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8.19.17 Gears of Biz
"These Tiny Robots Can Swim Through Acid to Deliver Stomach Ulcer Drugs Directly"
A fleet of micromotor bots, each measuring half the width of a human hair, have been used to heal stomach ulcers in mice, the first time such bots have been used in experiments in living organisms. Conventional antibiotic drugs taken orally can get blitzed and blunted by acids in the stomach, but these miniature bots have been shown to withstand the conditions in the gut and pilot themselves towards bacterial infections.

8.17.17 The Scientist
"Tiny Motors Deliver Ulcer Medication in Mouse Stomachs"
Researchers have built drug-delivery capsules that neutralize stomach acid and use the resulting hydrogen peroxide bubbles to propel themselves and deliver an antibiotic. When tested in mice, the micromotors proved slightly more effective than the same dose of antibiotic delivered orally along with an acidity-lowering proton pump inhibitor, researchers report yesterday (August 16) in Nature Communications.

8.17.17 IFLScience!
"Tiny Robots Help Cure Stomach Infections In Mice"
In the not-so-distant future, drug treatments could be delivered straight to the problem area with the help of some very tiny robots. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego successfully treated bacterial gastric infections in mice using micromotors. The use of nanotechnology in medicine is nothing new but this is the first time chemical treatments have been administered in vivo with this kind of technology.

8.17.17 Futurism
"Researchers Used Tiny Autonomous Vehicles to Deliver Medicine to the Stomach of Mice"
Researchers used autonomous vehicles known as micromotors to cure bacterial infections in the stomachs of mice. Micromotors are only the width of a single human hair, which allows them to negotiate the labyrinthine confines of the human body, and administer precise treatment. In this study, micromotors were used to provide mice with a dose of antibiotics every day for five days. This regimen was found to be more effective than the standard method of administering the medicine.

8.16.17 The San Diego Union Tribune
"Micromotors neutralize stomach acid, deliver antibiotic"
Micromotors thinner than a human hair delivered an antibiotic in the stomachs of mice while neutralizing excess acid, in a study by University of California San Diego scientists. The micromotor-delivered antibiotic reduced populations of H.pylori bacteria, which can cause stomach ulcers. The proof of principle could lead to a safer acid-neutralizing alternative for drug-taking patients than treating them with proton pump inhibitors, which have been linked to various undesirable side effects.

8.16.17 New Scientist
"Tiny robots crawl through mouse's stomach to heal ulcers"
Tiny robotic drug deliveries could soon be treating diseases inside your body. For the first time, micromotors -- autonomous vehicles the width of a human hair -- have cured bacterial infections in the stomachs of mice, using bubbles to power the transport of antibiotics. In mice with bacterial stomach infections, the team used the micromotors to administer a dose of antibiotics daily for five days. At the end of the treatment, they found their approach was more effective than regular doses of medicine.

8.16.17 Ubergizmo
"Scientists Create A New Way To Deliver Medicine Through Your Stomach"
The acids in our stomachs are great for helping to break down food to digest them, but when it comes to medication, there are some instances where consuming medicine orally might not be the most effective way around it. A team of researchers at UC San Diego might have come up with an interesting method of delivering medicine through your stomach and ensuring that it does not get destroyed by your stomach acids, and that is through the use of micromotors that will change your stomach's pH levels so that the medicine can be delivered safely.

8.16.17 CNET
"Robots the size of a human hair cure sick mice -- with bubbles"
Scientists are breaking out the bubbles to celebrate a new breakthrough -- and we're not talking about champagne. Tiny robots the size of a human hair, known as micromotors, have been used to cure bacterial infections in mice using bubbles. A team from the University of California, San Diego used the micromotors to administer a daily dose of antibiotics in the stomachs of mice and found improved results compared with more conventional methods.

8.16.17 Engadget
"'Micromotors' alter your gut's chemistry to safely deliver medicine"
There's a reason diabetics can't take their insulin orally (for the time being): stomach acid is super effective at dissolving it and similar large proteins, like antibiotics. But rather than force patients to pound pints of Maalox or chew a tub of Tums before taking their medicine, a team of researchers at UC San Diego have developed a novel method of getting your medication past the acid by using nearly microscopic drug delivery vehicles which increase the pH as they swim through your stomach.

8.16.17 Boing Boing
"Tiny robots in a mouse's stomach help heal an ulcer"
Tiny micromotors about the width of a human hair traveled through a mouse's stomach delivering antibiotics to treat a stomach ulcer. The motors are powered by bubbles. According to the researchers from the University of California San Diego, the microrobot-based treatment proved more effective than regular doses of the medicine.

8.16.17 Silicon Republic
"Nano-sized machines swimming in stomachs can now treat infections"
In the near future, nano-sized micromotors swimming in your stomach could be used to treat a variety of different infections, having been demonstrated for the first time, according to a paper recently published in Nature Communications. Developed by a team of nano-engineers from the University of California San Diego, the specially built micromotors offer a promising new method for treating stomach and gastrointestinal tract diseases with acid-sensitive drugs.

8.16.17 New Atlas
"First: Titanium micromotors zip around stomach, fight bacteria"
In what they are calling a world first, nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) have delivered tiny drug-bearing motors into the stomachs of mice where the devices moved around via bubble propulsion. The locomotion method not only allowed the mini molecular machines to navigate, but it also changed the pH of the stomach to allow the successful dispatch of bug-clobbering antibiotics.

8.16.17 GEN
"Acid-Powered Micromotors Treat Bacterial Stomach Infection in Mice"
Scientists have for the first time used tiny self-propelling, drug-loaded micromotors to treat a bacterial gastric infection in experimental mice, without the use of acid-blocking proton pump inhibitors. Developed by researchers at the University of California San Diego, the biodegradeable micromotors are less than half the width of a human hair in size and constructed around a magnesium core that reacts with protons in stomach acid to propel the vehicles to the stomach wall, where they attach and release their antibiotic cargo.

8.16.17 New York Post
"Tiny robots could soon heal stomach ulcers"
Tiny robots could soon be ferrying medicine around the human body, after scientists successfully used the minuscule gadgets to cure sick mice, according to a new report. Researchers at the University of California San Diego used the hair-width bots called "micromotors" to deliver doses of antibiotics to rodents with bacterial stomach infections -- and found they were more successful than just taking the drugs robot-free.

8.16.17 Discover Magazine
"Ulcer-fighting Robots Swim Through Stomachs to Deliver a Cure"
Tiny robots powered by bubbles have successfully treated an infection in mice. The achievement is another step forward in a field that has long shown promise, and is only now beginning to deliver. The therapeutic robots in this case were tiny spheres of magnesium and titanium coated with an antibacterial agent and about the width of a human hair. They were released into the stomach, where they swam around and delivered a drug to the target before dissolving.

8.16.17 Motherboard
"Nanoengineers Made Antibiotic-Carrying Micromotors to Treat Infections"
Antibiotics are meant to kill bacteria, but sometimes the drugs are sensitive to stomach acid, becoming ineffective on their way to fighting off nasty infections in the gut. Now nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have figured out how to transport antibiotics directly to the site of an infection, while protecting them from acidity: by sending the medication into the body with "micromotors," little vehicles made of magnesium, titanium dioxide, and a polymer called chitosan, which is made from crustacean shells.

8.16.17 Yahoo! Sports
"UC San Diego scientists are building tiny nanobots to swim through your stomach"
The idea of treating disease or carrying out surgery using swarms of tiny robots injected into the human body may sound like science fiction, but it is one that is proving increasingly popular. In a new research project, nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego have demonstrated the use of tiny "micromotor" nanobots, capable of treating a bacterial infection in the stomach. The lab's tiny vehicles, each one around half the width of a human hair, are able to swim rapidly through the stomach, neutralizing gastric acid and releasing a cargo of drugs at the desired pH level.

8.16.17 TechXplore
"Follow the Bitcoin to find victims of human trafficking"
A team of university researchers has devised the first automated techniques to identify ads potentially tied to human trafficking rings and link them to public information from Bitcoin - the primary payment method for online sex ads. This is the first step toward developing a suite of freely available tools to help police and nonprofit institutions identify victims of sexual exploitation, explained the computer scientists from the New York University Tandon School of Engineering; University of California, Berkeley; and University of California, San Diego.

8.8.17 medGadget
"3D Printed Models Help Surgeons Work on Kids' Slipped Femurs"
Individual patients undergoing hip surgeries have unique anatomies that demand personalized attention by the surgical team. In children, the level of detail is greater and it's even more crucial to achieve optimal results since the patients will want to run, jump, and swim for many years to come. Teens and pre-teens, and particularly boys, can suffer from slipped capital femoral epiphysis, a condition in which the head of the femur becomes weak and gets squeezed too much, causing a misalignment of how the femur connects with the pelvis.

8.4.17 3DPrinting.com
"New Study Results Show That 3D Printed Surgical Models Can Equal Major Cost and Time Savings"
Having personal experience with the typically agonizing time spent in a waiting room while a loved one undergoes surgery, I am a big fan of anything that safely reduces the amount of time patients have to spend on an operating table, including 3D printed surgical models for training and planning purposes. Medical models, specifically patient-specific ones, allow surgeons to get their eyes, and their hands, on the organ or body part they?ll be operating on ahead of time, which lets them plan out exactly what they need to do during the surgery.

8.4.17 Digital Trends
"Transparent 'Window Into the Brain' Lets Sound Waves Through the Skull"
A transparent skull implant is designed to make ultrasound brain surgery easier. The words "hole in the head," as in "[insert organization] needs another reorganization like a hole in the head" is a colorful way of describing something that there is absolutely no requirement for. But sometimes a hole in the head is necessary -- and researchers from the U.S. and Mexico want to help deliver it. With that in mind, they invented a skull implant that serves as a literal window into the brain -- with the goal of making ultrasound brain surgery easier.

8.3.17 Semi Engineering
"Using Machine Learning In EDA"
Machine learning is beginning to have an impact on the EDA tools business, cutting the cost of designs by allowing tools to suggest solutions to common problems that would take design teams weeks or even months to work through.This reduces the cost of designs.

8.3.17 Education Dive
"In 2 years, ransomware raked in an estimated $25M"
Education is among the top industries targeted by ransomware operators, largely due to the sensitive nature of its data and its critical importance to day-to-day operations. Other popular targets have included government entities and healthcare organizations. Data analytics software may, however, be able to solve campus' ransomware woes. One such solution, Splunk Insights for Ransomware, seeks to streamline the process of addressing an attack, monitoring networks to prevent potential attacks before they can succeed.

8.3.17 New Atlas
"Hip 3D-printed models save time in surgery"
Slipped capital femoral epiphysis is the most common hip disorder in children aged 9 to 16, affecting about 11 in 100,000 children in the US annually. It's treated via surgery to reshape the head of the femur, and needless to say - the quicker that the operation can be completed, the better. That's why scientists from the University of California San Diego have been experimentally using 3D-printed models of patients' hips to reduce surgery time by approximately 25 percent.

8.2.17 Discover
"Treating the Brain With Ultrasound and a Ceramic 'Window'"
One of the biggest problems in neuroscience is very simple -- access. The brain is encased in the bony cranium, and many regions are buried beneath layers of brain tissue, making any intrusion potentially dangerous. Physically probing into the brain is also extremely difficult, and because you can't just cut it open and sew it back up afterward as you might another organ, surgeons would benefit from less invasive methods. Now they might have one. With a special kind of ceramic, researchers have created a small "window" that can be implanted in the skull to allow for ultrasound therapies.

8.2.17 New Atlas
"Skylight in the skull lets the ultrasound in"
Ultrasound is already utilized to treat brain disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, plus it can be used to kill cancer cells and to dissolve stroke-causing blood clots. Unfortunately, however, the thickness and density of the skull absorbs or reflects much of the ultrasound before it reaches the brain, making treatments less effective than they would be otherwise. That said, a solution may be on the way, in the form of what's being called a "window to the brain."

8.2.17 News Medical Life Sciences
"3D-printed models help shorten surgery time for common hip disorder in children"
A team of engineers and pediatric orthopedic surgeons are using 3D printing to help train surgeons and shorten surgeries for the most common hip disorder found in children ages 9 to 16. In a recent study, researchers showed that allowing surgeons to prep on a 3D-printed model of the patient's hip joint cut by about 25 percent the amount of time needed for surgery when compared to a control group.

8.2.17 Medical Press
"Engineers harness the power of 3-D printing to help train surgeons, shorten surgery times"
A team of engineers and pediatric orthopedic surgeons are using 3D printing to help train surgeons and shorten surgeries for the most common hip disorder found in children ages 9 to 16. In a recent study, researchers showed that allowing surgeons to prep on a 3D-printed model of the patient's hip joint cut by about 25 percent the amount of time needed for surgery when compared to a control group. The team, which includes bioengineers from the UC San Diego and physicians from Rady Children's Hospital, detailed their findings in a recent issue of the Journal of Children's Orthopaedics.

8.2.17 Scicasts
"Ceramic Implant Material Developed that Will Expand Use of Ultrasound to Treat Brain Disorders and Cancers"
Ultrasound brain surgery has enormous potential for the treatment of neurological diseases and cancers, but getting sound waves through the skull and into the brain is no easy task. To address this problem, a team of researchers has developed a ceramic skull implant through which doctors can deliver ultrasound treatments on demand and on a recurring basis.

7.28.17 Quartz
"Hackers have lost their favorite bitcoin laundering service after an arrest in Greece"
The arrest of a Russian man named Alexander Vinnik in Greece on Wednesday could disrupt the operations of one of the world's largest bitcoin exchanges, which is also a top money laundering destination for online criminals. Vinnik's arrest could also help solve the mystery behind the 650,000 missing bitcoin from the infamous Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange in 2014. The US Department of Justice has indicted Vinnik for money laundering and other financial crimes as the alleged operator of the cryptocurrency exchange BTC-E.

7.28.17 Electronics 360
"Video: UC San Diego Robotics Team Enters Japan's RoboCup Competition"
Scientists from the University of California, San Diego, are for the first time taking part in the international RoboCup @ Home competition. During the past three months, the team has been testing algorithms to train a Toyota Human Support Robot (HSR) to complete two tasks: Picking up and putting away groceries; and helping someone to carry groceries from their car to their home. The goal of the RoboCup @ Home competition is to test a robot's ability to perform everyday tasks, help people around the house and establish robot-human communication and interaction.

7.27.17 Fortune
"Ransomware Cost Surpasses $25 Million Mark"
Companies and individuals have paid more than $25 million over the past two years to try to get their computer data back from hackers who hijacked it. This is according to new research by Google about the phenomenon. Ransomware attacks use software that infects a target's computers and encrypts all the files so that the victims lose access. The perpetrators hold onto the key for decrypting the data until they get their demanded payment, or ransom, which victims typically pay using bitcoin or some other cryptocurrency that is difficult or impossible to trace.

7.27.17 NBC San Diego
"Your Roomba May Be Mapping Your Home and Collecting Data It Could Sell"
Roombas and iRobots are modern gadgets to help clean your house, but are they collecting data that could be sold to major companies? Many iRobots collect data about your house as they work, like where furniture and walls are located in the building. This is to help the Roomba learn the best ways to clean your house without bumping into the couch, for example. "Over time the robot becomes smarter and knows which places it needs to clean up more around your home," said Henrik Christensen, director of the Contextual Robotics Institute and a professor of computer science at UC San Diego.

7.26.17 Business Insider
"Ransomware has made more than $25 million from its victims over 2 years, Google study finds"
Malware can be a highly profitable business. Ransomware, malicious software that encrypts victims' data and demands a pay-off in order to unlock it, has made more than $25 million (£19.1 million) in bounties over the last two years. That's the finding of a study from researchers at Google, Chainalysis, UC San Diego, and the NYU Tandom School of Engineering that was seen by The Verge's Russell Brandom.

7.26.17 c|net
"Malware now comes with customer service"
Hackers behind some of the most notorious ransomware around are taking some hints from legit Wall Street companies. Malware strains like Locky and Cerber helped make ransomware a $25 million industry in 2016 and its operators are starting to operate like conventional corporations with "customer" service staff and outsourced resources, researchers explained Wednesday at Black Hat. Ransomware has devastated hospitals, universities, banks, and essentially any computer network with weak security over the last 10 yrs, but attacks have become even more prevalent as infection rates and payments grow.

7.25.17 10News - ABC San Diego
"Smart Glove Turns Sign Language Into Text"
Engineers at UC San Diego have developed a glove that wirelessly translates sign language letters into text. They built the prototype for less than $100. What makes this glove unique is that it uses stretchable and printable electronics.

7.25.17 Forbes
"Petya Ransomwar Victims Can Now Recover Their Files For Free"
Internet users who have fallen victims to the aggressive Petya ransomware attacks over the past year are in luck. There is now a free tool that will allow them to decrypt their files if they hang onto them since then. Petya is a ransomware program that first appeared in March 2016. It surprised security researchers at the time because unlike other file-encrypting ransomware programs that targeted specific file types such as pictures and documents, Petya damaged entire hard disk drives, leaving computers unable to boot.

7.25.17 Yahoo! Finance
"Ransomware has made more than $25 million from its victims over 2 years, Google study finds"
Malware can be a highly profitable business. Ransomware, malicious software that encrypts victims' data and demands a pay-off in order to unlock it, has made more than $US25 million (£19.1 million) in bounties over the last two years. That's the finding of a study from researchers at Google, Chainalysis, UC San Diego, and the NYU Tandom School of Engineering that was seen by The Verge's Russell Brandom. The researchers investigated 34 different types of malware, tracking payments on the blockchain (the public, decentralised ledger of bitcoin transactions) to try and analyse the scale

7.25.17 CBS Los Angeles
"Victims Of Ransomware Attacks Have Paid $25 Million Last Two Years, Report Says"
Ransomware, the malware hackers use to lock victims' computers and demand money to unlock them, has garnered more than $25 million in payments for those responsible for deploying viruses in just the last two years, The Verge reports. A study on 34 separate cases of ransomware by researchers from Google, Chainalysis, UC San Diego, and the NYU Tandon School of Engineering were able to better map out the ransomware underworld. Specifically, they discovered Locky, a strain of ransomware that has alone accrued more than $7 million in payments.

