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Making Batteries From Waste Glass Bottles

UCR researchers are turning glass bottles into high performance lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and personal electronics<p>RIVERSIDE, Calif. …

Batteries

University of California

How do we kick ourselves into action around climate change when all we want to do is change the subject?<p>We’ve partnered with Vox on a six-part video …

Where do greenhouse gas emissions come from?

<b>If someone asked you to list the major sources of greenhouse gases around the world, what would you say?</b><p>“A lot of places — it’s complicated,” is a perfectly reasonable answer, so it’s understandable that most people don’t have this info at their fingertips. One 2014 study found that people tend to …

Climate Change

Why humans are so bad at thinking about climate change

How psychology can trick us into keeping Earth habitable.<p>When Per Espen Stoknes looked at polls going back to 1989 assessing the level of public concern about climate change in 39 different countries, he found a surprising pattern in the data.<p>“Incredibly enough, it shows that the more certain the …

Climate Change

Safety in numbers: Project reduces radiation doses

<b>A new study led by UC San Francisco has found that radiation doses can be safely and effectively reduced – and more consistently administered – for common CT scans by assessing and comparing doses across hospitals, and then sharing best practices for how much radiation to use.</b><p>While there has been a …

Medicine

Driving apps like Waze are creating new traffic problems

After a long day teaching at Ohlone College in Fremont, Rose-Margaret Itua often spends 40 minutes just waiting to get on the highway.<p>It’s only a …

Driverless Cars

Are the rich more selfish than the rest of us?

<b>Social scientists have long known that the rich are not exactly model citizens.</b><p>They evade taxes more often, flaunt traffic laws that protect pedestrians and donate less frequently to charity. In the aftermath of the Great Recession, there has been no shortage of reports in the popular media on …

Psychology

UC Irvine to save 50 million gallons in drinkable water annually

<b>Aiming to greatly expand its use of recycled water, the University of California, Irvine is partnering with the Irvine Ranch Water District to convert the school’s central cooling plant to an environmentally friendly system that will conserve more than 50 million gallons of drinkable water per year.</b><p>…

Water

When good deeds go unpublished

<b>Researchers at the University of California, Riverside and Indiana University have shown that women faculty members are doing more service work—primarily internal service—than their male colleagues, which may hinder their overall success in academia. Internal service work, while vital for the</b> …

Higher Education

When the Dalai Lama asks you to make an app...

<b>In her house on a hill in San Francisco with sweeping views of the city, Eve Ekman has a meditation altar, which highlights her spiritual interests.</b><p>In a nearby room, Ekman has the lamp by which her father, Paul Ekman, UC San Francisco professor emeritus in psychology, studied facial expressions — …

Buddhism

Space start-ups get their 'Shark Tank' moment

After the success of nimble companies such as rocket and capsule maker SpaceX and Earth-imaging firm Planet, investors are starting to see aerospace start-ups as viable ventures. But it’s still unclear whether these young firms can work with big, established players such as Boeing Co. and Lockheed …

Venture Capital

UC leads nation in producing Ph.D.s in the arts and humanities

Most Ph.D.s in the arts and humanities<b>National rank</b><b>Degrees awarded</b>1. UCLA1203. Berkeley11922. Santa Barbara6024. Riverside5830. Irvine5343. Davis46 Source: Chronicle of Higher Education (data from the 2014-2015 academic year)<p><b>The University of California leads the nation in producing Ph.D.s in the</b> …

Higher Education

Researcher tracking teens who attempted suicide

<b>More than 120,000 young people ages 10 to 18 attempt suicide each year, and about 4,500 of those attempts are fatal. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among children ages 10-14 and the second among people 15 to 34 years old. More people die from suicide each year than from breast cancer</b> …

UC Berkeley

Shoe-string theory: Science shows why shoelaces come untied

<b>A new study by mechanical engineers at UC Berkeley finally shows why your shoelaces may keep coming untied. It’s a question that everyone asks, often after stopping to retie their shoes, yet one that nobody had investigated until now.</b><p>The answer, the study suggests, is that a double whammy of …

Fishing

California’s force for research innovation

<b>When people think of UC students, they usually think of undergraduates. But University of California campuses also host thousands of Ph.D. students — the best and brightest from around the world — who advance learning, teaching and original research across the system.</b><p>Together, UC’s 26,000 doctoral …

UC Berkeley

Robots help stroke victims rehab

<b>Blame it on the movies and television, but people tend to think of robots as tireless factory workers or as soulless automatons bent on destruction. For UC Irvine’s Sumner Norman, they’re all about healing and rehabilitation. The fifth-year doctoral candidate in mechanical & aerospace engineering</b> …

