Media Watch

Reuters

Hotter summer highs means cities face increasingly deadly risks

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“There are more than a billion people living in extreme poverty, with many of them living in megacities and large urban centres. These are people struggling to survive,” said Simon Michael Papalexiou, … [UCI] environmental engineer and the lead author of the study. … Amir AghaKouchak, a civil engineer and co-author of the study, said growing urban heat risk will require city authorities to think about new measures save lives - something some are already putting in place.
EOS

Will Clean Air Fade Away?

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Amir Aghakouchak, professor of engineering at UC Irvine, et al., write: “Clean air is fundamental for human survival, yet it is often compromised in urban areas, and megacities emit enormous quantities of pollutants into the air.”
NGT News

University-Run Hydrogen Station Sees Record Year in 2017

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The National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC) at the University of California, Irvine has announced that 2017 was a record year for its hydrogen fueling station, with the amount of hydrogen dispensed into fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) more than doubling that of 2016.
News Deeply

How Hydrogen Could Help Clean Up the Global Shipping Industry

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Scott Samuelsen, director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine, sees electricity produced from hydrogen as the inevitable choice of the shipping industry for three reasons ... “It will be an evolution and a changeover in the population of ships over many decades,” Samuelsen said.
Daily Pilot

UC Irvine grad works to make a self-driving car costing under $10,000

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Shaoshan Liu, 33, said the company’s demo vehicle will debut on the global market this year. At its manufacturing facility in Shenzhen, China, PerceptIn is developing vehicles capable of sensing their environment and navigating without human input.
Quanta Magazine

Is a Bigger Genetic Code Better? Get Ready to Find Out

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Computational experiments, including ones by Freeland, have compared the resilience of the real genetic code with that of potential alternatives, in which codons were assigned arbitrarily to amino acids. Nature’s genetic code outperformed nearly all of them. “For what we have,” said Chang Liu, a synthetic biologist at the University of California, Irvine, “it’s better than a one-in-a-million code.”
Daily Pilot

UC Irvine and Huntington Beach partner for energy efficiency in Oak View community

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UC Irvine is spearheading a project to transform an underserved Huntington Beach community into an energy-efficient area as part of a nationwide challenge led by the California Energy Commission. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]
KTIC

Global Drought Severity Index Launched

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Researchers at the University of California, Irvine, and others, are rolling out a new worldwide satellite-based drought severity index. Relying on data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment mission, called GRACE, the index adds groundwater storage to drought assessments, augmenting commonly used tools most often based on the amount of precipitation. Researchers announcing the index say it will “provide for accurate and continuous drought monitoring” worldwide.
Clean Technica

SoCalGas Partners With UC Irvine To Design “Advanced Energy Community”

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The integrated set of energy efficiency measures, smart grid technologies, renewable power generation and energy storage technologies that we will include in the Advanced Energy Community design will improve quality of life while reducing costs and emissions,” said Jack Brouwer, associate director of the Advanced Power and Energy Program of UCI.
Solar Industry

SoCalGas, University Partner To Design ‘Advanced Energy Community’

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Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) is partnering with the University of California-Irvine’s Advanced Power & Energy Program to design an “Advanced Energy Community” in an underserved neighborhood in Huntington Beach.

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