In the News

— October 20, 2020 —

Semiconductor Engineering
Power/Performance Bits: Oct. 20
by Jesse Allen

Computer scientists at the University of California Los Angeles found that current compilers for quantum computers are inhibiting optimal performance and argue that better quantum compilation design could help improve computation speeds up to 45 times.



New Energy and Fuel
New Catalyst Makes Ethylene From CO2
by New Energy and Fuel

UCLA scientists have developed nanoscale copper wires with specially shaped surfaces to catalyze a chemical reaction that reduces CO2 gas emissions recycling the CO2 while generating ethylene – a valuable chemical simultaneously.



— October 15, 2020 —

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It’s Time To Fix Diversity Training, Part 1
by Ilana Redstone

At this point, it’s clear that traditional diversity training programs are a source of controversy. This is probably both a cause and an effect of the September 2020 Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping. The order states that, “…training that promotes race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating…promote[s] divisiveness in the workplace and distract[s] from the pursuit of excellence and collaborative achievements in public administration.”



— October 12, 2020 —

Smart Cities Dive
Weaving earthquake risk into city resiliency plans
by Adina Solomon

The Ridgecrest earthquakes in Southern California shook most of the state, as well as parts of Arizona, Nevada and Mexico, when three initial shocks of magnitudes (M) 6.4, 5.4, and 7.1 reverberated through the Garlock fault area in July 2019.



— October 8, 2020 —

Science Magazine
UCLA Health scientists pioneer faster, cheaper COVID-19 testing technology
by Mufid Majnun/Unsplash

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorization for scientists at UCLA Health to begin using a new method of COVID-19 detection using sequencing technology called SwabSeq. The method is capable of testing thousands of samples for coronavirus at the same time, producing accurate, individual results in 12 to 24 hours.



— October 7, 2020 —

Fox News
UCLA’s new $10 COVID test can process thousands of results in a day
by James Laggate

A new COVID-19 testing method could help get results out faster.
The FDA authorized on Wednesday emergency use of the SwabSeq COVID-19 diagnostic platform developed by doctors at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The test can turn around results within 12-24 hours, according to the team that developed it.



The Washington Post
SkyCool Energy Efficient Panels In Stockton, CA.
by Sarah Kaplan

Long ago, in lands that were always warm, people got ice from the heavens.
At sunset, they poured water into shallow earthen pits or ceramic trays insulated with reeds. All through the night the water would radiate its heat into the chilly void of space. By morning, it turned to ice — even though the air temperature never dropped below freezing.



— October 1, 2020 —

What Will Cold-and-Flu Season Mean for the Coronavirus Pandemic?
by Carolyn Kormann

The other day, as I was driving across the Brooklyn Bridge, the brakes of my car, a twenty-one-year-old Toyota, stopped working. I pressed the pedal. The car kept rolling. I was going slowly enough that I didn’t hit anyone, or anything, but the feeling was nauseating. The emergency brake, thankfully, still worked, and I inched into Manhattan with my hazards on.



Alder-ene-catalyzing enzymes discovered
by Celia Henry Arnaud

Pericyclic reactions, which involve concerted electron movement and a cyclic transition state, have long been a part of the synthetic chemist’s tool box. But finding enzymes that catalyze such reactions, particularly a class called Alder-ene reactions, has been difficult.



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Researchers discover first enzymes to catalyze a classic organic reaction
by Penny Jennings, UCLA

The Tang, Garg, and Houk research groups have discovered nature’s natural protein catalysts (enzymes) that catalyze the Alder-ene reaction.

All groups are part of the UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. Professor Yi Tang is the Chancellor Professor at the UCLA Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Bioengineering.



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In the age of coronavirus, a 95-year-old World War II hero is honored very carefully
by Hailey Branson-Potts

Eldon Knuth was trapped.

It was November 1944, and U.S. forces were fighting to liberate the heavily fortified French city of Metz from the Nazis.

