6.16.17 The Register
"As you head off to space with Li-ion batts, don't forget to inject that liquefied gas into them"
In 1991, Sony launched the world's first commercial lithium-ion battery. And since then the design hasn't changed all that much. Now, new research suggests that incorporating liquefied gas can allow lithium-ion batteries to work at much lower temperatures than previously possible. Lithium-ion batteries are cheap, pretty reliable, and have a high energy density. They would be ideal for powering stuff out in space, but they don't work too hot in the extreme cold.
6.16.17 New Atlas
"Gas electrolyte keeps very cold batteries running"
Of the various concerns that people have regarding electric cars, one of the most often-heard is the worry that their batteries won't work in cold winter weather. That may not be an issue in the semi-near future, however -- scientists at the University of California, San Diego have created a new type of electrolyte that allows lithium batteries to work with "excellent performance" at temperatures as low as -60 ºC (-76 ºF). By contrast, traditional lithium-ion batteries tend to conk out at around -20 ºC (-4 ºF).
"Liquefied Gas Electrolytes Allow Lithium Batteries to Operate at Very Low Temperatures"
It is well known that prevalent lithium-ion batteries do not operate at temperatures of -20 °C and lower. At present, the Engineers of University of California San Diego have made an advancement in the field of electrolyte chemistry for enabling lithium batteries to operate at lower temperatures of -60 °C with exceptional performance. The innovative electrolytes also allow electrochemical capacitors to operate at temperatures of -80 °C, which at present operate at low temperatures of -40 °C.
"UC San Diego Researchers Build Batteries For Extremely Cold Weather"
San Diego researchers have developed a way to build batteries that can function in extremely cold environments. The batteries could change expectations for energy storage devices. The new batteries use a pressurized gas as the conduit to move electricity inside the device. Current batteries rely on liquids or solid materials to serve as electrolytes. Shirley Meng leads the UC San Diego lab where the work was done. She said the batteries have two important properties. The batteries can work at much colder temperatures and can shut themselves down if the battery starts to overheat.
6.15.17 San Diego Union Tribue
"Seniors lend expertise on aging-related products"
The competition, held on campus this past Saturday, featured 10 teams of undergraduates who vied for cash prizes to create the best new products for seniors. They included the IndeGo walker and nine other lifestyle and mobility devices that use digital sensors, smartphone apps, GPS technology and crowd-sourced information.
"IGE Technology Accelerator in Xconomy"
The new IGE Technology Accelerator is featured in this Xconomy story about UC San Diego initiatives to support the transfer of UC San Diego innovations to the marketplace and to society. Related Jacobs School Link »
"Meet Your Lucky Stars: NASA Announces A New Class Of Astronaut Candidates"
Just as class lets out for the summer across the country, a new one has just been announced. NASA has chosen 12 people from a pool of more than 18,300 applicants for two years of training before giving them the title of "astronaut." The space agency received a record number of applicants after announcing an open application in December 2015. Jasmin Moghbeli, one of the dozen candidates, spoke with NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro from Houston's Johnson Space Center, where she'll undertake the training program starting in August.
6.9.17 Upload VR
"New VR Glove Uses Muscle-Like Chambers To Simulate Touch"
New VR gloves designed by engineers at UC San Diego employ "soft robotics" to deliver tactile feedback to the wearer as they touch and interact with virtual objects. The system is designed to mimic the movement and sensation of muscle with a a component called a McKibben Muscle. The glove is structured in a layer of latex chambers, surrounded on the surface by braided muscles. The entire glove -- including the muscles -- is connected to a circuit board, and as you interact with virtual objects, the gloves inflate and deflate to replicate pressure.
"UC San Diego Partners With 13 Mexican Universities And High Schools"
UC San Diego is partnering with 13 universities and high schools in Baja California to boost competitiveness in cross-border industries like aerospace and biomedical devices and make it easier for students to learn on both sides of the border. The CaliBaja Education Consortium will include collaboration on scientific research and education. Faculty will work together to design curriculum so American and Mexican students can get credit for taking classes on either side of the border.
