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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 …

Life Sciences

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> …

UC Berkeley

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 …

Life Sciences

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 …

Innovation

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> …

UC Berkeley

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> …

Economics

From Lab to Launch | Comstock's magazine

Venture Catalyst is one part of a multipronged effort at the school that its leaders say is helping turn university research into companies that …

Entrepreneurship

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 …

San Diego

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 …

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 …

Agriculture

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 …

Life Sciences

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

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 …

Business

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 …

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> …

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 …

Wine & Spirits

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> …

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 …

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

GE acquires Wise.io to deepen its machine learning stack

GE Digital today announced that it has acquired Wise.io, a machine-learning powered service that helps businesses find patterns and trends in their vast data stores. At first glance, that may seem like an odd acquisition for a company like GE. It’s important to keep in mind, though, that with …

Engineers have invented an ink made from pulverized magnets that could self-repair torn fabrics and broken devices

Soon, broken electronic devices could repair themselves.<p>Printable electronics, made by depositing electronic ink onto a flexible material like plastic, have allowed manufacturers to mass-produce electronic circuits. Tons of them can now be printed on large sheets or rolls all at once—much like …

Science

UCI News - UCI chemist Shane Ardo named one of 5 inaugural Moore Inventor Fellows

<b>Irvine</b><b>, Calif.</b><b>, Nov. 2, 2016 –</b> Shane Ardo, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of California, Irvine, has been named a Moore Inventor …

Science

UCLA electrical engineering professor named an inaugural Moore Inventor Fellow

<b>Art Montes De Oca/UCLA Engineering</b><p>Mona Jarrahi invented an imaging tool that helps researchers understand how biological molecules inside cells …

Science

Social entrepreneurs take spotlight at TEDWomen

Many of the startups emerging from the University of California have one thing in common: They aim to make the world a better place.<p>That was on full display Oct. 26 when a handful of female entrepreneurs showed off their innovations to a gathering of TEDWomen Experience participants.<p>The startups …