"University Students Help Boy Move His Hands Again"
Max is a five-year-old boy who has a rare condition that leaves his arms limp by his sides. That was until UC San Diego engineering students used their senior project to help.
6.14.19 San Diego Union-Tribune
"UCSD students restore motion to five-year-old boy's arms"
His arms paralyzed by a rare virus three years ago, Max Ng has struggled to push, pull and poke his way through the world with the gleeful ease that most 5 year olds enjoy. But a device built by four clever UC San Diego engineering students delivers just the help he needs to reach out and touch the world in ways that have long been out of reach.
6.14.19 ABC 10 News
"'Iron Kid' robotic arms help San Diego boy move again"
Max may look like most 5-year-olds, but a rare illness left him paralyzed from the shoulder to his wrist. Bending his arm on his own is impossible ? until he puts on a new device designed to help him move. University of California San Diego engineering students developed these "Iron Kid" arms over the last ten weeks after max's doctor at Rady Children's Hospital enlisted their help.
6.14.19 Design News
"Wearable Patch Can Regulate Body Temperature"
Wearable technology already helps people keep track of their fitness goals and vital signs. Now researchers have created a device that paves the way for clothing that can help people regulate their own body temperature despite the air outside or around them. A team from the University of California San Diego has developed a soft, flexible, wearable patch that can provide a personalized heating or cooling system for people whether they're at home, at work, or on the go, researchers said.
6.10.19 MIT Technology Review
"Anyone can program this cheap robot arm in just 15 minutes"
Industrial robots don't come cheap--the top-end ones can cost more than $100,000 each. No surprise, then, that relatively few small companies own one, and even large companies haven't adopted them at the rates you'd expect. Automata, a robotics firm in London, thinks it can fix this lag in uptake. Its robotic arm costs just $7,500 and is sold under the name Eva (yes, it is named after the robot in WALL-E). The company hopes to widen access to robots by focusing only on the more basic functions that small firms actually need. It is backed by $9.5 million from several investors,
6.10.19 CNBC Tech
"Robots are breaking out of their cages on the factory floor, and here's what they are doing"
Collaborative robots, or cobots, have been working with humans on the factory floor for years, but when it comes to the large-scale industrial robots that can lift and move massive pieces of manufacturing, the danger to human workers is so great that the robots are bolted down to the factory floor behind fences so a human never comes near them. That is starting to change as robotics becomes more widespread across industries. Today there are, on average, 84 robots for every 10,000 workers in the U.S., according to the International Federation of Robotics.
6.7.19 Cosmos magazine
"Fang you, and goodnight"
This is a deep-sea dragonfish (Aristostomias scintillans). Researchers have been taking a very close look at its teeth because, well, they are particularly difficult to see, mainly because they are almost completely transparent. Having see-through fangs, explains materials scientist Audrey Velasco-Hogan from the University of California, San Diego, in the US, is very likely an evolutionary adjustment to life in the inky blackness of the ocean. Combined with a dark body, they render the species pretty much invisible to prey.
6.7.19 MIT Technology Review
"AI mavericks want to build a better brain for industrial robots"
The startup: Robust.ai, based in Palo Alto, California, will develop a "cognitive platform" for all sorts of robots, from factory and warehouse machines to domestic helpers, according to founder and CEO Gary Marcus, although he hasn?t said exactly what this will entail. Marcus argues that both current industrial robots and research machines that employ machine learning lack many qualities of human intelligence, including common sense.
6.6.19 Physics Today
"Why are dragonfish teeth transparent?"
Dragonfish are ambush predators, and key to their evolutionary success is their mouthful of long, transparent teeth, which are effectively invisible to prey that swim nearby in the dim bioluminescence. Materials scientist Marc Meyers and his graduate student Audrey Velasco-Hogan at the University of California, San Diego, have now collaborated with marine biologist Dimitri Deheyn and materials scientists Eduard Arzt, Marcus Koch, and Birgit Nothdurft to understand what's behind the transparency.
"Nanoscale Structures Give Dragonfish Their Terrible, Invisible Teeth"
The deep sea is dark and full of terrors, but perhaps the most terrifying creature of them all is the dragonfish, a jet-black critter with a jutting jaw full of knife-like teeth. But it's unlikely that other creatures of the abyss even notice the mouth of ginormous chompers until it's too late. That's because the fish's oversized teeth are transparent, making them invisible under water. Now, a new study has looked deeper into the structure of those unique teeth, finding that they are made of a material that may have applications beyond catching the dragonfish's next meal.
