Restoring vision

Two UC Irvine ophthalmologists are the first in Orange County to implant a miniature telescope in the eyes of patients with end-stage age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness among older Americans.

UC Irvine, Intel partner on $12.5 million research center

The new center applies social science and the humanities to the design and analysis of digital information.

Colorful butterflies increase their odds of survival by sharing traits

An international genetics consortium at UC Irvine finds butterflies also use taste and smell genes to increase their chances of living longer.

Robots measure flow of Sacramento River

A fleet of 100 robots, developed by UC Berkeley researchers, floated down the Sacramento River to demonstrate their ability to measure the pace of the river's flow and to navigate the delta's water.

The sweet smell of success

A UC Irvine graduate student has won a Public Impact Fellowship for her sage scrub restoration efforts.

More seniors likely to find that memory doesn't serve

UC Irvine scientists are searching for solutions or modifications to a pending crush of memory impaired seniors.

Gases drawn into smog particles stay there, study reveals

A finding by UC Irvine researchers could explain why air pollution models underestimate organic aerosols.

New master's program to foster biomedical, clinical research

The UC Irvine School of Medicine has kicked off an innovative program that will prepare emerging doctors and scientists to turn basic and clinical research into improved patient care.

Scientists sound alarm for state research funding

UC's 10 campuses were included in a new study from the National Science Board revealing that spending on the nation's top 101 public research institutions plunged an average of 20 percent between 2002 and 2010.

Scientists invent lightest material on Earth. What now?

Researchers, including scientists at UC Irvine, have invented a new material that is so lightweight it can sit atop a fluffy dandelion without crushing the little fuzzy seeds.

Could taking birth control pills make women's memory more like men's?

A new study by a UC Irvine graduate student in neurobiology and behavior shows that taking birth control pills can affect women's memory.

Mom pregnancy stress might make your cells age faster

A UC Irvine study discovered that children born to mothers who are stressed during pregnancy may become adults with prematurely aged cells.

Pet therapy without the pet

Oncologists at UC Irvine are studying whether robotic stuffed animals can help reduce stress and anxiety in chemotherapy patients. The cuddly robots obey commands, and they're hypoallergenic, too.

Researchers create mosquitoes incapable of transmitting malaria

Mosquitoes bred to be unable to infect people with the malaria parasite are an attractive approach to helping curb one of the world's most pressing public health issues, according to UC Irvine scientists.

Study: immigration made Southern California stronger

The large influx of Asian and Latino immigrants into Southern California in the past 50 years has resulted in less crime, lower joblessness and more stable property values, according to a UC Irvine study.

Water crisis documentary features UC Irvine hydrologist

UC Irvine global water specialist Jay Famiglietti is the unlikely star of a new documentary, 'Last Call at the Oasis,' directed by Academy Award winner Jessica Yu.

Social butterflies find safety in numbers

A UC Irvine study finds when butterflies roost together, they are better at fending off predators.

Study uncovers how salmonella avoids the body's immune response

UC Irvine researchers have discovered how salmonella, a bacterium found in contaminated raw foods that causes major gastrointestinal distress in humans, thrives in the digestive tract despite the immune system's best efforts to destroy it.

New studies of air pollution reveal a hidden danger to hearts and lungs

A subset of fine atmospheric particles, which kill an estimated 50,000 Americans each year, may be more dangerous than previously thought, according to a UC Irvine study.

Health care costs decrease over time when low-income uninsured are provided coverage

Enrollment of uninsured patients in a program with benefits comparable to those offered under the Affordable Care Act of 2010 resulted in significant healthcare cost savings, a UC Irvine study finds.

Can robots take over rehab?

At a UC Irvine research center, machines that help people regain use of damage limbs are no longer the stuff of science fiction.

Noisy Christmas toys risk damaging toddlers' hearing, report warns

The noise of some of the most popular Christmas toys can be as loud as a chainsaw and risk permanently damaging the hearing of young children, finds a UC Irvine study.

Babies may benefit from moms' lasting melancholy

Infants generally thrive physically and mentally if the emotional condition of their mothers, whether healthy or depressed, remains stable before and after birth, say UC Irvine researchers.

Reaching for the stars

In an Los Angeles Times opinion piece, James Bullock, UC Irvine professor of physics and astronomy, notes that the Hubble Space Telescope has helped place the U.S. as a science leader, and if we don't replace it, we'll fall behind other nations in research.

UC shares $93 million in stem cell grants

UC Davis, UC Irvine and UCLA received or shared new grants from the state's stem cell agency. This money will help speed up therapies for patients suffering from diseases, including Huntington's, osteoporosis, melanoma and spinal cord injury.

Optical tweezers help researchers uncover key mechanics in cellular communication

By using a laser microbeam technology, UC Irvine and UCLA researchers have uncovered fundamental properties of a key molecular signaling system involved with development, cancer and cardiovascular disease.

UC receives $36 million in stem cell grants

Twelve UC scientists received $36.7 million in grants from the state's stem cell agency to support projects that are in the initial stages of identifying drugs or cell types that could become disease therapies.

Email 'vacations' decrease stress, increase concentration

Being cut off from work email significantly reduces stress and allows employees to focus far better, according to a new study by UC Irvine and U.S. Army researchers.

Study endorses maximum-security inmates in lower-level California prisons

An 18 month study by researchers at UC Berkeley, Davis and Irvine comes as a new state law sends thousands of lower-level offenders to local jails instead of state prisons.

When uncontrolled anger becomes a soldier's enemy

A UC Irvine professor's assessment tool could aid psychological adjustment of combat veterans.

Little chip, big implications

A startup founded by a former UC Irvine doctoral student offers a technology breakthrough with vast market potential.

Teardrops could enable early detection of cancer

UC Irvine scientists have established the existence of a disease fighting protein in human teardrops.

UC Berkeley gets grant for quake-warning study

With the goal of giving people precious seconds to run for their lives before the Big One hits, three West Coast universities will share a $6 million grant to improve an earthquake early warning system already being tested.

Super memory, obsessive behavior: Do they share brain space?

Memory researchers at UC Irvine are developing a large collection of remarkable research subjects, who themselves maintain a remarkably large collection of memories.

Scientist creates a drivable version of classic video game

A UC Irvine researcher has created a gaming therapy system, which combines an electric golf cart and an arcade-style video game, for people such as quadriplegics.