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Water Wise

Southern California Public Radio -
One of the many ways modern societies lose valuable drinking water is through toilets.  So says environmental engineer Stanley Grant of the University of California, Irvine.  He and colleagues study ways to manage the water supply in urban areas.  And given increasing drought due to global warming, the topic has never been more urgent.
Modern Luxury

Michelle Khine

Modern Luxury -
This restless UCI associate professor gets a kick out of hatching inventions. … “The dream is for it to someday get to women all over the world who otherwise wouldn’t have access to health care,” says Michelle Khine, inventor of TinyKicks fetal-movement sensor.

UCI Study Links Sleep Cycle Disturbances to Alzheimer’s

HomeHero -
A new study from researchers at the University of California, Irvine has reportedly found a link between disruptions to sleep cycles and the onset of Alzheimer’s. Published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, the study analyzed the overall cognitive abilities of laboratory mice subjected to jet lag-like conditions by regularly shortening their awake time schedules.

Rainwater tanks and green roofs could be the best way to avoid more of last week's LA mudslides

Gizmodo -
“The massive volumes and pollutants associated with stormwater runoff are a deadly one-two punch for streams and lead to a condition known as ‘urban stream syndrome,’” said UC Irvine graduate student in civil and environmental engineering Asal Askarizadeh, the paper’s lead author.
Orange County Register

N.J. team takes top spot in the Solar Decathlon

Orange County Register -
The inaugural Team Orange County, with members from UC Irvine, Chapman University, Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College, came in ninth place. However, the team also found out Saturday that it had come in second of the 14 teams in the engineering category. “I wasn’t expecting it,” said Alex McDonald, project manager. “My parents are here, they’re both engineers, so it was a very touching moment.”
National Geographic

These 14 sleek solar homes do more than produce power

National Geographic -
“It’s become increasingly competitive,” says Alex McDonald, a graduate student in mechanical engineering at the University of California, Irvine. He says the Orange County team’s house, which mimics California’s state flower − the golden poppy − by opening to the sun during the day and closing at night − is quite ambitious.
Orange County Register

Can a house charge an electric car? At Solar Decathlon it can, with rooftop solar power

The Orange County Register -
Among the competitors this year is the first from Orange County since the Solar Decathlon began. Team Orange, as it’s called, consists of a core group of 20 students from UC Irvine, Chapman University, Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College, all of whom have collaborated with another 100 students on the home they call Casa Del Sol, or House of the Sun.
Daily Pilot

Team OC hopes its energy-efficient home takes the Solar Decathlon prize

Daily Pilot -
Delving into the competitive world of innovative energy-efficiency, four Orange County schools are getting their first chance to shine at the bi-annual national Solar Decathlon hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy. ... It is the first time for Team Orange County, made up of students from UC Irvine, Irvine Valley College, Chapman University in Orange and Saddleback College in Mission Viejo.
Orange County Register

Future of housing? Solar Decathlon kicks off Thursday in Irvine with new takes on sustainable living

The Orange County Register -
As sea levels rise and natural disasters devastate towns, collegiate teams across the nation are focusing on sustainability and safety as they design the home of the future. The entry by Team Orange County, with participation by UC Irvine, Chapman University ... highlights the importance of conserving water, with a xeriscaped garden irrigated by recycled greywater.
NBC News

Today in L.A.

NBC 4 -
This out of UC Irvine. … A paralyzed man is able to walk thanks to amazing technology and a dedicated team.


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