Technology & engineering

Researcher using a blow torch on a block

Can we fireproof our houses?

Michele Barbato is looking in unexpected places for ways to build affordable homes that can handle disaster, including wildfires.

Troy Plunkett and Joseph Bello

Award-winning UC Merced grad works to improve wheelchair accessibility

Strauss Foundation scholar Joseph Bello focuses on getting people the wheelchairs they need, faster.

Berkeley Lab scientists Brett Helms and Corinne Scown hold samples of PDK plastic, a unique new material that can be recycled indefinitely

The story behind our infinitely recyclable plastic

Berkeley Lab scientists are solving the practical and environmental problems of traditional plastics.

Glasses of water next to each other

A new way to remove salts and toxic metals from water

Desalination can help meet growing water needs globally, but current techniques are limited. A new approach holds promise.

The NFT for Jim Allison’s Nobel Prize-winning invention

UC Berkeley will auction NFTs of Nobel Prize-winning inventions to fund research

Nonfungible tokens are all the rage, and now UC Berkeley is minting its own to raise money for research and education.

Virtual reality headset on someone

Virtual reality warps your sense of time, research shows

Psychology research demonstrates unique ‘time compression’ effect of virtual reality.

Ronke Olabisi

Helping humans heal

Ronke Olabisi is working on a cell regenerative therapy with potential applications in chronic wounds, burns and aging.

Artificial intelligence graphic with tongue saying 'the end'

Will AI write the next Great American Novel?

A writer explores what happens to art when our muses become mechanical, when inspiration is not divine but digital.

Professor Arif, center, with graduate students Laxmi Pandey, left, and Gulnar Rakhmetulla

Lip-reading software helps users of all abilities to send secure messages

LipType lets people of all abilities send touch-free texts or emails without ever speaking aloud.

Chaput holds up a small object in front of the Declaration of Independence

John Chaput can store the Declaration of Independence in a single molecule

By using a synthetic genetic polymer, the researcher overcomes prior limitations and lets you hold the world in the palm of your hand.