4.17.18 The Big Smoke Australia
"Science creates e-snitch to get you to stop drinking"
Sometimes to kick a habit, all we need is a gentle prod. Or in this case, a subdermal electronic snitch. These chips totally narc on you when you decide to get drunk. Researchers at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) developed the tech, which is a biosensor of one cubic millimetre in size. So, how does it work? Well, when the person/subject drinks, an enzyme coating the sensor rockets a wireless electrical signal to a second party, such as a smartwatch, or an app, anything that remotely powers the sensor.
"This Implantable Chip Could Monitor Alcohol Intake"
People arrested for DUIs or other alcohol-related offenses are sometimes ordered to wear so-called SCRAM (secure continuous remote alcohol monitoring) bracelets. The device, usually worn on the ankle, can detect alcohol consumption through the skin. Patients in rehab programs often submit to alcohol monitoring as well, often through Breathalyzers or blood tests. But SCRAM bracelets are clunky and sometimes embarrassing, and tests require regular visits. A team of scientists from UC San Diego has come up with a potential alternative: a tiny implantable chip.
4.17.18 U.S. News & World Report
"Skin Sensor Might Someday Track Alcoholics' Booze Intake"
An injectable sensor that could provide ongoing monitoring of the alcohol intake of people receiving addiction treatment is in development. The miniature biosensor would be placed just beneath the skin surface and be powered wirelessly by a wearable device, such as a smartwatch or patch, the University of California, San Diego engineers explained. "The ultimate goal of this work is to develop a routine, unobtrusive alcohol and drug monitoring device for patients in substance abuse treatment programs," project leader Drew Hall said in a university news release.
4.12.18 Canadian Homesteading
"Robotic Grippers to Receive Gecko Toes"
Scientists from the University of California from San Diego, have consolidated the adhesive attributes of gecko toes with air-controlled robots which appear to be soft, to give robot fingers a superior use. Fit for lifting objects up to 45 pounds, the gripper could be utilized wherever: from the floor to the International Space Station.
4.12.18 HemOnc Today
"Remote-controlled immunotherapy system shows potential as noninvasive cancer treatment"
Engineering researchers at University of California, San Diego, developed a remote-controlled cancer immunotherapy system. The ultrasound-based system is designed to noninvasively control genetic processes in T cells to recognize and kill cancer cells. HemOnc Today spoke with Wang about how this system was developed, how it works, the early efficacy it has demonstrated and the research underway to validate its effectiveness.
4.11.18 New Atlas
"Injectable chip measures alcohol consumption"
There may be a new -- if perhaps somewhat Big Brother-like -- method of monitoring the alcohol intake of people in substance abuse treatment programs. Led by Prof. Drew Hall, scientists at the University of California San Diego have developed an alcohol-sensing chip that can be implanted in the body. The chip is designed to be injected under the skin, where it will sit in the interstitial fluid that surrounds the cells. The chip uses very little power (which it draws from the watch's RF signals) and takes just three seconds to conduct one measurement.
"Trying to Quit Drinking? This Implant Will Snitch If You Fall off the Wagon"
Christmas parties. Dates. Football games. Cookouts. Wherever humans socialize, you can bet that the booze will follow. Its omnipresence, plus its addictive qualities, can make it really hard for people to stop drinking, even if they really want to. Now, researchers are working on a new alcohol-monitoring implant that could help people stay on the wagon. All they'll have to give up is some of their autonomy. Researchers at the University of California San Diego developed the implant, a biosensor about one cubic millimeter in size. It's easy to implant under a person's skin, no surgery requir
"A temporary tattoo may be able to track your alcohol levels"
A new monitoring device could help people discreetly measure their alcohol intake by transmitting alcohol levels to a connected cell phone. The tech, developed by engineers at the University of California San Diego, is a small wearable, comparable to a temporary tattoo, that sits directly on the skin. According to Science Daily, it works by stimulating perspiration, which the device can then use to measure the level of alcohol in the person's system.
4.11.18 Slash Gear
"Soft, flexible gripper uses Gekco-inspired adhesives"
Soft robotics is something that researchers around the world are working on. The idea is to create robotic devices that can grip strangely sized object like the rock in the image. The challenge is to design robotic implements that can flex enough to grip the irregularly shaped objects, but still have the strength to lift them. Researchers from UC San Diego have created a soft robotic gripper that can lift up to 45 pounds. The new gripper could be used in a variety of situations from factory floors to the ISS. The soft gripper is coated with an adhesive inspired by the Gecko
"How This Wireless Biosensor Chip Injected Under The Skin Can Monitor Alcohol Levels"
Engineers from the University of California San Diego say they've developed a wireless biosensor chip that could be injected beneath the skin for continuous, long-term alcohol monitoring. The low power chip can be powered wirelessly through a wearable device and could make it easier for patients to follow a prescribed course of tracking over an extended period of time as well as change the way substance abuse disorders are diagnosed, monitored and treated. The biosensor chip, which is in an early prototyping stage, is one cubic millimeter in size and can be injected under the skin.
