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Big Ideas pitch day: seeding the future

<b>In 2015, pneumonia was the leading cause of death in patients under the age of 5, claiming the lives of nearly a million children worldwide, half of whom lived in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with limited medical resources.</b><p>Adam Rao, a bioengineering Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley and medical …

UC Berkeley

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

<b>Imagine a future in which every home has an appliance that pulls all the water the household needs out of the air, even in dry or desert climates, using only the power of the sun.</b><p>That future may be around the corner, with the demonstration this week of a water harvester that uses only ambient …

Engineering

Turning ideas into enterprise

<b>Grape growers lose an estimated $1.5 billion each year to fungal infections that damage vines after necessary pruning. Philippe Rolshausen, a researcher at the University of California, Riverside, is helping them fight back. He first developed an organic, beeswax-based sealant that growers can</b> …

UC Berkeley

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

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

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

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

Alums launch video game based on ancient Mesoamerican myth

"Ulama: Arena of the Gods," a collaboration from three Games and Playable Media alums, launched March 28 on the Steam platform.

Gaming

Startups poised to make strides for local economy

<b>Two startup companies run by UC Merced alumni have taken big steps toward the kind of success many entrepreneurs can only hope for.</b><p>St. Vincent’s Solutions, which makes a humidifying respirator for premature babies, and Sweep Energy, which makes energy-monitoring devices for production facilities …

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 …

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 …

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, …

Startups

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 …

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 next Silicon Valley?

UC and the Merced boom• The Merced metro area has experienced the <b>top personal income growth</b> of any region in the country since 2012, per the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis<br>• UC Merced has <b>directly contributed more than $1.4 billion</b> to the San Joaquin Valley economy since operations began in 2000<br>• UC's …

Education

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 …

Machine Learning

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 …

Robotics

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> …

Materials Science

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> …

California

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 …

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 …

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