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.
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 -
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.
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 4 -
This out of UC Irvine. … A paralyzed man is able to walk thanks to amazing technology and a dedicated team.
The breakthrough was the work of a team led by Zoran Nenadic, an associate professor in biomedical engineering at the University of California, Irvine, who took advantage of the fact that while a spinal cord injury severs the neural connection to the legs, it does no damage at all to the region of the brain that is responsible for sending the command that gets the legs moving in the first place.
Dr. Zoran Nenadic, a neurologist at the University of California, [Irvine], said in a statement: “We’ve been able to, for the first time, allow a person to walk hands-free without pressing buttons. It’s a short distance, of course, but in terms of significance, it’s a very exciting step.”
The researchers at the University of California, Irvine, used a brain-computer interface to bypass the damage in a man who had been paralyzed for five years. … One of the researchers, Dr. An Do, said: "We showed that you can restore intuitive, brain-controlled walking after a complete spinal cord injury.”
Digital Trends -
As part of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, 15 schools are competing to design and build operational solar-powered houses. ... University of California, Irvine, Chapman University, Irvine Valley College, and Saddleback College ... Considering its southern California location, it’s not surprising the Casa Del Sol has drought-resilient landscaping.
The Christian Science Monitor -
California's four-year drought is a case in point, says Amir AghaKouchak, a civil engineer at the University of California, Irvine and the new study's senior author. Looking only at 2014 and using precipitation as the indicator, "it is a serious drought, but it is not that extreme," he says.