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Marlink underwater communications
Maria Camasmie, Siena Applebaum, Roxanna Pakkar, Celeste Goodwin and Sofia Tavella, from left, started a company called Marlink which is developing underwater wireless communication technology. (Photo/Tracy + David Stills and Motion)

USC Viterbi startup wants to expand underwater exploration through wireless communication

A team of USC Viterbi undergraduates will bring their underwater wireless communication technology to the finals of a global student competition.

HealthScience/Technology
Alzheimer‘s environmental risk factors
USC researchers are looking at the importance of environmental factors in developing Alzheimer's, in particular how they relate to with people who carry genes that increase the risk of Alzheimer‘s disease. (Illustration/iStock)

Scientists propose new approach to Alzheimer’s research to address environmental risks

USC and Duke researchers propose the Alzheimer’s Disease Exposome to address gaps in understanding how environmental factors interact with genetics to increase or reduce risk for the disease.

Science/Technology
kilauea algae
Scientists initially noticed that ocean water around the volcano was turning green by looking at NASA‘s satellite photos of the eruption. The green color turned out to be chlorophyll from the algae bloom. (Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)

1 billion tons of lava spark algae bloom in North Pacific Ocean

Not only did the Kīlauea volcano pour tons upon tons of lava into the ocean last year, but its eruption set off an unusual effect: an algae super bloom. USC Dornsife researchers found out why.

HealthScience/Technology
Free database for craniofacial research
FaceBase III, a project of USC's dentistry and engineering schools, is a collection of materials aimed at accelerating our understanding of abnormalities of the head and facial bones in humans. (Image/Courtesy of FaceBase)

USC researchers receive $12.5 million grant to build out unique facial database

The project seeks new research data for FaceBase, a freely available collection of DNA samples, data and images related to abnormalities of the head and facial bones.

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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.