7.24.17 Modern Healthcare
"Sweat could fuel next generation of wearable sensors"
The next big biofuel source could be the most locally sourced yet--it'll come from your own skin.​ A research team out of the University of California at San Diego led by Joseph Wang has created a sweat-powered radio that was able to run for two days on perspiration. Researchers used a soft, flexible skin patch just a few centimeters across that contains enzymes that replace the precious metals traditionally used in batteries. The technology could potentially be used in wearable activity or health trackers, researchers say.

7.24.17 SD Metro
"Daily Business Report-July 24, 2017"
The historic Balboa Park carousel is being sold to the Friends of Balboa Park by long-time owner Balboa Park Carousel Inc. headed by La Mesa civil engineer Bill Steen. Located on the southwest corner of Zoo Place and Park Boulevard, the antique wood menagerie carousel, built in 1910 by the Herschell-Spillman Company of Tonawanda, N.Y., has stood in various locations within Balboa Park since 1922.

7.20.17 Scripps Ranch News
"UCSD holds quake test at local facility"
No one felt any shaking, but a small earthquake was orchestrated in Scripps Ranch Friday morning as an experiment by the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Jacobs School of Engineering. The event was carried out in a nearly hidden location at 10201 Pomerado Road near Camp Elliott, off the eastern end of Pomerado Road. The off-campus facility is the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center and the equipment used to simulate an earthquake is called a shake table. A two-story wooden structure was built and went through a series of earthquake simulations this week.

7.19.17 Physics World
"Smart glove translates sign language into digital text"
A smart glove that translates American Sign Language (ASL) into digital text has been developed by scientists at the University of California, San Diego. Timothy O'Connor, Darren Lipomi and colleagues reckon that their device can be produced for less than $100 and could also find use in virtual-reality and remote-control systems.

7.19.17 The San Diego Union Tribune
"ThoughtSTEM at Fleet Science Center teaches youth programming"
Within the Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park, young programmers type keyboard commands and click a button, instantly creating digital worlds--complete with castles, drones or anything else they can imagine. Adventures in Minecraft Modding and Game Design was a weeklong summer camp run by ThoughtSTEM in partnership with the Fleet, where third- through fifth-graders used computer science skills to control what happens in the popular video game. Salvador Najar, a content and curriculum developer for ThoughtSTEM, said the organization's main goal is to teach kids how to author computer ...

7.19.17 NECN
"To See the Future of Classroom Learning, Some Look to Virtual Reality"
Instead of reading about cell biology, or even watching a very cool video on cell biology, imagine you could shrink down small enough to go inside a cell and observe biochemical reactions up close. And what if you could use your own hands to smash molecules together, just to see what happens? That's what Connor Smith envisions when he considers the future of classroom learning. Using virtual reality technology to improve education is something the University of California, San Diego senior thinks about a lot, in fact, and he's already created a VR application that replicates the inside of ..

7.19.17 The San Diego Union Tribune
"High school students explore tissue engineering at UCSD"
Students with gloved hands held a test tube in one and an eye dropper in the other as they modeled the process of growing human cells. In this four-week summer program, high school students transformed into college-level researchers on a campus known for its world-class advancements in bioengineering. Eighteen of those students participated in the tissue engineering and regenerative medicine cluster at the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science, or Cosmos, a residential program hosted at UC San Diego.

7.19.17 The San Diego Union Tribune
"ThoughtSTEM at Fleet Science Center teaches youth programming"
Wiithin the Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park, young programmers type keyboard commands and click a button, instantly creating digital worlds -- complete with castles, drones or anything else they can imagine. Adventures in Minecraft Modding and Game Design was a weeklong summer camp run by ThoughtSTEM in partnership with the Fleet, where third- through fifth-graders used computer science skills to control what happens in the popular video game. Salvador Najar, a content and curriculum developer for ThoughtSTEM, said the organization's main goal is to teach kids ...

7.17.17 IEEE Spectrum
"Low-Cost Pliable Materials Transform Glove Into Sign-to-Text Machine"
Researchers have made a low-cost smart glove that can translate the American Sign Language alphabet into text and send the messages via Bluetooth to a smartphone or computer. The glove can also be used to control a virtual hand. While it could aid the deaf community, its developers say the smart glove could prove really valuable for virtual and augmented reality, remote surgery, and defense uses like controlling bomb-diffusing robots.

7.17.17 KGW.com Portland
"Tests show timber buildings do well in quakes"
Video: Tests show timber buildings do well in quakes

7.17.17 Boing Boing
"Engineers create smart glove that turns sign language into text"
University of California San Diego engineer Timothy O'Connor led a team that developed a smart glove that turns the American Sign Language alphabet into text. The project used inexpensive off-the-shelf products totalling about $100.

7.15.17 Newsweek
"This Glove Translates Sign Language to Text -- And Could Eventually Give Virtual Reality the Sense of Touch"
It may not be speedy, but it works. A gloved hand forms letters in sign language, and like magic, the motions are translated to text. "U-C-S-D," the hand slowly spells out in text, referring to the University of California San Diego, where researchers developed the glove. The achievement is detailed in a video posted this week by UCSD. As it stands now, the glove, which the team built for less than $100 using flexible electronics that are available commercially, can translate the entire American Sign Language alphabet into text.

7.14.17 Digital Trends
"SMART GLOVES CAN RECOGNIZE AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE AND CONVERT TO TEXT"
From gadgets that are designed to help blind people to see the world around them, to assistive technology that can help paralyzed people to walk, it's a pleasure to be able to write about technology that can profoundly transform people's lives for the better. The latest potential example? A low-cost smart glove created by researchers at the University of California San Diego, which promises to automatically translate American Sign Language (ASL) into digital text that appears on a corresponding computer or smartphone.

7.14.17 CBS8.com
"Engineers test new building material on world's largest quake simulator"
If the "Big One" hits, how safe are our homes and buildings? A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego is conducting a series of tests with the world?s largest earthquake simulator to try and answer that very question. Engineers from all over the country came together in San Diego and built a two-story, real world structure frame using cross-laminated timber. The structures also have what is called a rocking wall system, which is designed to recenter the a building after an earthquake.

7.14.17 10news.com
"Researchers studying whether wood can stand up to Mother Nature's worst earthquakes"
Researchers put a two-story building through one of the worst earthquakes ever Friday to see if the unique wooden design could become the future standard for construction in earthquake zones. They said California building standards are doing a good job of protecting people during earthquakes but buildings still sustain damage. They're working on protecting the actual buildings during earthquakes. "Not only protecting people's lives but also making sure that when you buy or you're going to buy you're not getting damage in the earthquakes.

7.13.17 The Times
"Electronic glove converts sign language to computer text"
An electronic glove that wirelessly translates hand gestures into text could revolutionise how sign language is used, according to a study. The wearable technology, which researchers say can be made for less than £80, works by using flexible strain sensors on a glove to track hand movements. Letters in the sign-language alphabet are then converted into text and transmitted using Bluetooth to a computer or smartphone display.

7.13.17 CBC News
"Researchers create low-cost glove that can interpret ASL into text"
A new project out of the University of California San Diego shows how wearable technology could more easily integrate with the way people live -- and that high-tech doesn't have to come with a high cost. Researchers created a prototype glove fitted with sensors that follow the motion of someone's hands, which they tested by using American Sign Language (ASL). And they built it for less than $100 US. The nanoengineering team used ASL because it involves many small motions that the glove's sensors would be able to read, providing a good test of its sensitivity to motion.

7.13.17 New Atlas
"Smart glove translates sign language gestures into text"
Unless you're hard of hearing, or have hearing-impaired friends or relatives, you probably won't understand sign language, which is frustrating for those who rely on it to communicate. Now engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a prototype of what they call "The Language of Glove," a Bluetooth-enabled, sensor-packed glove that reads the sign language hand gestures and translates them into text.

7.13.17 Daily Mail
"Electric glove translates sign language into text messages in real-time to help deaf people communicate"
An electric glove which can convert sign language into text messages has been unveiled by scientists. The $100 (£77) device will will allow deaf people to instantly send messages to those who don't understand sign language, according to its inventors. Researchers fitted a standard sports glove with nine flexible strain sensors which react when a user bends their fingers to create the new device. The device, which was developed at the University of California, San Diego, can convert the 26 letters of American Sign Language (ASL) into text that can be viewed on a smartphone or computer.

7.13.17 Silicon Republic
"For less than $100, team builds glove to translate sign language into text"
Despite many attempts to use technology to give sign language users greater power to communicate over the years, there remains few -- if any -- affordable tools to turn movement into text. Now, however, a team from the University of California, San Diego has published a study detailing their new device that costs less than $100, but can translate American Sign Language (ASL) into text and then transmit it to an electronic device.

7.13.17 Popular Mechanics
"This Hacked Together Glove Can Translate Sign Language"
With technology like Google Translate, we can communicate in almost any language in the world, even if we don't know that language at all. But there's one group of people who are left out: deaf and hard-of-hearing people who speak sign languages. No translation program in the world can interpret for them, which makes it hard to communicate. One group of researchers is working to change that. A team from the University of California San Diego built an electronic glove that can detect signs used in American Sign Language and translate those signs into English.

7.13.17 medGadget
"Low Cost Glove Translates Sign Language, May Be Used to Practice Surgery in Virtual Reality"
At the University of California San Diego engineers have developed a low-cost electronic glove capable of understanding sign language. A user simply puts it on and can sign away, with the glove wirelessly transmitting what it's interpreting to another device to be read out or for the words to appear on a screen. The cost of all the parts comes out to less than $100, including the printed stretchable electronic sensors that are attached to the top of the fingers.

7.13.17 WIRED
"SOFT SENSORS MIGHT MAKE WEARABLES ACTUALLY WEARABLE"
Imagine fabric cut from a standard grey t-shirt. It's stretchier than most tees, because it's made from a mix of nylon and spandex, not cotton. It stands out in another way, too: If you flip back a corner of the cloth, one side has an unexpected metallic sheen. Full-on roboclothes will need other infrastructure to support these stretch-tracking sensors. A gripper would need actuators to provide oomph, chips for "wireless communication, data storage and power so that your glove is truly a fully integrated wearable system," says Sheng Xu, a soft electronics researcher at UC San Diego.

7.13.17 Daily Mail UK
"Researchers to simulate 1994 LA quake that killed 60 on giant 'shake table' to test design for quakeproof wooden building"
Engineers are set to recreate the tremors of powerful earthquakes to test the durability of a two-story wooden structure, in hopes to one day create buildings as tall as 20 stories that can withstand a major seismic event. The tests will use the UC San Diego's massive shake table, which can simulate the forces of devastating quakes such as the 6.7 Northridge event, which tore through the LA area in 1994, killing 60 people and causing billions of dollars in damage.Using the data from the simulations, researchers will later return to the facility to construct a 10-story timber building

7.13.17 The San Diego Union Tribune
"Engineers to simulate 6.7 earthquake at UC San Diego"
Engineers will use UC San Diego's shake table to subject a two-story structure to the forces produced by the 6.7 Northridge earthquake to look for ways to design tall wood buildings that can survive big temblors. The simulation will occur on Friday at the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center in Scripps Ranch, which has been used before to simulate Northridge, a quake that killed 60 people and damaged 40,000 buildings in January 1994.

7.12.17 ZME Science
"Cheap but smart glove translates American Sign Language into text"
People with speech impairments will be able to communicate better with the rest of the world thanks to an experimental glove packed with bendable electronics. The glove translates gestures corresponding to the American Sign Language alphabet and then wirelessly transmits the information in text form to electronic devices that can show it on a display. The whole cost less than $100 to build -- and could become way cheaper in a series production -- and has a low power requirement.

7.12.17 New Scientist
"Glove turns sign language into text for real-time translation"
Handwriting will never be the same again. A new glove developed at the University of California, San Diego, can convert the 26 letters of American Sign Language (ASL) into text on a smartphone or computer screen. Because it's cheaper and more portable than other automatic sign language translators on the market, it could be a game changer. People in the deaf community will be able to communicate effortlessly with those who don't understand their language. It may also one day fine-tune our control of robots.

7.12.17 Inverse
"These Stylish Gloves Will Transmit Sign Language into iPhone Text"
The white gloves in the picture above may look like something out of a seventies sci-fi film, but they could be the future of wearable technology. With a set of materials that cost less than $100, a team from the University of California, San Diego, created a set of gloves that can track a wearer's gestures. The team built software that can read American Sign Language gestures performed by the wearer and transmit the messages over Bluetooth to a computer or smartphone. In the future, your iPhone could translate sign language in real time.

7.12.17 KPBS
"This 'Smart Glove' Can Translate Sign Language"
UC San Diego researchers have designed a "smart glove" that can turn sign language into text that can be wirelessly transmitted to mobile devices, all for less than $100. The glove is outfitted with cheaply printed sensors that stretch over the user's knuckles, detecting the different gestures that represent letters of the American Sign Language alphabet. A small computer on the back of the glove is then able to take that information and transmit it via Bluetooth to a smartphone or laptop, where it is displayed as text.

7.12.17 The Sacramento Bee
"This glove cost less than $100 to make and can translate the sign language alphabet"
For a fraction of the cost of a new iPhone, researchers at University of California, San Diego, developed a smart glove that can translate the American Sign Language alphabet as the wearer's fingers move. The researchers outfitted a golf glove with the electronics needed to track a signing hand and relay the letters wirelessly to a phone or computer. They published their work Wednesday in the journal PLOS One.

7.12.17 KTVZ.com New Channel 21
"Test to see how special wood structures fare in quakes"
Engineering researchers are putting an innovative two-story structure made of cross-laminated timber panels through a series of seismic tests to determine how it would perform in an earthquake. The tests are being conducted at the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure at University of California San Diego (NEHRI@UCSD) site, which is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). They will produce data that can be used in the design of a new generation of wood-frame high-rises, such as a four-story parking structure designed for Springfield, Oregon, and

7.7.17 Android Headlines
"Researchers Working On 'Near-Zero-Power' Sensor For Wearables"
Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new temperature sensor which essentially runs on next to no power. The sensor is described as a "near-zero-power" sensor which represents how low the power requirements of this sensor are. To put this into perspective, the new near-zero power temperature sensor is said to require 628 times less power than the temperature sensors that can be found in various healthcare devices and smart thermostats. Ones which were already considered to be low-powered to begin with.

7.6.17 Yahoo! News
"Crazy-efficient temperature sensor uses less than 1-billionth of a watt"
Chances are that you do not talk about picowatts too much in your day-to-day life. No, it is not the name of a yellow Pokémon, but a measure of power that is equal to a trillionth of a watt. Given that a standard incandescent bulb uses in the region of 60 watts, you get a sense of just how tiny a picowatt actually is. Well, electrical engineers at UC San Diego have managed to pull off the miraculous feat of developing a temperature sensor that runs on just 113 picowatts of power. That's 628 times lower power than the previous state-of-the-art technology.

7.6.17 Internet of Business
"UCSD engineers develop near-zero-power sensor for 'unawearables'"
Electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), have unveiled a temperature sensor capable of running on just 113 picowatts of power: 628 times less power than the current state of the art and roughly 10 billion times smaller than a watt. Could this technology power the unobtrusive "unawearables" of the future? The technology could open the door to wearable devices with a battery life far beyond anything in production today. Systems that monitor body temperature, smart homes, Internet of Things (IoT) devices and environmental monitoring could all be transformed.

7.5.17 The Engineer
"Low-power temperature sensor could turn wearables into 'unawareables'"
Near-zero-power consumption sensor from University of California opens up the possibility of energy-harvesting devices. The sensor, developed by a team led by Patrick Mercier of the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California San Diego, works by minimising power consumption in two domains: the current source of the device and the conversion of temperature to a digital readout. It takes advantage of a phenomenon generally seen as a disadvantage in electronics, known as gate leakage.

7.5.17 Newsline
"New temperature sensor could power more energy-efficient wearable devices"
A new "near-zero-power" temperature sensor developed by scientists at the University of California, San Diego requires just 113 picowatts -- an infinitesimal amount energy -- to operate. Engineers believe the sensor could make wearable and implantable devices, as well as other environmental monitoring technologies, much more energy efficient. The sensor could also allow such devices to derive power exclusively from energy created by the body or the surrounding environment. Researchers detailed their breakthrough in a new paper published this week in the journal Scientific Reports.

7.5.17 89.3 KPCC
"Scientists are now using sweat to power electronics"
Maybe its happened to you. You're tracking a workout on your Fitbit, and mid-way through, the battery goes dead. Scientists at the Center for Wearable Sensors at UC San Diego are trying to make this a thing of the past. They've created a flexible skin-patch that uses sweat in place of batteries to power small devices with a Bluetooth connection. According to co-director Patrick Mercier, many wearable devices like a Fitbit end up "in the sock drawer" because people just don't want to spend time charging them. "People start to wear them, and they think the information that's being generated

7.4.17 Wareable
"This miniature sensor holds the secret to better wearable battery life"
Hold on to your butts, we've got a new category of wearable tech to break to you: unawareables. That's the name of the end game, according to engineers at the University of California San Diego, who have created a "near-zero-power" temperature sensor that could make wearables and smart home devices much less battery hungry - and as a result, less conspicuous. The minuscule sensor - 0.15 × 0.15 square millimeters - uses so little power it could last a considerably long time without running out of juice in devices that require a temperature sensor.

7.4.17 The Week
"Will sweat replace batteries?"
Sweat could fuel the future of wearable devices, said Timothy Revell at New Scientist​. Re­search­ers have figured out how to power a simple radio for up to two days with a skin patch that harvests energy from human sweat. The flexible patch, which is less than an inch across, "contains enzymes that replace the precious metals normally used in batteries" and feed off the lactic acid found in sweat. But "sweat radio isn't the end goal." Researchers hope to use the technology to build wearable sensors that monitor health conditions,

7.3.17 Slash Gear
"This sensor for wearables, smart homes uses almost no power"
If the holy grail for smartphones, at least based on recent trends, is bezel-less and foldable screens, the holy grail for wearables is being "unawearable". That's what engineers from UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering call their new tech that reduced a temperature to a size just a little larger than the tip of a No. 2 pencil. And size isn't the only bragging right of this chip. It also uses near zero power, which could make it last ages before running out of juice.