"Tiny Alcohol Monitor Sits Just Beneath the Skin"
A tiny chip implanted just under the skin could be the Breathalyzer of the future. Researchers from the University of California San Diego reported today that they had created a tiny chip that can read levels of alcohol in the body and relay that information to a smartwatch. It could be an alternative to traditional means of detecting whether someone has been drinking, and offers users the ability to monitor their blood-alcohol levels in real-time. The chip measures about a cubic millimeter in size and is powered by a smartwatch or external patch, meaning it doesn't need a battery.
4.10.18 MIT Technology Review
"The next breathalyzer may be a chip implanted under your skin"
A group of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, created a prototype of a chip, meant to be injected under the skin, that could eventually be helpful for people who are in treatment for alcohol abuse. At just one millimeter across, it's a fraction the size of a penny, which means it would be a lot less bulky than current alcohol-monitoring bracelets. Researchers say it can be more accurate than a breathalyzer test, and it's less invasive than a blood test.
4.10.18 New Atlas
"Soft robotic fingers use gecko-inspired coating for some heavy lifting"
One particularly active area of robotics research involves the exploration of soft parts. Be they legs, artificial muscles or the grippers used to grasp objects, these more malleable components are opening up new possibilities and making machines safer for humans to work around. Now they're gaining a helping hand from the amazing adhesive properties of the gecko, combining to form robotic fingers that punch well above their weight. Adhesives that can be switched on and off, grippers that latch onto space debris and anchors that can be used by astronauts
4.10.18 Business Standard
"Gecko-inspired adhesives help soft robotic fingers get better grip"
Scientists have developed a robotic gripper that combines the adhesive properties of gecko toes and the adaptability of air-powered soft robots to grasp a wide variety of objects. The gripper can lift up to 20 kilogrammes of weight and could be used to grasp objects in a wide range of settings, from factory floors to the International Space Station (ISS), according to researchers at the University of California San Diego in the US. Geckos are known as nature's best climbers because of a sophisticated gripping mechanism on their toes.
4.10.18 Modern American News
"Engineers Create a Tiny Wireless Injectable Biosensor"
What if you could inject a biosensor into the fluid in your skin that can monitor alcohol or other substances and control it with your smartwatch or other wearable? Engineers at the University of California San Diego along with a start up in the Qualcomm Innovation Institute are working on a prototype that can do just that. Less than the size of a 16 gauge needle, this wireless biosensor chip can be injected into the fluid surrounding the cells in your body. The biosensor was designed to be a low power as possible, around 970 nanowatts.
4.3.18 Yahoo! News
"A new stomach wearable could replace invasive tests"
Researchers have a created a wearable device for the stomach that can be used to monitor digestive activity and help spot potential issues. A team of scientists from the University of California San Diego have built a small 3D-printed box, complete with 10 small electrodes that also attach to the abdomen and can be used to monitor electrical activity in the stomach. The researchers said the early results from testing show it to perform as well as tests carried out in a clinical setting, and because it comes with an app and can be linked with a smartphone,
"Stomach wearable could replace the need for invasive probes"
Researchers have created a wearable monitor that can track your stomach's electrical activity for signs of digestion maladies. Called electrogastrography (EGG), it's like an EEG for the GI tract, and was used briefly in the '90s but abandoned due to a lack of usefulness as a diagnostic tool. UCSD scientists are trying to resuscitate it with improved hardware and, most importantly, algorithms that help filter out noise. The results so far are promising, and if perfected, it could help doctors diagnose gastro-intestinal problems without the need for invasive probes or even a hospital visit.
4.2.18 Chicago Tribune
"Scientists invent stomach-monitoring device worn like a fanny pack"
Heart and brain activity are routinely measured through the skin with adhesive electrodes. But diagnosing gastric diseases may require patients to endure a tube stuck through the nose, down the throat and into the stomach. Scientists led by University of California at San Diego researchers say they have a better option for these patients. They've invented a stomach-monitoring device worn like a fanny pack. The prototype picks up the stomach?s electrical signals through 10 electrodes stuck to the belly. Stomach activity changes with meals, sleep and other daily routines.
4.1.18 Chemical Engineering Magazine
"Lithium Battery Demand Drives Process Evolution"
The drive for higher capacity and enhanced performance from lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), in conjunction with skyrocketing demand for electronic devices and electric vehicles (EVs), has necessitated innovations in sourcing, processing and recycling the major materials used in battery manufacturing, especially lithium and cobalt. One side effect of the increasing demand for lithium is a rush-to-market tendency from mining companies. "Over the next several years, a number of companies are coming online to extract lithium carbonate from spodumene ore, which is typically about 8% Li2O by weight."
3.30.18 The San Diego Union Tribune
"Singlera Genomics raises $60 million for early stage cancer tests"
Singlera Genomics, a developer of tests for early cancer detection, said Wednesday it has raised $60 million in venture capital. Singlera, with offices in La Jolla and Shangai, says its technology allows testing of DNA found outside of cells. This "cell-free" approach avoids invasive testing such as tissue biopsies, the company says. Early detection may improve treatment success. The company's proprietary technologies encompass bioinformatics, single-cell genome sequencing, and DNA methylation.