McClellan Nuclear Radiation Center

UC Davis reactor gets a role in Mars mission

NASA prepares for manned missions into deep space, the McClellan Nuclear Research Center is playing an integral role in the groundwork.

roof aging

Cool roof 'time machine' projects if your roof will keep its cool

Berkeley Lab gets go-ahead for its method of mimicking natural soiling of roofing materials and its effect on cooling properties.


Squidlike fabric: not too hot, not too cold

Scientists partner with Under Armour to create a new fabric that lets wearers regulate their personal thermal comfort.

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Cleanly electrifying the world

Decentralized transmission networks, cheap photovoltaics, sophisticated low-energy appliances, mobile phones and 'virtual' financial services are all merging to create an alternative power grid.

Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego

Industry innovation space opens on UC San Diego campus

Qualcomm Institute launches facility where qualified faculty startups, industry partners or national laboratories can lease office or lab space.

smart bandage

‘Smart bandage’ detects bed sores before doctors can

Electrical currents detect early tissue damage from pressure ulcers before they can be seen by human eyes – and while recovery is still possible.

chameleon-like “skin”

With a tug and a twist, new chameleon-like material changes color

Taking inspiration from nature, engineers have created an ultra-thin film that can shift colors as easily as a chameleon's skin when pulled or twisted.

heart-on-a-chip wafer

Bioengineers put human hearts on a chip to aid drug screening

'Heart-on-a-chip' effectively uses human cardiac muscle cells derived from adult stem cells to model how a human heart reacts to cardiovascular medications.

3-D structure

First-of-its-kind 3-D-printed cement structure rises

Powder-based structure, standing 9 feet tall, is a demonstration of the architectural potential of 3-D printing.

Joseph Wang draws sensor on leaf

Pens filled with high-tech inks for DIY sensors

A new simple tool developed by nanoengineers at UC San Diego is opening the door to an era when anyone will be able to build sensors, anywhere.