When Knuth’s battalion attacked the German-held Fort Jeanne d’Arc, he and about 30 other soldiers with the Army’s 95th Infantry Division got stuck behind enemy lines, in the bitter cold, with meager supplies.



— September 30, 2020 —

VC Star
Trapped behind enemy lines: 95-year-old T.O. man receives Bronze Star for WWII actions
by To Kisken

Nearly 76 years after he was trapped behind German lines in World War II in weather so bitter he still feels it, Eldon Knuth was given his long overdue Bronze Star on Tuesday.



Enterprise Times
Can a computer program be unintelligible yet still work?
by Ian Murphy

Is it possible to make a computer program unintelligible to anyone trying to disassemble it yet still retain its functionality? It’s a key question that has been around for decades. Now, three cryptographers say they have solved the problem of Indistinguishability Obfuscation (iO).



— September 29, 2020 —

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Common antioxidant enzyme may provide potential treatment for COVID-19

Researchers from UCLA and China have found that catalase, a naturally occurring enzyme, holds potential as a low-cost therapeutic drug to treat COVID-19 symptoms and suppress the replication of coronavirus inside the body. A study detailing the research was published in Advanced Materials.



Medical Life Sciences News
Naturally occurring enzyme holds potential as low-cost therapeutic to treat COVID-19
Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.

Researchers from UCLA and China have found that catalase, a naturally occurring enzyme, holds potential as a low-cost therapeutic drug to treat COVID-19 symptoms and suppress the replication of coronavirus inside the body. A study detailing the research was published in Advanced Materials.



— September 22, 2020 —

Using Dirt to Clean Up Construction
by Jackie Rocheleau

The construction industry is one of the world’s largest emitters of carbon dioxide. Whether it can reduce those emissions depends on replacing its most common building material.



— September 14, 2020 —

Life-Saving Smartwatch
by Talk Zone Internet Talk Radio

A prototype smart watch has been developed, that will monitor drug levels in your body, in real time. Sam Emaminejad, PhD, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, says it’s wearable technology that will allow doses to be tailored to individual needs.


— August 24, 2020 —

Bridging the gap between biologists and physicists
by Josie Glausiusz

Quantum engineer Clarice Aiello aims to discover how laws of quantum mechanics affect vision and other functions. I work as a laboratory leader in the emerging field of quantum biology, which examines how the laws of quantum mechanics might mediate biological processes such as photosynthesis, respiration and vision. Migrating birds, for example, are thought to use proteins that act as sensors for detecting Earth’s magnetic field, enabling them to navigate by it, and quantum mechanical effects might underlie metabolic regulation in cells.



— August 17, 2020 —

Yang Yang: Challenges and opportunities always go hand-in-hand
by Anna Troeger

Born in Taiwan, Yang Yang was inspired by the challenges of the scientific method from an early age. After pursuing his undergraduate education in physics from the National Cheng-Kung University and serving in the Taiwanese military service for two years, Yang made a huge leap and moved to the United States to pursue his graduate studies in physics at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.



— August 11, 2020 —

Models used to predict how coronavirus will spread in San Diego County, statewide
by Brandon Lewis

California is using several forecast models to predict how coronavirus will spread on a state and county level. Six projection models are averaged to look between two and four weeks out including one developed by the University of California – Los Angeles.



UCLA professor receives grant to develop coronavirus vaccine booster
by Priscilla Guerrero and Shruti Iyer

A UCLA professor received a grant to develop a new treatment that could make COVID-19 vaccines more effective. Song Li, the chair of Samueli School of Engineering’s bioengineering department, received a $149,916 grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to create a vaccine booster that could help the body defend against the coronavirus.



Custom smartwatch tracks sweat to personalise mental health treatments
by Staff

The advance could help doctors choose the right drug at the right dose for the right person, paving the way for a more personalised approach to medicine.



