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Spectrum News

Beyond 5G May Help Avoid Buffering on Cell Phones

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You are about to hop on a plane. You want to download a movie quickly. On the current 4GLTE technology, the download would take you a few minutes. But thanks to an invention that is smaller than a penny developed by researchers at University of California Irvine, that download could only take you a few seconds.
OC Weekly

Asm. Petrie-Norris Asks Governor to Sign Sea-Level Rise Bill

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Two UC Irvine scientists, Dr. Kathleen Treseder and Dr. Brett Sanders, spoke at the event about the need for the bill (click here for our recent story on Treseder’s research on the link between climate change and Valley fever; click here for our extensive look at how sea-level rise will affect Orange County’s coastline, which relied heavily on Sanders’s research).

Forget single genes: CRISPR now cuts and splices whole chromosomes

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These issues can be a deal-breaker when biologists want to make hundreds or thousands of changes to an organism's genome, says Chang Liu, a synthetic biologist at the University of California, Irvine. … “Now, I can make a series of changes in one segment and then another and combine them together. That's a big deal,” Liu says. The new tools will bolster industrial biotechnology by making it easier to vary the levels of proteins that microbes make, Liu and others say.

US infrastructure unprepared for increasing frequency of extreme storms

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Engineers often use statistical estimates called IDF curves to describe the intensity, duration, and frequency of rainfall in each area. The curves, published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), are created using statistical methods that assume weather patterns remain static over time. “Design engineers at cities, consulting companies, and counties use this for different purposes, like infrastructure design management, infrastructure risk assessment and so forth. It has a lot of engineering applications,” said Amir Aghakouchak, a hydrologist at the University of California, Irvine who was not involved with the new study.
OC Weekly

How Sea-Level Rise Will Change Orange County

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“Coastal communities face huge uncertainties,” said Brett Sanders, a civil and environmental engineering professor at UC Irvine. “Engineers aren’t used to designing within that uncertainty. But you can do something small for now, like increase the height of the seawall a little to provide protection against high-tide events. You may be able to design a better system in the future.” … Sanders’ main effort these days seems to be trying to understand how municipalities deal with sand. To that end, his current project, which is funded by NOAA, is on how communities can manage sediment to mitigate the effects of sea-level rise.

2019 AGU Section Awardees and Named Lecturers

Our colleagues have been selected for these prestigious honors for their sustained and unique contributions to advancing our understanding of Earth, its atmosphere and oceans, and planets and astral bodies beyond our own. … Hydrology Section … Walter B. Langbein Lecture* Efi Foufoula-Georgiou, University of California, Irvine ….
EE Times

100 GHz Wireless Transceiver Takes Chip into Realms of 6G

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The team from the Nanoscale Communication Integrated Circuits (NCIC) Labs at the University of California, Irvine (UCI, have created a 4.4 millimeter-square chip capable of processing digital signals significantly faster and being more energy-efficient than anything available today. It does this by utilizing a unique digital-analog architecture which significantly relaxes digital processing requirements by modulating the digital bits in the analog and radio-frequency domains. The researchers claimed that in using the approach they've overcome the limitations of Moore’s Law.
Daily Pilot

UCI electrical engineering team looks ‘Beyond 5G’ with new wireless transceiver

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A team at UC Irvine has invented a new, wireless transceiver that pushes beyond even recently deployed 5G cell phone technology. … Current high-speed transmitters and receivers in telecommunication are dependent on power-hungry digital signal processing according to Payam Heydari, senior author and professor of electrical engineering and computer science [at the University of California, Irvine.] “Everything is done in the digital, and then it was about two [and-a-half] years ago that I questioned this very important, but fundamental thought,” he said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

McMurry in “Unique” Dual Honda Internship, Race Program

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Matt McMurry says his internship with Honda Performance Development has played a helping hand in his Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup program with the manufacturer’s GT3 car. … McMurry, who is majoring in aerospace engineering at the University of California, Irvine, said both the internship and racing opportunities came together around the same time at the beginning of the year. “It’s been great,” he told Sportscar365.

Electrical engineers unveil 'beyond 5G' wireless transceiver

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A team of electrical engineers from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) tackled the question of whether wireless systems are capable of the same high performance and speeds achieved with fiber-optic networks. The result is a 4.4 mm2wireless silicon chip that boosts radio frequencies into the 100 GHz range, four times the speed of the 5G wireless communications standard. For this reason, the team describes the chip as "beyond 5G."


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