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Study identifies main culprit behind lithium metal battery failure 8/21/19
Study identifies main culprit behind lithium metal battery failure
UC San Diego researchers have discovered the root cause of why lithium metal batteries fail, challenging a long-held belief in the field. The study presents new ways to boost battery performance and brings research a step closer to incorporating lithium anodes into rechargeable batteries. 
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Triton RoboSub makes its debut at international competition 8/21/19
Triton RoboSub makes its debut at international competition
The UC San Diego Triton RoboSub team may be new, but they are already making a big splash. The team of 12 students was formed in 2019 and entered the International RoboSub Competition in July, qualifying for semifinals at their autonomous submarine competition debut.
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Researchers Adopting Global Approach to Studying Microplastics and Microfibers 8/20/19
Researchers Adopting Global Approach to Studying Microplastics and Microfibers
Scientists at UC San Diego are working to understand plastic degradation in the ocean, particularly smaller particles called microplastics and related microfibers. They are monitoring microfibers around the world to better understand how these fibers enter and spread in the environment, while also partnering with industry to identify possible avenues to limit plastic pollution and develop remediation strategies.
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New bioengineering master's degree bridges engineering and medicine 8/19/19
New bioengineering master's degree bridges engineering and medicine
The University of California San Diego Department of Bioengineering is launching a new master’s degree meant to provide engineering students with exposure to the practice of medicine. The Master of Science in Bioengineering; Medical Specialization is a one-year program at the Jacobs School of Engineering that will prepare engineering students for careers in the biomedical industry, or bolster students’ clinical exposure in preparation for medical school. 
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From Star to Sun: The Qualcomm Institute's CAVE Expands 8/15/19
From Star to Sun: The Qualcomm Institute's CAVE Expands
Tucked into a cozy-feeling room on the first floor of the UC San Diego Qualcomm Institute’s Atkinson Hall are 70 screens, bundles of cables and 35 computer nodes that make up a powerful system that can process massive amounts of data transmitted over the Internet from researchers all over the US or even Antarctica. It's the SunCAVE—the world’s highest resolution walk-in virtual reality (VR) environment. It’s one that doctors, archaeologists, musicians, computer scientists and students are using to create new means for discovery, healing and understanding.
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App allows inspectors to find gas pump skimmers faster 8/14/19
App allows inspectors to find gas pump skimmers faster
A team of computer scientists at UC San Diego and the University of Illinois has developed an app that allows state and federal inspectors to detect devices that steal consumer credit and debit card data at gas pumps. The devices, known as skimmers, use Bluetooth to transmit the data they steal.
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Thinnest optical waveguide channels light within just three layers of atoms 8/12/19
Thinnest optical waveguide channels light within just three layers of atoms
UC San Diego engineers have developed the thinnest optical device in the world—a waveguide that is three layers of atoms thin. The work is a proof of concept for scaling down optical devices to sizes that are orders of magnitude smaller than today’s devices. It could lead to the development of higher density, higher capacity photonic chips.
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Forum heralds arrival of first stage of commercial 5G 8/8/19
Forum heralds arrival of first stage of commercial 5G
“It is here.” That was the message from Sanyogita Shamsunder, vice president of Technology Development at Verizon, and the overall theme of the 2019 5G and Beyond Forum hosted by the Center for Wireless Communications at UC San Diego. After years of planning, testing and innovating, 5G has arrived, though there are still challenges to overcome before it’s ubiquitous.
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