Computer program reconstructs ancient languages

Computer scientists say they are now able to reconstruct lost languages using big data computing techniques and machine learning.

New dates support impact theory of dinosaur extinction

Scientists say they're homing in on the precise date of both the extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago, and the massive impact that's believed by many to have caused it.

Step toward fountain of youth?

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, say they've been able to turn back the molecular clock by infusing the blood stem cells of old mice with a longevity gene - bringing back the stem cells' ability to regenerate.

Yes, you can persuade conservatives to help save the planet

It is possible to persuade Conservatives to care about the environment, say psychologists - as long as you pitch it in terms of purity, rather than moral obligation.

Noted global warming skeptic changes his mind

Physics professor Richard A. Muller now believes that the world's climate change is a result of human activity.

US set for more forest fires

Wildfires are expected to become increasingly common across the US and Europe over the next 30 years as climate change raises temperatures.

Robot mimics cockroach's vanishing act

Cockroaches are famed for the way they can skitter away and disappear before you get a chance to whack them.

Big Solar and US team up to slash cost

A total of $7.5 million of research grants has been allocated to pushing down the cost of utility-scale solar in the U.S.

Luminescent solar cell breaks efficiency record

Totally counter-intuitively, solar cells that emit light as well as absorbing it could actually mr much more efficient.

Rich people more likely to take candy from a baby

Upper-class people are more likely to engage in a whole range of unethical behaviors, say psychologists, who have carried out the experiments to prove it.

Robot is based on leaping lizards

Biologists and engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, are working on leaping robots based on dinosaurs and lizards.

Ferroelectrics could offer ultra-low power computing

Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, say they've been able to reduce the minimum voltage necessary to store charge in a capacitor, cutting the power draw and heat generation of electronic devices.

Why 3D gives you headaches

A new report has shed light on the way in which 3D viewing may cause eyestrain and headaches.

Paraplegic student walks to receive diploma

Fifteen thousand people cheered as graduating senior Austin Whitney walked up to UC Berkeley chancellor Robert Birgeneau on Saturday for the university's commencement ceremony.

New technology allows super-fast data transfer

3D movies could be downloaded to a smartphone in seconds with a new technology developed at the University of California, Berkeley.

Earth's sixth mass extinction could already be underway

Life on earth is on the verge of a mass extinction comparable to that which wiped out the dinosaurs, scientists at UC Berkeley have warned.

Kinect helicopter looks like something from the future

What happens when you mount an Xbox Kinect camera on top of a wireless "quadrocopter"? You get one of the coolest contraptions ever documented on YouTube.

Earth-like planets probably common, say astronomers

Earth-sized planets could be ten a penny, say UC Berkeley astronomers, who estimate they may orbit as many as a quarter of all Sun-like stars.