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UCLA Researchers Win International Award for Groundbreaking Water Treatment Membrane |
May 16, 2013 - New material holds great promise for cleaning up wastewater from the oil and gas industry.
By Matthew Chin
A groundbreaking membrane material developed at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has received an international award for innovation at one of the water industry’s largest global conferences. The new technology holds great promise for cleaning up municipal and industrial...more
Xiangfeng Duan Receives 2013 Beilby Award|
May 10, 2013 - Congratulations to CNSI member Xiangfeng Duan for receiving the 2013 Beilby Award! The award, presented by the Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining, is given annually to a scientist or engineer to recognize substantial work of exceptional practical significance in applied materials science, chemical engineering, energy efficiency, or a related field.
The Institute will present the award to Prof. Duan at the Premier Awards ...more
Study finds that bacteria organize according to 'rich-get-richer' principle|
May 09, 2013 - by Bill Kisliuk
Bacteria on a surface wander around and often organize into highly resilient communities known as biofilms. It turns out that they organize in a rich-get-richer pattern similar to many economies, according to a new study by researchers at UCLA, Northwestern University and the University of Washington.
UCLA bioengineers simplify fluid flows by removing complex math|
By Matthew Chin | May 07, 2013
A research team led by UCLA bioengineers has developed a way to program and control the shape of fluids flowing through pipes or conduits without the need to solve complex and time-consuming fluid-motion equations.
This strategy, which the researchers liken to the major change that occurred when computer programmers no longer needed to understand the detaile...more
Art|Sci Center + Lab at UCLA CNSI featured in Nature Magazine - Victoria Vesna and James K Gimzewski|
By Virginia Gewin @ Nature | April 25, 2013
Christina Agapakis thought that her interest in art would always be separate from her pursuit of science, especially once she had decided to do postgraduate studies in biology. But she found ways to meld the two. While earning her PhD in biomedical sciences at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Agapakis joined a social experiment called Synthetic Aesthetics. A joint project ...more
Method makes it easier to separate useful stem cells from 'problem' ones for therapies|
By Shaun Mason | April 22, 2013
Pluripotent stem cells can turn, or differentiate, into any cell type in the body, such as nerve, muscle or bone, but inevitably some of these stem cells fail to differentiate and end up mixed in with their newly differentiated daughter cells.
Because these remaining pluripotent stem cells can subsequently develop into unintended cell types ...more
UCLA researchers capture wasted heat, use it to power devices|
By Matthew Chin and Bill Kisliuk | April 22, 2013
Imagine how much you could save on your electricity bill if you could use the excess heat your computer generates to actually power the machine.
Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have taken an important step ...more
UCLA researchers discover sperm move along a 'twisting ribbon'|
By Bill Kisliuk | April 19, 2013
(Video: Horse sperm moves in a 3-D chiral ribbon pattern)
Opening the door to more sophisticated investigation of sperm locomotion and biophysics, researchers from UCLA's...more
UCLA Engineers Craft Material for High-Performance 'Supercapacitor' |
By Bill Kisliuk | April 14, 2013
Taking a significant step toward improving the power delivery of systems ranging from urban electrical grids to regenerative braking in hybrid vehicles, researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have synthesized a material that shows high capability for both the rapid storage and release of energy.
In a more
Researchers find nanodiamonds could improve effectiveness of breast cancer treatment|
by Brianna Deane | April 15, 2013
Recently, doctors have begun to categorize breast cancers into four main groups according to the genetic makeup of the cancer cells. Which category a cancer falls into generally determines the best method of treatment.
But cancers in one of the four groups — called "basal-like" or "triple-negative" breast cancer (TNBC) — have ...more