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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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This soft robotic gripper can screw in your light bulbs for you 10/10/17
This soft robotic gripper can screw in your light bulbs for you
How many robots does it take to screw in a light bulb? The answer: just one, assuming you’re talking about a new robotic gripper developed by engineers at the University of California San Diego. The engineering team has designed and built a gripper that can pick up and manipulate objects without needing to see them and needing to be trained.  The gripper is unique because it brings together three different capabilities. It can twist objects; it can sense objects; and it can build models of the objects it’s manipulating. This allows the gripper to operate in low light and low visibility conditions, for example.
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Researchers receive NSF award to build nanolabs on a chip 10/6/17
Researchers receive NSF award to build nanolabs on a chip
Engineers at the University of California San Diego are leading a project to develop high-density nanowire arrays that can be used to measure and control multiple individual cells in large networks. Researchers envision that these nanodevices, combined with a patient’s own cells, could create low-cost, predictive drug-screening platforms to accelerate drug discovery and personalized treatments for neurological and cardiac diseases. 
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The discovery of ordered, segregation-induced superstructures at general grain boundaries challenges a traditional view in physical metallurgy  10/5/17
The discovery of ordered, segregation-induced superstructures at general grain boundaries challenges a traditional view in physical metallurgy
A team of researchers found that randomly selected, high-angle, general grain boundaries in a nickel-bismuth (Ni-Bi) polycrystalline alloy can undergo interfacial reconstruction to form ordered superstructures, a discovery that enriches the theories and fundamental understandings of both grain boundary segregation and liquid metal embrittlement in physical metallurgy. 
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Using Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living 10/5/17
Using Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living
“UC San Diego is a community of changemakers and innovators,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla Sept. 28 as he welcomed a crowd in Atkinson Hall at the IBM-UC San Diego signing ceremony celebration. “It is not an exaggeration to say that at this campus, which in its short time of 57 years is the top ten in the country and top 15 in the world, we must have done something right. And I think what we did right was really understand how to solve problems that impact humanity on a day-to-day basis. This partnership that we are putting in place right now, and we are here to celebrate, is actually addressing one of those problems.”
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