Sunday, April 30

Chinyere Nnadi, co-founder of Sustainability International, is working with the organization to run a small-scale cleanup of oil spills in the Niger Delta. (Courtesy of Chinyere Nnadi)

UCLA alum’s nonprofit uses new technology for Niger Delta cleanup

A nonprofit organization founded by a UCLA alumnus is working to clean up a massive oil spill in the Niger Delta using recently developed technology. A United Nations Environment Programme report published in 2011 revealed individuals living in the Niger Delta were drinking water contaminated with quantities of benzene, a carcinogen, that were up to 900 times what was considered safe. Read more...

Photo: Chinyere Nnadi, co-founder of Sustainability International, is working with the organization to run a small-scale cleanup of oil spills in the Niger Delta. (Courtesy of Chinyere Nnadi)

Chinyere Nnadi, co-founder of Sustainability International, is working with the organization to run a small-scale cleanup of oil spills in the Niger Delta. (Courtesy of Chinyere Nnadi)

UCLA scientists are using virtual reality to diagnose prostate cancer patients, which improved diagnosis accuracy by more than 300 percent. It can also be used as an educational tool for medical students. (Courtesy of Erik Dutson)

UCLA scientists explore using virtual reality for diagnoses, surgeries

Video game companies and airline industries alike use virtual reality to explore alternate environments. Now, UCLA scientists are working to turn virtual reality into a tool that can help doctors better understand the human body. Read more...

Photo: UCLA scientists are using virtual reality to diagnose prostate cancer patients, which improved diagnosis accuracy by more than 300 percent. It can also be used as an educational tool for medical students. (Courtesy of Erik Dutson)

UCLA scientists are using virtual reality to diagnose prostate cancer patients, which improved diagnosis accuracy by more than 300 percent. It can also be used as an educational tool for medical students. (Courtesy of Erik Dutson)

History professor Katsuya Hirano grew up in Hitachinaka, Japan and investigates what he thinks is purposeful coordination between the government, major media outlets and energy companies to profit from nuclear energy despite the risks. (Marley Maron/Daily Bruin)

Fukushima disaster prompts history professor to investigate Japan

Katsuya Hirano grew up in Hitachinaka, Japan, where he said the government led citizens to believe nuclear energy was harmless. Now, after several nuclear accidents, the public is less willing to believe what Hirano calls the “safety myth.” The 2011 Fukushima disaster prompted Hirano, a history professor, to investigate what he thinks is purposeful coordination between the government, major media outlets and energy companies to profit from nuclear energy despite the risks. Read more...

Photo: History professor Katsuya Hirano grew up in Hitachinaka, Japan and investigates what he thinks is purposeful coordination between the government, major media outlets and energy companies to profit from nuclear energy despite the risks. (Marley Maron/Daily Bruin)

History professor Katsuya Hirano grew up in Hitachinaka, Japan and investigates what he thinks is purposeful coordination between the government, major media outlets and energy companies to profit from nuclear energy despite the risks. (Marley Maron/Daily Bruin)

Scientists at the UCLA School of Dentistry found evidence that a single drop of saliva can diagnose and predict cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, major depressive disorder and other health problems. (Jennifer Hu/Daily Bruin)

UCLA scientists develop method to predict diseases by testing saliva

UCLA scientists found evidence that a single drop of saliva can diagnose and predict cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, major depressive disorder and other health problems. Researchers use salivary diagnostics to detect biomarkers in saliva, such as RNA and proteins, that can identify health concerns. Read more...

Photo: Scientists at the UCLA School of Dentistry found evidence that a single drop of saliva can diagnose and predict cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, major depressive disorder and other health problems. (Jennifer Hu/Daily Bruin)

Scientists at the UCLA School of Dentistry found evidence that a single drop of saliva can diagnose and predict cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, major depressive disorder and other health problems. (Jennifer Hu/Daily Bruin)

Students attended a town hall the LGBT Campus Resource Center hosted in the Students Activities Center on Thursday after a committee investigated ways the center can improve. (Diana Celeste Luna/Daily Bruin)

LGBT Campus Resource Center discusses findings of external review

LGBT Campus Resource Center officials and members of the UCLA community discussed the initial findings of an external investigation intended to suggest additional resources for LGBT individuals on campus. Read more...

Photo: Students attended a town hall the LGBT Campus Resource Center hosted in the Students Activities Center on Thursday after a committee investigated ways the center can improve. (Diana Celeste Luna/Daily Bruin)

Students attended a town hall the LGBT Campus Resource Center hosted in the Students Activities Center on Thursday after a committee investigated ways the center can improve. (Diana Celeste Luna/Daily Bruin)

Computer Science and Design Media Arts Students search for campus resources in video game programming. (Photos by Jennifer Hu/Daily Bruin and Photo Illustration by Daniel Alcazar/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Students aspire to level up in game design despite limited resources

Students substitute video game controllers and joysticks with food and live cacti at the UCLA Game Lab in Broad Art Center, while students across campus in the classrooms of Boelter Hall strap on virtual reality headsets to program imaginary environments for new video games. Read more...

Photo: Computer Science and Design Media Arts Students search for campus resources in video game programming. (Photos by Jennifer Hu/Daily Bruin and Photo Illustration by Daniel Alcazar/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Computer Science and Design Media Arts Students search for campus resources in video game programming. (Photos by Jennifer Hu/Daily Bruin and Photo Illustration by Daniel Alcazar/Daily Bruin senior staff)


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