7.3.17 Semiconductor Engineering
"Vw emissions tests cheat code found"
A team of researchers from UC San Diego, Ruhr University along with an independent researcher has uncovered the mechanism that Volkswagen used to circumvent U.S. and European emission tests over a period of at least six years before the EPA put the company on notice in 2015 for violating the Clean Air Act. The researchers found the code that allowed onboard vehicle computers to determine that the vehicle was undergoing an emissions test, at which point the computer then activated the car's emission-curbing systems, reducing the amount of pollutants emitted.

7.1.17 Engadget
"Researchers create temperature sensor that runs on almost no power"
Researchers at UC San Diego have developed a temperature sensor that runs on tiny amounts of power -- just 113 picowatts, around 10 billion times less power than a watt. The sensor was described in a study recently published in Scientific Reports. "We're building systems that have such low power requirements that they could potentially run for years on just a tiny battery," Hui Wang, an author of the study, said in a statement.

6.23.17 Financial Express
"Your sweat may soon power your smartphone"
Scientists have created a skin patch that can power a radio for two days using human sweat, and may eventually be used to charge mobile devices while people are out for a run. The bio fuel patch may also provide a way to monitor glucose levels in people with diabetes, without needles and blood samples, researchers said. The skin patch developed by researchers from UC San Diego in the US is a flexible square just a couple of centimetres across and sticks to the skin. It contains enzymes that replace the precious metals normally used in batteries and uses sweat to provide power.

6.23.17 Daily Mail UK
"New skin patch is developed that can power a radio for two days using only human SWEAT"
Researchers have created a new skin patch that has powered a radio for two days using only human sweat. The 'biofuel skin patch' uses the sweat to provide its power - meaning it could be used to charge up devices like phones in the near future, the New Scientist reports. 'If you were out for a run, you would be able to power a mobile device,' said Joseph Wang from the University of California, San Diego.

6.22.17 Biz Journals
"Knight Cancer Institute nabs San Diego tech star"
Oregon Health & Science University's Knight Cancer Institute is adding a technology expert to its growing team.Mike Heller, a specialist in bioengineering coming from the University of California, San Diego, will head technology efforts for the institute's Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center.

6.22.17 New Scientist
"Radiio powered by your own sweat hints at future of wearables"
Battery flat on your radio? Don't sweat it. Or maybe that's exactly what you should do. Sweat alone has been used to power a radio for two days, demonstrating the capability of a new skin patch. The patch is a flexible square just a couple of centimetres across that sticks to skin. It contains enzymes that replace the precious metals normally used in batteries and feed off sweat to provide power. Getting enough power out of a biofuel cell to make it useful has proved tricky, but the latest version can extract 10 times more than before.

6.22.17 Mirror UK
"Gadgets powered by your SWEAT could mean you never have to buy batteries again"
A remarkable new piece of technology called a biofuel cell has powered a radio for two days using human sweat alone. As New Scientist reports , the cell takes the form of a soft, stretchable patch that can be slapped on your skin to power up your favourite gadgets. Joseph Wang, from the University of California, San Diego, told NS: "We're now getting really impressive power levels. If you were out for a run, you would be able to power a mobile device." The patch uses enzymes that act like the metals inside traditional batteries that are then powered by the lactate found in sweat.

6.22.17 New Scientist
"Radio powered by your own sweat hints at future of wearables "
Battery flat on your radio? Don't sweat it. Or maybe that's exactly what you should do. Sweat alone has been used to power a radio for two days, demonstrating the capability of a new skin patch. The patch is a flexible square just a couple of centimetres across that sticks to skin. It contains enzymes that replace the precious metals normally used in batteries and feed off sweat to provide power. Getting enough power out of a biofuel cell to make it useful has proved tricky, but the latest version can extract 10 times more than before.

6.20.17 Trib Live
"Dishonest dealing: 'Dieselgate' stain spreads"
Volkswagen AG's "Dieselgate" scandal - involving "defeat device" software that made diesel engines run cleaner during emissions testing but otherwise let them pollute at up to 40 times legal levels - is far from over. A new study suggests the world's largest auto-parts supplier played a role in such cheating by VW - and by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV. The new study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, and a German university alleges Robert Bosch GmbH created VW's defeat-device software, Bloomberg reports.

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).

6.16.17 AZoCleantech
"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.

6.16.17 Huffington Post
"In Contentious Times, Binational Collaborations Grow in San Diego"
While controversy embroils the country over the relationship between the U.S., Mexico and the jobs that people from those countries provide to their intertwined economies, in San Diego a mutually beneficial binational relationship continues to grow. The most recent evidence of how San Diego and Tijuana, its sister city across the border, are joined at the hip came on June 9, 2017, with the announcement of the CaliBaja Education Consortium at the Cross Border Innovation Summit at the University of California San Diego (UCSD).

6.15.17 KPBS
"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.

6.15.17 Xconomy
"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 »

6.11.17 NPR
"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.

6.9.17 KPBS
"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 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,"

6.8.17 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"

6.8.17 Bloomberg
"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.

6.7.17 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.

6.7.17 CBS8.com
"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.

6.7.17 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."

6.5.17 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

6.1.17 GE Reports
"It's A Brain Wrap"
Researchers at University of California, San Diego and Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a new kind of brain mapping electrode --imagine Saran wrap, but thinner -- that allows them to distinguish between healthy and diseased tissues during surgery.

6.1.17 Campus Technology
"UC San Diego Undergrads to Create VR, AR Content in New Lab"
The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) last month opened the doors to its Virtual Reality (VR) Lab, a new facility for undergraduate students to develop content for virtual environments. The space looks like "a cross between a classroom and a tech pavilion at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas," according to a university prepared statement, with "25 standalone systems combining an Oculus Rift head-mounted display, two controllers for navigating inside VR environments, a computer workstation equipped with a high-end graphics card, various peripherals"

5.31.17 Space Daily
"A glove powered by soft robotics to interact with virtual reality environments"
Engineers at UC San Diego are using soft robotics technology to make light, flexible gloves that allow users to feel tactile feedback when they interact with virtual reality environments. The researchers used the gloves to realistically simulate the tactile feeling of playing a virtual piano keyboard. Engineers recently presented their research, which is still at the prototype stage, at the Electronic Imaging, Engineering Reality for Virtual Reality conference in Burlingame, Calif.

5.30.17 New Atlas
"Muscle-equipped gloves give VR users a sense of touch"
Typically, when people want to experience real-world tactile feedback while exploring virtual reality environments, they use hand-held devices that vibrate in response to the touching of virtual surfaces. Researchers at UC San Diego, however, are developing something that reportedly provides a much more life-like experience. They're making lightweight flexible gloves that simulate the resistance you would feel upon touching a real object. In the current experimental setup, in which a virtual piano keyboard is being played, a Leap Motion sensor is used to detect movements of the user's hands

5.30.17 Quanta Magazine
"A Puzzle of Clever Connections Nears a Happy End"
One measure of a good math problem is that, in trying to solve it, you will make some unexpected discoveries. Such was Esther Klein's experience in 1933. At the time, Klein was 23 years old and living in her hometown of Budapest, Hungary. One day she brought a puzzle to two of her friends, Paul Erdos and George Szekeres: Given five points, and assuming no three fall exactly on a line, prove that it is always possible to form a convex quadrilateral - a four-sided shape that's never indented (meaning that, as you travel around it, you make either all left turns or all right turns).

5.29.17 ee News Europe
"Stretchable zinc battery promises self-powered wearables"
The key to the technology is a hyper-elastic polymer material made from isoprene, one of the main ingredients in rubber, that was combined with polystyrene to form a material called SIS. Combined with zinc oxide, this allows the batteries to stretch to twice their size, in any direction, without suffering damage. The ink used to print the batteries is made of the zinc silver oxide mixed with SIS, and adding bismuth oxide to the batteries to make them rechargeable.

5.27.17 US News
"Community Colleges Filling STEM Pipeline"
Community colleges are playing an increasingly important role in providing students the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, skills they need for the thousands of jobs employers are having a hard time filling. In San Diego, Californina, the genomics hub on the country, companies like Illumina, a DNA and gene sequencing startup, are constantly reimagining their workforce needs. "A lot of cases, the skills we need didn't even exist 10 years ago," said Francis deSouza, president and CEO of Illumina, at the U.S. News STEM Solutions conference.

5.26.17 medGadget
"New Higher Resolution Electrode Array for Intraoperative Brain Monitoring"
Neurosurgeons operating on the brain often use electrode grids to monitor neural activity and to stay clear of healthy tissue. The technology hasn't seen much progress over the past couple of decades, but now a team from University of California San Diego and Massachusetts General Hospital has developed a new electrode array that provides higher fidelity readings of the electric activity on the surface of the brain.

5.26.17 The Kansas City Star
"Digital Life: Spandex-like batteries could power your wardrobe"
Imagine a battery printed on your T-shirt, a Kansas State Wildcat or Missouri Tiger that was stretchy and rechargeable and would power up when you take a walk on a sunny day. The eyes of the cats might be lit by that battery. Engineers specializing in nanotechnology at the University of California San Diego published a paper recently demonstrating the first printed battery that can both stretch and take a recharge.

5.26.17 Huffington Post
"Farinaz Koushanfar: A Pioneer in Machine-Integrated Computing and Security"
With the goal of harnessing the untapped potential of Iranian-Americans, and to build the capacity of the Iranian diaspora in effecting positive change in the U.S. and around the world, the Iranian Americans? Contributions Project (IACP) has launched a series of interviews that explore the personal and professional backgrounds of prominent Iranian-Americans who have made seminal contributions to their fields of endeavour. We examine lives and journeys that have led to significant achievements in the worlds of science, technology, finance, medicine, law, the arts and numerous other endeavors. O

5.25.17 Innovators Magazine
"Giving brain surgeons a helping hand"
A medical device commonly used by neurosurgeons has been completely remodelled to help enhance what is possible in the operating room. Called an electrode grid, the clinical tool is placed on the surface of the brain to measure activity during surgery. It is used by neurosurgeons to pinpoint diseased parts of the brain, to prevent them damaging healthy areas. The device has remained pretty much unchanged for the past two decades. But now researchers have developed a new version that is a thousand times thinner than the standard one.

5.25.17 Engineering.com
"Printed Flexible Battery Could Power Wearable Sensors"
Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed the first printed battery that is flexible, stretchable and rechargeable. The zinc batteries could be used to power everything from wearable sensors to solar cells and other kinds of electronics. The researchers made the printed batteries flexible and stretchable by incorporating a hyper-elastic polymer material made from isoprene, one of the main ingredients in rubber, and polystyrene, a resin-like component. The substance, known as SIS, allows the batteries to stretch to twice their size, in any direction,

5.25.17 Lab Manager
"Printed, Flexible, and Rechargeable Battery Can Power Wearable Sensors"
Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed the first printed battery that is flexible, stretchable, and rechargeable. The zinc batteries could be used to power everything from wearable sensors to solar cells and other kinds of electronics. The work appears in the April 19, 2017 issue of Advanced Energy Materials. The researchers made the printed batteries flexible and stretchable by incorporating a hyper-elastic polymer material made from isoprene, one of the main ingredients in rubber, and polystyrene, a resin-like component.

5.25.17 10news San Diego
"UCSD opens country's first virtual reality lab"
It may seem like a typical computer science classroom at UC San Diego, but it's the first virtual reality lab to open in the country. "I can interact with these tools and grab things, touch things," said Connor Smith. Smith, a third-year student at the University, said he's passionate about creating interactive virtual reality worlds. "Would you rather read a history textbook or would you rather go back in time and experience history as if you were there," said Smith. He said he puts on the goggle-like devices and it transports him to a different place - one he created.

5.24.17 Engadget
"Sensor-embedded plastic wrap makes brain surgery safer"
Brain surgery requires extreme precision, but there hasn't been much advancement in brain mapping techniques for the past two decades. What good is a breakthrough procedure if you're still using bulky, imprecise 1990s-era technology as a guide? Researchers may have a better way: they've developed an electrode grid-based brain mapping tool that's both much easier to wield and far more precise. Instead of relying on the usual metal electrodes, they switched to a conductive polymer that's so tiny and thin it makes Saran Wrap look ungainly. That, in turn, let them stuff 25 times more electrod

5.24.17 Medical Plastics News
"Nano device can detect infinitely small forces"
Engineers at University of California San Diego have developed a nano-sized optical fiber that can detect incredibly small forces such as those created by swimming bacteria, or the beating of heart muscle cells.

5.24.17 Live Science
"Soft 3D-Printed Robot Is Agile Even on Sand and Rocks"
As a headless robot crawls over a pile of pebbles, its jointless, rubbery legs carefully but confidently sample the terrain in steady, yet unrushed movements that resemble a turtle's. The robot's ability to reliably walk across different types of surfaces is unique, and so is the fact that its elaborately shaped legs were created with a 3D printer, according to the engineers who developed the bio-inspired creature.

5.24.17 Spectrum IEEE
"3D-Printed Pneumatic Quadruped Robot Adapts to Rough Terrain"
At IROS in Chicago a few years back, then Harvard grad student Michael Tolley introduced us to a robot that used explosions to jump. It was soft, it was pink, it had three wiggly legs that it used to position itself, and it was kinda freaky looking. As it turns out, Tolley now has his own robotics lab at UC San Diego, and they've been working on ways of efficiently fabricating useful soft robots. Their latest paper, which will be presented at ICRA in Singapore next week, throws a fourth wiggly leg into the mix to make a soft quadruped robot that can walk.

5.24.17 New Atlas
"VW "Dieselgate" computer code revealed amid suspicions of fraud at Daimler"
After a year-long investigation, a team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany has uncovered the code used by Volkswagen to cheat diesel emissions tests. The announcement coincides with preliminary investigations by the Stuttgart public prosecutor's office into alleged "fraud and criminal advertising" in diesel cars at Mercedes.

5.24.17 CNET
"Researchers find 'smoking gun' in VW emissions cheat code"
It took them a year, but researchers have finally found the mechanism that Volkswagen used to cheat emissions tests, buried in lines of code published on the company's own website. A team of computer scientists at the University of California San Diego trawled through copies of the code, which ran on Volkswagen's onboard computers for models including the 2009-2015 model year Volkswagen Jetta, Beetle and Golf. According to the researchers' report [PDF], the code allowed vehicles to detect when they were undergoing emissions testing and activate a "defeat device" to cut down on emissions.

5.24.17 MSN
"​Researchers find 'smoking gun' in VW emissions cheat code"
It took them a year, but researchers have finally found the mechanism that Volkswagen used to cheat emissions tests, buried in lines of code published on the company's own website. A team of computer scientists at the University of California San Diego trawled through copies of the code, which ran on Volkswagen's onboard computers for models including the 2009-2015 model year Volkswagen Jetta, Beetle and Golf. According to the researchers' report [PDF], the code allowed vehicles to detect when they were undergoing emissions testing and activate a "defeat device" to cut down on emissions.

5.24.17 Las Vegas Now
"New 3D-printed robot walks on sand, rocks"
A robot can now navigate rough terrain, marching happily over rocks and sand. A team from the University of California San Diego has developed the first soft robot that can walk on rough surfaces, such as pebble-covered ground. The 3D-printed, four-legged robot can also climb over obstacles and could assist humans in search-and-rescue missions. The robot will be presented at a conference in Singapore on May 29. To build the robot, researchers used a high-end printer that prints soft and rigid materials together.

5.24.17 NBC 2
"New 3D-printed robot can walk on sand and rocks"
A robot can now navigate rough terrain, marching happily over rocks and sand. A team from the University of California San Diego has developed the first soft robot that can walk on rough surfaces like pebble-covered ground. The 3D-printed, four-legged robot can also climb over obstacles and could assist humans in situations like search-and-rescue missions. The robot will be presented at a conference in Singapore on May 29. To build the robot, researchers used a high-end printer that prints soft and rigid materials together.

5.24.17 Channel 4000 MSTP
"New 3D-printed robot walks on sand, rocks"
A robot can now navigate rough terrain, marching happily over rocks and sand. A team from the University of California San Diego has developed the first soft robot that can walk on rough surfaces, such as pebble-covered ground. The 3D-printed, four-legged robot can also climb over obstacles and could assist humans in search-and-rescue missions. The robot will be presented at a conference in Singapore on May 29. To build the robot, researchers used a high-end printer that prints soft and rigid materials together.

5.24.17 KITV Island News
"New 3D-printed robot can walk on sand and rocks"
A robot can now navigate rough terrain, marching happily over rocks and sand. A team from the University of California San Diego has developed the first soft robot that can walk on rough surfaces like pebble-covered ground. The 3D-printed, four-legged robot can also climb over obstacles and could assist humans in situations like search-and-rescue missions. The robot will be presented at a conference in Singapore on May 29. To build the robot, researchers used a high-end printer that prints soft and rigid materials together.

5.24.17 Live Science
"Soft 3D-Printed Robot Is Agile Even on Sand and Rocks"
As a headless robot crawls over a pile of pebbles, its jointless, rubbery legs carefully but confidently sample the terrain in steady, yet unrushed movements that resemble a turtle's. The robot's ability to reliably walk across different types of surfaces is unique, and so is the fact that its elaborately shaped legs were created with a 3D printer, according to the engineers who developed the bio-inspired creature. "With soft robots, you can do a lot of things that are difficult for a hard robot," said Mike Tolley, a mechanical engineering professor at the UC San Diego, who led the research.

5.23.17 CNN Tech
"New 3D-printed robot can walk on sand and rocks"
A robot can now navigate rough terrain, marching happily over rocks and sand. A team from the University of California San Diego has developed the first soft robot that can walk on rough surfaces like pebble-covered ground. The 3D-printed, four-legged robot can also climb over obstacles and could assist humans in situations like search-and-rescue missions. The robot will be presented at a conference in Singapore on May 29.

5.23.17 Fox News Business
"Fiat Chrysler vows to fight DOJ allegations of diesel cheating"
The U.S. government on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU), accusing the car manufacturer of using undisclosed software to skirt diesel emissions rules. Fiat Chrysler vowed to "vigorously" fight the suit. In a statement, the company said it will defend itself against any allegations that it "engaged in any deliberate scheme to install defeat devices to cheat U.S. emissions tests."

