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The Desert Sun

Opinion: Voice: Government can help advance economic resiliency in Coachella Valley and its environs

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Another joint effort between local government, and either academia or the federal government, that I would like to see explored is the development of microgrids. As I noted in a Valley Voice here in November 2019, we have local expertise at the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC) at UC Irvine. The NFCRC is a part of the Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP) at the school and was founded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission. Read More
AZO Materials

New Crush-Resistant Metamaterials can Prevent Failure of Structures

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In a new study recently published in the Advanced Materials journal, engineers from the University of California, Irvine and the Georgia Institute of Technology have explained the development of a new range of mechanical metamaterials that prevent failure by delocalizing the deformations. … “This study provides important groundwork for design of superior engineering systems, from reusable impact protection systems to adaptive load-bearing structures,” said Lorenzo Valdevit, Study Senior Co-Author and Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Irvine. Read More
3D Print

Replicating the Mantis Shrimp: Bacteria Grows Strong Minerals Inside 3D Printed Structure

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In the past, researchers have been inspired by the mantis shrimp’s club to create strong 3D printable materials, and now a team of engineers from the University of California, Irvine and the University of Southern California are going down a similar path. Using bacteria, they’ve been able to get minerals to grow inside a 3D printed Bouligand structure. Read More
Irvine Standard

Capturing a big share of the AI industry

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Neil Sahota, UCI lecturer, school of engineering writes, “Consider, City.AI is a global network of AI pioneers, and the Orange County chapter is based in Irvine because that’s where opportunity and talent can be found. Why? Because we’ve built a phenomenal ecosystem within the city. And here are four reasons why: 1. First and foremost, we have incredible thought leadership. UC Irvine has a cornucopia of talent and research, and more importantly, is generating the workforce needed to bring AI from idea to execution. 2. We have a strong, interconnected hub. The Beall Center for Applied Innovation lies at the nexus to incubate ideas, provide resources, and connect the talent, funding and resources within Orange County to accelerate the growth of these opportunities. Read More
Intelligent Living

The Blue Box Is An Award-Winning Affordable Home-Testing Kit For Breast Cancer

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Judit Giró Benet, a 23-year-old Spanish engineer, invented a new way to detect breast cancer from the comforts of home using just a urine sample. The device – called The Blue Box – won the International 2020 James Dyson Award, the competition’s top prize. … Benet said: “The day that James Dyson told me that I had won the International prize was a real turning point as the prize money will allow me to patent more extensively and expedite research and software development I am doing at the University of California Irvine. But, most of all, hearing that he believes in my idea has given me the confidence I need at this vital point.” Read More

Diversity Dies At The Top: Human Or Robot, The Board Rules The Day (Part 2 Of The Time Capsule Project Series)

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Neil Sahota, [UCI lecturer, school of engineering], writes, “While many organizations can point to better success with diversity and inclusion (D&I) at the lower-level positions, real D&I success is built upon at all levels, most especially the boardroom. In Part 1 of article series, we shared the general challenges of D&I and the need for the Time Capsule Project. Now, we will share the challenges that exist in achieving D&I in the boardroom.” Read More
The Good Men Project Magazine

The Western United States Is a Hotspot for Snow Droughts

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“The common ways to measure droughts are through precipitation, soil moisture and runoff,” says Laurie S. Huning, an environmental engineer at the University of California, Irvine. Her most recent work adds another dimension to that by looking at water stored in snowpack. Huning is the co-author of a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, with U.C. Irvine colleague Amir AghaKouchak, which developed a new framework for characterizing “snow droughts.” These can occur when there’s an abnormally low snowpack, which may be triggered by low precipitation, warm temperatures or both. Their research is timely. Read More

The Mantis Shrimp Inspires a New Material—Made by Bacteria

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So when a mantis shrimp’s hammer smashes into a thumb or a clam or a crab’s face, any crack in its structure will propagate in a twist pattern, dissipating the energy throughout the material. … Neat, said engineers at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Irvine, who’ve invented a clever kind of material based on the mantis shrimp’s clobber-sticks. … It’s a twist within a twist: They’ve been able to get minerals to grow within a 3D-printed shrimp-inspired Bouligand structure with the help of bacteria, of all things. Read More
The San Diego Union-Tribune

Why all the hoopla about hydrogen?

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San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas have partnered with the National Fuel Cell Research Center at UC Irvine on a blending program in which hydrogen will be injected into plastic pipes to see how it performs. The initial blend level will be 1 percent and may increase to 20 percent. Read More
San Francisco Chronicle

California wastes its extra solar, wind energy. Could hydrogen be the storage key?

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Jack Brouwer, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UC Irvine and director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center, said hydrogen is more effective for longer storage because it doesn’t lose energy over time and can be stored underground easily and cheaply. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to] Read More


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