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New UC San Diego Program Expands Campus Innovation Pipeline

Photo by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications<p>The innovation ecosystem at UC San Diego will open more opportunities for campus entrepreneurs with the …

Innovation

Why the Automotive Future Will Be Dominated by Fuel Cells

<b>You’d have to be completely uninterested</b> in cars or any other type of transportation to not recognize that automobiles are undergoing a major …

Energy

Why Scientists Are Still Flummoxed by Alzheimer’s

Preventing memory loss and restoring it once it’s gone is the holy grail of brain science. In the United States alone, an estimated 5 million people …

The Brain

CRISPR Technology Scientists on Their Gene Editing Tool

<i>BY ALICE PARK</i><p>Dr. Carl June’s lab at the University of Pennsylvania looks like any other biology research hub. There are tidy rows of black-topped …

Genetics

Pitch Slam! students compete at 2nd annual event

Share This:<p>By Sonya Newlyn<br>Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development (CIED)<p>December 4, 2016 — Santa Cruz, CA<p>(Photo above: Participants …

Chilling climate revelations from a previous ice age

<b>About 14,000 years ago, the southwest United States was lush and green, home to saber-toothed cats and mammoths. Meanwhile, the Pacific Northwest was mostly grassland.</b><p>That all changed as the last ice age was ending. Climate changes might be expected with the melt of a global freeze, but what’s …

Climate Change

<b>UC Santa Barbara physicist Joseph Polchinski and UC Santa Cruz molecular biologist Harry Noller have each been awarded the 2017 Breakthrough Prize, the most lucrative award in science.</b><p>Polchinski won the 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics along with Andrew Strominger and Cumrun Vafa. The …

Science

Alzheimer’s and concussion-related CTE may spread in the brain via common mechanism

<b>A shared biological mechanism may drive the progression of both Alzheimer’s disease and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative condition associated with repeated concussions and brain trauma, according to a new study led by UC San Francisco scientists.</b><p>Both Alzheimer's and CTE are …

Medicine

Researchers create computer model to tell fact from fiction on the internet

<b>Teaching computers to read is one thing. But by designing an algorithm that examined nearly 2 million posts from two popular parenting websites, a multidisciplinary team of UCLA researchers has built an elegant computational model that reflects how humans think and communicate, thereby teaching</b> …

Research

Bridging the vocabulary gap in schools

<b>Marci Carver’s kindergartners know a lot about the word “package.” They know it contains three vowels, but one of them “doesn’t talk,” and the letter “g” sounds like a “j.” When asked about the meaning, they know a package not only comes in the mail, but is also a bundle of items that are grouped</b> …

Education

Did You Just Forget, or Is It Something More Serious?

Have you called your daughter by your wife’s name or your son by his brother’s name? Have you misplaced your car keys or forgotten where you parked at the mall?<p>If you worry these might be signs of significant memory loss or the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, which causes a slow deterioration …

Aging

Immune System, Unleashed by Cancer Therapies, Can Attack Organs

As Chuck Peal lay in a Waterbury, Conn., emergency room one Sunday in early September, doctors furiously tried to make sense of his symptoms. Mr. Peal, 61, appeared to be dying, and they were not sure why.<p>He slipped in and out of consciousness, his blood pressure plummeted, his potassium levels …

Cancer

Breakthrough may save Cabernet Sauvignon from climate change

Landmark research into the genome sequence of <b>Cabernet Sauvignon</b> could change how we breed grape varieties in the future.<p><b>UC Davis</b> revealed the first …

Life Sciences

UC Berkeley's The House Raises $6M to Incubate Student Start-ups

UC Berkeley's 'The House' is the first to provide financial support and offer 7,000 square feet of office space for all Berkeley-affiliated student, …

Startups

The future of nuclear energy

<b>Early this year, Rachel Slaybaugh attended a campus mixer on technological innovation. When she introduced herself as a professor of nuclear engineering, other attendees would pause and ask for clarification. She remembers, “People were like, ‘Wait. What? You’re from where?’” ‘“I don’t know if</b> …

Nuclear Energy

UC startup rides coveted Wave Energy Prize

UC startup CalWave Power Technologies earned second place out of an initial 92 teams vying for the Wave Energy Prize, the U.S. Department of Energy announced this week.<p>The two-year competition to accelerate the reliability and affordability of renewable wave energy will yield CalWave $500,000 in …

Startups

Are you a UC entrepreneur?

