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10.17.17 Top 500
"HPC Modeling Used to Help Fight California Wildfires"
Firemap, a predictive modeling and mapping tool developed to track wildfires, is being used by California residents and first responders to help them deal with the deadliest wildfires in the state?s history. The software was developed by researchers from SDSC, UCSD?s California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology?s (Calit2), the Qualcomm Institute, and the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) department at the Jacobs School of Engineering.

10.17.17 Physics Central Buzz Blog
"Scientists Free Laser Cavities to Embrace New Shapes"
From medical technology to cat entertainment, lasers are one of the most revolutionary inventions of the last 75 years. Now, one of the key components of lasers may be in for a revolution. In new research published in the AAAS journal Science, researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) demonstrate an innovative design for the optical cavity of a laser. This development could help manufacturers pack laser components into less space on a chip, accelerating the development of light-based computing, among other applications.

10.13.17 Green Connections Radio
"Eco-Battery Technologies -- Shirley Meng, UC San Diego"
Imagine if a substance so common and inexpensive that it's in your kitchen cabinet could hold the secret to the next revolution in battery technologies! That's the truly ground-breaking work that Dr. Shirley Meng is leading at the Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion at U.C. San Diego and as the Founding Director of its Sustainable Power and Energy Center. This brilliant woman is innovating batteries for the 21st century for the grid, electric vehicles and those small alkaline batteries in your flashlight or portable emergency radio. These breakthroughs expand renewable energy.

10.13.17 IEEE Spectrum
"Video Friday: Robotic Creatures, ROS-Industrial, and Machine Knitting"
Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers.

10.12.17 OPB
"Knight Cancer Institute Hopes Collaboration Will Lead To Cures"
Leaders at the Knight Cancer Institute know that scientific discoveries are not guaranteed, even with $1 billion to spend looking for answers.

10.12.17 IEEE Spectrum
"Topological Laser Cavities Could Revolutionize Optoelectronics"
A new type of laser cavity that builds off a Nobel-winning development in physics can take on any shape and switch the flow of light with a magnetic field. "Being able to do this kind of thing with light is a very exciting prospect," says Boubacar Kante, a physicist at the University of California, San Diego. Kante and his colleagues describe their so-called topological cavities in the current issue of Science.

10.12.17 New atlas
"Robotic gripper has a feel for the shape of things"
When you reach into your pocket and grab your keys, you can tell how they're oriented, without actually seeing them. Well, an engineering team at the University of California San Diego has created a soft robotic gripper that works in much the same way. It can build virtual 3D models of objects simply by touching them, and then proceed to manipulate those items accordingly. Ordinarily, robots need to see objects that they're gripping via a camera, and/or they initially need to be trained to grip them. This means that low-light situations can be challenging,

10.11.17 NPR
"Here Are The 2017 MacArthur 'Genius' Grant Winners"
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced the winners of this year's fellowship - often better known as the "genius" grant - and the list includes a characteristically wide array of disciplines: There's painter Njideka Akunyili Crosby, for instance, and mathematician Emmanuel Cand├Ęs and immunologist Gabriel Victora, among many others.

10.11.17 The Huffington Post
"MacArthur Foundation Announces Its 2017 Class Of 'Geniuses'"
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced the latest recipients of its annual MacArthur Fellowship - frequently referred to as the "Genius Grant" - early Wednesday morning. Nikole Hannah-Jones, Stefan Savage and Trevor Paglen are but three members of an impressive class of 2017 fellows, newly endowed with a $625,000 check and an accolade previously attached to icons like Susan Sontag, astrophysicist Joseph Taylor and musical tour de force Lin-Manuel Miranda. This year, the fellows include 9 women, 14 men and one gender-non-conforming individual, ranging in age from 33 to 63.

10.11.17 Education Week's Blogs
"MacArthur 'Genius' Betsy Paluck Seeks to Boost Power of Positive Peer Pressure"
The best way to prevent bullying is to help students themselves build a culture that doesn't tolerate it, according to Betsy Levy Paluck, one of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's 2017 "genius grant" fellows announced this morning. Paluck, 39, spent years in post-genocide Rwanda studying how people's perceptions of social norms around intolerance contributed to the conflict.

