Birthday bash to celebrate laser inventor Charles Townes’ 99th

UC Berkeley professor won the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering the laser.

The facts behind science fiction

With Comic-Con looming, UC Irvine professor says our fascination with superheroes provides fertile ground for teaching fundamentals of physics.
bees on flower

Why ‘whispers’ among bees sometimes evolve into ‘shouts’

Some Brazilian bees warn would-be competitors that their prime source of food will be fiercely defended if they show up to the site.
chimps in tree

What monkeys tell us about our thirst for booze

Robert Dudley discusses his new book, the evidence that our attraction to alcohol is an evolutionary adaptation, and what this means for efforts to prevent alcohol abuse.

Researchers detect smallest force ever measured

Method using lasers and optical trapping system is breakthrough in theoretical physics.

Obama names World Food Center Director Beachy to National Science Board

Roger Beachy joins policymaking body of National Science Foundation, which advises Congress and the president on science and engineering issues.
Josh Osborn

A diagnosis just in time

Joshua Osborn was fighting for his life in a Wisconsin hospital against a mysterious ailment. With his options dwindling, a team at UCSF employed advanced DNA sequencing technology to track down the culprit.
Miceli-Nelson family

Researchers combat lethal disease to save son and thousands like him

Their efforts have rallied others to the cause of defeating Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Herpes infected humans before they were human

The virus originated in chimpanzees and jumped into humans 1.6 million years ago.

Physics Girl wins national competition

Outreach coordinator creates YouTube videos that encourage girls to pursue science.