She loves you, she loves you not

Whether in fiction or history, women have often gotten a bad rap for being fickle. But it may just be evolution. A landmark meta-analysis suggests that ovulating women have evolved to prefer mates who display ‘sexy traits’ (think muscular build, dominant behavior, symmetrical facial features). UCLA psychologist Martie Haselton, who is one of a handful … Read moreShe loves you, she loves you not

Future traffic challenges of flying cars

US aerospace start-up Terrafugia unveiled the TF-X recently, which is a concept car of the future… a very near future with additional plans to build a street legal airplane that can convert from flying to driving in under a minute. UCLA researcher Mario Gerla who studies intelligent transport weighed in on the concept: “We always … Read moreFuture traffic challenges of flying cars

Using weather to shape architecture

When Hirsuta, a small architecture firm run by UCLA Professor Jason Payne, took the task of renovating an old Utah schoolhouse, they noticed that the south side had been nearly weathered away from exposure to the elements while the north side remained untouched.  Payne thought they could use this to their advantage: “We’re looking at … Read moreUsing weather to shape architecture

Using cell phones to detect harmful bacteria

UCLA scientists have developed a cell phone attachment that acts as a microscope and detects pathogens such as E.coli, which contaminates food and drinking water. “The platform is actually a microscope installed on the cell phone, but using some spatial microfluid devices, we converted to a specific sensor of bacteria. We envisioned that such a … Read moreUsing cell phones to detect harmful bacteria

High-tech mouthwash being developed at UCLA

For nearly a decade Wenyuan Shi, a researcher at UCLA School of Dentistry, has been developing a revolutionary new mouthwash aimed at effectively eliminating tooth decay. The technology is a partnership with Colgate-Palmolive and from C3-Jian Inc. “The best analogy I’ve been using is a ‘weeds vs. grass’ with this technology that we call STAMPS … Read moreHigh-tech mouthwash being developed at UCLA