10.11.17 KPBS
"UC San Diego Computer Scientist Wins MacArthur 'Genius' Grant"
UC San Diego computer science professor Stefan Savage is among the 24 2017 MacArthur Fellows announced Wednesday, with each slated to receive $625,000 over the next five years to allow them to pursue their own creative, intellectual and professional objectives. Savage uses an interdisciplinary approach to address challenges to computer security and to counter cybercrime, according to Cecilia Conrad, the managing director of the MacArthur Fellows Program.

10.11.17 MIT Technology Review
"Scientists Can Read a Bird's Brain and Predict Its Next Song"
Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley this year set themselves an audacious new goal: creating a brain-reading device that would allow people to effortlessly send texts with their thoughts.

10.11.17 The Economic Times
"New soft robotic gripper can screw in light bulbs"
Scientists have built a new robotic gripper with soft fingers that can pick up and manipulate a range of objects and perform tasks such as screwing in a light bulb. The team from University of California (UC) San Diego in the US built the gripper that can pick up and manipulate objects without seeing them and needing to be trained. The gripper is unique because it brings together three different capabilities. It can twist objects; it can sense objects; and it can build models of the objects it is manipulating.

"UC San Diego engineers developing smart & soft 3D printed gripper that can figure out what it's holding"
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a partially 3D printed soft robotic gripper capable of 3D scanning the object it is gripping. 3D printing was used to make the gripper's actuators. Sometimes when you're scrambling around in the dark for a light switch, a pair of glasses, or--let's go out on a limb here--a 3D printer, you might wish that your sense of touch was a little better. Overall, however, we as humans are pretty good at knowing what's in our hands--even when we can't see anything.

10.11.17 CNN Facebook
"This robot can take sunset walks on the beach--seriously."
This robot can take sunset walks on the beach--seriously.

10.10.17 Laboratory Equipment
"The Power of Sweat"
A new, wearable device developed by a team of California researchers shows perspiration can truly be powerful.

10.10.17 The San Diego Union Tribune
"UC San Diego scientist wins coveted MacArthur 'genius' grant"
Stefan Savage, a UC San Diego cybersecurity guru who revealed ways to thwart email spammers and showed how hackers could remotely steal cars, has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, a coveted honor reserved for people whose work conveys a sense of genius. Savage was one of 24 people chosen this year to receive the so-called "genius grant," which provides each recipient with a no-strings-attached sum of $625,000 to be paid over a five-year period.

10.10.17 LA Times
"Q&A For fighting cybercrime and boosting internet security, UCSD's Stefan Savage wins a MacArthur award"
Stefan Savage and his students have hacked into cars and disabled brakes, used telescopes to make illicit copies of keys from 200 feet away, and joined criminal groups selling counterfeit drugs over the internet. Lucky for you, this professor of computer science and engineering at UC San Diego is on your side. Savage, 48, works on a wide range of projects designed to protect computer systems from attackers, whether it's a crook trying to steal credit card information off a laptop or a foreign country gathering intelligence by hacking into a database maintained by Yahoo or Anthem Blue Cross.

10.5.17 Innovators Magazine
"Algorithm keeps the power on"
An algorithm developed by researchers in America could ensure homes continue to have access to power when the grid goes down. What currently happens when the grid connection is lost is that solar panels on the roofs of properties also go down - for safety reasons. The new system, advanced by a team of engineers at the University of California San Diego (UC San Diego), would allow houses to still draw on this power during outages.

10.5.17 The University Network
"UC San Diego Engineers Create Technology For Neighbors to Share Power During Outages"
Inspired by power outages that left millions without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a team of engineers from The University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) has been seeking a solution that would allow neighbors to share the power drawn from their renewable energy sources during power outages. They have now developed algorithms that will allow neighbors to do just that.

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