Technology & engineering

Tiny laser sensor heightens bomb detection sensitivity

New technology under development at UC Berkeley could soon give bomb-sniffing dogs some serious competition.

Catching grease to cut grill pollution

Students design tray that when placed under grill grates cuts harmful emissions from one pollutant by 70 percent.
target chamber

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.
LZ water shield

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.
Nox-Out engineering team

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.