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UC marked Earth Day with a host of bold green initiatives and research

Here’s a round-up of UC’s work to make the Golden State — and the world — a greener place.


Fig. 1 asteroid video hero

What Hollywood gets wrong (and right!) about asteroids

In the newest episode of UC’s award-winning Fig. 1 video series, meet Kirsten Howley, the real-life Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory astrophysicist working to prevent “Armageddon.”


UC announces its 2021 Startup Innovation Challenge winners

Two UC-affiliated companies that focus on climate change solutions have won the 2021 UC Startup Innovation Challenge.


UC awards $19M in grants to support groundbreaking research to benefit Californians

A 2021 UC competition supports research and discoveries that impact the people, environment and economy of California.


UC research: The 16 facial expressions most common to emotional situations worldwide

A new UC Berkeley study shows that humans from all over the world all use variations of the same facial expressions in similar social contexts, such as smiles, frowns, grimaces and scowls.


The science is in — wearing masks can save lives

Here’s why you — and more importantly, your friends — should wear masks. They save lives and can help us safely reopen our communities.


Five years ago, love won: Here’s how research makes progress possible

In 2015, the Supreme Court upheld a right to marriage for gay couples. One of the key elements to winning this battle was research — particularly one UC researcher’s groundbreaking study in the 1940s that showed being gay is not a mental illness.


Science break: The scoop on barley in beer

UC ANR scientists have been studying whether malting barley can be grown well in California — and what that might mean for the local beer-brewing industry. Watch a video to learn more.