solar thermal technology

UC creates five new inventions per day

In 2014, UC research led to 86 new startups and 1,769 new inventions — nearly five per day – amid a booming startup culture.

mobile device use

Are mobile devices ruining our eyes?

A UC Berkeley optometrist warns about the effects of laptop computers, tablets, cell phones on our vision.

earthquake warning system

Earthquake early warning system moves closer to reality

U.S. Geological Survey awards $4 million grant to UC Berkeley and its research partners to ramp up ShakeAlert prototype.

Reshaping the solar spectrum to turn light to electricity

UC Riverside researchers find a way to use the infrared region of the sun’s spectrum to make solar cells more efficient.

UC Santa Barbara is West Coast hub for photonics institute

Public-private partnership is bid to advance technology and boost manufacturing to create high-tech jobs.

THOR robot on the soccer pitch

THOR kicks to the top of robot soccer

UCLA/Penn team won first place at RoboCup, a global robot soccer tournament held in China.

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Make it rain: Check out augmented reality teaching sandbox

Augmented Reality Sandbox lets users sculpt mountains, canyons and rivers, then fill them with water or even create erupting volcanoes.

woman in milk aisle, supermarket

3-D-printed ‘smart cap’ uses electronics to detect spoiled food

Consumers soon may be able to hit “print” to create an electronic circuit or wireless sensor in the comfort of their homes.

Ultra-low-cost solution to a big water problem

Blum Center contest winner aims to remove excess fluoride from drinking water.

western pipistrelle bat

Now humans can navigate by sonar

Physicists use graphene to build lightweight ultrasonic loudspeakers and microphones, enabling people to mimic bats or dolphins’ ability to gauge distance and speed by using sound.