5.23.17 Law360
"Researchers Find Complex Defeat Device Code"
An international computer science research team has discovered the software code behind the defeat devices used in Volkswagen AG and Fiat Chrysler diesel cars to evade emissions standards, according to a study released Monday. Over a year-long inquiry, the researchers looked at the codes that enabled an on-board computer to determine if the car was being tested for emissions and then turn on the car's emissions-curbing systems. The researchers - led by Kirill Levchenko, a computer scientist at the University of California, San Diego - tested...

5.22.17 Orthopedics This Week
"Artificial Bone Tissue Could Produce Marrow"
Despite the fact that physicians extract compatible bone marrow from thousands of donors for their patients, roughly 20,000 other patients are left waiting every year for a bone marrow transplant that could cure them of bone marrow diseases. Now scientists from the University of California at San Diego have created "biomimetic" bone tissue which could one day provide bone marrow for those needing transplants. This would do away with waiting lists and the hunt for a donor as well as making the procedure less extreme.

5.22.17 WRCB TV
"Researchers find computer code that Volkswagen used to cheat emissions tests"
A team of international researchers has uncovered the software cheat that allowed Volkswagen to bypass U.S. and European emission tests for over at least six years before the Environmental Protection Agency put the company on notice in 2015 for violating the Clean Air Act. During a year-long investigation lead by Kirill Levchenko, a computer scientist at the University of California San Diego, researchers found code they believe allowed a car's onboard computer to determine if the vehicle was undergoing an emissions test.

5.19.17 Science Alert
"This New Device Can Hear The Actual Sounds Made by Individual Cells"
Engineers have created a nano-sized optical fibre that can sense impossibly small forces, from the turbulence generated by swimming bacteria to the sound waves made by the beating of heart cells. Sensing in biological systems could even allow us to monitor individual cells and alert us to the subtle process of a normal cell turning cancerous.

5.19.17 The New York Times
"Fiat Chrysler to Modify 100,000 Vehicles After Accusations of Emissions Cheating"
Fiat Chrysler said on Friday that it would modify around 100,000 diesel vehicles in an effort to reach a settlement with United States regulators, as separate academic studies provided mounting evidence that the carmaker had installed software meant to evade emissions standards. The move came a day after the company said it was in talks to resolve a Justice Department investigation. The case bears striking similarities to a Volkswagen scandal in which several executives have been investigated or charged, with the German carmaker paying tens of billions of dollars in fines,

5.19.17 IFL Science!
"This Awesome Little 3D-Printed Robot Could One Day Help With Search And Rescue"
A high-end 3D-printer was used in the creation of this soft robot at University of California San Diego.

5.19.17 Tech Crunch
"3D printing soft legs can help a robot walk across rough and rocky terrain"
A team of engineers at the University of California San Diego have applied the biologically inspired principles of soft robotics in order to develop a robot capable of navigating uneven terrain like rocks and sand. The soft and pliable materials mean the robot's four legs are capable of conforming to their surrounds, so its on-board sensors don't need a precise picture of the ground in traverse it. If the system encounters an uneven spot, it can simply adapt its gait.

5.19.17 Physics World
"Nanofibre measures forces from swimming bacteria"
A tiny "force probe" that can measure sub-piconewton forces when inserted directly into liquid media has been created by researchers in the US. The team says that it used the probe to detect the tiny forces associated with swimming bacteria and heart-muscle cells. The researchers suggest that the technique could be used to create miniature stethoscopes. A leading biophysicist, however, says more work must be done on characterizing the device before he is convinced of its efficacy.

5.18.17 Photonics.com
"Nanofiber Device Detects Forces and Sound Waves from Live Cells"
A novel nano-sized optical fiber, about 100 times thinner than a human hair, is sensitive enough to detect forces down to 160 femtonewtons (fN) (about ten trillion times smaller than a newton) when placed in a solution containing live Helicobacter pylori bacteria. In cultures of beating heart muscle cells from mice, the nanofiber demonstrated the ability to detect sounds down to -30 decibels -- a level 1,000 times below the limit of the human ear. The compact Nanofiber Optic Force Transducer uses near-field plasmon-dielectric interactions to measure local forces with a sensitivity of <200 fN.

5.18.17 The New York Times
"Fiat Chrysler, in Settlement Talks With U.S., Is Under More Pressure"
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, one of the world's biggest carmakers, said on Thursday that it was in talks with the Department of Justice to settle an investigation into diesel deception, as growing evidence points to the carmaker's use of illegal software to evade emissions tests. The settlement talks add to the pressure on Fiat Chrysler at a time of meager profitability. The German carmaker Volkswagen, which faced a similar scandal, has been hit with billions of dollars of settlements and fines, and seen several executives investigated or charged.

5.18.17 Engadget
"Soft-legged robot is designed for rescue missions"
Soft robots typically have squishy bodies and limbs so that they can squeeze into the tightest spaces. If they're to be used for search and reconnaissance missions, though, they'll need to be able to navigate rough terrains. A team of engineers from the University of California San Diego have created a soft robot that can do just that. They made a four-legged machine that can not only wriggle into confined spaces, but also climb over obstacles and walk on sand, pebbles, rocks and even inclined surfaces. The team's secret? A high-end 3D printer that can print soft and rigid materials togethe

5.18.17 Slash Gear
"The 'soft' 3D-printed robot can walk on rough surfaces"
University of California San Diego mechanical engineering professor Michael Tolley and a team of researchers have created what is said to be the first 'soft' robot that is able to handle traveling on rough terrain. The robot features a total of four legs that were made using 3D-printing, and with them the robot is able to walk across rough surfaces like sand, as well as crawling over larger objects. The company demonstrated the robot's walking capabilities in a video.

5.18.17 BBC Inside Science
"Nano-listening device for cells"
Nano-engineers in California have created a device 100 times thinner than a human hair which they have used to measure the turbulence created by swimming microbes and record the sounds of heart cells contracting. Don Sirbuly is the professor of nano-engineering at the University of California San Diego who led the team.

5.17.17 NBC 7 San Diego
"Robots for Good"
A video clip from a NBC San Diego news segment highlighting a few of the robots that we are developing to do good here at the Jacobs School of Engineering. One of them is a rough-terrain traversing soft robot from Mike Tolley?s lab. Related Jacobs School Link »

5.17.17 Optics & Photonics
"Nanoscale Fiber Feels Femtonewton Forces"
Conventional optical fibers make great sensors in the macroscopic world, but they're much too big to detect forces created by swimming bacteria. Now, researchers at a U.S. university have fabricated nanoscale fibers that can feel moving microorganisms and hear the sounds of living cells (Nature Photon., doi:10.1038/nphoton.2017.74).

5.17.17 PC Magazine
"3D-printed soft, four-legged robot can walk on sand"
US engineers have developed a 3D-printed, four-legged robot that is capable of walking on rough surfaces such as sand and pebbles, the media reported on Wednesday. Researchers led by Michael Tolley, a mechanical engineering professor at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), will present the robot at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation scheduled for May 29 to June 3 in Singapore, Xinhua news agency reported. The soft-legged robot could be used to capture sensor readings in dangerous environments or for search and rescue, researchers said.

5.17.17 Gizmodo
"3D-printed soft, four-legged robot can walk on sand"
US engineers have developed a 3D-printed, four-legged robot that is capable of walking on rough surfaces such as sand and pebbles, the media reported on Wednesday. Researchers led by Michael Tolley, a mechanical engineering professor at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), will present the robot at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation scheduled for May 29 to June 3 in Singapore, Xinhua news agency reported.

5.17.17 New Atlas
"3D-printed robot has first soft legs to tackle tough terrain"
In the world of robotics, researchers are going soft - in their designs at least. Soft robots have some advantages over their more rigid brethren but till now, they've not been able to do much other than wriggle around. An advance from UC San Diego has changed that by creating a bot with a firm body and soft legs that can wander over difficult ground like sand or pebbles. Soft robots hold promise because, unlike bots that are made from hard plastics and metal, they can bump into things - including humans - and not cause any damage. This makes them ideal for use in factories, hospitals

5.17.17 ZD Net
"Watch this 3D-printed robot walk on sand"
Lately, there has been lots of buzz about collaborative robots, or co-bots, which are robots designed to work alongside humans. Before we let robots out of their cages, they have to become safer than their metal predecessors. If robots are made of softer materials, it won't be a big deal if they accidentally bump into someone or something. Then again, robots still have to be at least somewhat rigid in order to be effective for most applications. Now, engineers at the University of California San Diego have used a 3D printer to make a robot from a mix of both hard and soft materials.

5.16.17 STAT
"A tiny device that can hear beating heart cells"
Scientists have created a tiny, nano-sized sensor that can pick up on the force of bacteria swimming in a dish and can detect the sound of a beating heart cell. It's an optical fiber 100 times thinner than a single human hair. Here's what nanoengineer Donald Sirbuly of the University of California, San Diego, told me about the work, published in Nature Photonics.

5.16.17 Wall Street Pit
"New Discovery Could Soon Replace The Painful Bone Marrow Transplant"
Patients dealing with blood and immune disorders, especially those in the most advanced stages, often have no choice but to undergo bone marrow transplants. Ironically, even if the treatment can be life-saving, it would only work when the bone marrow cells of the recipients are completely eliminated using drugs and radiation. And this could cause serious negative side effects such as organ damage, cataracts, infertility, new cancers, and even death. Thanks to the work of engineers at the University of California San Diego, that kind of bone marrow transplant may soon be rendered obsolete.

5.16.17 New Atlas
"Super-sensitive nanofiber can hear individual cells and detect swimming bacteria"
With the development of a nano-scale optic fiber detector around 100 times thinner than a human hair, researchers at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) have created a tiny device so sensitive it can detect the minuscule waves produced by swimming bacteria and hear sounds a thousand times below the threshold of human hearing, such as the beating of individual muscle cells of the heart.

5.16.17 The Stem Cellular
"UCSD scientists devise tiny sensors that detect forces at cellular level"
A big focus of stem cell research is trying to figure how to make a stem cell specialize, or differentiate, into a desired cell type like muscle, liver or bone. Affecting a cell's shape through mechanical forces plays a profound role in gene activity and determining a cell's fate. The strength of these mechanical forces is tiny, making measurements nearly impossible. But now, a research team at UC San Diego has engineered a device 100 times thinner than a human hair that can detect these miniscule forces. The study, funded in part by CIRM, was reported yesterday in Nature Photonics.

5.16.17 Newsline
"New nano fiber can listen to cells, like a tiny stethoscope"
Researchers at the University of California San Diego have created a nano-sized optical fiber capable of listening to and sensing the forces created by cells. The device - a sort of stethoscope for individual cells - measures just a few hundred nanometers across, 100-times thinner than a strand of human hair. The fiber is 10 times more sensitive than an atomic force microscope. When scientists placed the device in a solution containing a small sample of common gut microbes, the fiber was able to detect forces ten trillion times smaller than a single newton.

5.16.17 NBC 7 San Diego
"Students Develop Advanced Robotics with Real World Application"
Students at UC San Diego are designing robots that can be used in various real world and virtual reality settings. NBC 7's Bridget Naso has more.

5.16.17 NBC 7 San Diego
"UC San Diego Lab Developing Robots For Use by Military and Daily Life"
At the University of California, San Diego Contextual Robotics Institute, students are building innovative robots that can be used for military applications and in daily life. For the U.S. military, those robots can be lifesaving when troops are faced with the unknown on the battleground.

5.16.17 New China
"3D-printed soft, four-legged robot can walk on sand"
U.S. engineers have developed a 3D-printed, four-legged robot that is capable of walking on rough surfaces, such as sand and pebbles. Researchers led by Michael Tolley, a mechanical engineering professor at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), will present the robot at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation scheduled for May 29-June 3 in Singapore. The soft-legged robot could be used to capture sensor readings in dangerous environments or for search and rescue, researchers said.

5.15.17 The San Diego Union Tribune
"Optical nanofiber can 'hear' bacteria swim, cancer cells move"
At the macroscopic level that's familiar to us, birds chirp, whales sing and we talk. But at the microscopic level, our cells pulsate, bacteria swim and pressure waves ripple on a scale we can't reach. UC San Diego engineers have developed a tool to access that realm: an optical nanofiber that deforms in response to ultra-minute forces, sending patterns of light detectable by a microscope. With this device, subtle motions of cells associated with biological processes. These potentially include motions pertaining to cancer and stem cell development.

5.15.17 UPI
"New nano fiber can listen to cells, like a tiny stethoscope"
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have created a nano-sized optical fiber capable of listening to and sensing the forces created by cells. The device -- a sort of stethoscope for individual cells -- measures just a few hundred nanometers across, 100-times thinner than a strand of human hair. The fiber is 10 times more sensitive than an atomic force microscope. In a solution containing a small sample of common gut microbes, the fiber was able to detect forces ten trillion times smaller than a single newton.

5.15.17 Motherboard
"New Nanofibers Detect Motion of Individual Bacteria, Muscle cells"
With a diameter of about .5 micrometers, H. pylori is among the smaller bacteria. At these scales, approaching the wavelength of infrared radiation, we even start to have a hard time talking about "things" at all. Observing the interactions and changes associated with those things typically requires an atomic force microscope, and, even then, is imprecise. Thanks to engineers at the University of California San Diego's Sirbuly Lab we have a new window into this supertiny world in the form of a nanoscale optical fiber.

5.12.17 The San Diego Union Tribune
"Engineered bone marrow may ease transplants"
Bioengineers at UC San Diego have grown marrow-containing bone that in animal studies functions similarly to real bone marrow. The engineered bone marrow might one day help ease the stress of human bone marrow transplants, the researchers say.

5.11.17 Reuters
"Smart glove could help measure muscle stiffness"
Mike Crossley was born with cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that has among its symptoms muscle stiffness. Doctors assess the degree of his muscle stiffness using touch and feel during physical exams, grading it on a subjective rating scale they use to decide on medications and therapies. The problem is that the scale often produces inconsistent results. A team at UC San Diego and Rady Children's Hospital have come up with a solution -- a sensor-filled glove for doctors to wear that measures the amount of force and speed needed to move a patient's limb.

5.10.17 STAT
"Lab Chat: Growing bone marrow to improve transplants"
Scientists have created lab-grown tissue that looks like a bone and acts like a bone -- and they're hopeful it one day can serve as a source of bone marrow for patients who need a transplant. Here's what study author Shyni Varghese of University of California, San Diego told me about the work, published in PNAS.

5.9.17 The Scientist
"Synthetic Bones: A Better Bone-Marrow Transplant?"
People with diseases of the blood often need bone marrow transplants to replace their blood-forming stem cells with those from healthy donors. But before those transplants, patients must eliminate their own bone marrow lest it compete with the introduced cells, and that process, which involves high doses of radiation and often drug treatments, too, has notoriously awful side effects, including nausea and fatigue. Shyni Varghese of University of California, San Diego, and her colleagues have devised a way to skip this step by creating a synthetic bone.

5.9.17 Gizmodo
"This Synthetic Bone Implant Could Replace Painful Marrow Transplants"
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a synthetic bone implant with functional marrow able to produce its own blood cells. So far, researchers revealed in a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week, they have successfully tested the engineered bone tissues in mice. But one day, those biomimetic bone tissues could provide new bone marrow for human patients in need of transplants, too.

5.9.17 Nature World News
"Scientists Develop Synthetic Bone Implant for Safer Marrow Transplants"
Scientists developed synthetic bone tissue that could revolutionize bone marrow transplants that traditionally produce a lot of negative side effects. Patients in need of bone marrow transplants are typically subjected to radiation treatment to clear space in the marrow by killing the stem cells that can compete with donor cells. Side effects from this treatment can be a problem. In response, bioengineers from UC San Diego created a bone-like implant that offers donor cells their own space to live and grow. With their own space, there's no need to kill the existing stem cells in the marrow.

5.9.17 Futurism
"A New Implant Could Eliminate the Side Effects of a Potentially Life-Saving Procedure"
A new synthetic bone implant could ensure treatment for a variety of immune and blood disorders without the negative side effects of a traditional bone marrow transplant.

5.8.17 New Scientist
"Synthetic bone implant can make blood cells in its marrow"
Scientists have engineered a bone-like implant to have its own working marrow that is capable of producing healthy blood. The implant may help treat several blood and immune disorders without the side effects of current treatments.

5.8.17 KPBS
"UC San Diego Engineers Build Working Bone Transplants For Mice"
For a new study, scientists at UC San Diego have created bioengineered bone tissue that acts similar to real bone when transplanted into mice. The researchers used calcium phosphate minerals to build a scaffolding for the outer layer of bone, which was able to support stem cells that formed bone-like tissue. Within the bone, stem cells from a donor mouse were able to turn into working marrow when transplanted into a host mouse.

5.8.17 New Atlas
"Scientists create bioengineered bone for marrow transplants"
Bone marrow transplants are one of the more unpleasant medical procedures, with much of the discomfort due to the need to kill off the old marrow cells before introducing new ones. At the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Jacobs School of Engineering, a team of bioengineers led by Shyni Varghese is working on a type of artificial bone that may one day allow doctors to conduct bone marrow transplants with fewer side effects.

5.5.17 PBS
"Compressing Martian Soil Makes It Stronger than Steel-Reinforced Concrete"
In 2033, NASA hopes to carry out a crewed mission to Mars. But they don't want to stop there. Eventually, they want to build an outpost on the Red Planet.That's no small feat. A true colony on Mars would require proper infrastructure to withstand the harsh living conditions, and shipping the necessary materials there could be costly. Now, researchers may have found a way to use Mars' own soil to withstand the planet's 60 mph winds.

5.2.17 Xconomy
"Smarr, Others Talk Healthtech, Al at Xconomy's Impact of Innovation"
In the not-too-distant future, a "planetary" computer will be able to create a computational model of your body, with the ability to run simulations of your health and to anticipate chronic disease before you show any symptoms. This is the direction we're headed, according to Larry Smarr, founding director of the California Institute of Telecommunications & Information Technology at UC San Diego. While his expertise lies in computer networks and infrastructure, Smarr has emerged as a de facto leader in quantified health - largely due to his relentless curiosity about his own health.

5.2.17 The San Diego Union Tribune
"Come learn about future of hacking, social media and Internet of Things"
If you've been online lately, you may be asking yourself, "What threat do I face next?" Hackers are increasingly placing malicious software on people's computers and holding them for ransom. They're also attacking many of the Internet-connected appliances and devices in your home -- things like security cameras and baby cams and "smart refrigerators." Hackers also are turning Facebook and other social media sites into digital minefields, placing hard-to-detect malware in advertisements and news stories. How bad are things going to get, and what can you do about it?

