Orange County Register, Jan. 29, 2016
UCI students showing off their Hyperloop designs in weekend competition
A team of UC Irvine engineering students will go head to head this weekend with some 120 teams from around the world as it presents its sleek, frictionless version of a high-speed train that would travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco in a matter of minutes. UCI students, competing in the first-ever SpaceX Hyperloop Competition, have built a scale model of their HyperXite pod (pronounced Hyper Excite). The concept uses compressed air to levitate and glide the pod along a track.
NBC 4 News, Jan. 31, 2016
A group of MIT student engineers have won a competition to transform Space X co-founder Elon Musk’s transportation idea into reality. The group competed against 160 different universities from 16 countries to design a pod that would transport people … speeds close to 700 miles per hour. The University of California, Irvine finished fifth in that competition. The top teams will build their pods and they’ll test them at the world’s first Hyperloop test track being built adjacent to Space X headquarters in Hawthorne.
NPR, Jan. 30, 2016
How scientists are working to eradicate Zika mosquitoes
Can the spread of the Zika virus be curtailed by eliminating mosquitoes that carry it? Professor Anthony James of UC Irvine discusses the consequences of pesticides to our health and on the ecosystem.
The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 1, 2016
The self-styled healthy may get fewer colds
Green tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. One cup contains 20 to 200 milligrams of polyphenols, but it isn’t known what constitutes a toxic dose in humans, said the study’s lead researcher Mahtab Jafari, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of California, Irvine. The highest dose fed to the fruit flies was massive for a small insect and would be equivalent to a person drinking 9,000 to 90,000 cups a day, she said.
Los Angeles Times, Jan. 31, 2016
More Korean seniors are stepping up to donate their bodies to science
When Choi died in 2008, at 84, her body went to the University of California, Irvine. An official told her daughter Amy Kim that Choi was one of few Asians to make such a gift – in the previous seven years, just four Asians had donated to UCI’s willed body program. … Attitudes are also changing about body donations, says Chang Sok So, a physician and unpaid consultant for UCI’s willed body program ….
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