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Ars Technica

Researchers use Starlink satellites to pinpoint location, similar to GPS

Ars Technica -
Signals from SpaceX Starlink broadband satellites can be used to pinpoint locations on Earth to within eight meters of accuracy, engineering researchers reported in a new peer-reviewed paper. … The research was conducted by [Zak] Kassas along with Joe Khalife (a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Irvine) and Mohammad Neinavaie (a Ph.D. student at UC Irvine). Kassas is also a UC Irvine [assistant] professor and director of the Autonomous Systems Perception, Intelligence, and Navigation (ASPIN) Laboratory, while Khalife and Neinavaie are members of the lab. Their experiment was conducted using an antenna on the UC Irvine campus. Read More

SpaceX's Starlink broadband satellites could be used for GPS navigation

Space -
SpaceX's Starlink satellites may be used for navigation and global positioning in addition to their core function of broadband Internet, a new research study suggests. … "We eavesdropped on the signal, and then we designed sophisticated algorithms to pinpoint our location, and we showed that it works with great accuracy," study author Zak Kassas, director of the Center for Automated Vehicles Research with Multimodal Assured Navigation (CARMEN) at Ohio State University, said in the statement. … They used the signals from several satellites and developed an algorithm to locate a position on Earth. Next, they placed an antenna on the University of California, Irvine campus in an attempt to find its location using Starlink. Their experiment placed the estimated position of the antenna, using Starlink signals, within 25 feet (7.7 m) of its actual position. Read More
The New York Academy of Sciences

Announcing the 2021 Blavatnik Regional Awards Winners and Finalists

The New York Academy of Sciences -
Honoring outstanding postdoctoral scientists from academic research institutions across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, the Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences announced the three Winners and six Finalists of the 2021 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists. … The following postdoctoral researchers have been named Finalists in their respective categories: … Optical physicist Maxim Shcherbakov works with a special class of artificial materials, known as semiconductor metamaterials that manipulate light in fascinating ways. … Shcherbakov has recently transitioned to a tenure-track position [as assistant professor of electrical engineering & computer science] at the University of California, Irvine. Read More

Why the ‘Swiss Army knife’ of climate solutions is so controversial

Grist -
Jack Brouwer, director of the Advanced Power and Energy Program at the University of California, Irvine, where he conducts research on a broad range of hydrogen applications, told Grist that commercially available power plant technology can currently burn a blend of up to 30 percent hydrogen gas and 70 percent methane. … For Brouwer, blending green hydrogen into the natural gas system, whether for power plants or homes, is still very much worth doing — not so much for the greenhouse gas benefits, but to create a new market for solar and wind power. Read More
The Weather Channel

Why California Wildfires Are Particularly Destructive in Fall

The Weather Channel -
A recent study from the University of California-Irvine found about 20% of California's wildfires from 2000 through 2019 were responsible for 97% of the total area charred. Over 90% of casualties and property losses in the state were due to larger wildfires over 500 acres, according to Tirtha Banerjee, [assistant professor, civil & environmental engineering], one of the study's co-authors. … "Before 2000, there were almost no human-caused wildfires along California's Pacific coastline, but now nearly every coastal county is experiencing increased risk," said Shu Li, a Ph.D. candidate [civil & environmental engineering] and lead author of the aforementioned University of California-Irvine study. Read More

The Blue Box is betting on the future of at-home breast cancer tests

TechCrunch -
You can take a pregnancy test or colon cancer test from your bathroom, or, these days, a COVID-19 test from the comfort of your living room. You might one day be able to get a breast cancer screening at home, too, if you have a urine sample and an artificial nose. That’s the vision behind The Blue Box, a startup competing this week at TechCrunch Disrupt’s Startup Battlefield. The company, founded by Judit Giró Benet while pursuing her Master’s at the University of California Irvine, is developing an at-home handheld device designed to screen urine samples for breast cancer. Read More
Orange County Register

Beach-bluff homes, lot cracking near damaged train track in San Clemente

The Orange County Register -
Without regular sand replenishment to provide a buffer to hold the ocean back, damage to homes and infrastructure will become a more common occurrence, said Brett Sanders, professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Irvine. “Once the beaches are gone, we are quickly seeing damaging impacts to infrastructure. As soon as the beaches are gone, we lose railroad service, we see displacement of land, concrete gets cracked,” Sanders said. “Our beaches are incredibly important for providing protection for infrastructure and natural resources.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here:] Read More
The Science Advisory Board

Kino Discovery is building an end-to-end solution for single-cell research

The Science Advisory Board -
Kino Discovery is working on a tissue sample-to-cell solution to make personalized medicine a reality. The early-stage startup was founded by University of California, Irvine [biomedical engineering associate] professor Jered Haun, PhD, and is a competitor in the inaugural BioTools Innovator contest. We spoke with Haun as part of our coverage of the competition. Read More
Daily Pilot

Apodaca: Recognizing Orange County warriors in the fight against climate change

Daily Pilot -
Take Brett Sanders, a professor of civil and environmental engineering. Sanders is an expert in water, specifically flooding and erosion. One of the projects his team at UCI has been working on is to develop new models to estimate how well infrastructure can withstand compounding hazards of successive fire and flooding events — crucial information given the increasing size and recurrence of such calamities. ... Sanders’ colleague, assistant professor Tiirtha Banerjee, is also a civil and environmental engineer, but his area of expertise is wildfires, another immensely important area of study. ... Another one of their colleagues, assistant professor Christopher Olivares Martinez, is also focused on the impact of wildfires on water quality. … [Professor] Jun Wu, whose specialty is environmental health, is researching the effects of pollution and climate change on health. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to] Read More
Verywell Health

‘Flooding Can Happen Anywhere’: Here’s How to Stay Safe

Verywell Health -
According to Brett Sanders, PhD, professor of civil and environmental engineering, urban planning, and public policy [as well as interim associate dean for undergraduate student affairs] at the University of California, Irvine, flooding, especially urban flooding, has become a growing problem. “We have seen a major uptick in floods over the past decade," Sanders tells Verywell. "We have a history of hurricanes in the U.S. from Katrina, to Harvey, to Sandy." Read More


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