pay their expenses.

man sleeping

Sleep deprived? Expect to get sick too

Short sleepers are four times more likely to catch a cold, suggesting a rested immune system works better.