5.1.17 Smithsonian
"Scientists Make Sturdy Bricks From Mars-Like Soils"
One of the many hurdles standing in the way of a manned mission to Mars is the question of how to build structures on the Red Planet. Transporting all of the materials necessary for space construction would be absurdly expensive, so scientists have proposed a number of alternatives that rely on Martian resources, such as setting up a nuclear-powered kiln, or turning organic compounds on Mars into binding polymers. But a team of scientists at the University of California, San Diego may have (literally) hit upon a much simpler solution: take some Martian soil and squeeze.

4.28.17 Mirror UK
"The future of homes for humans on Mars has been revealed as mission prepares to explore Red Planet"
The first humans to colonise Mars will live in brick houses made from the Red Planet's own distinct soil, according to new research. And the pioneers won't even have to take an oven or any extra building materials to create the Martian masonry , according to the study. Instead, they would just need to apply pressure to compact the soil that is already there - the equivalent of a blow from a hammer. Using soil that mirrors that found on Mars, they were able to form a brick at ambient temperature that was similar to dense rock, and stronger than steel enforced concrete.

4.28.17 Popular Mechanics
"Here's How to Make Bricks Out of Mars Soil (Maybe)"
With governments and businesses alike looking towards Martian travel, they're looking to keep costs as low as possible. This means it would be ideal to bring up no construction equipment at all and 3D print everything you need on the planet. Homes are already being built though 3D printing here on Earth, after all. But the Red Planet's soil is different that Earth's. The particles in Mars' soil "do not adhere to each other when compressed, unless if heated to a high temperature," says a paper by the scientists published in Scientific Reports.

4.28.17 New York Times
"If Mars Is Colonized, We May Not Need to Ship In the Bricks"
We often wonder if somewhere hidden on Mars are the building blocks for life. But what about building blocks for a civilization? A new study suggests that the material humanity needs to one day construct houses, buildings and even entire colonies on Mars may already exist within the red planet?s own desolate soil. The research is still early and the technology is unlikely to be ready in time to meet President Trump's stated goal of putting people on Mars by the end of his first term, but it could lay the groundwork for settlement of the planet if further study and testing confirms its finding

4.28.17 Mental Floss
"A No-Bake Method for Making Bricks on Mars"
As anybody who's ever tried to cram a week's worth of clothes into a carry-on suitcase can attest, smart packing is key. Nowhere is this truer than on missions to space, where every single ounce counts. Now engineers have figured out a way to ditch one bulky item: the chemistry equipment that Martian settlers would need to turn the planet's dirt into bricks. They published their research in the journal Scientific Reports.

4.27.17 Independent
"'Incredibly brave' Mars colonists could live in red-brick houses, say engineers"
The "incredibly brave" people who make the first journey to Mar will need somewhere to live. And an engineer has discovered a way to make bricks from the planet's red soil without a kiln or any other ingredients. Instead, the bricks could be made be simply pounding the soil with a hammer, according to tests carried out in California. In March, Donald Trump signed an order directing Nasa to send astronauts to Mars in 2033, confirming plans drawn up under Barack Obama in 2010.

4.27.17 Wired UK
"It's much easier to make bricks out of Martian soil than we thought"
Martian soil is surprisingly good for making bricks it seems. All it takes is a little pressure. A team at the University of California San Diego has found that the soil, created from compounds on Earth mixed together to mimic the soil samples collected by the Mars rover, can be fashioned into materials needed for building a manned habitat on the red planet, without the need to "bake" the soil. Despite some scepticism (Neil de Grasse Tyson recently told WIRED mankind will never step foot on Mars), researchers are continuing to set their sights on our neighbouring planet.

4.27.17 The San Diego Union Tribune
"UCSD might have found easier way to build habitats on Mars"
Building living quarters on Mars may be easier than once thought. UC San Diego engineers announced Thursday that they used a hammer-like device to compact Mars-like soil into tiny bricks that are about the size as the tip of a human index finger. If the technique can be scaled up, it might represent a way for robotic rovers, and maybe astronauts, to produce bricks large enough to be used to build a human habitat. The proof-of-concept work was published Thursday in the journal Nature Scientific Reports.

4.27.17 Forbes
"Mars Colonists Can Turn Soil Into Bricks In A Few Hammer Blows"
Mars colonists could be able to build themselves handsome red-brick dwellings with very little trouble at all - just a few swings of a hammer. Engineers from the University of California San Diego have studied how Martian soil reacts to being put under pressure and discovered that people could craft bricks from the soil with the equivalent of a hammer blow. "The people who will go to Mars will be incredibly brave. They will be pioneers. And I would be honored to be their brick maker," said Yu Qiao, a professor of structural engineering at UC San Diego and the study's lead author

4.27.17 USA Today
"Scientists found a no-frills way to build on Mars"
A group of engineers found a way to build on Mars using nothing but the Red Planet's soil, a discovery they said could be used to eventually build structures on the Red Planet. The University of California San Diego team discovered Martian soil can be made into bricks stronger than steel-reinforced concrete by simply using the right amount of pressure. That means no oven to bake the bricks or any other additional ingredients. "The people who will go to Mars will be incredibly brave," lead author Yu Qiao pronounced. "They will be pioneers. And I would be honored to be their brick maker."

4.27.17 Yahoo! News
"Home-made bricks for a habitat on Mars"
Scientists said Thursday that they have manufactured tiny bricks out of artificial Martian soil, anticipating the day when humans may construct colonies on the Red Planet. Remarkably, the technique requires only that the red-hued building blocks be compressed in a precise way -- no additives or baking required. "The people who will go to Mars will be incredibly brave, they will be pioneers and I would be honoured to be their brick maker," said Yu Qiao, a professor at the University of California San Diego and lead author of a study in Scientific Reports.

4.27.17 Engadget
"Mars-like soil makes super strong bricks when compressed"
Elon Musk's vision of Mars colonization has us living under geodesic domes made of carbon fiber and glass. But, according to a study recently published in the journal Scientific Reports, those domes may end up being made of brick, pressed from the Martian soil itself. A team of NASA-funded researchers from UC San Diego, and led by structural engineer Yu Qiao, made the surprising discovery using simulated Martian soil -- that's dirt from Earth which has nearly the same physical and chemical properties.

4.27.17 the Verge
"Mars-like soil can be pressed into strong bricks-which could make building easier on the Red Planet"
Simulated Mars soil can be packed together into a solid brick-like material - without needing any added ingredients to hold it together. That might mean real Martian soil could be easily used as a tool for building structures like habitats on the Red Planet's surface, which could make human missions to Mars less complicated to pull off. A group of engineers figured this out by using a high-pressure hammer to mash together material known as Mars soil simulant. It's a collection of rocks from Earth that have the same chemical makeup as the dirt found on Mars,

4.27.17 Motherboard
"Future Martians May Be Living in Houses Made of Mushrooms, Bone, and Dust"
Now that NASA and SpaceX have set their sights on Mars as the next destination for human exploration, one of the most pressing problems is how astronauts will go about living on the Red Planet once they get there. To this end, researchers around the globe are working on everything from space farming to the interplanetary internet, but some of the most exciting developments are happening in Martian home design. So far, all the ideas for Martian habitats have been pretty unremarkable, generally adopting some variation of the 'tin can' or 'bounce house' design.

4.27.17 Popular Science
"Bricks made from fake Martian soil are surprisingly strong"
If you think building a house on Earth is hard, try building one on Mars. Every pound of material that we ship to the red planet will cost thousands of dollars, so scientists want to construct our future martian colonies out of locally sourced materials?namely, martian dirt. But that?s more difficult than it sounds. Mars is cold, which makes 3D printing with wet martian concrete a challenge. We could melt the regolith into lava and pour it into molds, or melt it with lasers, but both of those methods would take a lot of energy.

4.27.17 Outer Places
"This High-Tech Medical Glove Looks Like the Nintendo Power Glove"
When Nintendo released the Power Glove in 1989, a generation of kids immediately became convinced that the future was now, old man. Within a year, however, the Power Glove proved to be a clunky, ineffective piece of junk that didn't do much besides look cool. Since then, the Power Glove is mostly a collector's item, except for that one the Robot Chicken staff jury-rigged for animating stop-motion scenes. Now, however, we may be seeing its reincarnation in this awesome medical glove designed by the engineering department at UC San Diego:

4.25.17 Cerebral Palsy News Today
"New Glove Measuring Muscle Stiffness May Improve Diagnosis, Treatment of Cerebral Palsy"
Researchers at the University of California San Diego and Rady Children's Hospital have developed a glove that uses robotic technology to accurately measure muscle stiffness during physical exams. This device may help improve the diagnosis and treatment of people with muscle stiffness caused by cerebral palsy (CP) and other diseases.

4.21.17 New Atlas
"Smart glove measures muscle stiffness"
When it comes to assessing chronic muscle stiffness of patients with conditions such as cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis, doctors pretty much just go by feel. They bend the affected limbs back and forth, then assign them a rating on a six-point scale. The problem is, the system is very subjective--different doctors could assign different ratings to the same patient, resulting in either more or less medication than is actually needed. That's why a team from the University of California San Diego and Rady Children's Hospital are developing a glove that measures muscle stiffness objectivel

4.20.17 The San Diego Union Tribune
"New glove might give doctors a way to measure a patient's muscle strength"
UC San Diego has developed a sensor-rich glove that could enable doctors to better measure the muscle strength of people who suffer from cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, stroke and other disorders.

4.20.17 Sputnik
"Aye, Robot? Moral Dilemmas, Fears Spring Up From Increasing Automation"
According to Professor Henrik Iskov Christensen, who heads a robot research center at the University of California in San Diego and has held similar top posts at other universities in the US and Europe, mankind should be extremely careful not to let robots call the shots. "If we are not careful, there is a risk. There is technology that we cannot always control, and there are possibilities that it may go crazy, just look at viruses on the internet," Henrik Iskov Christensen told Danish Radio.

4.19.17 Breaking Energy
"Microgrids May Not Promulgate Renewable Energy"
Microgrids are one of the hottest trends in energy recently, so much so that many have been speculated as the future for the country in which microgrids are supplying everyone with clean energy. Microgrids, however, should not necessarily be associated with clean energy. In fact, many microgrids actually rely on fossil fuels. As per usual, microgrids running on, say natural gas, are much cheaper than those which run on solar. Related Jacobs School Link »

4.18.17 Science Daily
"Pinning down fraudulent business listings on Google maps"
A partnership between computer scientists at the University of California San Diego and Google has allowed the search giant to reduce by 70 percent fraudulent business listings in Google Maps. The researchers worked together to analyze more than 100,000 fraudulent listings to determine how scammers had been able to avoid detection -- albeit for a limited amount of time -- and how they made money.

4.13.17 Cosmos
"Nanowires recording neuronal activity"
A team led by engineers at the University of California San Diego has developed nanowires that can record the electrical activity of neurons in fine detail. The team believe the new technology could one day serve as a platform to screen drugs for neurological diseases and enable researchers to better understand how single cells communicate in large neuronal networks.

4.13.17 medGadget
"Silicon Nanowire Array Can Measure Electrical Responses in Neurons"
Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed a silicon nanowire array that can sensitively measure the electrical activity of neurons. It is hoped that the device could be used to screen drugs for neurological diseases, as it could measure the response of neurons to different drugs.

4.12.17 The Engineer
"Nanowires record notifications from neurons"
Engineers have led a team in the development of nanowires that record the electrical activity of neurons, an advance that could lead to a greater understanding of the brain.

4.12.17 R&D Magazine
"Novel Nanowires Could Help Develop Neurological Drug Treatments"
Newly developed nanowires that can record the electrical activity of neurons in detail, may be the key to the next generation of drugs to treat neurological diseases. A team led by engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed new nanowire technology, which could one day serve as a platform to screen drugs for neurological diseases, enabling researchers to better understand how single cells communicate in large neuronal networks.

4.12.17 Azo Nano
"Non-Destructive Nanowire Technology Could Quicken Development of Drugs to Treat Neurological Diseases"
Nanowires capable of recording the electrical activity of neurons in fine detail have been developed by a research team led by engineers at the University of California San Diego. This new nanowire technology could be a futuristic platform to screen drugs for neurological diseases and could enable scientists to properly understand how single cells communicate in large neuronal networks.

4.12.17 The Times UK
"Google Maps plagued by fake listings"
Tens of thousands of fake businesses are listed on Google Maps each month by fraudsters looking to scam customers into paying inflated fees. Researchers at Google and the University of California San Diego analysed 100,000 false businesses taken down from the site between June 2014 and September 2015. Locksmiths, plumbers, electricians and pizza delivery companies list themselves and a phone number at a location on Google Maps despite not having premises.

4.12.17 KPBS
"San Diego Computer Scientists Help google Crack Down On Fake Listings"
When you are locked out of your car, Google Maps might seem like a great way to find a locksmith near you. But the listing closest to you might be fake. The address could be nothing more than a P.O. box, and what looks like a local phone number could lead you to a remote call center. Based on some reports, you could end up dealing with a shady subcontractor who will charge much more than the rate you thought you would be paying. "Scammers were planting fake pins around the map - in this case, locksmiths - to create a false sense of proximity," said UC San Diego CS PhD student Danny Huang.

4.10.17 Daily Mail UK
"Beware of the Google Maps scam: Researchers find fraudsters adding tens of thousands of fake business to redirect customers to bogus listings"
Tens of thousands of fake listings are added to Google Maps each month that scam consumers into employing unaccredited contractors, a new study has found. The search giant, in collaboration with the University of California, San Diego, has discovered scammers are a setting up their business location at a specific address, but are listing a fake suite number that the U.S. Postal Service has verified. When a potential victim calls the 'contractors' for a service, a fraud representative gives them a cheap price quote - but the contractor coerces them into paying more on site.

4.9.17 Aerotoxic Association
"Lab-on-a-glove: Swipe right on nerve agents -- OP testing gloves"
The glove detects dangerous OP compounds. Yes, that's right -- a wearable device that scans for toxic chemicals simply by swiping. We take it stirred, not shaken. The glove is a wearable chemical sensor that can single-handedly identify OP compounds present on surfaces and agricultural products. OP compounds are a group of toxic phosphorus-containing organic chemicals that can be found in nerve agents like sarin, and some pesticides. They work by attacking the nervous systems of humans and insects. In 1995, Aum Shinrikyo terrorists famously released sarin on the Tokyo subway, killing 12 peopl

4.7.17 New Scientist
"Thousands of fake companies added to Google Maps every month"
Local businesses on Google Maps aren't always as local as they seem. Tens of thousands of bogus listings are added to Google Maps every month, directing browsing traffic towards fraudulent schemes, finds a team of researchers at Google and the University of San Diego, California. As an example, a fraudster might list a locksmiths at a location on Google Maps when they don't actually have premises there. When a potential customer calls the phone number listed, they are put through to a central call centre that hires unaccredited contractors to do jobs all over.

4.7.17 Fortune
"This Is How Scammers Were Able to Game Google Maps"
It's now easier than ever to find a plumber to fix your leaky toilet by simply searching Google Maps for nearby journeymen. However, there's a chance that the plumbers you may contact could be scammers who got their bogus listings displayed on Google's online map service. To address the troublemakers, Google said this week that it's cracking down on fake business listings and is making it harder for crooks to game its mapping service. The search giant and the University of California, San Diego released a research paper based on an analysis of over 100,000 scam listings

4.6.17 eWeek
"Google Claims Progress Reducing Fake Business Listings on Maps, Search"
Google this week claimed it has taken several measures to curb scammers from placing fake listings on Google Maps and Search and drawing organic traffic away from legitimate businesses. The measures are based on the findings of a year-long study the company conducted, along with researchers from the University of California, San Diego, into the methods employed by rogue actors to fool Google's verification processes for online business listings.

4.5.17 Business Insider
"A group of college students have a plan to brew beer on the moon in a Google-backed mission"
While NASA is attempting to grow potatoes and greens in space-like conditions, a group of engineering students have another goal: brewing beer on the moon. They have invented a device they believe can ferment yeast in zero-gravity. The students, who attend the University of California, San Diego and call themselves Team Original Gravity, are finalists in the Google Lunar XPRIZE challenge - a competition looking for low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. If their project wins, they will get $20 million and test their device by launching a lunar lander and rover to the moon in Dec. 2017

4.4.17 The San Diego Union Tribune
"UCSD tricks public into thinking it's seeing driverless cars"
UC San Diego scientists are disguising themselves as empty car seats to study how other motorists and pedestrians react to the sight of their "driverless" research vehicles tooling around campus. The academic "ghost drivers" wear head-to-knee seat covers that hide their bodies. The so-called "seat suits" are pulled on like a catcher's vest. So far, the scientists have done limited test runs that elicited smiles, pointing and long stares. But they're seeking the school's permission to broadly experiment on campus and may later ask to drive on the streets of La Jolla.

4.3.17 The New York Times
"Do Seas Make Us Sick? Surfers May Have the Answer"
On a recent trip, Cliff Kapono hit some of the more popular surf breaks in Ireland, England and Morocco. He's proudly Native Hawaiian and no stranger to the hunt for the perfect wave. But this time he was chasing something even more unusual: microbial swabs from fellow surfers. Mr. Kapono, a 29-year-old biochemist earning his doctorate at the University of California, San Diego, heads up the Surfer Biome Project, a unique effort to determine whether routine exposure to the ocean alters the microbial communities of the body, and whether those alterations might have consequences for surfers -- Related Jacobs School Link »

4.3.17 Nature Reviews
"CRISPR-based mapping of genetic interactions"
We often conceptualize genes as independent units of information, although their behaviour is influenced by interactions with other genes. Now, two independent studies present scalable double-knockout CRISPR-based screens for mapping pairwise genetic interactions and apply these to the identification of effective synergistic drug combinations in cancer.

4.3.17 EMSL
"UC San Diego researchers engineering next-generation solar cells"
The sun is an abundant renewable energy source with the potential of addressing significant global energy demands, but current silicon-based solar cells suffer from high manufacturing costs and low efficiency. A research team from the University of California at San Diego is engineering the next generation of low-cost, high-efficiency solar panels. Team members include principal investigator Ying Meng, associate professor of nanoengineering, and graduate students Pritesh Parikh, Shen Wang and Thomas Wynn.