Glove developed by UCLA researchers translates American Sign Language to speech
by Noah Danesh

UCLA researchers have developed a smart glove that converts American Sign Language into spoken English. The glove uses stretchable sensors and a circuit board to wirelessly send signals to a smartphone app – also developed by the researchers – which translates hand gestures into English. The glove can analyze up to 660 different gestures, has a recognition rate of over 98% and is able to translate gestures into speech in less than a second.



— August 10, 2020 —

Tracking Medication Levels with a Smartwatch
by MDDI Staff

Can a smartwatch track medication levels help personalize treatments? Researchers from UCLA Samueli School of Engineering and Stanford School of Medicine have demonstrated this in a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.



— August 7, 2020 —

Custom smartwatch tracks drug levels inside the body in real time
by Emily Henderson

Engineers at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering and their colleagues at Stanford School of Medicine have demonstrated that drug levels inside the body can be tracked in real time using a custom smartwatch that analyzes the chemicals found in sweat.



— August 3, 2020 —

EV fast charger technology floors it
by Laurence Iliff

In the middle of the Mojave Desert, between Southern California and Las Vegas, lies the future of electric vehicle charging.


— July 22, 2020 —

UCLA team nabs $2.9M grant to turn CO2 into concrete
by Jenn Goodman

Sant, who is also the director of UCLA’s Institute for Carbon Management, said the product will have a carbon footprint 50% to 70% lower than that of regular concrete used in construction.



Why Gulf Standard Time is far from standard: the fascinating story behind the time zone’s invention
by Ashleigh Stewart

Gulf Standard Time, in reference to the time zone adopted by the UAE and Oman, is far from standard.



— July 10, 2020 —

Let our international students study in peace; reverse the decision by ICE
by Jayathi Y. Murthy

When I read the new U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement guidance on the Student Exchange and Visitor Program, a familiar feeling of dread washed over me.



— July 9, 2020 —

Ways to keep buildings cool with improved super white paints
by Science Daily

A research team led by UCLA materials scientists has demonstrated ways to make super white paint that reflects as much as 98% of incoming heat from the sun.



High-tech glove to translate sign language into speech in real time

A breakthrough in the world of sign language is on its way, with the development of a glove that translates sign language into speech in real-time.



— July 2, 2020 —

UCLA Scientist Develops Gloves That Translate Sign Language
by NPR

Jun Chen is an assistant professor of bioengineering at UCLA who just developed a wearable sign language interpreting glove. He hopes it can be used by the deaf community to communicate with anyone.



— July 1, 2020 —

New glove can translate sign language instantly through an app, researchers say
by Katie Camero

California researchers developed a glove embedded with electronic sensors that can translate American Sign Language into English in real time through an app on your smartphone.



— June 30, 2020 —

This new high-tech glove translates sign language into speech in real time
by Rob Picheta

A glove that translates sign language into speech in real time has been developed by scientists — potentially allowing deaf people to communicate directly with anyone, without the need for a translator.



This Glove Can Translate Sign Language into Speech in Real Time
by NBC Colorado

UCLA researchers made a system including a pair of gloves and a smartphone app that’s able to translate American Sign Language (ASL) to English speech about one word per second.



New glove translates American Sign Language into speech in real time
by ABC Washington, D.C.

The glove was created by scientists at UCLA. Sensors running along the glove and read movements to identify letters, words and phrases. The movements are then sent to a corresponding app, and it reads them aloud.



— June 29, 2020 —

How the internet is regulated

The U.S. does not have one agency tasked with regulating the internet in its 21st century form. The Trump administration is calling for a reexamination of Section 230, the law that shields internet companies from being liable for the content posted on their sites.



Sign language helps the hearing impaired communicate
by KNX1070

Sign language helps the hearing impaired communicate. Now researcher at UCLA has found a way for those who don’t read sign language to be a part of the conversion.



