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1/24/17
Microscopic submarines for your stomach
Tiny "submarines" that speed independently through the stomach, use gastric acid for fuel (while rapidly neutralizing it), and release their cargo precisely at the desired pH -- though it may sound like science fiction, this is a new method for treating stomach diseases with acid-sensitive drugs introduced by nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego. 
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Innovating in Networked Systems 1/23/17
Innovating in Networked Systems
Researchers affiliated with the Center for Networked Systems at the University of California San Diego have been selected to present some of their most up-to-date research at the 14th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI 2017).NSDI focuses on the design principles, implementation and practical evaluation of networked and distributed systems. The annual conference will take place March 27-29, 2017, in Boston, MA, and four papers with co-authors from CNS and the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department of the Jacobs School of Engineering have been accepted for submission to the prestigious meeting.
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Engineering Students Design Experiment to Test Whether Beer Can Be Brewed on the Moon 1/19/17
Engineering Students Design Experiment to Test Whether Beer Can Be Brewed on the Moon
Can beer be brewed on the moon? A team of UC San Diego engineering students is hoping to find out. They are finalists in the Lab2Moon competition being held by TeamIndus, one of the four teams with a signed launch contract to send a spacecraft to the moon as part of the Google Lunar XPRIZE challenge. The experiment will test the viability of yeast on the moon—and result in a freshly brewed batch of beer.
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Strength of hair inspires new materials for body armor 1/17/17
Strength of hair inspires new materials for body armor
In a new study, researchers at the University of California San Diego investigate why hair is incredibly strong and resistant to breaking. The findings could lead to the development of new materials for body armor and help cosmetic manufacturers create better hair care products. 
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Teaching Computers to recognize Sick Guts: Machine-Learning and the Microbiome 1/13/17
Teaching Computers to recognize Sick Guts: Machine-Learning and the Microbiome
A new proof-of-concept study by researchers from the University of California San Diego succeeded in training computers to “learn” what a healthy versus an unhealthy gut microbiome looks like based on its genetic makeup. Since this can be done by genetically sequencing fecal samples, the research suggests there is great promise for new diagnostic tools that are, unlike blood draws, non-invasive. 
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Award to Graduate Women in Computing at UC San Diego to Help Expand Mentoring 1/13/17
Award to Graduate Women in Computing at UC San Diego to Help Expand Mentoring
Mentoring for women who are graduate students in computer science on campus got a boost this week, when the University of California San Diego chapter of Graduate Women in Computing received an award from the National Center for Women and Information Technology to support their programs. The $5,000 Amplification Award from the National Center is co-sponsored by Google.org and the Association for Computing Machinery’s Council on Women in Computing. 
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Students Crack the Code on How to Graduate in Three Years 1/12/17
Students Crack the Code on How to Graduate in Three Years
Earning a bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego in just three years may seem like a daunting feat, but recent alumni such as Siyi Ye, Brianna Lonquich and Albert Chang did so despite having either double or capped majors and studying abroad.Why do some alumni attempt to graduate early? UC San Diego is a top 10 public university and recognized as one of the world’s most prestigious research campuses—so it’s already a rigorous academic experience for students who graduate in four years.
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New laser based on unusual physics phenomenon could improve telecommunications, computing and more 1/11/17
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. 
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