4.1.17 The Economist
"A simple device designed to detect chemical weapons"
NERVE agents such as sarin and VX can kill quickly in low doses. At the moment, there is no simple way for soldiers in the field, or inspectors looking for manufacturing and storage sites, to detect nerve agents. The electrochemical sensors involved are bulky and awkward to use. It would be better if people had suitable detection technology available at their fingertips. And Joseph Wang of the University of California San Diego, reports in ACS Sensors that he has a system that achieves this quite literally.

3.31.17 The San Diego Union Tribune
"Connected Cars: The long road to autonomous vehicles"
Back in 1995, the NavLab 5 team at Carnegie Mellon University launched an autonomous vehicle on a trip from Pittsburgh to San Diego. The vehicle navigated itself, without intervention from a human driver, for 98 percent of the 2,800 mile journey. It averaged speeds above 60 mph. So if self-driving technology worked on a cross-country trip 22 years ago, why aren't roads filled with autonomous cars today? The reason is the technology remains closer to the research lab stage and is not ready for prime time, ay experts. It's not good enough or affordable enough yet for widespread use.

3.30.17 The Johns Hopkins Newsletter
"Artificial blood vessels could help repair tissue"
Professor Shaochen Chen at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and his team of nanoengineers have successfully created a functioning network of blood vessels through 3D bioprinting. Implanting the biomimetic blood vessels into mice, Chen's lab was able to successfully integrate the new vasculature into the mice's own network as well as to allow the vessel to branch out into a series of smaller vessels, letting blood circulate normally.

3.30.17 IEEE Spectrum
"Smell, the Glove"
By printing sensor circuits on boring old disposable rubber gloves, researchers have converted them into handy, low-cost screening tools for chemical threats and toxic pollutants. That means someday, security agents might swipe their gloved fingertip on a bag and quickly get an alert for traces of nerve agents and explosives on their smartphone.

3.29.17 GEN
"Stem Cell Engineering Gets a Boost with Discovery of "Fine-Tuning Knob""
Researchers at the University of California San Diego say they have discovered a protein that regulates the switch of embryonic stem cells from the least developed naïve state to the more developed primed state. This discovery sheds light on stem cell development at a molecular level, according to the investigators who published their study ("SMARCAD1 Contributes to the Regulation of Naive Pluripotency by Interacting with Histone Citrullination") online in Cell Reports.

3.28.17 WebMD
"Tests May Bring New Wave of Cancer Detection"
Detecting cancer may be getting easier. New kinds of tests that promise to be less invasive are beginning to exit the lab and enter the market -- with more under development. By using blood, urine, and saliva, researchers hope these new tests may reduce the need for often painful, risky biopsies, a type of surgery to remove suspicious tissue for study.

3.28.17 MIT Technology Review
"Machine-Learning Algorithm Watches Dance Dance Revolution, Then Creates Dances of Its Own"
Dance Dance Revolution is one of the classic video games of the late 20th century. The game also allows players to design and distribute their own dances. Over the years, people have created enormous databases of dances for a huge range of popular songs. That gave Chris Donahue and pals, at the University of California, San Diego, an idea. Why not use this huge database to train a deep-learning machine to create dances of its own? Today, they show how they have done just that. Their system--called Dance Dance Convolution--takes as an input the raw audio files of pop songs and produces dance

3.27.17 NBC News
"This Tiny Device Is a 'Game Changer' for People Facing Blindness"
In 2013, the FDA approved an artificial retina that could help restore limited vision to people with degenerative eye diseases. But the device relied on a sunglass-mounted external camera and a transmitter that relayed sight information to the retinal implant. Now researchers at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa and the University of California, San Diego have crafted artificial retinas that can be implanted entirely inside the eye, which offer hope to those with macular degeneration.

3.27.17 Rubber Journal Asia
"Researchers design rubber glove with sensors to scan dangerous nerve agents"
Researchers at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) in the US and CSIRO Manufacturing in Australia have designed a new rubber glove equipped with highly stretchable sensors that will be able to detect dangerous nerve agents like sarin and VX during events like terrorist attacks or food contamination.

3.25.17 Vanguard
"New blood test may detect cancer earlier"
A universal blood test for any type of cancer may soon become available according to a new study from the University of California, San Diego. They have found a new way to detect cancer in the blood that could both alert doctors to the presence of cancer, and tell them where in the body the tumour is located.

3.24.17 Gizmodo
"Scientists Just Worked Out How To 3D Print Organs With Blood Vessels"
The likelihood of 3D printing functional organs just took a huge step forward, with scientists at the University of California working out a way to print not just the organ, but also the blood vessels needed to transport nutrients, oxygen and metabolic waste. The researchers used what is called a "rapid bioprinting method", AKA microscale continuous optical bioprinting (μCOB).

3.23.17 Next Big Future
"Tissue created with microblood vessel network and integrated the tissue into mice - a major advance for bioprinting organs"
New research, led by nanoengineering professor Shaochen Chen, addresses one of the biggest challenges in tissue engineering: creating lifelike tissues and organs with functioning vasculature -- networks of blood vessels that can transport blood, nutrients, waste and other biological materials -- and do so safely when implanted inside the body.

3.23.17 medGadget
"Novel Flexible Glove-Based Biosensor for Detecting Organophosphates"
Organophosphates are toxic chemicals used as pesticides in agricultural practice and as nerve agents in biological warfare. Exposure to organophosphates can cause severe illness or death if appropriate safety measures are not taken. Rapid and accurate point-of-use detection of organophosphate pesticides or nerve agents would improve security in both food safety and defense scenarios. A recent study published in the journal ACS Sensors describes a novel flexible, wearable, disposable glove-based biosensor that detects organophosphate compounds in real-time.

3.22.17 ECN Magazine
"Wearable Sensor Detects On-Site Chemical Threats"
Certain chemical compounds known as organophosphates are used as the foundation for many herbicides, insecticides, and nerve agents. Even though they are widely employed, these biochemicals carry dangerous side effects when exposed directly to humans. Researchers have recently developed a fast and efficient way to detect the existence of these deadly compounds. Referred to as a "lab-on-a-glove," a disposable glove decked out with a flexible sensor may be able to reveal and warn the wearer of nearby harmful substances.

3.22.17 New Atlas
""Lab on a glove" could help hunt for deadly nerve agents"
When a terrorist attack happens, every second counts in terms of response time. A new rubber glove developed by the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and CSIRO Manufacturing in Australia could not only help first-responders detect dangerous nerve agents like sarin and VX, but it could also help ensure a safe food supply.

3.22.17 San Diego Union Tribune
"Gene editing used to find cancer's genetic weak spots"
A UC San Diego-led research team has put the hot gene-editing technology CRISPR/Cas9 to a novel use, finding more than 120 new leads for cancer drugs. The team inactivated targeted genes in lab-cultured kidney, lung and cervical cancer cancer cells to pinpoint those that kill these cells but leave normal cells unharmed.

3.21.17 Oncology Nurse Advisor
"Novel Blood Test Detects Cancer, Locates Tumor Without Invasive Procedures"
A new blood test can locate the presence of a tumor in a particular tissue, which may circumvent the need for invasive procedures such as biopsies and aid in cancer diagnosis according to a recent study published in Nature Genetics.

3.21.17 NBC San Diego
"UC San Diego Engineering Students in Top 5 for NASA Student Competition"
40 UCSD students are building a satellite that could launch inside of a NASA rocket next year

3.21.17 GEN
"CRISPR/Cas9 Reveals Cancer?s Synthetic Lethal Vulnerabilities"
The CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing system has been used to identify more than 120 synthetic-lethal gene interactions in cancer cells. These interactions could guide drug developers to new combination therapies that could selectively kill cancer cells and spare healthy cells.

3.21.17 Front Line Genomics
"Weakening Cancer Cells With CRISPR"
A team of researchers from UC San Diego School of Medicine and Jacobs School of Engineering have adapted the CRISPR-Cas9 system to help selectively kill cancer cells. Using gene editing, they were able to sift through thousands of genetic mutation combinations to find any that weakened cancer cells to selected drugs. The work was published in Nature Methods this week.

3.17.17 New Atlas
"Nanowire retinal implant could restore sight with better resolution"
Advances in bionic eyes over the past few decades have given blind and visually impaired people new hope of restoring some of their vision. Now engineers have tested a new nano-scale system that could be implanted onto a patient's retina to respond to light by directly stimulating the neurons that send visual signals to the brain. Unlike other systems, the new device wouldn't require any external sensors, and can provide a much higher resolution.

3.17.17 Daily Mail UK
"Robotic head of sci-fi author Philip K Dick being used to teach doctors how to recognise pain in patients"
Humanoid, facially expressive robots have been designed by researchers to help medical professionals improve their diagnosing skills. While robotic patient simulators (RPS's) are already used to train doctors, their faces don't move and don't express emotions. So researchers created a robot with rubber skin that can move its facial features to express real human emotions. The research team, led by Dr Laurel Riek, an associate professor of computer science and engineering at UC San Diego, designed the robot to be able to express pain, disgust and anger.

3.16.17 medGadget
"New Wirelessly Powered Scalable Retinal Prosthesis"
A collaboration between researchers at University of California San Diego and Nanovision Biosciences, a university spinoff, has developed a method for constructing wirelessly powered retinal prostheses that interface directly with retinal cells. The implant is structured from photosensitive silicon nanowires and, because they produce a textured surface, retinal cells are able to grow on them. Powering the array is a novel wireless system, that sits on the head near the eye, and provides current to all the nanowires simultaneously.

3.15.17 Yahoo! News
"Novel nano-implant may help restore sight"
Scientists have developed a high-resolution retinal prosthesis using nanowires and wireless electronics that may aid neurons in the retina to respond to light. The technology could help tens of millions of people worldwide suffering from neurodegenerative diseases that affect eyesight, including macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and loss of vision due to diabetes. In the study, detailed in the Journal of Neural Engineering, the researchers demonstrated this response to light in a rat retina interfacing with a prototype of the device in vitro.

3.15.17 the Engineer UK
"Progress towards bionic eye implants"
Engineers at the University of California - San Diego and a La Jolla-based start-up company called Nanovision Biosciences now report that they have developed new technology that directly stimulates retinal cells to potentially restore high resolution sight that has been lost owing to neurodegenerative diseases, such as macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and loss of sight owing to diabetes: all major causes of blindness in humans, affecting millions of people around the world and currently with no effective treatment.

3.15.17 Bioscience Technology
"New Nano-implant Could One Day Help Restore Sight"
A team of engineers at the University of California San Diego and La Jolla-based startup Nanovision Biosciences Inc. have developed the nanotechnology and wireless electronics for a new type of retinal prosthesis that brings research a step closer to restoring the ability of neurons in the retina to respond to light. The researchers demonstrated this response to light in a rat retina interfacing with a prototype of the device in vitro. They detail their work in a recent issue of the Journal of Neural Engineering.

3.14.17 Scientific American
"Transformers"
By reprogramming DNA inside harmful microbes, biologists are turning them into patient-saving drugs. In a few months a small group of volunteers will gulp down billions of tiny, toxin-gobbling contraptions to cure a crippling disease. The devices are not made from the usual machine parts of metal, wire or plastic. They are rebuilt organisms: bacteria, reconstructed from the inside out to perform an intricate feat of medical care.

3.13.17 Bio News
"Blood test could detect and locate cancer at early stage"
Researchers have developed a new blood test that can not only detect cancer at an early stage, but can also indicate where the tumour is located in the body. So-called 'liquid biopsies' detect fragments of tumour DNA called cell-free DNA (cfDNA), but until now they have only been able to detect the presence or absence of a tumour. Professor Kun Zhang of the University of California, San Diego, and colleagues found that normal cells that compete with cancer cells for nutrients and space also release their DNA in the bloodstream. This DNA leaves organ-specific signatures -- known as CpG methyl

3.13.17 Edgy Labs
"Nanoengineers 3D Printed a Replacement Circulatory System"
UC San Diego researchers have paved the way for alleviating over 15 different circulatory diseases. Using 3D printing, these nanoengineers successfully created a three-dimensional network of functional blood vessels with organic tissues. One of the major obstacles to implanting organs produced by tissue engineering is replicating the functioning network of blood vessels that are needed to transport blood, nutrients, waste and other biological materials to and from the implanted tissue.

3.11.17 Newsweek
"Science Inches Closer to a Universal Blood Test for Cancer"
A universal blood test for any type of cancer is an oncologist's dream come true, and a new study suggests this concept may soon become a reality. Research from the University of California, San Diego, has found a new way to detect cancer in the blood that could both alert doctors to the presence of cancer, and tell them where in the body the tumor is located. The new study, published online in the journal Nature Genetics, describes the discovery of a new clue found in the blood. Although the discovery is preliminary, the team hopes to soon advance to the clinical stage where it can be tested

3.11.17 Tornos News
"Report: New blood test could detect location of cancer in body!"
Researchers are developing a blood test that can tell not only whether someone has cancer, but in what organ the tumors are lurking. The test could mean more prompt, potentially life-saving treatment for patients. Researchers describe their blood test as a kind of dual authentication process. It is able to detect the presence of dying tumor cells in blood as well as tissue signatures, to signal to clinicians which organ is affected by the cancer.

3.10.17 New Scientist
"Robot that shows pain could teach doctors to recognise it better"
Can you recognise when someone is unwell just by studying their face? Understanding expressions can help doctors improve their diagnoses, but it's a difficult skill to practise. So a group of engineers have made a tool for training clinicians: a robot that can express pain. Many doctors already use robotic patient simulators in their training to practise procedures and test their diagnostic abilities. "These robots can bleed, breathe and react to medication," says Laurel Riek at the University of California, San Diego. "They are incredible, but there is a major design flaw - their face."

3.9.17 International Business Times
"Early Signs Of Cancer Can Be Determined By New Test That Finds Tumors Before They Grow"
A medical research breakthrough at the University of California, San Diego could soon provide the fastest way for people to detect potentially cancerous tumors and remove them before undergoing invasive surgeries. And like many other historic revelations, the discovery was found entirely by chance.

3.8.17 Netdoctor
"A simple blood test could detect cancer anywhere in the body"
Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, have found a new way to detect cancer in the blood and tell doctors where the tumour is located in the body. It means in future, cancer diagnosis could be faster and more effective.

3.8.17 An F1 Blog
"Blood test for cancer can show where a tumour is growing"
A blood test for cancer can now show where in the body a tumour is growing, without the need for a painful biopsy. "Liquid biopsies" are hoped to revolutionise cancer treatment, by identifying people with slow-growing tumours and those most in danger. They work by detecting the DNA released by dying tumour cells. Now, for the first time, US scientists can also pinpoint the part of the body affected.

3.8.17 CW6 San Diego
"Revolutionizing the fight against cancer"
There's a new tool that could revolutionize the fight against cancer. Researchers at UC San Diego have discovered that a blood test could detect the disease in its early stages. Bioengineers at UC San Diego discovered this blood test by accident. The author of the study that was just released says the blood test can detect cancer and where a tumor is growing in the body. It's a discovery that could change how quickly doctors can make a cancer diagnosis. In a bioengineering lab at UC San Diego, what?s being called the holy grail of early cancer detection might have been discovered.

3.8.17 Genome Web
"UCSD Methylation Haplotype Method Tracks cfDNA Origin; Singlera to Commercialize"
Investigators at the University of California, San Diego have developed a new method for determining the origin of circulating DNA fragments, which they hope to develop as a strategy for more sensitive detection of cancer, and potentially also for blood-based diagnosis of other diseases. The team published a study describing the approach in Nature Genetics this Monday. The method relies on identifying methylation haplotypes -- instances of co-methylation across a number of different CPG sites -- that are specific to a particular tissue or cell type.

3.7.17 NBC Bay Area
"New UCSD Blood Test Could Detect Cancer - And Find Where in Body Tumor is Growing"
A new blood test developed by bioengineers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) would not only be able to detect cancer, but also find where in the body the tumor is growing. The study, published in the March 6 issue of Nature Genetics, could provide a path for doctors to diagnose cancer early on, without having to do invasive procedures.

3.7.17 Voice of America
"Researchers Develop Blood Test to Pinpoint Location of Cancer"
Researchers are developing a blood test that can tell not only whether someone has cancer, but in what organ the tumors are lurking. The test could mean more prompt, potentially life-saving treatment for patients. Researchers describe their blood test as a kind of dual authentication process. It is able to detect the presence of dying tumor cells in blood as well as tissue signatures, to signal to clinicians which organ is affected by the cancer.

3.7.17 WorldHealth.net
"Cancer Detection and Location Blood Test"
A recent breakthrough appears to have made it much easier to detect cancer and pinpoint its exact location. The advances were made by University of California at San Diego bioengineers. The research team created a blood test that identifies cancer and pinpoints its exact location in the body. Information about the new blood test was published in the March 6 edition of Nature Genetics.

3.7.17 News Nation
"Scientists develop new blood test to detect cancer at early stage"
A new blood test has been developed by scientists which can detect cancer and locate where the tumour is growing. The test provies a potential alternative to invasive surgical procedures like biopsies. When a tumour starts to take over a part of the body, it competes with normal cells for nutrients and space, killing them off in the process, according to researchers from the University of California, San Diego in the US.

3.7.17 Men's Health
"Scientists Can Now Print Out Human Blood Vessels. Here's Why You Should Care"
In medicine, 3D printing is already used for some futuristic applications like implantable devices, prosthetic parts, medical equipment and electronic sensors. That's led researchers and developers to get even more innovative, by imaging a world in which we can print out bone, spinal discs, and skin. Now, scientists want to add one more body part to the list: blood vessels. In fact, researchers from the University of California at San Diego just developed a new method for printing out blood vessel networks using 3D printing

3.6.17 The Sun
"New blood test 'screens for multiple cancers in one go -- and tells docs exactly where tumours are hiding'"
A NEW blood test could one day help doctors diagnose cancer in its earliest stages -- and tell them exactly where in the body the tumour is growing. The discovery could put an end to the need for invasive surgical biopsy tests, scientists hope.

