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Why yes, those are robot delivery minions at UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley has a new on-demand delivery service. Unlike any of its predecessors however, this one relies on robots.<p>Kiwi uses a fleet of 20 …

UC Berkeley

Scientists kill invasive ants with seaweed

Scientists in California have developed an eco-friendly way to battle invasive ants. The new ant bait is made from a seaweed-based hydrogel.

Insects

University researchers key ‘in 40% of top inventions since 1950s’

University researchers were leading actors in 40 per cent of the top inventions since the 1950s, despite receiving relatively low amounts of research …

College & University

Students’ Engineering Chops to be Showcased at ‘Innovate to Grow’

Is it still possible to build a better mouse trap? Engineering students at UC Merced think so.<p>“Eraticate” — a fitting name for a group focused on …

Innovation

Triton Entrepreneur Night: Pitch Perfect

Sensors that tell you if Chinese food from last weekend is still safe to eat. An app to let your professor know you have no idea what he’s talking …

Entrepreneurship

New battery-free implant is powered by your body

<b>Researchers from UCLA and the University of Connecticut have designed a new biofriendly energy storage system called a biological supercapacitor, which operates using charged particles, or ions, from fluids in the human body. The device is harmless to the body’s biological systems, and it could</b> …

Batteries

4 out of 5 physician moms report discrimination, much of it based on motherhood

<b>Workplace discrimination is common in medicine for women physicians who are also mothers, affecting as many as four out of five “doctor moms,” according to a new survey led by UC San Francisco.</b><p>Of the nearly 6,000 physician mothers in the survey, nearly 78 percent reported discrimination of any …

Health Care

UC launches drug discovery consortium

About the consortiumThe UC Drug Discovery Consortium aims to support early drug discovery projects on UC campuses by sharing resources and expertise. The consortium launched with the help of a UC grant to the Drug, Device, Discovery and Development workgroup of UC Biomedical Research Acceleration, …

UC Berkeley

Ready for a better beer?

<b>Looking for a better beer or single malt Scotch whiskey?</b><p>A team of researchers at the University of California, Riverside, may have you covered. They are among a group of 77 scientists worldwide who have sequenced the complete genome of barley, a key ingredient in beer and single malt Scotch. The …

Whiskey

In Napa Valley, Vineyards and Conservationists Battle for the Hills

Kellie Anderson stands in the understory of a century-old forest in eastern Napa County, about 70 miles north of San Francisco. To her left is a …

Wine

There's Probably a Salad's Worth of Greens On Your City Block

This is our kind of street food.<p>On a recent Spring morning, I stood at the intersection of University and Shattuck Avenues, two of Berkeley's busiest streets, looking for something to eat. There was a Blue Bottle Coffee on one corner, and I could see a McDonalds down the street, but <b>Philip Stark</b>, my …

Gardening

Watch all 10 Grad Slam presentationsRelive the 2017 UC Grad Slam here: https://gradslam.universityofcalifornia.edu/<p><b>A UCLA psychology student claimed the Grad Slam championship Thursday, explaining in three crisp and engaging minutes how her research into depression and anxiety led to development of</b> …

College & University

Report praises UC for enrolling low-income students; criticizes other elite universities

The study contends that Pell grant students would have a better chance at graduating if they started at four-year, elite colleges. It says that …

Higher Education

The first university to launch a rocket into space

<b>University of California, Irvine students will “shoot for the moon” thanks to a $1 million gift from Base 11, a nonprofit STEM workforce development and entrepreneur accelerator. The “Moonshot Initiative” will establish a rocketry program at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, with the intent</b> …

College & University

Making batteries from waste glass bottles

<b>Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have used waste glass bottles and a low-cost chemical process to create nanosilicon anodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries. The batteries will extend the range of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid</b> …

Batteries

Surprising new role for lungs: Making blood

<b>Using video microscopy in the living mouse lung, UC San Francisco scientists have revealed that the lungs play a previously unrecognized role in blood production. As reported online March 22, 2017, in Nature, the researchers found that the lungs produced more than half of the platelets — blood</b> …

Medicine

UC campuses provide the most value for the investment, according to Forbes

Forbes 2017 Best Value Colleges<b>Campus</b><b>Rank</b>UC BerkeleyNo. 1UCLANo. 2UC IrvineNo. 8UC DavisNo. 9UC San DiegoNo. 11UC Santa BarbaraNo. 22UC Santa CruzNo. 97UC RiversideNo. 107<p><b>UC students are getting some of the country’s best deals on a college education, according to a new Forbes ranking of the 300</b> …

College & University

Congratulations to our UC Entrepreneur luncheon winners!

