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BYU Radio

The Future of Hydrogen Fuel

BYU Radio – Top of Mind With Julie Rose, Nov. 24, 2020 (Audio) -
Guest: Jack Brouwer, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Director, National Fuel Cell Research Center, University of California, Irvine. You might think the future of cars is electric, but there’s another green alternative that was the alternative everyone was talking about a few decades ago. It’s hydrogen. A car can go three-hundred miles or more on a tank of hydrogen gas and only water vapor comes out the tailpipe. There are already hydrogen-powered buses and trucks on the road today, so why hasn’t the technology taken off more broadly? [Starts 39:59] Read More

UC Irvine Research Program Takes Step Toward Affordable Energy

Patch -
A project that began at UC Irvine is taking its first steps in finding real-world ways to reduce carbon emissions and deliver affordable and reliable energy to 22 million California customers. Working in a partnership with SoCalGas and the National Fuel Cell Research Center, UC Irvine helped develop the technology known as Hydrogen Blending. According to reports, it will be the first in California and among the first in the nation to seek ways of reducing carbon emissions. Read More
Times of San Diego

SDG&E and SoCalGas Announces Hydrogen Blending Demonstration Program

Times of San Diego -
SoCalGas, which is working in partnership with the National Fuel Cell Research Center and UC Irvine to develop the technology, launched the first power-to-gas demonstration project in the United States in 2015. Read More

Hydrogen replacing fossil fuels and becoming new source of power

ABC7 Los Angeles -
Jack Brouwer, Professor of Engineering at UC Irvine is ecstatic to see the change. "It's exciting to have this happening in our backyard. It's exciting also to be one of the first in the world to actually adopt this platform," he says. Professor Brouwer says green hydrogen can be used to power not only buildings and cars, but also jets, ships, trains and long haul trucks and its emissions won't harm people or the environment. … “The only emission is water," he says. Read More

A New Device Aims to Make Breast Cancer Screenings Part of Your Regular Self-Care Ritual

Vogue -
“The Blue Box sends the info to the phone and then to the cloud and then our server uses an artificial intelligence algorithm [to assess the results],” Benet, who graduated from UC Irvine this summer with a Master’s in Embedded Cyber-physical Systems, explains. “So even though what you see is the box, the key value is the software behind it.” Once a diagnosis is reached, results are sent back to your phone. Read More
Science News for Students

The diabolical ironclad beetle is nearly unsquishable

Science News for Students -
The diabolical ironclad beetle is like a tiny tank on six legs. … A study has now revealed now revealed the secrets of this beetle’s armor. … It has a distinctly hard-to-squish shape, notes David Kisailus. He’s a materials scientist at the University of California, Irvine. … Kisailus was part of a team that tested how much the beetle’s armor would compress. Read More

Home-testing kit for breast cancer wins Dyson prize

A home-testing kit for breast cancer has won this year's international James Dyson Award. The Blue Box was designed by 23-year-old Judit Giró Benet, from Spain, who will receive £30,000 in prize money. … Over the next few years, Ms Benet and her team will be developing prototypes and developing data analytics software at the University of California Irvine. Read More

Potential solution emerges for Alabama’s Black Belt sewage woes -
Mark Elliott, civil engineering professor at the University of Alabama, said UA is working with a consortium that also includes the University of South Alabama, Auburn University, Columbia University in New York, the University of North Carolina and the University of California, Irvine to test a potential solution to the area’s sewage problems. Read More
Yahoo Lifestyle

L’Oréal USA Reveals 2020 For Women in Science Fellows

Yahoo Lifestyle -
L’Oréal USA revealed the 2020 recipients of its For Women in Science fellowship. The program, in its 17th incarnation, gives $60,000 research grants to five female postdoctoral scientists. According to a statement from L’Oréal, the grant has given more than $4 million in funding to 85 different scientists since its inception. … Also seeking medical solutions is [Wendy] Brown, who conducts her research in biomedical engineering at the University of California, Irvine. Her objectives include growing cartilage for use in surgery. Read More

L'Oréal Names 2020 For Women in Science Fellows -
The 2020 For Women in Science fellows are being honored for their important research across a wide range of fields, from integrative biology to material science and engineering: … Wendy Brown, whose research in Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Irvine, focuses on growing cartilage from cells in anatomical shapes and sizes for surgical implantation. Her research seeks to help millions of people around the world with facial damage due to cancer, burns, congenital defects, or other physical trauma. Read More


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