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engineering.com

Researchers Heat Up Invisibility Capabilities

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As technology evolves, the lines between science and science fiction continue to blur. Engineers at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) sought to create the power of invisibility—or at least a coating that could hide objects from thermal vision devices, which detect differences in temperature by sensing infrared wavelengths.
Atlas Obscura

Can Octopuses Teach Us How to Hide?

Atlas Obscura -
In addition to being clever engineers, octopuses, squids, and their cephalopod brethren are expert hiders. Researchers often turn to them for clues about how humans—and the technology we build—can perfect the art of vanishing from view. ... Now, a team of scientists at University of California, Irvine, has used cephalopod skin as a model for synthetic materials that can dodge infrared cameras.
National Geographic

Iran’s Tarnished Gem

National Geographic -
University of California, Irvine, engineering professor Amir AghaKouchak, who was born and educated in Iran before immigrating to California, said both regions have suffered extensive droughts in the past. The difference comes when human demands exceed available, renewable water. “If the same drought occurs in the future,” he said, “it will have even more severe impacts.”
E&E News

Raising an entire island? That's 'insane'

E&E News -
"They're facing the possibility of chronically flooded streets within the decade," said Brett Sanders, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Irvine. "Without actions, you're going to have chronically flooded streets and neighborhoods that are unlivable unless steps are taken."
Forbes

Scientist And Innovator Dr. Michelle Khine: 'Growing Up, Nobody Thought I Was Smart'

Forbes -
So what does it take to be a female STEM leader? Dr Michelle Khine, biomedical engineering professor at the University of California, Irvine, and scientific co-founder of stem cell biotechnology company Novoheart, offers her insights.
PBS NewsHour

How to save energy in your home with these smart, affordable upgrades

PBS News Hour -
Jack Brouwer, professor of engineering at UCI, recommends: “Let’s start in the kitchen, where appliances suck up the most energy. The best time to run, say, a dishwasher is just before you leave for work or during the day ... That’s when fewer people use these appliances, so it’s helping the grid work more efficiently. And that’s a no-cost change in habit that benefits everyone.”
CNN

Los Angeles' notorious traffic problem explained in graphics

CNN -
"Los Angeles and Southern California, in general, have relatively poor (public) transit services," says Michael G McNally, a professor at the Institute of Transport Studies at the University of California, Irvine. "There really aren't options (other than) cars for most travel in most areas. But even within transit-served areas, overall travel times are much greater by transit than by car."
Science

Can Iran and Afghanistan cooperate to bring an oasis back from the dead?

Science -
Yet Soroosh Sorooshian, a water expert at the University of California, Irvine, is convinced that the Hamouns are not a lost cause. “Experience has shown that water bodies that have dwindled to nothing can bounce back,” he says. “It might take decades, but there is still hope.”
The Sacramento Bee

Minute by minute: What if Oroville Dam’s spillway had failed one year ago?

The Sacramento Bee -
Here’s a conceptual chronology of the near-catastrophe, based on a sophisticated UC Irvine computer analysis that wasn’t available to state officials during the emergency. … This chronology of a hypothetical Oroville spillway failure is based on an analysis by FloodRise, a research project led by UC Irvine that uses computer models to map flood risks.
New Food Economy

How cow poop could power the emissions-free hydrogen car of the future

New Food Economy -
But who’s going to make sure all the equipment is working properly and negotiate with the gas companies? … “In this day and age, it’s all case by case,” says Scott Samuelsen, a professor and director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center and the Advanced Power and Energy Program at the University of California, Irvine.

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