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12.9.17 Crazy Engineers
"New glucose-monitoring smartphone case to offer blood-glucose check on the go"
In a world which is getting increasingly digi-savvy, health monitoring via the aid of technology seems to be the most logical thing. In a new breakthrough, Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a smartphone case and app which will make it easier for patients to record and track their blood glucose readings both at home or on the go. The glucose-monitoring kits which are widely used currently are carried as a separate device by patients; thus, integrating blood glucose sensing into a smartphone could effectively eliminate this need.

12.8.17 Slash Gear
"UC San Diego engineers create glucose monitoring phone case"
There has been a big push to get smartphones to record health data over the last few years. Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new smartphone case that is able to check blood glucose levels for diabetics at home or on the go. The device is called GPhone.

12.8.17 Gizbot
"Researchers develop a smartphone case that monitors blood sugar levels on the go"
People with diabetes may soon be able to go on a vacation without their glucose monitoring kits with them. Researchers have developed a smartphone case and app that can record and track their blood glucose readings, wherever they are.

12.8.17 R&D Magazine
"Smartphone Case Can Monitor Blood Glucose"
Glucose testing on the go is about to get much easier, with the creation of a new smartphone case glucose test. A team of engineers from the University of California San Diego has created a new smartphone case and application that allows diabetics to record and track their blood glucose readings in about 20 seconds. The sensing system, called the GPhone, includes a slim, 3D printed case that fits over a smartphone with a permanent, reusable sensor on one corner and small, one-time use, enzyme-packed pellets that magnetically attach to the sensor.

12.7.17 New Atlas
"This smartphone case analyzes blood"
What do cameras, audio recorders, and music players have in common? They're all things that we no longer have to carry around separately, since they're built into smartphones. Diabetics may soon be able to add blood glucose-measuring kits to that list, as scientists from the University of California San Diego have created a phone case that does the job.

12.7.17 Mental Daily
"New Experimental Drug Shows Promising Results For Alzheimer's Disease"
In a new study, published in EMBO Molecular Medicine, researchers uncovered a new experimental drug that may work to reduce the effects of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's disease. The study, conducted in numerous international research areas including the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases and the University of California San Diego, examined a new drug called anle138b, which theoretically works by inhibiting the activity of two proteins: amyloid-beta and tau -- both instrumental in Alzheimer's disease.

12.5.17 GEN
"Novel Drug Shows Promising Results in Alzheimer's Model"
Scientists report that a novel small-molecule drug, which works by stopping toxic ion flow in the brain that is known to trigger neuronal apoptosis, can restore brain function and memory in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The team believes the drug could be used to treat AD and other neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

12.5.17 Innovators Magazine
"Scientists target Alzheimer's cure"
An international team of leading scientists has developed a drug that could be an effective treatment for Alzheimer's disease. The drug, a small molecule called anle138b, has been tested in mice with a 'genetic predisposition for developing' the disease. And the results were more than promising, as the drug 'normalized brain activity and improved learning ability in mice'.

12.5.17 The San Diego Union Tribune
"Former Qualcomm executive donates $1 million to UC San Diego"
Roberto Padovani, a former Qualcomm executive who helped the chipmaker place the Internet on mobile devices, has donated $1 million to UC San Diego?s Jacobs School of Engineering. Padovani and his wife Colleen gave the money to endow scholarships in Jacobs? electrical and computer engineering program.

11.30.17 The Scientist
"Image of the Day: Snowflake"
Researchers are studying the mechanical properties of a class of metal alloys called bulk metallic glass composites, which are characterized by a random arrangement of atoms. Rapid cooling of these composites in their liquid state will cause them to form a spontaneous arrangement of crystalline and non-crystalline structures.

