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Researchers find web tracking up, privacy down

It's not your imagination. A new report from researchers at UC Berkeley says web trackers have stepped up their efforts to follow you, and they show no signs of slowing down.

July 5, 2012

Viruses harnessed as molecular building materials

Researchers at UC Berkeley have turned a benign virus called M13 into an engineering tool for assembling materials that mimic collagen, one of nature's building blocks. The process they developed could eventually be used to create bone, skin, and corneas.

October 20, 2011 by

Bill Gates: Making sense of microfinance

At UC Berkeley, Microsoft chairman and philanthropist Bill Gates discusses the pros and cons of microfinance. He says, while the interest rates are very high, the system can help developing countries improve basic services such as health care.

April 20, 2010 by

Bill Gates imagines his life 20 years from now

At a talk in front of students at UC Berkeley, Microsoft Chairman and philanthropist Bill Gates discusses the world issues he plans to work on during the next 20 years. He says his priorities are in developing vaccines for disease and improving health care for the poor.

April 19, 2010 by

A bright idea for wasteful office lighting

Commercial office buildings are one of the main culprits of the current climate crisis. They consume large amounts of electricity and release excessive carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Adura Technologies has developed a mesh-based lighting system that is reducing costs and consumption inside buildings. The technology consists of wireless radios that plug into florescent light fixtures giving employees more control over their personal lighting space. Adura has also created a dual motion sensing-personal control system that is being used at UC Berkeley that allows students to break the hard-wired connection and control their lighting from their desktop PCs.

March 26, 2010 by

SmartPlanet: Turning a cell phone into a microscope

Graduate students in the bioengineering lab at UC Berkeley have discovered a way to turn an ordinary cellphone in a microscope. The Cellscope can capture, organize and transmit images of blood cells, lesions and infections taken anywhere in world - a great advance for the developing world and medical imaging.

December 20, 2009 by

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