<b>Nineteen UC entrepreneurs will get a chance to meet and pitch some of Silicon Valley’s leading venture capitalists next month at a special lunch hosted by UC President Janet Napolitano and Christine Gulbranson, UC’s senior vice president of innovation and entrepreneurship.</b><p>The winners were chosen …

Startups

Common U.S. pesticide makes bees 'drunk'

<b>Biologists at the University of California, San Diego, have demonstrated for the first time that a widely used pesticide can significantly impair the ability of otherwise healthy honey bees to fly, raising concerns about how pesticides affect their capacity to pollinate and the long-term effects on</b> …

Bees

Worry — it does the body (and mind) good?

<b>Worry — it does a body good. And, the mind as well. A new paper by Kate Sweeny, psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside, argues there’s an upside to worrying.</b><p>“Despite its negative reputation, not all worry is destructive or even futile,” Sweeny said. “It has motivational …

Psychology

Reducing hunger and food waste

Going greenLooking for more tips to reduce food waste? View episode two of the new six-part video series Climate Lab, produced by the University of California in partnership with Vox, which features surprising ways to change how we think and act about climate change.<p><b>An estimated 70 billion pounds</b> …

Sustainability

Tackling malaria worldwide

<b>Despite advances, malaria remains a leading global public health concern, with an estimated 212 million new cases and 429,000 deaths occurring in 2015.</b><p>In an effort to improve malaria control worldwide, University of California researchers have been awarded up to $25 million from the National …

Public Health

An Edible Education

When was the last time you thought about your lettuce—I mean, really thought about it? Where did you buy it? How was it packaged and transported? …

Education

Going green shouldn’t be this hard

How we can have our cake and solve climate change too.<p>Lauren Singer lives a nearly waste-free life. How near? Her total trash for the past four years fits into a single Mason jar.<p>If that makes you sputter with disbelief, you’re not alone. Singer’s lifestyle provokes strong reactions: Some people …

Climate

What sets a UC education apart? Opportunities to change the world through research

Undergraduate research snapshot• 76 percent participate in a research paper or project as part of their coursework<br>• Nearly half assist faculty in research projects or creative activities<br>Source: UC Undergraduate Experience Survey, 2014<p><b>For many high school seniors around the country, May 1 is Decision</b> …

College & University

Researcher tracking teens who attempted suicide

<b>More than 120,000 young people ages 10 to 18 attempt suicide each year, and about 4,500 of those attempts are fatal. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among children ages 10-14 and the second among people 15 to 34 years old. More people die from suicide each year than from breast cancer</b> …

Suicide

Hunting with saber-toothed cats in California

<b>Saber-toothed cats that roamed Los Angeles 12,000 years ago had many injuries to their shoulders and backbones that likely occurred when they killed large herbivore prey such as bison and horses, UCLA biologists report in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution.</b><p>Their Southern California …

Cats

Climate Lab

Follow conservation scientist and UCLA visiting researcher M. Sanjayan as he explores surprising ways to change how we think and act about climate change. Produced by the University of California in partnership with Vox.

Big Ideas pitch day: seeding the future

<b>In 2015, pneumonia was the leading cause of death in patients under the age of 5, claiming the lives of nearly a million children worldwide, half of whom lived in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with limited medical resources.</b><p>Adam Rao, a bioengineering Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley and medical …

College & University

When the Dalai Lama asks you to make an app...

<b>In her house on a hill in San Francisco with sweeping views of the city, Eve Ekman has a meditation altar, which highlights her spiritual interests.</b><p>In a nearby room, Ekman has the lamp by which her father, Paul Ekman, UC San Francisco professor emeritus in psychology, studied facial expressions — …