11.29.17 YAHOO! Finance
"Scientists develop AI system that can 'design clothes'"
Scientists have developed a system that can design new clothes based on people's personal taste using artificial intelligence (AI). Online retailers are already using AI to recommend products to buyers, but researchers wanted to take it a step further by creating an algorithm to "produce new clothing designs". The project is an attempt to test whether machine learning can help the fashion industry as well as consumers, particularly online shoppers. The team trained an algorithm known as the Siamese convolutional neural network (Siamese-CNN) to learn and classify a user's preference

11.29.17 Quartzy
Though not typically known for their fashion sense, scientists do have style: Creative engineers are pioneering an AI that will be able to design clothes suited to your unique tastes. Algorithms already inform many of the clothing recommendations we see online, and retailers like Stitch Fix are working on clothing designs generated in part by AI suggestions. Now, a team of technologists from the University of California-San Diego and Adobe Research are working on machines with brains that can create custom clothing designs based on a wide range of data

11.29.17 CNN Money
"Why the House tax plan could crush graduate students"
About 145,000 graduate students would take a big hit under the House tax plan. Many Ph.D. students studying science, technology, engineering and math receive tuition waivers. That means their tuition is covered, and that money isn't taxed as long as the student does research or teaches for the university. That makes perfect sense to Benjamin Shih, a Ph.D. student studying engineering at the University of California, since he never even sees the money. The college charges him for tuition and then immediately waives it. He also receives a research stipend of about $25,000 a year, which is taxed

11.29.17 KPBS
"UC San Diego Researcher Semifinalist For Women's Safety XPRIZE"
A University of California San Diego researcher is a semifinalist in a worldwide competition called the Anu and Naveen Jain Women's Safety XPRIZE. The goal of the contest is to develop an inexpensive device that can help women respond to threats. The World Health Organization estimates one out of three women worldwide have faced physical or sexual violence. Competitors in the XPRIZE have to invent a device that can secretly trigger an emergency alert and send information to community responders, all within 90 seconds. What's more, the winning technology must cost no more than $40.

11.29.17 Nikkei Asian Review
"With cash and perks, China woos the brightest tech minds"
For decades, the U.S. has attracted the best and the brightest from all over the world. Is it possible that one day soon China can credibly make that claim? Some U.S. experts think so. They point to initiatives like China's "Thousand Talents" program, which is meant to bring the sharpest scientific minds to China. Patrick Sinko, a Rutgers University distinguished professor, described Thousand Talents as a "cherry-picking brain drain." Such outreach programs come as the U.S. has been steadily cutting the budgets of organizations

11.25.17 Yahoo! View
"Xploration Nature Knows Best- Transportation"
Host Danni Washington experiences amazing new modes of transportation, all inspired by nature. There's a robot on wheels, patterned after sea urchins, that may someday roll on Mars. And a motorcycle inspired by shark skin. Related Jacobs School Link »

11.25.17 YAHOO! View
"Xploration Nature Knows Best_Transportation"
Danni Washington experiences amazing new modes of transportation, all inspired by nature. There?s a robot on wheels, patterned after sea urchins, that may someday roll on Mars. And a motorcycle inspired by shark skin.

11.22.17 The New York Times
"'Crazy Jigsaw Puzzles' Improve Our Views of Coral Reefs"
Over the last few years, technology has catapulted oceanography into a new era of discovery. Now a scientist can carry along a camera in a waterproof box, take thousands of photographs an hour and upload those images to computers too fast to exist a decade ago. Powerful software then stitches together the photos and identifies unique features, creating billions of reference points that help to calculate the location of corals in 3D space.

11.22.17 Cancer Research from TECHNOLOGY NETWORKS
"What Makes Cancer Cells Metastasize?"
A team of bioengineers and bioinformaticians at the University of California San Diego have discovered how the environment surrounding a tumor can trigger metastatic behavior in cancer cells. Specifically, when tumor cells are confined in a dense environment, the researchers found that they turn on a specific set of genes and begin to form structures that resemble blood vessels. In the past, physicians observed these blood vessel-like structures in the clinic--a phenomenon called vascular mimicry, which is associated with some of the most aggressive types of cancers.

11.22.17 Medical News Today
"How do cancer cells start to spread? Study sheds light"
Researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have discovered how the surrounding environment of a tumor can cause cancer cells to metastasize. Put simply, metastatic cancer occurs when cancer cells break away from a primary tumor and move to other areas of the body - most commonly the bones, liver, and lungs. Once cancer cells have metastasized, controlling them becomes much more difficult. While current treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy can help to slow the spread of cancer cells, they are not always successful.

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