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The future car is driverless, shared and electric

Quick summary• Transportation experts say three technology revolutions are driving rapid change: shared, electric and automated vehicles<br>• Government awareness and involvement are essential to ensure driverless vehicles benefit everyone and do not harm the environment<br>• Google, Tesla, Uber, GM and Lyft …

Transportation

Restoring Sight with a Nanowire Implant

These are primary cortical neurons cultured on the surface of an array of optoelectronic nanowires. Here a neuron is pulling the nanowires, …

University of California

Feeding right-brain innovation

<b>The bulk of entrepreneurs emerging from leading universities are scientists and engineers. These so-called “left-brainers” are celebrated problem-solvers — logical thinkers with an enviable attention to detail.</b><p>But with all-consuming digital technologies shifting society toward greater visualization …

Innovation

How Bears Breed Unicorns: Inside Cal's Vast Startup Ecosystem

Bill SnyderHow’s this for a modern take on the venerable office vending machine? You swipe your credit or debit card, open a fridge-like glass door, …

Silicon Valley

Diversity, inclusivity key to a growing economy

<b>For the American economy to prosper, it must be diverse and inclusive, UC Santa Cruz Professor Chris Benner tells business leaders in a new report written in collaboration with the University of Southern California and the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.</b><p>“America is changing,” opens …

UC Berkeley

wave signal generator

<b>Irvine, Calif., Feb. 7, 2017 –</b> Your doctor waves a hand-held scanner over your body and gets detailed, high-resolution images of your internal organs …

Silicon Valley thought leaders buoy ‘I am a UC Entrepreneur’ campaign

<b>Wondering how to generate interest in your breakthrough startup?</b><p><b>Imagine dining with the world’s leading experts on the topic.</b><p>University of California entrepreneurs who submit a video to the “I am a UC Entrepreneur” campaign by the end of this month may be able to do just that.<p>Three venture capital …

The other 'Valley'

<b>UC Merced economics professor Justin Hicks sees opportunity where others see rain clouds.</b><p>When he’s not teaching classes, Hicks is building a startup that sells catchment systems to collect, purify and integrate rainwater into household drinking water infrastructure.<p>His business is among 20 startups …

CRISPR research institute expands into agriculture, microbiology

An initiative launched two years ago by UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco to use CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to develop new disease therapies is expanding into research on the planet’s major crops and poorly understood microbiomes, with plans to invest $125 million in these areas over the next five …

Search engine: How artificial intelligence techniques are aiding the hunt for new drugs

<b>A better cure for cancer — and other illnesses — could already be in existence, hidden right under our noses.</b><p>The problem is that possible new lifesaving drugs are created much faster than scientists can study them. Millions of untested compounds wait, jumbled together in no particular order in vast …

How massive was the California storm? Download the iRain app to find out

<b>Climate researchers and weather forecasters get their rain data from a network of precipitation-sensing satellites that orbit Earth. iRain, a new mobile phone app developed by engineers at the University of California, Irvine puts the same precision rainfall information into the pockets of the</b> …

Students build living machines out of engineered tissues

<b>There are many labs at UC Merced where visitors can see students huddled over microscopes and petri dishes, using tweezers to extract and examine different items. But no one at UC Merced has ever seen the likes of what’s going on in professor Kara McCloskey’s class.</b><p>The graduate and undergraduate …

A standout among standouts

<b>The University of California was honored Tuesday as one of the world’s most innovative institutions.</b><p>In the company of multinational titans ranging from Apple to Boeing, UC was the only university honored as a 2016 Top 100 Global Innovator by Clarivate Analytics, a data and analysis company that …

Engineers work with Samsung on promising new memory technology

<b>Today's computers often use as many as four different kinds of memory technology, from the hard drive to the memory chips, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. A new memory technology may be poised to disrupt this landscape, however, with a unique combination of features. It goes by the</b> …

Economic impact of UC Merced rises to $2.6B

<b>Even before its unprecedented expansion through the Merced 2020 Project, the University of California, Merced, has directly contributed more than $1.4 billion to the San Joaquin Valley economy to date, and more than $2.6 billion to the state’s economy, according to the university’s annual Economic</b> …

From Lab to Launch | Comstock's magazine

In the early 2000s, a group of UC Davis scientists began working to understand a health puzzle in U.S. infants. Why, as our medical care and …

Innovation

UC San Diego's urban hub to be catalyst for region

With change, comes opportunity. Understanding that moment — and seizing its promises — is key.<p>San Diego has a history of doing just that. In the …

California

11 innovative UC researchers elected to National Academy of Inventors

<b>For their pioneering research that improves the welfare of others in everything from cancer treatments to reproductive health, 11 University of California innovators have been elected fellows to the prestigious National Academy of Inventors.</b><p>Newest UC members of NAI hail from across the campuses at …

UC Berkeley

An (Edible) Solution to Extend Produce’s Shelf Life

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — What if a Florida tomato could be left on the vine long enough to turn red and fully develop its flavor — and still be ripe and juicy when it arrived at a grocery store in New York days later?<p>That is precisely the promise of a start-up here in Southern California, Apeel …

Spinal stimulator bypasses injury to help patients move hands

Amy Wallace<br>LOS ANGELES, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Patients who have had a spine injury may benefit from the implantation of a spinal simulator to regain …

Medicine

New UC San Diego Program Expands Campus Innovation Pipeline

The innovation ecosystem at UC San Diego will open more opportunities for campus entrepreneurs with the launch of Accelerating Innovations to Market …

Innovation

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 …

Startups

Investing in a new generation of women entrepreneurs

In the world of startups and venture capital, it’s reigning men.<p>Women are less likely than their male counterparts to launch startups, less likely to land venture capital funding when they do launch startups, and in turn, less likely to be propelled into leadership positions at VC firms that …

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 …

Mobile Apps

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> …

Innovation

Breakthrough may save Cabernet Sauvignon from climate change

<b>Landmark research paves way to full genome map of Cabernet Sauvignon that could help winemakers battle a changing climate, writes Amanda Barnes after</b> …

Wine

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 …

Renewable Energy

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