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Hardware-software co-design approach could make neural networks less power hungry 12/19/18
Hardware-software co-design approach could make neural networks less power hungry
A team led by the University of California San Diego has developed a neuroinspired hardware-software co-design approach that could make neural network training more energy-efficient and faster. Their work could one day make it possible to train neural networks on low-power devices such as smartphones, laptops and embedded devices.
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Combined economic and technological evaluation of battery energy storage for grid applications 12/3/18
Combined economic and technological evaluation of battery energy storage for grid applications
A new study offers a combined chemistry-and-economics approach that should make it easier to identify which kinds of batteries are best suited for integrating into the energy grid and making it financially viable. The approach combines analyses on multiple variables including battery chemistry, the tasks the batteries will be performing most often, energy pricing and market rules.
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Easy to use 3D bioprinting technique creates lifelike tissues from natural materials 11/28/18
Easy to use 3D bioprinting technique creates lifelike tissues from natural materials
Bioengineers have developed a 3D bioprinting technique that works with natural materials and is easy to use, allowing researchers of varying levels of technical expertise to create lifelike tissues, such as blood vessels and a vascularized gut. The goal is to make human organ models that can be studied outside the body or used to test new drugs ex vivo.
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UC San Diego receives award from Energy Department for battery research in advanced vehicle technologies 9/13/18
UC San Diego receives award from Energy Department for battery research in advanced vehicle technologies
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $2.5 million to a team led by the University of California San Diego for battery research in advanced vehicle technologies. The project is aimed at developing cobalt-free cathode materials for next-generation lithium-ion batteries. Shirley Meng, a professor of nanoengineering and the director of the Sustainable Power and Energy Center at UC San Diego, is the lead investigator on the project. The team involves Maxwell Technologies, a San Diego-based company that develops and manufactures energy storage and power delivery solutions.
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Materials science graduate student awarded top SHPE honor 9/12/18
Materials science graduate student awarded top SHPE honor
Maritza Sanchez, a materials science and engineering Ph.D. student at UC San Diego researching ceramics for use in extreme environments, was awarded the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers 2018 Graduate Student Mentor Star Award. 
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Nanocrystals emit light by efficiently 'tunneling' electrons 7/23/18
Nanocrystals emit light by efficiently 'tunneling' electrons
Using advanced fabrication techniques, engineers at the University of California San Diego have built a nanosized device out of silver crystals that can generate light by efficiently “tunneling” electrons through a tiny barrier. The work brings plasmonics research a step closer to realizing ultra-compact light sources for high-speed, optical data processing and other on-chip applications.
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A sprinkle of platinum nanoparticles onto graphene makes brain probes more sensitive 6/14/18
A sprinkle of platinum nanoparticles onto graphene makes brain probes more sensitive
Graphene electrodes could enable higher quality imaging of brain cell activity thanks to new research by a team of engineers and neuroscientists at the University of California San Diego. The researchers developed a technique, using platinum nanoparticles, to lower the impedance of graphene electrodes by 100 times while keeping them transparent. In tests on transgenic mice, the electrodes were able to record and image neuronal activity (calcium ion spikes) at both the macroscale and single cell levels.
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Engineering students and alumni sweep Triton Entrepreneur Night 6/7/18
Engineering students and alumni sweep Triton Entrepreneur Night
Two teams led by students and alumni of the Jacobs School of Engineering won big at Triton Entrepreneur Night, the signature event of The Basement—an undergraduate business incubator founded in 2015 with support from alumni. The teams competitively pitched their ideas, Shark Tank style, to a panel of esteemed investors and entrepreneurs. 
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Cell-like nanorobots clear bacteria and toxins from blood 5/30/18
Cell-like nanorobots clear bacteria and toxins from blood
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed tiny ultrasound-powered robots that can swim through blood, removing harmful bacteria and the toxins they produce. These proof-of-concept nanorobots could one day offer a safe and efficient way to detoxify and decontaminate biological fluids.
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New Blood Test Rapidly Detects Signs of Pancreatic Cancer 5/17/18
New Blood Test Rapidly Detects Signs of Pancreatic Cancer
UC San Diego researchers have developed a test that can screen for pancreatic cancer in just a drop of blood. The test, which is at the proof-of-concept stage, provides results in under an hour. It's simple: apply a drop of blood on a small electronic chip, turn the current on, wait several minutes, add fluorescent labels and look at the results under a microscope. If a blood sample tests positive for pancreatic cancer, bright fluorescent circles will appear.
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