Wearable-tech glove translates sign language into speech in real time
by KNX1070

Bioengineers have designed a glove-like device that can translate American Sign Language into English speech in real time though a smartphone app.



— June 19, 2020 —

This adhesive film for smartwatch can detect metabolites and nutrients in sweat
by Shane McGlaun

We can thank Apple for bringing the medical and health-related functions of wearables to the forefront with its Apple Watch, which can detect heart arrhythmias in the latest version.



— June 9, 2020 —

These Companies are Turning CO2 into Concrete.. Could it be the Solution to Construction’s Emissions Problem?
by Dean Oliver

Innovative companies and universities are successfully converting CO2 into building products. If the concept can be scaled commercially, emissions produced from concrete production could be drastically reduced.



— May 28, 2020 —

UCLA Engineering Dean Leading Efforts to Address Shortage of PPP, Other Medical Supplies
by India-West Staff Reporter

Jayathi Murthy, dean of the University of California, Los Angeles Samueli School of Engineering, is leading efforts to address the shortage of personal protective equipment and other medical supplies badly needed by frontline health care workers fighting to flatten the curve of COVID-19 globally.



United Against a Common Foe
by Howard Fine

The Covid-19 pandemic has put L.A.’s health care sector in an unprecedented spotlight. The scores of hospitals providing critical care for L.A. County’s 10 million residents are now at the center of a financial storm.



— May 27, 2020 —

New Facility for Bioengineering Research Opens in Los Angeles
by Vanesa Listek

In a world eager to solve the problem of rejection in organ transplantation, a young American scientist developed a breakthrough test in 1964 that would help establish the compatibility of tissue types between organ donors and patients in need of transplants.



— May 26, 2020 —

UCLA researchers develop Breathalyzer-like diagnostic tool to test for COVID-19
by KTLA Digital Staff

A team of researchers from UCLA and other universities is developing a Breathalyzer-like tool that would rapidly test for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.



— May 23, 2020 —

UCLA Professor Leading Team to Develop Breathalyzer-Like Tool for Rapid COVID-19 Test
by City News Service

A research team led by a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering won a grant to develop an inexpensive and fast breathalyzer-like diagnostic tool to test for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, according to the university.



— May 22, 2020 —

UCLA team compiles coronavirus-related data, creates statistical modeling tool
by Keaton Larson

A UCLA professor and students created an artificial intelligence-based tool to collect and correlate data related to the COVID-19 pandemic easily.



— May 21, 2020 —

Team to develop breathalyzer-like diagnostic test for COVID-19

Aresearch team led by Pirouz Kavehpour, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, is developing an inexpensive and fast breathalyzer-like diagnostic tool to test for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.



— May 12, 2020 —

UCLA Scientists Say They Have Developed More Accurate COVID-19 Test
by Ted Chen

Federal health official announced today that as many as 50 million Americans will be able to get tested for COVID-19 by the fall. But how accurate will those test be and what are the chance for false results.



— May 11, 2020—

Diabetes management: How researchers are looking at new approaches from insulin patches to an artificial pancreas
by Jo Best

For some diabetics, keeping blood sugar at the right level means several injections a day, every day. Injecting insulin is no fun, but for type 1 diabetics, it’s the difference between life and death. Could technology be poised to offer a way to take some of the pain and stress out of managing diabetes?



— April 28, 2020—

A step toward a better way to make gene therapies to attack cancer, genetic disorders

A UCLA-led research team today reports that it has developed a new method for delivering DNA into stem cells and immune cells safely, rapidly and economically. The method, described in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could give scientists a new tool for manufacturing gene therapies for people with cancer, genetic disorders and blood diseases.



— April 22, 2020 —

A new way to cool down electronic devices, recover waste heat

Using electronic devices for too long can cause them to overheat, which might slow them down, damage their components or even make them explode or catch fire. Now, researchers reporting in ACS’ Nano Letters have developed a hydrogel that can both cool down electronics, such as cell phone batteries, and convert their waste heat into electricity.



