Overconfidence helps people gain respect, prominence and influence, according to UC Berkeley study. It also showed that overconfidence led to higher social status.
A state report on climate change and California's landscape features research from seven UC campuses and laboratories.
A UC Berkeley physicist now states that the reason for global warming is due to the human emission of carbon monoxide. He argues that the warm-up began with the Industrial Revolution and has accelerated in recent years.
A clever new imaging technique discovered at UC Berkeley reveals a possible plan of attack for many bacterial diseases that form biofilms that make them resistant to antibiotics.
A UC Berkeley researcher reports that some areas of the world, including the western United States, 'should brace themselves for more fire.'
UC Berkeley scientists have discovered a type of stem cell that appears to lie dormant in blood vessel walls for decades before waking up and causing the arterial hardening and clogging that are associated with deadly strokes and heart attacks.
Drilling deeply into ancient sediments, UC Berkeley scientists are seeking vital clues to the future of plant and animal life by investigating how changing climates have altered life in the distant past.
Thirteen UC faculty members have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Election to the academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded to a U.S. scientist.
With a $4 million NIH award, UC Berkeley and three partner institutions are establishing a new program to train researchers who can tackle global health challenges specific to slum dwellings.
The Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Berkeley helps impoverished people around the world by bringing together academics and entrepreneurs to develop technological innovations.
A UC Berkeley economist is a shy data jock who does most of his communicating by marshaling vast pools of statistics.
Researchers have long believed that cognitive activity could help strengthen the brain's defenses against the devastating neurological disease. But a new UC Berkeley study shows for the first time how that might work.
UC Berkeley chemists are reimagining catalysts in ways that could have a profound impact on the chemical industry as well as on the growing market for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
In a small study that might sound like science fiction, UC Berkeley researchers could predict what people were hearing based on their brain activity.
A UC Berkeley professor argues in a New York Times piece that the government should require free access to all published scientific results that were obtained with funds from taxpayers. A bill before Congress would prevent the NIH from requiring that all publications be freely available through the National Library of Medicine website.
A team led by astronomers at UC Berkeley has found the biggest black holes known to exist, each one 10 billion times the size of our sun.
UC Berkeley plans to open a large engineering research and teaching facility in Shanghai as part of a broader plan to bolster its presence in China.
People who tend to be easily embarrassed are perceived by others as more generous, cooperative and trustworthy, according to a study by a UC Berkeley doctoral student in psychology.
Elementary schools spend too little time teaching science, according to a study by researchers with the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley. More than four-fifths of teachers surveyed think the emphasis on English and math has hampered science teaching.
A UC Berkeley biologist has transferred a gene from a variety of corn into a widespread, fast-growing species of the grass, and transformed it into what could become an important source of biofuel.
A UC Berkeley study used 10,000 tree and plant samples collected by 500 citizens between April and June this year to document a dramatic increase in the infection rate from Napa to the Carmel Valley and virtually everywhere in between.
UC Berkeley scientists believe they have found a new avenue for treating an often debilitating ear and brain condition that causes people to hear a constant ringing or buzzing sound.
Same-sex pairs of monogamous birds are just as attached and faithful to each other as those paired with a member of the opposite sex, according to a UC Berkeley study.
Students and post-doctoral fellows from the three UC campuses covered by QB3 will vote online, just like American Idol, for the biotech project they believe does the most public good.
The recently retired director of the UC Pavement Research Center discusses some of the important work conducted at the facility.
UC Berkeley scientists have discovered a chemical that temporarily allows blind mice to see. They hope that this chemical compound will help people with the most common forms of acquired blindness.
Using a stop-action imaging microscope, UC Berkeley researchers described in detail for first time the 'castles' of bacteria that are often the causes of fatal infections
Enterprising UC Berkeley engineering students have developed two compact, remote-controlled aircraft to keep tabs on UC Natural Reserves.
Not getting enough shuteye can amplify the brain's anticipatory reactions, upping overall anxiety levels, according to UC Berkeley researchers.
Scientists at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a way to generate power using harmless viruses that convert mechanical energy into electricity.
UC Berkeley researchers conclude that graduates of UC and California State University systems provide ongoing returns to the state that average $12 billion a year.
Text messaging often gets a bad rap for contributing to poor spelling and high-risk behavior such as reckless driving. But a UC Berkeley study has found an upside to texting, especially for people who feel stressed out, isolated, and alone.
An 18 month study by researchers at UC Berkeley, Davis and Irvine comes as a new state law sends thousands of lower-level offenders to local jails instead of state prisons.
A UC Berkeley study suggests that people who are socially and financially better off are more likely to lie, cheat, and otherwise behave unethically compared to individuals who occupy lower rungs of the socioeconomic ladder.
A startup incubator, which houses a mix of ventures founded by UC Berkeley faculty, students and alumni, heralds a dynamic effort to foster a new generation of young entrepreneurs and forge a hotbed of collaborative innovation and enterprise.
Part of the program calls for UC Berkeley to use a 'pre-negotiated' license term sheet for technology and ideas that can be used by nonprofits in helping poor countries.
A new study led by UC Berkeley researchers provides even more reason for people to read a book or do a puzzle, and to make such activities a lifetime habit.
