Do high fives help sports teams win?

Hugs. High fives. Fist bumps. Dacher Keltner, a UC Berkeley psychology professor, examined NBA games to see if there is a relationship between a team’s success and how often they touch. FEATURING: Dacher Keltner, Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley and founding faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley The research highlighted in … Read moreDo high fives help sports teams win?

The Science of Folding Clothes

Getting your clothes to fit neatly inside a suitcase can sometimes be struggle, but robotics engineers at UC Berkeley can help you out. They’ve come up with an efficient way to fold a variety of clothes into neat little rectangles. These techniques are intended to help a new generation of robots take on a monotonous … Read moreThe Science of Folding Clothes

How songbirds may help build a better hearing aid

Untreated hearing loss can have devastating and alienating repercussions on a person’s life: isolation, depression, sapped cognition, even dementia. Yet only one in five Americans who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wears one. Some don’t seek help because their loss has been so gradual that they do not feel impaired. Others cannot afford … Read moreHow songbirds may help build a better hearing aid

Why are human faces so unique?

What’s in a face? The amazing variety of human faces — far greater than that of most other animals — is the result of evolutionary pressure to make each of us unique and easily recognizable, according to a new study out of UC Berkeley. Behavioral ecologist Michael J. Sheehan explains that our highly visual social … Read moreWhy are human faces so unique?

Making Huge Strides for Mobility

This exoskeleton, developed by UC Berkeley professor Homayoon Kazerooni and his team, helps people suffering from spinal cord injuries to walk again. “Many paraplegics are not in a situation to afford a $100,000 device, and insurance companies don’t pay for these devices,” Kazerooni said. “Our job as engineers is to make something people can use.” … Read moreMaking Huge Strides for Mobility

Building robots to land on Saturn’s moons

Landing an unmanned robot on another planet can be quite a feat and can end up being quite a complex process.  Scientists want to make this process easier but also allow us to explore worlds that are currently too difficult to land on. UC Berkeley professor Alice Agogino is working with doctoral students to build what … Read moreBuilding robots to land on Saturn’s moons

The science of love …and why some couples last for life.

[Listen to Robert Levenson’s full interview with Science Today.] Love can be a battlefield. So what makes a successful relationship? Psychologist Robert Levenson (known for his work on the “marry me” gene) and his team at UC Berkeley had a hunch that the key to a relationship’s stability was the ability to deal with conflict. So … Read moreThe science of love …and why some couples last for life.

Universitium ofium Californium Berkelium…?

  UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Labs have discovered a total of 22 elements on the periodic table. Scientific American just recently published a great interactive version of the periodic table of elements.  When clicking on each element the user can learn obscure facts about each element’s discovery.  “Berkelium” reads: In 1950 The New Yorker … Read moreUniversitium ofium Californium Berkelium…?