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Cybercrime Fighter Wins Genius Award 10/19/17

Cybercrime Fighter Wins Genius Award

A few weeks ago, Stefan Savage, a UC San Diego computer science professor started receiving calls on a daily basis—sometimes more than once a day—from a phone number with a Chicago area code. The caller didn’t leave a voicemail. Savage never answers calls from a number he doesn’t recognize. He is a security researcher and at least one of his collaborators has been targeted by cybercriminals. So he looked up the phone number. To his relief, it tracked back to the MacArthur Foundation’s headquarters in Chicago. A few phone calls later, after he was asked to prove his identity, Savage found out that he was one of the 2017 MacArthur Fellows. Better known as the MacArthur “genius” award, the prestigious, no-strings attached five-year fellowship awards a total of $625,000 to each recipient.
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Ants that live in the Amazon rainforest canopy have orders of magnitude more bacteria in their guts than those that live on the ground 10/18/17

Ants that live in the Amazon rainforest canopy have orders of magnitude more bacteria in their guts than those that live on the ground

UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) researchers and colleagues on the East Coast have for the first time quantified the number of bacteria in the guts of a broad range of ant species in the Amazon rainforest. They found that the primarily herbivorous ants that live in the canopy have orders of magnitude more bacteria than those that live on the ground. The work has implications for the way microbiome studies are conducted. The authors published the study July 27 in Integrative and Comparative Biology.
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Model predicts how E. coli bacteria adapt under stress 10/13/17

Model predicts how E. coli bacteria adapt under stress

Researchers at UC San Diego have developed a genome-scale model that can accurately predict how E. coli bacteria respond to temperature changes and genetic mutations. The work sheds light on how cells adapt under environmental stress and has applications in precision medicine, where adaptive cell modeling could provide patient-specific treatments for bacterial infections. 
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Laser cavities take on new shapes and functionalities 10/12/17

Laser cavities take on new shapes and functionalities

Bending laser light around sharp turns and corners—without scattering—is now possible thanks to a new laser cavity developed by electrical engineers at UC San Diego. This is the first laser cavity that can fully confine and propagate light in any shape imaginable: triangle, square, loop with jagged edges. The work could lead to faster computers and optical fibers that perform well even when they’re bent in different directions.
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Contextual Robotics Forum 2017: designing the intelligent vehicles of 2025 10/12/17

Contextual Robotics Forum 2017: designing the intelligent vehicles of 2025

The University’s Contextual Robotics Institute is convening world experts on autonomy, robotics, user experience and computer vision for its fourth annual Contextual Robotics Forum on Oct. 27. The theme this year is “Intelligent Vehicles 2025” in preparation for that date. Register to attend the Forum here.
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UC San Diego Cybersecurity expert Stefan Savage receives prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellowship 10/11/17

UC San Diego Cybersecurity expert Stefan Savage receives prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellowship

Stefan Savage, a renowned cybersecurity expert and professor of computer science at the University of California San Diego, has been awarded a fellowship by the MacArthur Foundation. Perhaps better known as the MacArthur “genius” award, the prestigious no-strings attached five-year fellowship awards a total of $625,000 to each recipient.
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