In the News

— 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 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.



— 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.


— 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 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.



— August 8, 2019—

Researchers Are Trying To Find A Solution To Cut Concrete’s Carbon Emissions
by Nathan Rott

Researchers are trying to make a cleaner concrete to cut greenhouse gas emissions and curb climate change. The industry is estimated to account for at least 7% of global carbon dioxide emissions.



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