North side of Dwinelle.
Photo by UC Berkeley staff. (at Tag your pics #ucberkeley and #myucberkeley)
Campanile in the early evening.
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Photo by @khdesign01, UC Berkeley.
Colorado 56 – Cal 59.
Golden Bears football improves to 3–1 with a field goal in double overtime. Cal senior James Langord’s 34-yard field goal in the second overtime period gave Berkeley the win in the seesaw game.
Roundup images from @calathletics, @cal_football, and @caldanceteam.
Cal football hosts Colorado today at California Memorial Stadium. Let’s go, Golden Bears!
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Game day graphic from @calathletics.
Registration for Parents & Reunion Weekend at Homecoming closes today at 5p.m. Visit homecoming.berkeley.edu to register and for more information on the Weekend’s alumni and parent events.
Photo by @khdesign01, UC Berkeley. (at homecoming.berkeley.edu)
Berkeley alums, take a Cal student to work during the January 2015 winter break! Go to the Cal Externship Program website at bit.ly/CalExtern for more information.
Photos from the Cal Externship Program site.
Magnets!… How do they work?!
This “unclassified” US Navy video from 1954 explains how basic electromagnetism works, and we’ve definitely come a long way since then in our understanding of magnets.
UC Berkeley researchers are working on replacing traditional transistors with magnets to save power. Transistors are the extremely tiny electronic switches that are in all of our computers and gadgets. About 4 billion of them can fit on a CPU the size of a postage stamp. More transistors means faster phones and tablets, but also means more power is needed.
Researchers have been looking into using magnets as an alternative to transistors for over a decade, because they use far less energy. Until very recently, the power needed to generate the magnetic field to orient the magnets outweighed the benefits of using the magnets themselves. They overcame this limitation by using the special properties of the rare, heavy metal called tantalum.
“This is a breakthrough in the push for low-powered computing,” said study principal investigator Sayeef Salahuddin, UC Berkeley assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences. “The power consumption we are seeing is up to 10,000 times lower than state-of-the-art schemes for nanomagnetic computing. Our experiments are the proof of concept that magnets could one day be a realistic replacement for transistors.”
As research into this technology progresses, perhaps your smartphone will last longer than a day between charges.
Former walk-on Cal baseball player and retired San Francisco Giant, Jeff Kent, has established the Jeff Kent Women Driven Scholarship Endowment. The endowment will fund, in perpetuity, scholarships to support female student-athletes at Berkeley.
Go online to bit.ly/KentScholar to learn more about Jeff, the scholarship endowment, and his Cal story
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What could collapse the Golden Gate Bridge?
At the movies, the Golden Gate Bridge has been leveled by earthquakes, apes, and even a mega-shark. But how would the iconic span fare in more realistic disaster scenarios? UC Berkeley civil engineering professor Abolhassan Astaneh-Asl helps KALW radio figure it out.