Technology & engineering

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Giant laser recreates extreme conditions inside planets

Using the world's largest laser, scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and UC Berkeley have created the extreme temperatures and pressures found inside planets like Jupiter.
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Next-generation dark matter experiments get green light

Berkeley Lab to lead new underground project in hunt for dark matter.
UC Merced students prepare to launch drone

FAA approves data drone research at UC Merced

Permission to fly over the Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve will allow imaging testing for a comprehensive aerial survey of the property.
Berkeley Lab's FLEXLAB

Lab project to drive increase in building efficiency

FLEXLAB's flexible design building will test low-energy systems and components.

Design standards for dams are effective against earthquakes

Computer modeling confirms that soil filters — long used as a safety net against cracks in the dam's soil — perform well in the face of strong shaking.
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Students invent device to cut lawnmower pollution

Device eliminates 93 percent of emissions from lawnmowers, which produce 11 times the air pollution of a new car for each hour of operation.

UC Santa Cruz to offer sustainability minor beginning in fall

Curriculum's strong engineering component gives students extensive hands-on experience for jobs in a "green economy."

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.

Samueli School of Engineering receives $9.5 million gift

Donation from Opus Foundation will establish a $2 million endowed deanship, fund scholarships and fellowships, and support outreach programs.

UC Riverside to lead New Energy Frontier Research Center project

Multi-university team to receive $12 million from the Department of Energy to pursue fundamental advances in energy production, storage and use.