Technology & engineering

Two bioengineers working in a UC San Diego lab

Scientists design way to use harmless bacteria to detect heavy metals in drinking water

The goal is to test water at the faucets people actually drink from and catch contamination along the way.

Woman with a cochlear implant

An improved implant

Researchers have developed a breakthrough cochlear device that could enable hearing-impaired people to detect pitch.

Purple night sky

Solar power at night?

It’s no joke, says a professor developing prototypes of nighttime solar cells capable of generating power.

Newly designed helmet

New helmet design can deal with sports’ twists and turns

UC Berkeley neurologist Robert Knight has designed a helmet that can absorb blows today's helmets don't protect against.

Basilard CEO Brynley Lee and founder Masa Rao

Putting gene therapy in reach

A disruptive new technology could bring cellular engineering and its lifesaving potential to more people.

Cancer blood test

Toward a “head-to-toe” health check from a single blood test

A UCSF physician is developing a screen capable of providing a detailed portrait of current health and future disease risks.

Pyramid in Egypt

Shedding a new light on Egyptian mummies

Berkeley Lab teams work with Cairo University researchers to study soil and bone samples dating back 4,000 years.

Woolsey fire

UC's race to stay ahead of wildfires

UC San Diego matches increased fire danger with improved monitoring capability.

A view of the galaxy from DESI

Seeing the cosmos in color for the first time

DESI, a 5,000-eyed instrument, is being used by UC researchers to explore the mystery of dark energy in color.

View of the Somatomap screen in a woman's hand

Body image concerns are universal

A new app helps researchers understand the true extent of our insecurities.