April 13, 4:01 pm
Napster co-founder Sean Parker donated $250 million to establish a cancer research center at UCLA and five other centers nationwide, UCLA officials announced Wednesday.
Parker, chairman of the Parker Foundation, which funds several cancer research organizations, said in a press release he hopes the grant will assist the six cancer research facilities in developing immune therapies for cancer. Read more...
April 12, 12:01 am
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)
March 31, 11:07 pm
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)
March 9, 11:07 pm
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)