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The biggest billion-dollar energy unicorn left standing

The growth of the fuel-cell industry has been helped by the overall reduction in the cost of fuel-cell technology, said Scott Samuelsen, director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine. ... Samuelsen said, "The market is beginning to recognize fuel cells as being a viable option." world

Great advances being made in assistive technology

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“I think we’re in the middle of a revolution in technology for people with impairments,” says David Reinkensmeyer, a biorobotics researcher at the University of California, Irvine. ... Music Glove ... The system coaxes stroke survivors to use the kind of hand movements that will help them regain dexterity. It was created by Nizan Friedman, a former graduate student in the lab of University of California, Irvine’s David Reinkensmeyer.
Scientific American

What Australia can teach the world about surviving drought

Scientific American -
“Documenting what happened in Melbourne during the Millennium Drought was a real eye-opener,” said paper co-author Stanley Grant, a civil and environmental engineer at the University of California, Irvine. “It’s like looking into what the future could be for California if we got our act together.”
The Washington Post

Was Australia's 10-year megadrought a teaching moment for California?

The Washington Post -
California’s government should be more direct about the problem state residents face in a paralyzing drought with no end in sight. “You can’t just come up with technical innovations and think that’s going to do the trick,” said David Feldman, a professor of planning and politics at UC Irvine and a co-author for the report. “You need education, you need public outreach, and you need all these people working on it.

Six lessons for California from a drought halfway around the world

Drought-stricken California has a lot to learn from Melbourne, Australia, according to UC Irvine civil and environmental engineering professor Stanley Grant. He's the senior author of a study published Tuesday outlining how Melbourne slashed its water consumption in half during a recent drought that lasted more than a decade. … "We can take inspiration in the degree of leadership, the very public debate, and the experimentation," Grant said.
The Conversation

Harvesting usable fuel from nuclear waste - and dealing with the last chemical troublemakers

The Conversation -
My research at UC Irvine, as well as that of other labs around the world, focuses on new ways to deal with the last few troublemakers in the used nuclear fuel. We’re working on how to remove the remaining long-lived trans-uranic actinides with an efficiency high enough that the remaining nuclear waste’s isolation time would be decreased to 1,000 years or less. … Mikael Nilsson; associate professor of chemical engineering and materials science at University of California, Irvine.
Fox News

6 incredible health stories that have us proud to be an American

Fox News -
2. Interactive rehabilitation device restores vet’s use of hand after stroke … The device was invented by Nizan Friedman when he was a biomedical engineering postdoctorate student at the University of California, Irvine. While studying, Friedman worked under David Reinkensmeyer, a leader in the field of neurorehabilitation and Mark Bachman, a leader in miniaturized bionic and assistive devices.
Orange County Register

Parents, foster the success of dealing with failure

Orange County Register -
It’s OK to be cautious, but to be so fearful of failure that you stop trying is deleterious. … a panel of successful people discussed failure. The participants were … Michelle Khine, an associate professor of biomedical engineering, chemical engineering and materials science at UC Irvine ... Khine talked about having hundreds of bad ideas in science for every great idea.
Orange County Register

With its pilot project, one Irvine company is turning emissions into electricity

Orange County Register -
A company, Ener-Core, along with OC Waste and UCI have partnered to create a system to convert [methane] gas into an energy source. … Engineering students at UC Irvine will study the project’s results and work to improve technology. … UC Irvine received a $1.5 million grant from the California Energy Commission, and is coordinating subcontracts for the project.
Marketplace Tech

Dynamic camouflage will let soldiers hide like a squid

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In a lab at UC Irvine, chemical engineering professor Alon Gorodetsky and his team are making synthetic squid protein using bacteria. The lab is recreating a protein called Reflectin – it's what allows squid to change color and disappear into their surroundings by manipulating light – in the hopes that it could someday be used by the military as part of more effective camouflage.