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Engineers receive $1 million grant to improve the way robots interact with people in U.S. factories 9/13/16
Engineers receive $1 million grant to improve the way robots interact with people in U.S. factories
 Laurel Riek, a roboticist at the University of California San Diego, will lead a three-year, $1 million project funded by the National Science Foundation to help change the role of robots in factories and make it easier for machines to work alongside people.
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Model maps out molecular roots of learning and memory formation 9/7/16
Model maps out molecular roots of learning and memory formation
A team of researchers has built a mathematical model that describes the molecular events associated with the beginning stage of learning and memory formation in the human brain. The research paves the way for understanding cognitive function and neurodegenerative diseases—at the molecular and cellular levels.
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Researchers use a single molecule to command stem cells to build new bone 8/31/16
Researchers use a single molecule to command stem cells to build new bone
Researchers at the University of California San Diego have discovered an easy and efficient way to coax human pluripotent stem cells to regenerate bone tissue—by feeding them adenosine, a naturally occurring molecule in the body. The stem-cell-derived bone tissue helped repair cranial bone defects in mice without developing tumors or causing infection.
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UC San Diego part of new DOE consortium to revolutionize electric car battery performance 8/3/16
UC San Diego part of new DOE consortium to revolutionize electric car battery performance
Researchers at the University of California San Diego are part of the new Battery500 consortium led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) aiming to almost triple the energy packed in electric car batteries and make them smaller, lighter and less expensive. This would allow manufacturers to make more affordable electric vehicles that can travel two to three times farther. 
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Flexible wearable electronic skin patch offers new way to monitor alcohol levels 8/2/16
Flexible wearable electronic skin patch offers new way to monitor alcohol levels
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a flexible wearable sensor that can accurately measure a person’s blood alcohol level from sweat and transmit the data wirelessly to a laptop, smartphone or other mobile device. The device can be worn on the skin and could be used by doctors and police officers for continuous, non-invasive and real-time monitoring of blood alcohol content.
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Researchers improve performance of cathode material by controlling oxygen activity 7/6/16
Researchers improve performance of cathode material by controlling oxygen activity
An international team of researchers has demonstrated a new way to increase the robustness and energy storage capability of a particular class of “lithium-rich” cathode materials—by using a carbon dioxide-based gas mixture to create oxygen vacancies at the material’s surface. Researchers said the treatment improved the energy density—the amount of energy stored per unit mass—of the cathode material by up to 30 to 40 percent.
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Six-story steel frame building undergoes seismic and fire testing on world's largest outdoor shake table 6/13/16
Six-story steel frame building undergoes seismic and fire testing on world's largest outdoor shake table
A team of engineers is testing a six-story, lightweight steel-frame building on the world’s largest outdoor seismic shake table this month at the University of California San Diego. The goal is to better understand how cold-formed steel structures withstand earthquakes and the fires that may follow. This is the tallest cold-formed steel-frame structure to ever undergo tests on a shake table. 
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NSF-Funded Program Helps UC San Diego Startups 6/13/16
NSF-Funded Program Helps UC San Diego Startups
The National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps program (I-Corps) at UC San Diego is helping entrepreneurs determine whether their idea could turn into a viable company.
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From Engineer to Change Maker: Somayeh Imani 6/8/16
From Engineer to Change Maker: Somayeh Imani
Somayeh Imani found her niche in circuit design of wearable sensors – and it opened her eyes to the world of startups. “There is so much opportunity in the field of wearables to commercialize technology,” said Imani, who is a graduate student in the Energy-Efficient Microsystem lab of Patrick Mercier, the Co-Director of the Center for Wearable Sensors at the University of California San Diego. “But commercialization is hard – you need a business plan and marketing skills –things that engineers don’t usually learn much about during their degree.”
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Engineers Launch Cross-Border Center to Create Materials that Withstand Extreme Environments 6/3/16
Engineers Launch Cross-Border Center to Create Materials that Withstand Extreme Environments
The CaliBaja Center for Resilient Materials and Systems officially launched May 24, 2016 during a ceremony featuring academics, officials and industry representatives from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. The center brings together researchers from UC San Diego, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and also the Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education, headquartered in Ensenada. 
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