"Predators with virtually invisible fangs prowl the deep sea"
A new study in the journal Matter shines light on the deep-sea dragonfish. Scientists have had difficulty studying "deep-sea effects" on biological materials extensively, but they know that the extreme conditions--lack of ambient light, low temperatures, high pressure in the ocean depths--have led to "fascinating adaptations." The researchers behind this latest study note that transparent teeth seem to be a feature of deep-sea predators but believe no one has studied the makeup of this denture until now.
6.5.19 The New York Times
"Meet the Deep-Sea Dragonfish. Its Transparent Teeth Are Stronger Than a Piranha's."
Unassuming dragonfish lurk in the twilight zone, more than 1,600 feet under the surface of the ocean. Dark, eel-like, and roughly three and a half inches long, these deep-sea creatures glow with bioluminescence and have evolved a complex sensory system that allows them to detect even the subtlest movements in the ocean's shadowy realms, then attract and capture their prey. In a paper published Wednesday in the journal Matter, scientists demonstrated another layer of complexity to the dragonfish: the teeth are made of nanoscale-size crystal particles, which make the fangs transparent.
6.5.19 The Washington Post
"Behold the marvelous, translucent teeth of the deep-sea dragonfish"
The dragonfish is a top predator at the bottom of the sea. A bioluminescent lure on its head and spots on its belly beckon prey, like a lantern draws in moths. The rest of its body, as long as a pencil and almost as slender, is an inky black that blends in with water deeper than the sun can reach. The predator's glow is the deep-sea embodiment of a light at the end of a tunnel. But wayward little fish won't find anything pearly here. Just long, pointy -- and nearly invisible -- fangs. And those teeth are remarkable, as a new study published Wednesday in the journal Matter reveals.
6.5.19 The Associated Press
"Scientists crack secret of fish's deadly, transparent teeth"
A deep-sea fish can hide its enormous, jutting teeth from prey because its chompers are virtually invisible -- until it's too late. What's the dragonfish's secret? The teeth are transparent, and now scientists have discovered how the fish accomplished that trick. Findings were published Wednesday in the journal Matter.
6.5.19 Science News
"Tiny structures in dragonfish teeth turn them into invisible daggers"
In the deep sea, dragonfish lure smaller fish near their gaping jaws with beardlike attachments capped with a light. But the teeth of the pencil-sized predators don't gleam in that glow. Instead, dragonfish teeth are transparent and hard to see, thanks to nanoscale structures that reduce the amount of light scattered by the teeth, researchers report June 5 in Matter. The clear daggers vanish into the animals' dark mouths, probably to help dragonfish surprise their prey, says study coauthor Marc Meyers, a materials scientist at the University of California San Diego.
6.5.19 New Scientist
"Dragonfish have 'invisible' teeth to help them sneak up on their prey"
Deep-sea fish have evolved transparent teeth which, along with their black bodies, make them invisible to prey. While dragonfish are only the size of a pencil, they are fearsome predators at the top of the food chain. Their thin, eel-like bodies support a huge black mouth filled with razor-sharp teeth, that can widen to swallow prey half their size. Marc Meyers at the University of California San Diego and his colleagues have discovered what makes these teeth almost entirely transparent.
"Like a Monster from the Movie 'Alien': Deep Sea Dragonfish Have Transparent Teeth for 'Deadly Invisible Weapon'"
Deep beneath the sea off the coast of California, there is a species of eel-like fish with a huge head, bulging eyes and a mouth full of transparent, fang-like teeth. Aristostomias scintillans is a 15-cm (5.9 inch)-long deep sea dragonfish found off the west coast of North America. Despite their small size, these creatures are apex predators in their part of the ocean. Their transparent teeth are an adaptation unique to the species--so materials scientists and oceanographers at UC San Diego were hoping to understand how and why this feature evolved.
6.5.19 Live Science
"Here's Why the Supernaturally Creepy Dragonfish Has Invisible Teeth"
You might expect something called a deep-sea dragonfish to be a fearsome leviathan of the deep, dark ocean--and it is, if you happen to be one of the thumb-size ocean critters the dragonfish calls prey. Their hunting success partly depends on a near-supernatural adaptation: invisibility. How does this undersea dragon magic work? In a new study, scientists took a close look at a dragonfish's transparent teeth under an electron microscope and found out.
"The transparent teeth of this dragonfish evolved for one lethal purpose"
Five hundred meters below the ocean's surface off the coast of California lives a creepy looking sea monster with a huge jaw and sharp rows of teeth. Even creepier, these teeth are transparent. Now, scientists think they know what makes them this way.
"The Deep-Sea Dragonfish Has One of the Most Terrifying Smiles on Earth"
Scientists have shined a light on one of the creepier denizens of the deep sea, a pitch-black creature that can turn itself into a living lamp called the dragonfish. New research helps explain one of the dragonfish's more disturbing qualities: its relatively gigantic and translucent teeth.