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Environmentally friendly ideas and products
Kelp has the potential to become the biofuel of the future. USC Dornsife researchers are currently testing a method designed to grow enough of the seaweed to transform the energy landscape. (Illustration/Dan Stiles)

Environmental ingenuity: These creative business ideas aim to be both sustainable and successful

Cars that run on kelp. Cosmetics made from waste. USC Dornsife researchers are creating new products designed to both mend the planet and make it in the marketplace.

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USC earthquake research
Scientist and engineer Christine Goulet of USC Dornsife and the Southern California Earthquake Center walks closer to a fault in Kern County that shifted after two recent earthquakes. (Photo/Kenneth Hudson, UCLA)

Unshaken: After an earthquake, USC scientists race to its epicenter

Seismologists and engineers unite after a quake to quickly gather information and share it through a statewide clearinghouse that is critical for improving simulations and emergency preparedness.

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Center for Intelligent Environments human-building interaction
CENTIENTS' Co-directors Burcin Becerik-Gerber and Gale Lucas will use funding from the National Science Foundation to explore projects like smart desks and VR-based learning for construction workers and robots. (Photo/Avni Shah)

How can we design smarter buildings? A new USC research center will pave the way

The Center for Intelligent Environments will study how to incorporate AI and automation into our built environment in ways that reinforce trust, safety and comfort.