3.6.17 Daily Mail
"A blood test for cancer? Simple liquid biopsy could identify where in the body a tumour exists"
A blood test for cancer can now show where in the body a tumour is growing, without the need for a painful biopsy. 'Liquid biopsies' are hoped to revolutionise cancer treatment, by identifying people with slow-growing tumours and those most in danger. They work by detecting the DNA released by dying tumour cells. Now, for the first time, US scientists can also pinpoint the part of the body affected.

3.6.17 Tin Tuc
"Major breakthrough for cancer treatment: BLOOD test could diagnose and FIND disease"
The test offers the hope of screening patients during routine check-ups, ending the wait for the results of potentially unpleasant biopsies. Scientists said it would allow surgeons to remove tumours early -- preventing them from spreading. "Knowing the tumour?s location is critical for effective early detection," said Professor Kun Zhang, a bio-engineer at California University (UC) in San Diego. The test can pick up the tell-tale signs of tumours -- as well as where in the body it's growing.

3.6.17 Healthline
"New Blood Test May Pinpoint Cancer Tumors"
New research shows promise for a blood test that not only identifies cancer but also pinpoints precisely where tumors are growing. Published in the journal Nature Genetics, the study describes how a specific DNA signature called CpG methylation haplotypes can indicate both the presence and specific location of tumor cells.

3.6.17 Yahoo! News
"Novel blood test may detect, locate cancer early"
Scientists have developed a new blood test to detect cancer and locate where in the body the tumour is growing, an advance way to eliminate the need for invasive surgical procedures like biopsies. Cancer blood tests work by screening for DNA released by dying tumour cells and detect traces of tumour DNA in the blood of cancer patients. However, these do not indicate where the tumour resides. "Knowing the tumour's location is critical for effective early detection," said Kun Zhang, professor at the University of California-San Diego in the US.

3.6.17 Digital Trends
"Nanoengineers develop first biocompatible, 3D-printed blood vessel networks"
3D-printed organs are a biopunk?s dream and which may soon come true thanks to researchers from the University of California, San Diego.Led by Shaochen Chen, the team of nanoengineers developed a new method for 3D printing biomimetic blood vessel networks, which may help lay the foundation for functioning lab-grown tissue and organs.

3.5.17 Blasting News
"Scientists created 3D printed blood vessels"
Researchers at the University of California San Diego have created a #3D Printed a life-like blood vessel network that functioned successfully on real rats. This could be the first effective step in creating whole functional organs in the future. Their work was published in Biomaterials under the title 'Direct 3D bioprinting of prevascularized tissue constructs with complex microarchitecture.'

3.3.17 Anadolu Agency
"US researchers print functioning blood vessels"
Engineers announced Thursday they have used three-dimensional (3D) printing to create a lifelike and functional blood vessel network. Researchers hope the innovation will help spur new development of artificial organs and regenerative therapies in a way that is accessible to many more patients.

3.3.17 R&D Magazine
"Nanoengineers Create 3D Printed Vasculature Network"
Researchers at the University of California San Diego have created artificial tissue and organs with functioning vasculature -- networks of blood vessels that can transport blood, nutrients, waste and other biological materials -- and do so safely when implanted inside the body.

3.3.17 3Ders
"UCSD researchers make 3D printed blood vessel networks with ultra-fast UV bioprinting system"
Researchers at the University of California San Diego have used 3D bioprinting to develop a functional blood vessel network. The researchers say their work could advance the creation of artificial organs and regenerative therapies.

3.3.17 The Stack
"3D printing produces 'life-saving' blood vessel networks"
A new light-activated 3D printing technique has helped researchers to build "lifelike" blood vessel networks -- a major step towards synthetic organ production. Using the new approach, the team from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) was able to print functional networks of artificial blood vessels. In animal trails, the technology was successfully introduced into living subjects.

3.3.17 3D Printing Industry
"Californian researchers 3D print functioning blood vessels"
Researchers from the University of California San Diego have successfully 3D printed a framework of functional blood vessels. Blood vessel networks are important in transporting blood, nutrients and waste around the human body. The research team employed a 3D bioprinting process involving hydrogel and endothelial cells. Endothelial are the form of cells that make up the inner lining of blood vessels.

3.3.17 3DPrint.com
"UC San Diego Breakthrough: 3D Printed Blood Vessel Network Survives and Functions Within Mice"
One of the most difficult roadblocks in the quest to 3D print functional, transplantable human organs isn't the printing of the organ itself -- it's the creation of the critical network of blood vessels that enable the organ to function within the body. Scientists have been working hard to develop 3D printed blood vessels that are capable of surviving and doing the crucial work of transporting blood, nutrients, waste and other materials throughout the body, but it's been a difficult slog;

3.2.17 DesignNews
"Hair's Strength Inspires New Polymer for Body Armor"
Observations researchers have made about why human hair is so strong and resistant to breaking could form the basis for the development of new synthetic materials , including polymers that could be well-suited for body armor.

3.1.17 IEEE Spectrum
"The Tiny Robots Will See You Now"
Over the past week, we've highlighted a lot of big, impressive robots. Now it's time to pay homage to their teeny, tiny counterparts. It's science-fiction-turned-reality: Researchers are developing micro- and nanoscale robots that move freely in the body, communicate with each other, perform jobs, and degrade when their mission is complete. These tiny robots will someday "have a major impact" on disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, according to a new review in Science Robotics from a top nanoengineering team at the University of California San Diego.

3.1.17 The Scientist
"Massively Parallel Perturbations"
Determining how the genes in a cell affect its function is the overarching objective of molecular genetic studies. But most genotype-phenotype screens are limited by the number of genetic perturbations that can be feasibly measured in one experiment. In short, the more genetic disruptions examined, the more costly and time-consuming the experiments become.

3.1.17 STAT
"A cellular merry-go-round to test metastasis"
Cancer spreads when cells detach from a tumor and drift to a new site -- so it makes sense that how "sticky" a cancer cell is could indicate its likelihood of seeding a new tumor. But up until now, there was no good way to test this idea. Enter this supercharged cellular merry-go-round lined with proteins that cells like to grip onto. When scientists took breast and prostate cancer cells for a spin in the machine, they found that the ones that detached soonest were also the ones that moved most quickly across a petri dish.

3.1.17 Medical News Today
"Cell adherence may predict metastasis potential of cancer cells"
In metastasis, cancer cells break away from the primary site of the tumor and travel through the blood or lymphatic system to more distant parts of the body. However, only a small number of malignant cells have the ability to form secondary tumors. New research may have found a way to identify these cells.

3.1.17 The Triton
"FLOWER OF EQUALITY BLOSSOMING FROM STEM"
UCSD is recognized across the globe as an illustrious, first-rate research institution. With numerous on-campus hospitals, medical centers, and labs, run by distinguished professors, scientific discovery and technological advancement is a championed commonality. However, UCSD deserves credit for another form of progress, one that is unsung yet equally vital.

2.28.17 The Marshalltown
"Tool For Mapping RNA-DNA Interactions Developed: Converting Gene Sequences Into Functions Made Easy"
Marking a significant technology breakthrough in tracking the interactions between RNA and DNA, scientists at the University of California have evolved a new technique. Known as Mapping RNA Genome Interactions, the tool "MARGI" renders full data of the entire spectrum of RNA molecules that interact with segments of DNA in a single analysis.

2.28.17 BBC News
"Cell 'stickiness' could indicate cancer spread"
University of California researchers found tumour cells that stuck less to surrounding cells are more likely to migrate and invade other tissue. They hope it could one day help identify cancer patients who need aggressive treatment at an early stage.

2.28.17 Jersey Evening Post
"Cancer cell stickiness 'linked to likelihood of tumours spreading around body'"
The discovery could pave the way to a much-needed test for deadly cancers with a high risk of migrating to vital organs such as the liver or brain. Cancer spread, or metastasis, is the major reason why people die from the disease. Many cancers remain non-life threatening as long as they stay in one place, but transform into killers when they colonise other parts of the body. Scientists have now shown that weakly sticky cancer cells are more likely to invade other tissues than those with strong adhesion.

2.27.17 The Green Optimistic
"New Plasmonic Metamaterial Could Revolutionize Solar Cells"
A recent discovery at the University of California San Diego could change the field of photonics. A team of engineers has fabricated a plasmonic metamaterial that could change the way we look at optical transmission.Their new material shows promise is the field of light-based technologies, like photovoltaics, fiber optics, and lasers. Their new material addresses one of the biggest problems in photonics; the loss of signal.

2.27.17 Laser Focus World
"UCSD lossless metamaterials could make lasers more efficient"
University of California San Diego (UCSD) engineers have developed a material that could reduce signal losses in photonic devices. The advance has the potential to boost the efficiency of various light-based technologies including fiber-optic communication systems, lasers, and photovoltaics. The engineers say the discovery addresses one of the biggest challenges in the field of photonics: minimizing loss of optical (light-based) signals in devices known as plasmonic metamaterials.

2.27.17 The Green Optimistic
"New Plasmonic Metamaterial Could Revolutionize Solar Cells"
A recent discovery at the University of California San Diego could change the field of photonics. A team of engineers has fabricated a plasmonic metamaterial that could change the way we look at optical transmission.

2.27.17 University Herald
"UC San Diego Bioengineers Develops New Tool To Map RNA-DNA Interaction"
University of California San Diego bioengineers were able to create a new tool that can identify interactions between RNA and DNA molecules. This is the first technology of its kind.

2.23.17 Nasdaq
"UCSD and TowerJazz Demonstrate Best in Class 5G Mobile Transmit-Receive Chips with Greater than 12 Gbps Data Rates"
TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, and The University of California San Diego, a recognized leader for microwave, millimeter-wave, mixed-signal RFICs, and phased arrays, demonstrate for the first time, a greater than 12 Gbps, 5G phased-array chipset. This chipset demonstrates that products can be fabricated today to meet the emerging 5G telecom standards for the next wave of worldwide mobile communications. The chipset operates at 28 to 31 GHz, a new communications band planned for release by the FCC.

2.21.17 Japan Stripes
"Robots poised to take over wide range of military jobs"
The wave of automation that swept away tens of thousands of American manufacturing and office jobs during the past two decades is now washing over the armed forces, putting both rear-echelon and front-line positions in jeopardy. "Just as in the civilian economy, automation will likely have a big impact on military organizations in logistics and manufacturing," said Michael Horowitz, a University of Pennsylvania professor and one of the globe's foremost experts on weaponized robots.

2.20.17 The San Diego Union Tribune
"Focus Robots poised to take over wide range of military jobs"
The wave of automation that swept away tens of thousands of American manufacturing and office jobs during the past two decades is now washing over the armed forces, putting both rear-echelon and front-line positions in jeopardy. "Just as in the civilian economy, automation will likely have a big impact on military organizations in logistics and manufacturing," said Michael Horowitz, a University of Pennsylvania professor and one of the globe's foremost experts on weaponized robots.

2.14.17 University Herald
"University Of California San Diego Gets New Futuristic Robotics Assistant"
With the University of California San Diego, operating rooms may get an upgrade. With the help of Michael Yip, the electrical engineering professor and director of the Advanced Robotics and Controls Laboratory, the world is now going to see a much more techy and precise operating room. As technology continues to grow and innovate, the medical field will benefit more when it comes to precision. With the use of robots in the operating room, they can become an important tool when it comes to surgeries.

2.13.17 News Atlas
"How to quickly identify sepsis-causing bacteria - melt it down"
When a patient is diagnosed with sepsis, a medical syndrome that kills more people than breast cancer, prostate cancer and HIV combined, it sets off a countdown for doctors to treat the infection and uncover the culprit causing the body's systems to shut down. However, identifying the exact pathogen causing the infection can take days with current procedures, which is time a terminally ill patient simply does not have. But hope could be on the horizon, as researchers from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) recently unveiled a diagnostic tool

2.13.17 KUNC
"This Tiny Submarine Cruises Inside A Stomach To Deliver Drugs"
A tiny self-propelled drug-delivery device might someday make taking antibiotics safer and more efficient. Think of it as a tiny submarine scooting around inside your stomach, fueled by the acid there. Oral antibiotics are commonly prescribed life-saving drugs. Once an antibiotic is swallowed, it takes a trip to the stomach, where there's lots of acid. That stomach acid can break chemical bonds in the antibiotic and deactivate it. To keep that from happening, doctors often prescribe acid-reducing medications like Prilosec or Prevacid.

2.9.17 Medical News Today
"Method to identify bacteria in blood samples works in hours instead of days"
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a desktop diagnosis tool that detects the presence of harmful bacteria in a blood sample in a matter of hours instead of days. The breakthrough was made possible by a combination of proprietary chemistry, innovative electrical engineering and high-end imaging and analysis techniques powered by machine learning. The team details their work in Scientific Reports.

2.9.17 MIT Technology Review
"This Technology Could Finally Make Brain Implants Practical"
In labs testing how brain implants could help people with physical disabilities, tales of success can be bittersweet. Experiments like those that let a paralyzed person swig coffee using a robotic arm, or that let blind people "see" spots of light, have proven the huge potential of computers that interface with the brain. But the implanted electrodes used in such trials eventually become useless, as scar tissue forms that degrades their electrical connection to brain cells (see "The Thought Experiment").

2.8.17 News Medical Life Sciences
"UC San Diego engineers develop desktop diagnosis tool that detects harmful bacteria in few hours"
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a desktop diagnosis tool that detects the presence of harmful bacteria in a blood sample in a matter of hours instead of days. The breakthrough was made possible by a combination of proprietary chemistry, innovative electrical engineering and high-end imaging and analysis techniques powered by machine learning. The team details their work in the Feb. 8 issue of Scientific Reports.

2.8.17 Infection Control Today
"Method to Identify Bacteria in Blood Samples Works in Hours Instead of Days"
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a desktop diagnosis tool that detects the presence of harmful bacteria in a blood sample in a matter of hours instead of days. The breakthrough was made possible by a combination of proprietary chemistry, innovative electrical engineering and high-end imaging and analysis techniques powered by machine learning. The team details their work in the Feb. 8 issue of Scientific Reports.

2.8.17 Science Daily
"Method to identify bacteria in blood samples works in hours instead of days"
A desktop diagnosis tool has been developed that detects the presence of harmful bacteria in a blood sample in a matter of hours instead of days. The breakthrough was made possible by a combination of proprietary chemistry, innovative electrical engineering and high-end imaging and analysis techniques powered by machine learning.

2.8.17 The San Diego Union-Tribune
"GM Salmonella destroys cancer"
A genetically modified bacterium destroys tumors by provoking an immune response, according to a study published Wednesday.

2.7.17 Engineering.com
"New Laser Defies Conventional Wave Physics"
University of California San Diego researchers have presented a laser based on bound states in the continuum (BICs), an unconventional wave physics phenomenon. This is the first BIC laser in the world. BICs defy the norm of conventional waves, which escape in an open system. In contrast, BICs remain localized or confined despite the open pathways. The laser has a thin semiconductor membrane-made of gallium, phosphorous, arsenic and indium-constructed as an arrangement of nano-sized cylinders. The membrane is suspended in air and a network of supporting bridges

2.6.17 Photonics Media
"Novel BIC Laser Holds Promise for Optical Communications"
Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed a laser based on an unconventional wave physics phenomenon known as bound states in the continuum -- BIC. The new BIC lasers have the potential to be developed as high-power lasers for industrial and defense applications. The technology could also revolutionize the development of surface lasers for communications and computing applications.

2.6.17 Photonics Media
"Material Offers Broadband, Selective Light Absorption for Use in Energy, Defense"
A novel class of particle absorbers, called transferable hyperbolic metamaterial particles (THMMP), has shown selective, omnidirectional, tunable, broadband absorption when closely packed. The novel material, which absorbs more than 87 percent of near-IR light at 1200- to over 2200-nm wavelengths, with a maximum absorption of 98 percent at 1550 nm, could be used for energy, automotive and stealth applications. The thin, flexible, light-absorbing material, a near-perfect broadband absorber, can absorb light from every angle.

2.5.17 News Atlas
""Near-perfect" broadband absorber with potential in solar cells, windows and stealth"
A new flexible material developed by engineers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is claimed to be able to tune out various portions of the electromagnetic spectrum while allowing others to pass through, such as being opaque to infra-red but transparent to visible light, for example. This material has the potential to vastly improve the efficiencies of solar cells, or create window coatings that not only let in visible light and keep out heat, but also stop electronic eavesdropping by blocking electromagnetic signals.

2.5.17 Crazy Engineers
"New Light-Absorbing, Transparent Material That Can Be Bent, Could Triple Solar Cell Efficiencies"
Imagine using a solar power infrastructure that gives 3x the output of what it currently delivers. That could be a reality with a new light-absorbing material based on nano-particle design, developed by a team of team of UC San Diego engineers led by Prof. Zhaowei Liu and Prof. Donald Sirbuly. Not just a boon for solar cells, the material is also ideal for manufacturing thin films of coatings to be used on transparent windows in cars and buildings, to keep them cool in hot summer days.

2.4.17 Deccan Herald
"'New light-absorbent material to cool buildings, cars'"
The material, developed by engineers at the University of California San Diego in the US, is called a near-perfect broadband absorber. It absorbs more than 87 per cent of near-infrared light (1,200 to 2,200 nanometre wavelengths), with 98 per cent absorption at 1,550 nanometres, the wavelength for fiber optic communication. The material is capable of absorbing light from every angle. It also can theoretically be customised to absorb certain wavelengths of light while letting others pass through.

2.3.17 AZO Materials
"Researchers Create Thin, Flexible, Light-Absorbent Material with Numerous Potential Uses"
A team of researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed a thin, flexible, light-absorbing material that has numerous potential applications such as transparent window coatings that keep cars and buildings cool on hot days, devices capable of more than three times the solar cell efficiencies than what is available, and thin, lightweight shields capable of blocking thermal detection.

2.2.17 R&D Magazine
"New Absorbent Material to Be Used for Energy and Stealth Applications"
A new thin, flexible, light-absorbing material may be a boon for advancements in energy and stealth applications. Engineers at the University of California-San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, led by professors Zhaowei Liu and Donald Sirbuly, have created the material, called a near-perfect broadband absorber, that can absorb more than 87 percent of near-infrared light at 1,200 to 2,200 nanometer wavelengths, with 98 percent absorption at 1,550 nanometers, the wavelength for fiber optic communication.