Join the campaign• Share your story in a 30-second video <br>• Participants receive a free T-shirt<br>• See more at universityofcalifornia.edu/entrepreneurs<p><b>Launched just in time for frenetic Thanksgiving gatherings, University of California startup Ava assists hearing impaired people for whom group conversations</b> …

Entrepreneurship

Earthquake-sensing mobile app MyShake captures hundreds of temblors large and small

Back in February, seismologists at UC Berkeley released MyShake, an app that passively monitors for seismic activity, both watching for earthquakes and warning users if one is underway. In the months since its introduction, the app has outperformed its creators’ expectations, detecting over 200 …

Apps

A window into the brain The Glass Brain is kind of...

A window into the brain The Glass Brain is kind of like it sounds. It’s a colorful, 3-D window into all the mysterious activities that light up the …

Using solar power to save lives Imagine a hospital without electricity. It’s estimated that 300,000 health clinics worldwide don’t have a reliable source of electricity. This means that nighttime...

Imagine a hospital without electricity. It’s estimated that 300,000 health clinics worldwide don’t have a reliable source of electricity. This means …

UC San Diego performs region's first heart-liver transplant

Frank “Sonny” Taitano has made history as the first person to undergo a concurrent heart-liver transplant surgery in the county. That detail is not …

San Diego

Why This Robotic Medical Device Belongs In a Museum

Two and a half years ago, employees at THINK Surgical, a robotic surgery development company in Fremont, California, were cleaning out a storage unit …

Museums

Here’s How Your Thanksgiving Is Genetically Altered

The holiday feast comes with centuries of food with changed or borrowed genes, from the turkey to the fixings.<p>As you stock up for an epic Thanksgiving feast, goodies with genetic alterations may not be at the top of your shopping list.<p>Instead, you may buy organic carrots, or a turkey certified by …

Food

Science Says This Is Why Your Diet Won't Work

, Women@Forbes<p>Have you ever counted calories, sworn off dairy, or purchased an Atkins meal only to find that your diet of choice had little to no effect? In all likelihood, you answered ‘yes.’ And scientists are now about to explain why it is that our diets so often fail. Most of us, writes Dr. …

Healthy Eating

How Do We Feed a Growing World? (Promoted)

So here’s the problem: About 10 billion people are expected to show up for dinner in 2050, and we’re already struggling to feed the 7 billion people …

Food

Gene editing will transform cancer treatment

Jennifer Doudna | CRISPR pioneer<p>You may have heard of the gene-editing technique CRISPR-cas9, often simply called CRISPR. Introduced in 2012, CRISPR works like a pair of scissors to cut DNA, inserting or reordering bits of genetic code with remarkable, science-fiction-like results: CRISPR can help …

Science

Hospital Companions Can Ease Isolation For Older People

Loneliness can be a problem for older people, especially when they're in the hospital. Their children may have moved away. Spouses and friends may themselves be too frail to visit. So a California hospital is providing volunteer companions in the geriatric unit.<p>One of the volunteers at the UCLA …

Hospitals

The science of savoring every bite

Before you gobble down that Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin pie, take a moment to maximize your enjoyment.<p>The University of California has experts on every topic imaginable, including food and the science of taste and sensory experience. Here are their pro tips on making the most of your holiday …

UC Berkeley

UC Riverside Wins Prestigious Award for Student Success in Degree Completion

Recognition from APLU institutions cites UCR's graduation rate success<p>University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, who is also immediate …

College & University

UCLA identifies potential cancer treatment with fewer side effects than chemotherapy

Asynthetic version of a rare toxin produced by a sea creature appears to hold promise for treating many different types of cancer while minimizing the harmful side effects of widely used chemotherapy drugs.<p>A study published today in the journal Science Translational Medicine describes research on a …

Cancer