— April 21, 2020 —

Students learn to adapt to wins and woes of online laboratory classes
by Inga Hwang

Christina Gallup was excited to learn common biological lab techniques during her introductory bioengineering lab course because her past lab courses had taught chemistry lab skills.



— April 14, 2020 —

California Set the Tone on Coronavirus Shutdowns. What’s Its Next Move?
by Thomas Fuller and Tim Arango

SAN FRANCISCO — California has been ahead of the rest of America in confronting the coronavirus pandemic, locking down its citizens early and avoiding, so far, the worst-case scenarios predicted for infections and deaths.



— April 10, 2020 —

COBOL, a 60-year-old computer language, is in the COVID-19 spotlight
by Mark Sullivan

Some states have found themselves in need of people who know a 60-year-old programming language called COBOL to retrofit the antiquated government systems now struggling to process the deluge of unemployment claims brought by the coronavirus crisis.”



— April 9, 2020 —

With diving gear and plumbing supplies, California labs fashion Covid-19 masks and ventilators
by Usha Lee McFarling

Glen Meyerowitz, a first-year electrical engineering graduate student at UCLA, had been closely tracking the new coronavirus since January because his brother is an infectious disease fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

“He mentioned physicians and clinicians in hard-hit areas were needing to triage care and said he was tremendously worried about physicians having to make those decisions here,” Meyerowitz said. “So I started looking into ventilators and how they work and why they’re so complicated and expensive.”



— April 7, 2020 —

“like a sneeze guard at the salad bar.”
by David Grossman

Masks aren’t enough. That’s the realization medical workers across the country are starting to realize in their war against Covid-19, an enemy with no need to sleep or eat.

It spurts out of infected patients like pollen from a flower, instituting dry coughs that send microscopic water droplets into the world. Face shields offer the next level of production to medical workers fighting off infection, and Jacob Schmidt, a bioengineering professor at UCLA, is part of a team electronically fabricating these shields.



— April 6, 2020 —

Inventors Are Whipping Up Homemade Ventilators to Fend Off a Shortage. Some Doctors Are Wary
by Jamie Ducharme

A mechanical ventilator can cost a hospital tens of thousands of dollars up front, and even more money each day it’s used to keep oxygen flowing into a sick patient’s lungs. It’s unsurprising, then, that some small U.S. hospitals can count theirs on one hand.



— April 1, 2020 —

Keeping It Cool to Create Power
by Sarah Williams

Aaswath Raman, a UCLA assistant professor of materials science and engineering, was a graduate student when he stumbled across a handful of papers on radiative cooling — the process by which heat radiates upward from objects on Earth all the way to the cold depths of outer space.


— March 31, 2020 —

Grad Student Builds Ventilator Using Home Depot Supplies
by NBC Los Angeles

UCLA Biodesign Fellow Glen Meyerowitz built the device in a few hours and is hoping it can serve as a proof-of-concept for a low-cost ventilator that could help hospitals with ventilator shortages amid the coronavirus pandemic.



— March 29, 2020—

Column: If Trump alone can fix our coronavirus crisis, then why the hell hasn’t he?
by Robin Abcarian | Columnist

In 2016, as Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, he said the “system” was broken. “I alone can fix it,” he darkly proclaimed.



— March 26, 2020 —

Coronavirus: UCLA Engineers Developing Surgical Face Shields For Area Hospitals

Engineers at the University of California Los Angeles have started using 3D printing and laser cutting equipment to produce surgical face shields in response to the coronavirus pandemic.



UCLA engineers using 3-D printing in race to get coronavirus face shields to hospitals
by City News Service

Engineers at UCLA have begun using 3D printing and laser cutting equipment to produce surgical face shields in an effort to meet the rapidly growing demand for personal protective equipment for health care workers in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.