UC's 10 campuses were included in a new study from the National Science Board revealing that spending on the nation's top 101 public research institutions plunged an average of 20 percent between 2002 and 2010.
It sounds like science fiction, but scientists, including at UC Berkeley and UCSF, are getting tantalizingly close to building the mind-controlled prosthetic arms, computer cursors and mechanical wheelchairs of the future
A UC Berkeley showed that children in Madagascar who ate more wildlife were less likely to suffer from iron deficiency anemia than other kids.
UC Berkeley researchers studied slow motion footage of the extraordinary head movements of hummingbirds. Their findings could help engineers develop micro air vehicles that could cope with unsettled weather or even washing machines with an improved drying spin.
Understanding what makes a concrete building vulnerable in an earthquake is one of the goals of a UC Berkeley project at the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center.
Hundreds of scientists at research institutions, laboratories, universities and high-tech companies go public, Oct. 27-Nov. 3, to show adults and kids alike that the scientific world is exciting, fun and well worth exploring. The festival is the brainchild of UCSF researchers.
UC Berkeley physicist Richard Muller: A scientist, suspicious of manipulated climate-change data, bucks expectations and presents the evidence for man-made global warming.
UC Berkeley researchers were able to reconstruct YouTube videos from viewers' brain activity. It is a feat that might one day offer a glimpse into our dreams, memories and even fantasies.
A study by UC Berkeley and Italian researchers may have solved a decades-long mystery behind the source of a tree-killing fungus that affected six of the world's seven continents.
A UC Berkeley study shows that the childcare industry provides over 200,000 jobs for California residents as well as increases the demand of child care suppliers, such as grocery stores, health care centers and local businesses.
UC researchers predict that there is a 64 percent chance of a catastrophic levee failure in the delta in the next 50 years.
UC Berkeley scientists study how precipitation and temperature changes impact birds and other animals. They hope to project how different species will respond to future climate change.
Scientists at UC Berkeley have discovered new species of frogs, newts, salamanders, caecilians and are tracking them day by day, while continuing to worry about mass extinction of frogs.
Research innovations by early-career faculty at UC Berkeley are getting a boost toward commercial development from the campus'Baker Fellows Program, which helps push discoveries that will improve the California economy.
When faced with a snap decision, people will reliably pick the first option they're given, according to UC Berkeley researchers.
Between 1.8 million and 2.7 million previously uninsured Californians will gain coverage by 2019, when the law's effect is fully realized, according to a UCLA and UC Berkeley joint study.
A UC Berkeley study shows that in coming years, the frequency of wildfires will increase because of climate change.
The Simons Foundation, which specializes in science and math research, has chosen UC Berkeley as host for an ambitious new center for computer science.
A UC Berkeley physicist and eight students and post-docs are part a collaboration conducting cosmic ray research at the South Pole.
A UC Berkeley team working to advance data science is awarded $10 million by the National Science Foundation.
California's nearly four-year-old ban on drivers using handheld cellphones is saving lives, according to a UC Berkeley.
Scientists and UC Berkeley administrators are scrambling for money to keep a colony of 19 spotted hyenas which they have studied in the Berkeley hills for the last 27 years, or they could end up in zoos.
A UC Berkeley study is one of the first to show a hit to the genetic diversity of a species because of a recent climate induced change in the animals' geographic range.
Some prolific UC professors have started plenty of companies, including one Berkeley chemist who has helped start 15 businesses, with five of them directly based on his laboratory's breakthroughs.
UCSF and UC Berkeley scientists have for the first time found evidence that liquor triggers the release of pleasure inducing endorphins in the brain, and heavy drinkers are especially influenced by those endorphins.
UC Berkeley scientists and students looked at how lizards use their tails when leaping. What they found can help design robots that are more stable on uneven terrain and after unexpected falls, which is critical to successful search and rescue operations.
A UC Berkeley scientist measures greenhouse gases coming up out of the peat-rich soil. She is looking for ways to reduce those gases, and that could create offsets that farmers and ranchers could sell to businesses trying to reduce their carbon footprint.
A land donation will allow UC to nearly double its research forests, conserving a swath of the Northern California watershed and offering academics an expanded laboratory to explore forest ecosystems.
Researchers at UC San Diego, Davis and Berkeley are partners in an experiment to get the most out of electric vehicle batteries.
A prominent UC Berkeley physicist and skeptic of global warming spent two years trying to find out if mainstream climate scientists were wrong. In the end, he determined they were right: Temperatures really are rising rapidly.
An obstetrician and UC Berkeley doctoral student developed a solar suitcase for health practitioners in rural areas where there is no electricity.
Instead of being ashamed of cringeworthy moments, embrace your embarrassment; it’s a sign you are more trustworthy and more generous, according to a UC Berkeley study.
UC researchers are among those hoping to build a public warning system similar to the Japanese that has been credited with saving lives last March.
Pieter Abbeel of UC Berkeley, who creates robots, and Gert Lanckriet of UC San Diego, who instructs computers to classify music, were named among top young innovators whose work promises to change the world.
UC Berkeley laundry-folding robot is cited prominently in this piece about development of highly intelligent robots.