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Algorithms 'consistently' more accurate than people in predicting recidivism, study says

In a study with potentially far-reaching implications for criminal justice in the United States, a team of California researchers has found that algorithms are significantly more accurate than humans in predicting which defendants will later be arrested for a new crime. The researchers -- from Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley -- found that risk assessment tools approached 90% accuracy in predicting which defendants might be arrested again, compared to about 60% for ...
Tags: Science, California, United States, University Of California Berkeley, Stanford University

Huge bacteria-eating viruses found in DNA from gut of pregnant women and Tibetan hot spring

University of Melbourne and the University of California, Berkeley, scientists have discovered hundreds of unusually large, bacteria-killing viruses with capabilities normally associated with living organisms. The findings provide new insight into the constant warfare between phages and bacteria. They also have implications for human disease.
Tags: Science, University Of California Berkeley, University of Melbourne

Molecular 'switch' reverses chronic inflammation and aging

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have identified a molecular 'switch' that controls the immune machinery responsible for chronic inflammation in the body. The finding, which appears this week in the journal Cell Metabolism, could lead to new ways to halt or even reverse many age-related conditions, from from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's to diabetes and cancer.
Tags: Science, University Of California Berkeley, Cell Metabolism

What's in your water?

Mixing drinking water with chlorine, the United States' most common method of disinfecting drinking water, creates previously unidentified toxic byproducts, says Carsten Prasse from Johns Hopkins University and his collaborators from the University of California, Berkeley and Switzerland.
Tags: Science, United States, University Of California Berkeley, Johns Hopkins University, Carsten Prasse

California unveils early warning earthquake app

The app, created by the University of California, Berkeley, and unveiled on the 30th anniversary of the deadly Loma Prieta quake, uses ground motion sensors located across the state to detect the start of earthquakes before humans can feel them. "Nothing can replace families having a plan for earthquakes and other emergencies," Governor Gavin Newsom said in unveiling the warning system.
Tags: Science, California, University Of California Berkeley, Gavin Newsom, Loma Prieta

Watching Nature Documentaries Can Produce “Real Happiness,” Finds a Study from the BBC and UC-Berkeley

Hollywood science fiction films imagine future humans in worlds that are no longer green, or never were—from Soylent Green’s dying Earth to that of Interstellar. And from Soylent Green to Ad Astra, humans in the future experience plant and animal life as simulations on a screen, in hyperreal photography and video meant to pacify and comfort. Maybe we live in that world already, to some extent, with apocalyptic films and science fiction expressing a collective mourning for the extinctions...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, Science, Television, Australia, Washington Post, College, Singapore, India, Environment, Earth, Bbc, Nature, Atlantic, South Africa, University Of California Berkeley

With a hop, a skip and a jump, high-flying robot leaps through obstacles with ease

First unveiled in 2016, Salto the jumping robot stands at little less than a foot, but can vault over three times its height in a single bound. Now, University of California, Berkeley researchers have equipped the robot with a slew of new skills, giving it the ability to bounce in place like a pogo stick and jump through obstacle courses like an agility dog. Salto can even take short jaunts outside, powered by radio controller.
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Scientists uncover 1,000-year-old shamanic pouch containing ancient hallucinogens

The remains of a fox-snout pouch believed to have been owned by a South American shaman a thousand years ago has revealed traces of powerful hallucinogenic drugs.The ancient find indicates people were not only using single plants known to produce hallucinations, but were blending various plants to create potent compounds which could result in lengthier and more powerful trips.Anthropologists made the rare find in the now-dry Sora River valley in southwestern Bolivia in 2010. The area has evidenc...
Tags: Amazon, Science, South America, University Of California Berkeley, Bolivia, Andes, Penn State University, Melanie Miller, University of Otago New Zealand, Capriles, south central Andes, Jose Capriles, Sora River

Largest, fastest array of microscopic 'traffic cops' for optical communications

Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley have built a new photonic switch that can control the direction of light passing through optical fibers faster and more efficiently than ever. This optical 'traffic cop' could one day revolutionize how information travels through data centers and high-performance supercomputers that are used for artificial intelligence and other data-intensive applications.
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Offerings to Supernatural Deities Discovered in Lake Titicaca in the Andes

A team of archaeological divers has uncovered dazzling treasures at the bottom of Lake Titicaca, including a puma carved out of the blue gemstone lapis-lazuli, gold medallions and a turquoise stone pendant.These riches were likely offered to supernatural deities hundreds of years ago by elite people from the Tiwanaku culture, which established the first large state in the Andes Mountains from about 500 to 1100, the researchers said.But these swanky goods weren't the only lavish aspect of the...
Tags: England, Science, America, Peru, University of Oxford, University Of California Berkeley, Bolivia, Lake Titicaca, Andes Mountains, Andes, Penn State University, Oxford Centre, Inca, Tiwanaku, Capriles, Christine Hastorf