Robots

The Santa Cruz garden that launched a movement

Garden manager Orin Martin at the Alan Chadwick Garden at UC Santa Cruz.<p>The Alan Chadwick Garden at UC Santa Cruz received a splendid gift for its 50th birthday this year — more than 5 feet of seasonal rainfall, courtesy of Mother Nature.<p>The result has been an epic spring bloom, just as the …

Gardening

Doctors Are Working on an Acne Vaccine

I wrote a story on acne for the April issue of <i>Allure</i>, and was shocked to find out that about 50 million Americans are diagnosed with acne every year. That’s more than the entire population of Australia or Canada. And you know what’s even more surprising? “The incidence of adult female acne is …

Skin Care

Student entrepreneur brings light to South African school children

<b>John Vande Wege/UCLA</b><p>Partnering with other organizations, SOSA Investments, co-founded by UCLA student Luke Mostert, donates lanterns to needy …

South Africa

A Tiny Spot In Mouse Brains May Explain How Breathing Calms The Mind

Take a deep breath in through your nose, and slowly let it out through your mouth. Do you feel calmer?<p>Controlled breathing like this can combat anxiety, panic attacks and depression. It's one reason so many people experience tranquility after meditation or a pranayama yoga class. How exactly the …

Neuroscience

Renewable energy has robust future in much of Africa

<b>As Africa gears up for a tripling of electricity demand by 2030, a new Berkeley study maps out a viable strategy for developing wind and solar power while simultaneously reducing the continent’s reliance on fossil fuels and lowering power plant construction costs.</b><p>Using resource mapping tools, a UC …

Renewable Energy

In conversation with Kathleen Salvaty, UC's new Systemwide Title IX coordinator

<i>UC's new Systemwide Title IX coordinator on addressing sexual harassment and sexual violence, and what drives her work.</i><p><b>Changing the culture around sexual violence and sexual harassment is no easy feat, but Kathleen Salvaty is up for the challenge.</b><p>Salvaty began her role Feb. 6 as UC’s first …

Sexism

UC toasts its inaugural class of Presidential Public Service Fellows

Presidential Public Service FellowshipsPublic Service Fellows receive $2,500 in financial support to help offset incidental costs related to internships through the UC Washington Center or the UC Center Sacramento. The fellowship program is open to all undergraduates, regardless of major. Fellows …

College & University

How robots can help kids stay in school

<b>As a child growing up in California, Veronica Newhart was absent from school for weeks at a time due to a congenital heart condition. The loneliness and isolation she felt so many years ago are similar to what children with chronic illnesses feel today, but Newhart says it doesn’t have to be that</b> …

Education

Grown in California

Other notable winners and finalists in the New Venture Competition• Inogen (2001), a now public company that produces a portable oxygen concentrator to improve user mobility<br>• TrackR (2009), a Bluetooth-enabled tracking device that links to a phone app<br>• Milo Sensors (2015), developer of a wearable alcohol …

California

Better than Prozac?

<b>Standard antidepressant medications don’t work for everyone, and even when they do they are slow to kick in.</b><p>In an effort to find better depression treatments, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine discovered that inhibiting an enzyme called Glyoxalase 1 (GLO1) …

Biology

Can the study of epigenomics lead to personalized cancer treatment?

<b>Molecular insight into our own DNA is now possible, a field called personal genomics. Such approaches can let us know when we might have cancer-causing alterations in our genes. Well-known examples are the melanoma oncogene BRAF kinase, the breast cancer gene BRCA1 and the prostate specific antigen</b> …

Cancer

Grad students to bring their research to life on stage in Grad Slam

<b>Eight UC Berkeley grad students will take turns at the microphone Wednesday to try to win over a panel of judges with a three-minute rundown on their research. Think “American Idol” for brainiacs, only with words instead of songs.</b><p>It’s the Grad Slam semifinals, and they take place Wednesday, April …

College & University

Project encourages first-generation faculty to share their stories

What first-generation faculty can do• Share your story with your students.<br>• Pick up a T-shirt from the Undergraduate Education office.<br>• List yourself in the directory and create a bio.<br>• Visit the website for teaching resources and more.<p><b>About 40 percent of UC Davis undergraduates have staked their claims to</b> …

College & University

Race ranks higher than pounds in diabetes, heart health risks

<b>Americans of South Asian descent are twice as likely as whites to have risks for heart disease, stroke and diabetes, when their weight is in the normal range, according to a study headed by Emory University and UC San Francisco.</b><p>Similarly, Americans of Hispanic descent were 80 percent more likely …

Diabetes