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Collaboration Leads to Long-Awaited Single-Chip Technology

Collaboration Leads to Long-Awaited Single-Chip Technology

UC Santa Barbara

The Bowers lab has worked with the Kippenberg lab to ne the first to develop an integrated on-chip semiconductor laser and resonator capable of producing a laser microcomb. 

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Cold-hearted science: Supercooling technique advances preservation of human tissue

Cold-hearted science: Supercooling technique advances preservation of human tissue

UC Berkeley

Researchers at UC Berkeley successfully revived human heart tissue after it had been preserved in a subfreezing, supercooled state for 1 to 3 days.

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Coffee Needs Research: UC Davis’ New Coffee Center Dedicated June 25th

Coffee Needs Research: UC Davis’ New Coffee Center Dedicated June 25th

UC Davis

UC Davis Coffee Center, the world's first academic research center focused on coffee, plans to train the next generation of coffee professionals while improving the entire industry and making it more sustainable.

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Professor Naughton Earns AAEES Grand Prize for COVIDPoops19

Professor Naughton Earns AAEES Grand Prize for COVIDPoops19

UC Merced

Naughton’s lab created an online dashboard titled “COVIDPoops19” to plot the location of global wastewater testing for SARS-CoV-2 during the pandemic. With the help of graduate and undergraduate students, Naughton's team scanned Twitter, publications, news articles and webinars to find the latest information on testing results.

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UCI Invention Helps People Pay with a High-Five

UCI Invention Helps People Pay with a High-Five

UC Irvine

Imagine your car starting the moment you get in because it recognizes the jacket you’re wearing. Consider the value of a hospital gown that continuously measures and transmits a patient’s vital signs. These are just two applications made possible by a new “body area network”-enabling fabric invented by engineers at the University of California, Irvine.

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Calling all couch potatoes: this finger wrap can let you power electronics while you sleep

Calling all couch potatoes: this finger wrap can let you power electronics while you sleep

UC San Diego

A new wearable device turns the touch of a finger into a source of power for small electronics and sensors. Engineers at the University of California San Diego developed a thin, flexible strip that can be worn on a fingertip and generate small amounts of electricity when a person’s finger sweats or presses on it.

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Soft Focus: A Flexible Future for Robots

Soft Focus: A Flexible Future for Robots

UCLA

Picture a robot. In your mind’s eye, do you see a shiny protocol droid from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away? Perhaps a large, moving steel arm from our industrial present? Or even an ambassador from the future, such as the mighty THOR (tactical hazardous operations robot), UCLA’s own walking, talking, soccer-kicking bot from the lab of engineering professor Dennis Hong?

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Tech support

Tech support

UC Santa Cruz

With the advancement of technology, people living with disabilities have more options than ever to assist them in their daily lives. Several UC Santa Cruz faculty members are contributing to this effort by developing assistive technologies to make life easier for those with disabilities and other special needs.

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A new water treatment technology could also help Mars explorers

A new water treatment technology could also help Mars explorers

UC Riverside

A team led by UC Riverside engineers has developed a catalyst to remove a dangerous chemical from water on Earth that could also make Martian soil safer for agriculture and help produce oxygen for human Mars explorers.

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Pelicans near a wave in the ocean

The Wave Beneath Their Wings

UC San Diego

It’s a common sight: pelicans gliding along the waves, right by the shore. These birds make this kind of surfing look effortless, but actually the physics involved that give them a big boost are not simple. Researchers at the University of California San Diego have recently developed a theoretical model that describes how the ocean, the wind and the birds in flight interact in a recent paper in Movement Ecology.

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Flight paths indicated by light trails encircle lab manager Yuka Minton and professor Michael Yartsev

Right off the bats

UC Berkeley

For researchers who study and treat people with neurodegenerative disorders, understanding the human neural circuitry that leads to such behavior is among the highest-priority goals. But to better study these and other neurological conditions, the work needs to begin with effective, accessible animal models.

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SpaceX Crew-2 mission crew

UCLA Engineering In-Flight Conversation with SpaceX Crew 2

UCLA

Two UCLA mechanical and aerospace engineering students conducted a live interview from Earth to space with aerospace engineering alumna and SpaceX Crew-2 mission pilot Megan McArthur ’93 and mission commander Shane “Kim” Kimbrough.

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