Physicists May Have Found a Way to 'Untangle' Information Trapped in a Black Hole

Black holes are gravitational monsters, squeezing gas and dust down to a microscopic point like great cosmic trash compactors. Modern physics dictates that, after being consumed, information about this matter should be forever lost to the universe. But a new experiment suggests that there might be a way to use quantum mechanics to gain some insight into the interior of a black hole."In quantum physics, information cannot possibly be lost," Kevin Landsman, a physics graduate student at the Joint ...
Tags: Science, Stephen Hawking, University Of California Berkeley, UC Berkeley, Norman Yao, University of Maryland in College Park, Landsman, Joint Quantum Institute JQI, Untangle Information Trapped, Kevin Landsman, Raphael Bousso, Bousso, Times Quantum Particles

How a Distant Alien World Was Saved from an Interstellar Exile

A distant alien world that was potentially on its way into exile in interstellar space was rescued by the gravitational pull of a passing pair of stars, a new study argues.These findings support arguments that close stellar misses help sculpt planetary systems, the researchers said.Although Earth and most of its sibling planets have relatively circular orbits around the sun's equator, Pluto and many other dwarf planets have more elongated, tilted orbits. Previous research suggested these dis...
Tags: Science, Earth, European Space Agency, University Of California Berkeley, Jupiter, UC Berkeley, Pluto, Kalas, Paul Kalas, Oumuamua, Charles Q Choi

Solar Wind Leaves 'Sunburn' Scars on Lunar Surface, NASA Missions Reveals

People on Earth who've gotten sunburns are familiar with the sun's powerful rays -- but the moon suffers from sunburn, too. Some regions of the lunar surface exhibit a distinctive pattern of darker and lighter swirls. Using NASA's ARTEMIS mission -- which stands for Acceleration, Reconnection, Turbulence and Electrodynamics of the Moon's Interaction with the Sun -- astronomers have revealed new clues about the origin of these swirls. The sun releases a constant flow of charged pa...
Tags: Science, Nasa, University Of California Berkeley, Artemis, Poppe, Andrew Poppe, Reiner Gamma, Samantha Mathewson

As the climate warms, there may be a slight increase in male newborns

Scientists have long theorized that temperature has some effect on the sex ratios of populations.Recent research shows links between rising temperatures and increases in the ratio of male newborns.Nobody can say exactly whether temperature causes changes in sex ratio, however it's likely that climate change will force humans to adapt in ways we can't yet anticipate. None The United Nations' top climate science panel warned, in October, of the disastrous consequences around the world if temperat...
Tags: Gender, Japan, Science, Climate Change, Cnn, Innovation, United Nations, Finland, Natural Disaster, University Of California Berkeley, University of Turku, Helle, Samuli Helle, Section of Ecology Department of Biology, Ray Catalano

Dengue virus immunity may protect children from Zika symptoms

Previous infection with dengue virus may protect children from symptomatic Zika, according to a study published Jan. 22 in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine by Eva Harris of the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues.
Tags: Science, University Of California Berkeley, Zika, PLOS Medicine, Eva Harris

'Ambidextrous' robots could dramatically speed e-commerce

Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley present a novel, 'ambidextrous' approach to grasping a diverse range of object shapes without training.
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Study: Racial inequality in the deployment of rooftop solar energy in the US

Although the popularity of rooftop solar panels has skyrocketed because of their benefits to consumers and the environment, the deployment has predominantly occurred in white neighborhoods, even after controlling for household income and home ownership, according to a study by researchers from Tufts University and the University of California, Berkeley, published today in the journal Nature Sustainability.
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New CRISPR-Cas9 variants can respond to viral proteases

Using a technique called circular permutation, researchers at the University of California Berkeley have created a new suite of Cas9 variants called Cas9-CPs, which will simplify design of Cas9-fusion proteins for diverse applications beyond simple DNA cutting, such as base editing and epigenetic modifications. The work appears Jan. 10 in the journal Cell.
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If Aliens Are Causing Weird Dimming of 'Tabby' Star,' They Aren't Using Lasers to Do It

The evidence for aliens around one of the weirdest stars in our galaxy -- Boyajian's star -- is not looking promising. The star's unusual dimming events have garnered some bizarre theories: One of them speculates that an alien megastructure is responsible for the light anomalies. But, a new study searching for signs of extraterrestrials has not turned up any evidence to back up that theory. Such an alien civilization, capable of building a starlight-blocking megastructure, would possib...
Tags: Science, California, Earth, University Of California Berkeley, Dyson, Princeton University, KIC, Boyajian, Lipman, Tabetha Boyajian, Live Science, David Lipman, Lick Observatory, Howard Isaacson

Is habitat restoration actually killing plants in the California wildlands?