— March 11, 2020 —

Internet Inventor Helps UCLA Celebrate its Centennial
by Ariel Wesler

Inside UCLA’s engineering school, there is a special room that has transformed all of our lives. It’s the birthplace of the internet.

“That’s the main attraction over there. That machine is the first piece of internet equipment ever,” said Dr. Leonard Kleinrock, whose research laid the groundwork for the internet.



— March 9, 2020 —

«Инъекция» углекислого газа
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Студенты Калифорнийского университета в Лос-Анджелесе придумали, как использовать CO2 в производстве кирпичей



— March 6, 2020 —

This coin-sized insulin patch could improve diabetes treatment
by Chris Newmarker

Could treating diabetes someday be as simple as slapping on a patch? A UCLA-led research team thinks so, and it’s seeking FDA permission to prove it.

A research team led by UCLA bioengineering professor Zhen Gu claims to have overcome some of the technological hurdles around creating a patch that releases insulin based on the level of glucose in a person’s body.



— February 28, 2020 —

A New Study Finds People Prefer Robots That Explain Themselves
by Mark Edmonds and Yixin Zhu

Artificial intelligence is entering our lives in many ways – on our smartphones, in our homes, in our cars. These systems can help people make appointments, drive and even diagnose illnesses. But as AI systems continue to serve important and collaborative roles in people’s lives, a natural question is: Can I trust them? How do I know they will do what I expect?



— February 27, 2020 —

Engineers develop miniaturized ‘warehouse robots’ for biotechnology applications

UCLA engineers have developed minuscule warehouse logistics robots that could help expedite and automate medical diagnostic technologies and other applications that move and manipulate tiny drops of fluid. The study was published in Science Robotics.



— February 20, 2020 —

Mysterious ‘ghost’ populations had multiple trysts with human ancestors
by Ann Gibbons

The story of human evolution is full of ancient trysts. Genes from fossils have shown that the ancestors of many living people mated with Neanderthals and with Denisovans, a mysterious group of extinct humans who lived in Asia. Now, a flurry of papers suggests the ancestors of all three groups mixed at least twice with even older “ghost” lineages of unknown extinct hominins.



— February 13, 2020 —

Mysterious ‘ghost population’ of ancient humans discovered
by Emma Reynolds

A mysterious population of ancient humans lived in West Africa about half a million years ago, and scientists believe their genes still live on in people today.



— February 12, 2020 —

Scientists find evidence of ‘ghost population’ of ancient humans
by Ian Sample

Scientists have found evidence for a mysterious “ghost population” of ancient humans that lived in Africa about half a million years ago and whose genes live on in people today.



Ghost DNA Hints at Africa’s Missing Ancient Humans
by Carl Zimmer

Scientists reported on Wednesday that they had discovered evidence of an extinct branch of humans whose ancestors split from our own a million years ago. The evidence of these humans was not a fossil. Instead, the researchers found pieces of their DNA in the genomes of living people from West Africa.



Bioengineers Testing Smart Insulin Patch
by News Staff

A team of U.S. bioengineers has developed a glucose-responsive insulin patch that could one day monitor and manage glucose levels in people with diabetes. The researchers have successfully tested the patch in insulin-deficient diabetic mice and minipigs, and are now applying for FDA approval of clinical trials in humans.



— February 7, 2020 —

Capture Carbon in Concrete Made With CO2
Caroline Delbert

A team from the University of California, Los Angeles, has developed a system that transforms “waste CO2” into gray blocks of concrete. In March, the researchers will relocate to the Wyoming Integrated Test Center, part of the Dry Fork power plant near the town of Gillette. During a three-month demonstration, the UCLA team plans to siphon half a ton of CO2 per day from the plant’s flue gas and produce 10 tons of concrete daily. 



— February 2, 2020 —

New Anti-Ice Coating Could Prevent Frozen Cars and Pipes
Caroline Delbert

Scientists in California and China have collaborated on an anti-ice coating inspired by Antarctic fish. In February in the northern hemisphere, it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to understand how useful this could be—but the more important applications include things like de-icing airplanes and preventing engines from freezing up.



