Technology & engineering

From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: UC research spans the globe

UC’s global reach can be seen from health to agriculture, sustainability to tech commercialization and bridge-building efforts such as the president-led UC Global Food Initiative and UC-Mexico Initiative.
Shuji Nakamura, UC Santa Barbara

UCSB's Shuji Nakamura wins Nobel Prize in physics

Nakamura, co-inventor of the blue LED — which made the white LED lamp possible — is UC's 61st Nobel laureate. Fiat Lux, indeed!
Mountain lion

Power of the pounce

High-tech collars enable scientists to record the energetics of mountain lion hunting behavior, showing how they overpower large prey.
aerial view, El Zotz, Guatemala

Capturing ancient Maya sites from both a rat’s and a ‘bat’s' eye view’

Drones and lasers help archaeologists study ruins hidden in Guatemalan jungle.

Teaching computers the nuances of human conversation

Computer scientist wants to make spoken dialogue systems more responsive to the user.

The sun rises as one of UC's top energy choices

Largest solar power purchase by a university moves UC closer to its goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2025.

UCSF, Google Earth Engine make maps to predict malaria

UCSF is working to create an online platform that health workers around the world can use to predict where malaria is likely to be transmitted using data on Google Earth Engine.
diapered baby

The diaper detective

Team of engineering students develop an inexpensive, versatile pad to detect medical problems in infants.

How did a professor hack a smartphone? Through an app that's probably on yours.

Weakness in the Android operating system was exploited through a very common app. Windows, iOS may be vulnerable too.
UCSD professor Hovav Shacham with body scanner

Slip weapons past security? No problem

UC San Diego and other researchers find several loopholes in full-body X-ray scanners once used by the TSA and still used in courthouses, jails, and other government security checkpoints around the country.