New work by a University of California, Berkeley team shows for the first time just how widespread and deadly the threat of pathogens from restoration nurseries may be to natural forests. The team surveyed five native plant nurseries in Northern California and found that four harbored exotic, or non-native, Phytophthora pathogens. New management techniques, coupled with new methods for detecting pathogens, can help these nurseries limit the spread of exotic pathogens into the wild.
Tags: Science, California, University Of California Berkeley, Northern California

Wireless 'pacemaker for the brain' could offer new treatment for neurological disorders

A new neurostimulator developed by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, can listen to and stimulate electric current in the brain at the same time, potentially delivering fine-tuned treatments to patients with diseases like epilepsy and Parkinson's.
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Delivery Robot Engulfed in Flames, Honored on Campus With Candlelight Vigil

The University of California, Berkeley, lost a beloved member of their campus last week, when a delivery robot was engulfed in flames outside the student union. Read more...
Tags: Science, Fire, Automation, University Of California Berkeley, Robot, Delivery Robots

As married couples age, humor replaces bickering

Honeymoon long over? Hang in there. A new University of California, Berkeley, study shows those prickly disagreements that can mark the early and middle years of marriage mellow with age as conflicts give way to humor and acceptance.
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The Bacteria in Your Gut Produce Electricity

Some types of bacteria that are either commonly consumed or already found in our guts can create electricity, according to a new study published Wednesday (Sept. 12) in the Journal Nature. Electricity-generating, or "electrogenic," bacteria aren't something new — they can be found in places far away from us, like at the bottom of lakes, said senior author Daniel Portnoy, a microbiologist at the University of California, Berkeley. But until now, scientists had no idea that bacteria found in dec...
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SETI's New Neural Network Detects Many More Fast Radio Bursts From a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Researchers with the University of California, Berkeley’s SETI Research Center Breakthrough Listen team have deployed new neural net technology to help analyze the reams of data they’ve collection—and they quickly discovered a set of mysterious, as-of-yet unexplained fast radio bursts from a distant galaxy, per…Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, University Of California Berkeley, Algorithms, Neural Networks, Seti, Neutron Stars, Extraterrestrial Intelligence, Fast Radio Bursts, Magnetars, SETI Research Center Breakthrough Listen

Blissed out: the 13 steps to becoming happy

I enrolled in University of California, Berkeley’s online Science of Happiness course. This is what I learnedLast autumn, I enrolled in the University of California, Berkeley’s massive open online Science of Happiness course to see if I might goose my felicity quotient through an understanding of the edicts dispensed almost daily by the US’s happiness industrial complex. The course is free. It’s Berkeley. And its instructors, Emiliana Simon-Thomas and Dacher Keltner, have been teaching the mater...
Tags: Psychology, Science, California, US, US news, University Of California Berkeley, Berkeley, UC Berkeley, Dacher Keltner, Keltner, Emiliana Simon Thomas, Science of Happiness

We Pay Attention Four Times Per Second

Two new studies in the scientific publication Neuron—authored by research teams from Princeton University and the University of California-Berkeley—posit that attention does not hone in like a spotlight, rather, it strobes in and out four times per second. “Perception is discontinuous,” says Sabine Kastner of Princeton Neuroscience Institute, but it is not flickering on and off entirely. Rather, we cycle between “periods of maximum focus and periods of …
Tags: Psychology, Wellness, Science, Design, Medicine, Tech, Attention, University Of California Berkeley, Linkaboutit, Princeton University, Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Sabine Kastner

California plain shows surprising winners and losers from prolonged drought

A long-term study led by the University of Washington and the University of California, Berkeley tracked how hundreds of species in the Carrizo Plain National Monument fared during the historic drought that struck California from 2012 to 2015.
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Sleep loss can make people more isolated and lonely: Study

It only takes one sleepless night to ruin social interactions and make people feel lonely, a new study showed. "Mother nature took millions of years to perfect our sleep and we just shaved off over an hour to fit our lifestyle," Dr. Matt Walker, founder and director of Center for Human Sleep Science at University of California-Berkeley and lead author of the study told ABC News. To better understand the social effects that poor sleep can create, researchers at the University of California, Ber...
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Sleep-Deprived People May Infect You With Loneliness

Not getting enough or the right kind of sleep is notoriously bad for physical health. But a new study out of the University of California, Berkeley suggests that poor sleep can be a nightmare for our social lives too. It just might turn us into lonely outcasts, capable of spreading our misery to others.Read more...
Tags: Science, Sleep, Mental Health, Public Health, University Of California Berkeley, Loneliness

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