— January 31, 2020—

Hydrogel coating is first to prevent ice formation in 3 different ways
by Matthew Chin

Materials scientists at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering and colleagues in China have developed a coating that prevents ice from forming. The way it works is inspired by a natural mechanism that keeps blood from freezing in several species of fish that live near Antarctica.



— January 14, 2020 —

U.S. News Releases Its Rankings Of The Best Online College Programs For 2020
by Michael T. Nietzel

U.S. News & World Report announced its 2020 Best Online Programs rankings today, the ninth edition of these rankings. This year more than 1,600 programs were ranked — up from 1,545 last year and 677 in the first edition in 2012.



— January 16, 2020—

Turning carbon into concrete could win UCLA team a climatevictory — and $7.5 million
by Julia Rosen

Gabe Falzone and his teammates had been up since 5 a.m., anticipating the arrival of theconcrete mixer. When the truck pulled into the alley behind UCLA’s Boelter Hall,hundreds of narrow red cylinders stood ready. The engineers scrambled to fill thecontainers with roughly 8 tons of wet sludge before hustling them into giant ovens in thebasement.



— December 18, 2019—

A Robot That Explains Its Actions Is a First Step Towards AI We Can (Maybe) Trust
by Evan Ackerman

In a paper published in Science Robotics, researchers from UCLA have developed a robotic system that can generate different kinds of real-time, human-readable explanations about its actions, and then did some testing to figure which of the explanations were the most effective at improving a human’s trust in the system. Does this mean we can totally understand and trust robots now? Not yet—but it’s a start.



— November 8, 2019 —

Tiny Solar Collectors That Track The Movement Of The Sun Could Power Your Home One Day
by Kevin Murnane

Imagine your roof covered in tiny sunflower-like solar collectors that provide all the energy you need to run your home. Sound farfetched? Yesterday, maybe; today, not so much. Researchers at UCLA and the California Nanosystems Institute have developed technology that could make a roof of tiny sunflowers a reality.



— November 6, 2019 —

Leonard Kleinrock & Vint Cerf on the Invention of the Web
by Amanpour & Company

Professor Leonard Kleinrock and his former student Vint Cerf – now Vice President of Google – are known as the founding fathers of the internet, after they pioneered the technology that underpins it. It’s changed the world and the very way we live, yet at the time, they had no idea just how big their work would become. Miles O’Brien sits down with them both to reflect on those early days.



Sunlight-Tracking Polymer, Inspired by Sunflowers, Could Maximize Solar Power
by Jason Daley

In recent decades, solar cells have gotten better and cheaper, leading to a boom in the solar energy industry. But most solar panels have one major drawback—they don’t move. That means the sunlight reaching them often comes in at an angle, which hinders maximum power production.



— November 5, 2019 —

The first artificial material that follows sunlight may upgrade solar panels
by Sofie Bates

As the sun moves across the sky, sunflowers continually orient themselves to soak up the most light. Now a type of human-made material can do that, too. This is the first artificial material capable of phototropism, researchers report November 4 in Nature Nanotechnology.



— November 1, 2019 —

The Internet at 50: ‘We Didn’t See the Dark Side Emerging’
by Jill Cowan

On Oct. 29, 1969, in a windowless room at U.C.L.A. a message was sent to the Stanford Research Center from a very large machine. It was supposed to be “login,” but only the first two letters transmitted. So, the message was, simply, “lo.”



The Rising Threat of Digital Nationalism
by Akash Kapur

Fifty years ago this week, at 10:30 on a warm night at the University of California, Los Angeles, the first email was sent. It was a decidedly local affair. A man sat in front of a teleprinter connected to an early precursor of the internet known as Arpanet and transmitted the message “login” to a colleague in Palo Alto.