6.8.17 NBC San Diego
"3 Astronauts in NASA's Prestigious New Class Have Local Ties to San Diego"
Three astronauts in NASA's newest class studied at universities in San Diego, before being accepted into the highly prestigious program. Five women and seven men were selected for the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class out of a record pool of 18,300 applicants. The new astronauts with local ties include Dr. Jonny Kim, Matthew Dominick and Rob Kulin. Kim graduated from the University of San Diego (USD) and served as a Navy SEAL based in San Diego. According to NASA, the California native completed more than 100 combat operations and earned a Silver Star and Bronze Star with Combat "V"
"Study of VW's Cheating on Diesels Examines Role of Bosch Code"
A study alleges that Robert Bosch Gmbh created the software that enabled Volkswagen AG to evade diesel emissions standards for years. Technical documents also indicate Bosch code was used in a so-called defeat device for a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV model, according to a year-long study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego and Ruhr-Universitat Bochum in Germany. That software set one mode for when a vehicle is being tested -- but then allowed tailpipe pollution to spike in real-world driving conditions.
6.8.17 Financial News
"Keysight Technologies chosen by Qualcomm for 5G test solutions"
Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) has announced a collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, to enable the realization of 5G technologies, the company said.
6.8.17 The San Diego Union Tribune
"UCSD and Baja California schools to launch science education consortium"
A science education initiative that pairs students and faculty from San Diego and Baja California is scheduled for a launch Friday at UC San Diego. The CaliBaja Education Consortium "will allow researchers and students to work together across borders," according to a statement. The program will be housed on the UC San Diego campus at the Jacobs School of Engineering. It will involve UC San Diego and 13 educational institutions in Baja California, both public and private. "Building this connectivity on both sides of the border can promote economic development for the entire region,"
6.7.17 CBS News
"NASA introduces 12 new astronauts"
Looking ahead to a new era of exploration in low-Earth orbit and beyond, NASA named 12 new astronauts Wednesday, five women and seven men selected from a record pool of more than 18,300 applicants. Vice President Mike Pence and Robert Lightfoot, NASA's acting administrator, introduced the new astronaut candidates during a ceremony at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Pence, who described himself as a "lifelong NASA fan," said, "I can't tell you how privileged and honored I feel today to be able to congratulate the newest class of American heroes, the 2017 class of America's astronauts."
6.7.17 Fox 5 San Diego
"NASA's new class of astronauts includes 3 with San Diego ties"
NASA announced its latest class of astronaut candidates Wednesday, including three with ties to San Diego. The candidates will report for duty with NASA in August. Of the 12 candidates, at least three received part of their extensive educations in San Diego, while one was based in the region while serving as a Navy SEAL:
6.7.17 The San Diego Union Tribune
"NASA picks 3 San Diego engineers, fliers for astronaut training"
NASA on Wednesday chose a diverse group of people with experience in the business, research and military worlds to become members of the space agency's next class of astronauts. The new group includes three engineers and pilots who were educated at universities in San Diego. The agency selected a total of 12 people from across the country to enter the famously difficult "ascan" -- or astronaut candidate program. Some of these professionals are serving, or have served, in the armed forces. Some have studied or are working at top-flight academic institutions.
6.7.17 Press-Telegram Space Exploration
"SpaceX employee, Caltech fellow among 12 NASA astronaut candidates"
A geologist studying Mars at Caltech and a launch engineer from SpaceX in Hawthorne beat out 18,000 other applicants to become two of NASA's 12 newest astronauts. The 12 candidates, who will undergo two years of intense training before qualifying for space flight, come from diverse backgrounds in science, engineering and the military. The five women and seven men selected were among a record number of applicants, the highest since the 1970s, officials said.
"NASA announces latest class of astronauts, 3 with San Diego ties"
NASA announced its latest class of astronaut candidates Wednesday, including three with ties to San Diego. The candidates will report for duty with NASA in August. Of the 12 candidates, at least three received part of their extensive educations in San Diego, while one was based in the region while serving as a Navy SEAL: -- Navy Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Dominick earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of San Diego and a Master of Science degree in systems engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.
6.5.17 Siebel Scholars Program
"Scholar Spotlight: Using Nano Technology, Amay Bandodkar Creates Self-Healing Wearable Devices"
As a doctoral student in the research lab of Dr. Joseph Wang at the Department of NanoEngineering at the University of California San Diego, Bandodkar worked on developing wearable devices that can sense chemicals and devices that can harvest energy from human sweat. He also helped pioneer a breakthrough technology that enables wearable devices to heal themselves using magnetic particles. His team published an article describing the discovery in November in Science Advances. Now a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University, Bandodkar is continuing his research on wearable chemical sensors.
6.1.17 Keysight Technologies
"Keysight Technologies, University of California San Diego Demonstrate the World's Fastest 28 GHz 5G Band, Bidirectional Phased-Array"
Keysight Technologies, University of California San Diego Demonstrate the World's Fastest 28 GHz 5G Band, Bidirectional Phased-Array