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UC Merced's Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) team built its first racecar and exhibited it at a national competition last June. The student club has crafted a more advanced machine this year. The car launches from zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds — as fast as a top-of-the-line Porsche. In May, the team plans to enter the car in the Formula SAE Michigan event at Michigan International Speedway. Judges will evaluate the vehicle and quiz its builders on their design knowledge. And unlike last time, the team plans to race its...
When Andrea Rodarte began studying physics, she first wanted to look to the stars for answers. Instead, she's finding them in nanoparticles. "The people I know who went into astrophysics only get to do an experiment once or twice a year," Rodarte said. "I can come to the lab and do an experiment every day. It's much more hands-on and fun than I thought it'd be." Rodarte is a third-year UC Merced graduate student studying condensed matter physics with professors Linda Hirst and Sayantani Ghosh. She's...

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