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How to build a Hyperloop

On a recent Saturday afternoon, a young aerospace engineer from Cairo University named Samar Abdel Fatta sat at the end of a long hallway of a Texas football stadium trying hard to contain her excitement. Amid a sea of matching university-branded T-shirts and cowboy boots, she was a bit of an anomaly: smart glasses, a neat black blazer, hijab.
NBC News

Hyperloop competition

NBC 4 News -
A group of MIT student engineers have won a competition to transform Space X co-founder Elon Musk’s transportation idea into reality. The group competed against 160 different universities from 16 countries to design a pod that would transport people ... speeds close to 700 miles per hour. The University of California, Irvine finished fifth in that competition. The top teams will build their pods and they’ll test them at the world's first Hyperloop test track being built adjacent to Space X headquarters in Hawthorne.

UCI students showing off their Hyperloop designs in weekend competition

Orange County Register -
A team of UC Irvine engineering students will go head to head this weekend with some 120 teams from around the world as it presents its sleek, frictionless version of a high-speed train that would travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco in a matter of minutes. UCI students, competing in the first-ever SpaceX Hyperloop Competition, have built a scale model of their HyperXite pod (pronounced Hyper Excite). The concept uses compressed air to levitate and glide the pod along a track.
Los Angeles Times

SpaceX's hyperloop student contest brings out many big benefactors

Los Angeles Times -
Elon Musk is bringing together more than 1,000 college and high school students this weekend to showcase passenger-compartment designs for a hyperloop high-speed transit system.

Two Los Angeles start-ups are already developing hyperloops, starting with test track construction in the Central Valley and North Las Vegas later this year.
Los Angeles Times

L.A. to San Francisco in an hour? UCI's team wants to win Space X's Hyperloop Pod contest

Los Angeles Times -
Find a way to get more than 800 people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about an hour. That's the goal for members of the HyperXite team at UC Irvine as they finalize their designs for a pod that would speed through a tube at more than 700 mph, levitated by compressed air.

Water Wise

Southern California Public Radio -
One of the many ways modern societies lose valuable drinking water is through toilets.  So says environmental engineer Stanley Grant of the University of California, Irvine.  He and colleagues study ways to manage the water supply in urban areas.  And given increasing drought due to global warming, the topic has never been more urgent.
Modern Luxury

Michelle Khine

Modern Luxury -
This restless UCI associate professor gets a kick out of hatching inventions. … “The dream is for it to someday get to women all over the world who otherwise wouldn’t have access to health care,” says Michelle Khine, inventor of TinyKicks fetal-movement sensor.

UCI Study Links Sleep Cycle Disturbances to Alzheimer’s

HomeHero -
A new study from researchers at the University of California, Irvine has reportedly found a link between disruptions to sleep cycles and the onset of Alzheimer’s. Published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, the study analyzed the overall cognitive abilities of laboratory mice subjected to jet lag-like conditions by regularly shortening their awake time schedules.

Rainwater tanks and green roofs could be the best way to avoid more of last week's LA mudslides

Gizmodo -
“The massive volumes and pollutants associated with stormwater runoff are a deadly one-two punch for streams and lead to a condition known as ‘urban stream syndrome,’” said UC Irvine graduate student in civil and environmental engineering Asal Askarizadeh, the paper’s lead author.
Orange County Register

N.J. team takes top spot in the Solar Decathlon

Orange County Register -
The inaugural Team Orange County, with members from UC Irvine, Chapman University, Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College, came in ninth place. However, the team also found out Saturday that it had come in second of the 14 teams in the engineering category. “I wasn’t expecting it,” said Alex McDonald, project manager. “My parents are here, they’re both engineers, so it was a very touching moment.”


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