1.31.17 Engineering.com
"Additively Manufactured Rocket Engines could Democratize Access to Space"
The economics of additive manufacturing (AM) currently don't make it cost effective to produce goods that can otherwise be made with mass production technologies. As a result, 3D printing today may be best suited for small-batch production and specialty items. So, what could be more specialized than a rocket engine?

1.31.17 IEEE Spectrum
"The Self-Driving Car's Bicycle Problem"
Robotic cars are great at monitoring other cars, and they're getting better at noticing pedestrians, squirrels, and birds. The main challenge, though, is posed by the lightest, quietest, swerviest vehicles on the road. "Bicycles are probably the most difficult detection problem that autonomous vehicle systems face," says UC Berkeley research engineer Steven Shladover.

1.29.17 npr
"This Tiny Submarine Cruises Inside A Stomach To Deliver Drugs"
A tiny self-propelled drug-delivery device might someday make taking antibiotics safer and more efficient. Think of it as a tiny submarine scooting around inside your stomach, fueled by the acid there. Oral antibiotics are commonly prescribed life-saving drugs. Once an antibiotic is swallowed, it takes a trip to the stomach, where there's lots of acid. That stomach acid can break chemical bonds in the antibiotic and deactivate it.

1.28.17 Digital Trends
"Swarms of robots may soon be deployed to the center of hurricanes"
Swarms of robotic weather balloons are being created by researchers at the University of California, San Diego. Packed with GPS and cellphone-grade technologies, the balloons are designed to report from inside active cyclones, where they float around, coordinate movements, and beam back data about the environmental conditions within. The advantage of these balloons over traditional forecasting methods involves two technological advances. For one, progress in electronics manufacturing has enabled cheaper, smaller, lighter machines to be produced and deployed in large volumes.

1.28.17 Future Structure
"How Robots, Automation Will Impact Employment in the U.S."
Thirty of the world's top scientists are scheduled to meet at the University of California at San Diego in February to discuss the toughest challenges in robotics and automation, including how to make driverless cars safe for a mass audience. The experts are being brought together by Henrik Christensen, the prominent Georgia Tech engineer who was hired in July to run UC San Diego's young Contextual Robotics Institute.

1.27.17 Wall Street Journal
"The Tiny Robots That Run on Stomach Acid"
The acidic environment of the stomach is useful for digesting food and attacking pathogens, but it can also harm medications, including some antibiotics. Enter the tiny robots.

1.26.17 Robotics Industries Association
"The Consumerization of Robots - Implications for You, Me, and Industry"
Imagine a world without cars, airplanes, phones, TVs, and computers. Without many of the goods we enjoy every day. Goods we find so readily at our corner store, or at our fingertips. Poof, it's all gone. That?s a world without Industrial Revolution. An invention is just an idea if nobody buys it. Consumerization fueled the First (steam power), Second (electrification and mass production), and Third (computing) Industrial Revolutions. It will drive what many are calling the Fourth Industrial Revolution

1.26.17 Financial Review
"Donald Trump more likely to bring jobs for Chinese-made robots than US citizens"
Factories play a central role in US President Donald Trump's parade of American horrors. In his telling, globalisation has left our factories "shuttered", "rusted-out" and "scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation". Here's what you might call an alternative fact: American factories still make a lot of stuff. Last year, the US hit a manufacturing record, producing more goods than ever. But you don't hear much gloating about this because manufacturers made all this stuff without a lot of people.

1.25.17 Popular Science
"Engineering Students Aim To Brew Beer On The Moon"
There's a lot that needs to happen before humankind can become an interplanetary species. We have to figure out how we'll get to other worlds, what we'll eat, and what we'll live in. And then we need to figure out beer, because space is definitely BYOB. Lucky for us, a team of students from the University of California at San Diego are designing a kit that they hope will be the first to brew a batch of beer on the moon.

1.25.17 The New York Times
"How to Make America's Robots Great Again"
Factories play a central role in President Trump's parade of American horrors. In his telling, globalization has left our factories "shuttered," "rusted-out" and "scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation." Here's what you might call an alternative fact: American factories still make a lot of stuff. In 2016, the United States hit a manufacturing record, producing more goods than ever. But you don't hear much gloating about this because manufacturers made all this stuff without a lot of people.

1.25.17 Fire Systems
"'BICSEL' promises faster computing and telecom links"
Researchers at the University of California San Diego have demonstrated a new type of laser that has the potential to be more compact and energy efficient than the standard vertical-cavity surface emitting lasers used in many computing and optical networking links. The new laser is based on an unconventional physics phenomenon called 'bound states in the continuum' (BIC), which are resonant states. First proposed as part of quantum mechanics theory in 1929, only recently was it realised that BICs are a general wave phenomenon that could also be applied to optics.

1.24.17 the Engineer UK
"US students aim to brew beer on the moon"
The Jacobs School of Engineering undergrads are finalists in the Lab2Moon competition being held by TeamIndus, an Indian organisation with a contract to send a spacecraft to the moon as part of the XPrize challenge. Calling themselves "Team Original Gravity", they are one of 25 groups selected from an original pool of 3,000. If selected, they will become the first people to brew beer in space. The experiment will shed light on how yeast acts in off-Earth environments, which has implications for the production of food, as well as the development of pharmaceuticals.

1.24.17 Mashable
"This team wants to brew beer on the surface of the moon"
The moon: Great and all, but don't you think it's missing something? I mean, yes, it could use human-rated habitats, some moon buggies, maybe a little infrastructure. Beyond that, though, what does the moon really need? It needs beer. Or so says a team of obviously brilliant (though potentially drunk) engineering students from the University of California, San Diego, who want to brew suds. On the moon. All in the name of science. Their reasoning holds up, too.

1.24.17 Space.com
"Moon Beer? Brewing Experiment Short-Listed for Indian Lunar Lander"
There could soon be a whole new definition of the term "moonshine." A team of University of California San Diego (UCSD) engineering students is in a ferment, all hopped up to see if beer can be brewed on the moon. Their experiment is designed to test the viability of yeast on the moon. The potential brewmasters hail from UCSD's Jacobs School of Engineering, and call themselves "Team Original Gravity."

1.24.17 Grub Street
"A Team of College Students Is One Step Away From Brewing Beer on the Moon"
A team of UC San Diego students has a plan to make the next giant leap for boozekind. Researchers of course have already aged scotch in outer space, grown wine grapes in zero gravity, and blasted yeast 77 miles above Earth to brew an imperial stout. But these engineering students say they can complete the entire fermentation process on the surface of the moon -- they just need somebody to get them up there. Luckily for them, one of the groups competing for Google?s $30 million Lunar X Prize has room on their spaceship, and they?re running a competition to fill it.

1.24.17 Tech Times
"Researchers Take Inspiration From Hair To Build New Materials For Body Armor"
Hair has amazing properties including its unique structure and steel like strength. Now new research is exploring the use of hair in many unknown areas including the making of body armor to protect police personnel. The new pitch on using hair for armor has been raised by researchers from the University of California. They examined hair at a nano level to leverage the strong properties in the making of body armor. They noticed that hair can be stretched to one and a half times the original length before it breaks.

1.23.17 International Business Times
"Can beer be brewed on the moon? Engineering students will solve the mystery soon!"
A team of engineering students from the University of California (UC), San Diego, is one of the four teams that landed a contract that permits them to send a spacecraft to the moon by December 28, 2017.

1.23.17 IFL Science!
"Scientists Aim To Brew Beer On The Moon"
If one of the multiple possible circumstances for the world ending comes to pass - we fail to combat climate change, an asteroid hits Earth, the Trumpocalypse - and we all have to decamp to the Moon or Mars, we're all going to need a big drink. But will this be possible in space? Luckily for us, scientists have their priorities straight and have designed an experiment to see if it's possible to brew beer on the Moon. Yep, go science!

1.23.17 Yahoo! News
"A group of college students wants to brew beer on the moon, because why not"
The moon: Great and all, but don't you think it's missing something? I mean, yes, it could use human-rated habitats, some moon buggies, maybe a little infrastructure. Beyond that, though, what does the moon really need? It needs beer. Or so says a team of obviously brilliant (though potentially drunk) engineering students from the University of California, San Diego, who want to brew suds. On the moon. All in the name of science. Their reasoning holds up, too.

1.23.17 PC Magazine
"Human Hair Inspires Next-Gen Body Armor Materials"
Tug on a human hair hard enough and it will probably fall out, but trying to then break that strand of hair with your bare hands is much more difficult. Hair is strong, but how strong? According to the University of California, San Diego, it's strong enough to inspire the next generation of body armor. Yang Yu, Wen Yang, Bin Wang, and Marc André Meyers of UC San Diego produced the recently published paper "Structure and mechanical behavior of human hair." It discusses how human hair has a strength to weight ratio very similar to that of steel

1.23.17 The San Diego Union-Tribune
"Center hopes to speed health advances from lab to patients"
As an aging population seeks improved health care, the costs of providing it keep rising. Meanwhile, promising research findings may remain stuck in the lab for years, helping no one. A new field called translational science aims to provide relief by quickly moving new discoveries out of the lab so they can benefit patients. Last week at the University of California San Diego, young researchers heard real-life examples from their peers of how its done.

1.19.17 PhysicsWorld.com
"Optical supercavity drives tiny and efficient laser"
A new type of compact and highly efficient laser that is compatible with optical telecommunications has been created by Boubacar Kanté and colleagues at the University of California, San Diego, in the US. The tuneable device, which uses a wave phenomenon first proposed more than 80 years ago, can output light with a range of different beam profiles. According to Kanté, the laser could someday be used in a wide range of applications including spectroscopy and optical trapping.

1.19.17 Cosmetics design
"Scientists look at hair on a nanoscale"
Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, in collaboration with a scientist out of Zurich, Switzerland, have published new data on the structure and mechanics of hair that has likely applications for hair care R&I.

1.18.17 New Atlas
"New laser surfs weird wave physics for improved efficiency"
A team at the University of California San Diego has developed a new type of laser that could lead to smaller and more efficient lasers for medical, computing and optical communication applications. The new laser makes use of an unusual physics phenomenon called bound states in the continuum (BIC), which keeps the light waves confined even when in an open system, and it can be adjusted to emit beams of different wavelengths and shapes.

1.18.17 Inverse Science & Chill
"Hair Is the Latest Super Material Scientists Want to Make Bulletproof"
It looks like the writers of Superman IV weren't too far from the truth when they added the detail that a single strand of Superman's hair could suspend a 1,000-pound wrecking ball. Real human hair is extremely strong as well -- not as strong as the Man of Steel's, but it does have a strength to weight ratio that's comparable to actual steel. This discovery was made by University of California, San Diego scientists who recently published their findings in the journal Materials Science and Engineering: C.

1.18.17 the Engineer UK
"Nanoscale understanding of hair could lead to new body armour"
A greater understanding of hair's properties could lead to the development of new materials for body armour and help cosmetics manufacturers create better hair care products. This is the claim of researchers from the University of California San Diego, who said hair has a strength to weight ratio comparable to steel and can be stretched up to one and a half times its original length before breaking. "We wanted to understand the mechanism behind this extraordinary property," said Yang Yu, a nanoengineering Ph.D. student at UC San Diego and the first author of the study.

1.18.17 Daily Mail UK
"HAIR could hold the key to ultralight body armour: Researchers say 'unique properties' could offer protection to cops"
Researchers believe the structure of human hair could soon be used in body armor. A recent study examined how a strand behaves when it is deformed and stretched in order to 'understand the mechanism behind this extraordinary property'. Not only is hair able to withstand up to 80 percent deformation before breaking, it also recovers to its original shape when stretched -- features needed in protective gear for police officers.

1.18.17 New Atlas
"Material scientists untangle secrets of strong human hair"
For material scientists scouring the natural world for inspiration, there appears to be plenty of tougher customers than a strand of human hair. But with a steel-like strength-to-weight ratio and an ability to endure stretching up to one and a half times its original length, our luscious locks have their own unique offering for efforts to develop tough new materials like futuristic body armor. Such ventures have just become a little more enlightened, with scientists studying the secrets of human hair observing some of the key mechanisms that allow it such strength and durability.

1.18.17 Fox News Tech
"Body armor made from human hair"
Here's something to think about next time you're in the shower reaching for the shampoo: the hair on your head is so strong and stretchy that engineers studying it say what they're learning could help them develop new materials, possibly even for body armor. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego -- who received funding from the Air Force Office of Science Research--studied hair at the molecular level to better understand this natural super material. Not only does it have a strength-to-weight ratio that is steel-like, it also can stretch

1.18.17 AZO Materials
"Nanoscale Understanding of Hair Could Lead to Development of New Materials for Body Armor"
A new study carried out by scientists at the University of California San Diego explores why human hair is extremely strong and resistant to breaking. The study results may lead to the development of new generation of materials for body armor and even help cosmetic manufacturers make better hair care products.

1.18.17 Counsel & Heal Physical Wellness
"The Strength Of Human Hair Is Comparable To Steel"
Human hair is regarded as a person's "crowning glory". Besides its aesthetic appeal, human hair, specifically its strength, is comparable to steel. This characteristic of human hair has lead scientists to study its structure and behavior to develop synthetic materials for body armor and improve haircare products. The strength of human hair is comparable to steel. This is because it can be stretched up 1.5 times its original length before breaking.

1.16.17 The San Diego Union Tribune
"Local biotech turning to Japan for partnerships"
When San Diego County's large life-science industry looks for partners in foreign countries, one stands out. It's a wealthy place with an advanced economy and scientific establishment. It also has the most rapidly aging population in the world. That nation is Japan, and over the decades, it has become arguably the most significant partner for San Diego biotech companies and scientists. Japan's economic impact is widespread here. Japanese businesses regularly invest in and purchase local biotech enterprises. They also provide access to Japanese markets.

1.13.17 Controlled Environments
"Innovative Laser Improves Telecommunications and Computing"
Researchers at the University of California San Diego have demonstrated the world's first laser based on an unconventional wave physics phenomenon called bound states in the continuum. The technology could revolutionize the development of surface lasers, making them more compact and energy-efficient for communications and computing applications. The new BIC lasers could also be developed as high-power lasers for industrial and defense applications.

1.12.17 Laser Focus World
"Unconventional laser based on 'bound states in the continuum' could have wide application"
Researchers at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) have demonstrated the first laser that is based on "bound states in the continuum" (BIC), an unconventional wave-physics phenomenon. The potential results is a new kind of compact and energy-efficient surface laser tunable for different communications and computing applications. The new BIC lasers could also be developed as high-power lasers for industrial and defense applications. Bound states in the continuum (BICs) are phenomena that have been predicted to exist since 1929.

1.12.17 IEEE Spectrum
"Supremely Small BICSEL Laser Traps Light in Open Air"
Tapping into an idea from quantum mechanics that dates back to the Jazz Age, researchers have created a new type of laser that could be much tinier than conventional lasers, potentially leading to faster optical communications and more powerful computers. The laser relies on a phenomenon known as bound states in the continuum (BICs), which allows researchers to build a laser cavity in open air. "It's not every day that you have the possibility to make a new type of laser," says Boubacar Kante, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, San Diego,

1.11.17 Photonics Online
"New Laser Based On Unusual Physics Phenomenon Could Improve Telecommunications, Computing And More"
Researchers at the University of California San Diego have demonstrated the world's first laser based on an unconventional wave physics phenomenon called bound states in the continuum. The technology could revolutionize the development of surface lasers, making them more compact and energy-efficient for communications and computing applications. The new BIC lasers could also be developed as high-power lasers for industrial and defense applications.

1.10.17 Xconomy
"Protecting America's Tech Prowess Amid the Hostile Rhetoric of 2017"
My biggest concern would be a failure to recognize and take full advantage of the fact that America's biggest asset is its technological prowess. Along with that comes the responsibility of leadership in developing the consensus to make long term investments in research and education and manage them effectively. A lot of the technological innovation in the United States is done by recent immigrants who obtained their graduate degrees here, and who could, within a decade, choose to return--thereby gutting America's technological superiority.

1.6.17 Quartz
"A robotics expert predicts that kids born in 2017 will never drive a car"
Henrik Christensen, director of the University of California San Diego's Contextual Robotics Institute, has issued a jarring prophecy for the next generation: "My own prediction is that kids born today will never get to drive a car." His forecast, which he shared in a December interview with The San Diego Union-Tribune, is rooted in signs that the auto industry is racing toward a driverless future. "Autonomous, driverless cars are 10, 15 years out," he said. "All the automotive companies--Daimler, GM, Ford--are saying that within five years they will have autonomous, driverless cars on the ro

1.5.17 Fox News 13
"UC engineer: Kids born today will never learn to drive"
The head of a robotics research lab at the University of California in San Diego says he believes children born today will never have to drive a car - at least not the way we do today. The Contextual Robotics Institute, now under the supervision of engineer Henrik Christensen, has set out to make driverless cars safe for a mass audience in anticipation of this new world of technology and transportation.

1.3.17 Motor Trend
"Autonomous future is only "10,15 years out""
Technology is moving very quickly these days - so fast that predictions of what the future will look like are constantly changing. One day someone is predicting that the majority of cars in the U.S. will be electric, but still human-driven, and the next someone else is telling us most cars will be autonomous and won't even be owned by those riding in them. The latest prediction posits that babies born today will never drive a car. Ever. The prediction comes from Henrik Christensen, head of UC San Diego's Contextual Robotics Institute

1.3.17 MSN
"Robotics Expert Predicts Kids Born Today Will Never Drive a Car"
Technology is moving very quickly these days so fast that predictions of what the future will look like are constantly changing. One day someone is predicting that the majority of cars in the U.S. will be electric, but still human-driven, and the next someone else is telling us most cars will be autonomous and won't even be owned by those riding in them. The latest prediction posits that babies born today will never drive a car. Ever.

1.3.17 Education DIVE
"5 higher ed leaders to watch in 2017 (and beyond)"
The office of the college president has seen high rates of turnover of late, a testament to the increasing stressors of the job. Leaders are being asked to do more with less, in many instances themselves donning additional hats because of budget shortfalls. They are fundraisers, lobbyists, spokespersons, sometimes they are even professors. Defenders of the relevance of the higher education enterprise. Liaisons with industry. They are fielding attacks on the industry from people who say the cost of higher education is too high, but who often don't have solutions to decreased state funding

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