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Computer scientists find way to make all that glitters more realistic in computer graphics 7/21/16
Computer scientists find way to make all that glitters more realistic in computer graphics
Iron Man’s suit. Captain America’s shield. The Batmobile. These all could look a lot more realistic thanks to a new algorithm developed by a team of U.S. computer graphics experts. The researchers, led by Professor Ravi Ramamoorthi at the University of California San Diego, have created a method to improve how computer graphics software reproduces the way light interacts with extremely small details, called glints, on the surface of a wide range of materials, including metallic car paints, metal finishes for electronics and injection-molded plastic finishes. 
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Synthetic Biology used to limit bacterial growth and coordinate drug release 7/20/16
Synthetic Biology used to limit bacterial growth and coordinate drug release
Researchers at the University of California San Diego and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have come up with a strategy for using synthetic biology in therapeutics. The approach enables continual production and release of drugs at disease sites in mice while simultaneously limiting the size, over time, of the populations of bacteria engineered to produce the drugs. 
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7/19/16
Wellcome Trust Picks Up Support of NIH-developed LIPID MAPS Website/Database
Our understanding of the role of lipids in the development of diseases such as heart disease and dementia is about to get a boost as a UK-led consortium receives a £1.3 million grant to host the world’s largest curated lipid database and associated resources. The new grant, awarded by the Wellcome Trust, will allow Cardiff University’s Systems Immunity Research Institute, the Babraham Institute, Cambridge, and the University of California San Diego to continue the important work of identifying and analysing lipids – the molecules our bodies use to regulate normal processes such as blood clotting, fighting infection and development. 
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Remembering Stanford 'Sol' Penner, a founding engineering professor at UC San Diego 7/19/16
Remembering Stanford 'Sol' Penner, a founding engineering professor at UC San Diego
Professor Emeritus Stanford S. “Sol” Penner, one of the founders and creators of the engineering program at the University of California San Diego, passed away on July 15, 2016 at his home in La Jolla, Calif. He was 95 years old.
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UC San Diego Received Second Highest Number of U.S. Patents Issued in UC System 7/14/16
UC San Diego Received Second Highest Number of U.S. Patents Issued in UC System
The University of California is first in the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents Ranking for 2015. The report, which was released today, is published by the National Academy of Inventors and Intellectual Property Owners Association. The ranking utilizes data acquired from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to highlight the important role patents play in university research and innovation.
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Researchers Develop Novel Microscope to Study the Underwater World 7/12/16
Researchers Develop Novel Microscope to Study the Underwater World
A new microscopic imaging system is revealing a never-before-seen view of the underwater world. Researchers from the University of California San Diego have designed and built a diver-operated underwater microscope to study millimeter-scale processes as they naturally occur on the seafloor.
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Big ideas that solve problems 7/12/16
Big ideas that solve problems
On June 2, Daniel Kaufman spoke about Google ATAP at the launch event for the UC San Diego Institute for the Global Entrepreneur, a collaboration between the Jacobs School of Engineering and Rady School of Management.
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7/11/16
Nanoengineer receives NIH grant to print cardiac tissue
Shaochen Chen, a nanoengineering professor at the University of California San Diego, received a four-year $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a “rapid multimaterial bioprinting” platform for building patient-specific biomimetic heart tissue. The technology could lead to breakthroughs in efforts to grow replacement cardiac tissue for people who have suffered a heart attack and for treating other cardiac diseases.
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