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Thermodynamics could be the future of computing, researchers say 11/18/19
Thermodynamics could be the future of computing, researchers say
As Moore’s Law reaches its limits, thermodynamic computing might prove to be the future of the field, says a new report from an international team of 38 researchers led by UC San Diego professor of practice Todd Hylton, released this month. 
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UC San Diego to celebrate Franklin Antonio Hall Groundbreaking 11/15/19
UC San Diego to celebrate Franklin Antonio Hall Groundbreaking
The University of California San Diego will celebrate the groundbreaking of its newest engineering building, Franklin Antonio Hall, on November 15, 2019. The building is designed for collaborative research, active learning and transfer of innovation to society. 
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UC San Diego Alumni Power San Diego Robotics Ecosystem 11/14/19
UC San Diego Alumni Power San Diego Robotics Ecosystem
From companies worth billions of dollars to startups employing a small number of people, UC San Diego engineering alumni are at the core of the robotics ecosystem here in San Diego County.This was clearly evident at the sixth annual robotics forum organized by the UC San Diego Contextual Robotics Institute Nov. 7. The forum focused exclusively on local companies this year and was dubbed the San Diego Robotics Forum for the occasion. The goal was to showcase the breadth and depth of the region’s robotics strengths, and solidify San Diego’s reputation as Robot Beach.
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New chip for waking up small wireless devices could extend battery life 11/12/19
New chip for waking up small wireless devices could extend battery life
A new power saving chip could significantly reduce or eliminate the need to replace batteries in Internet of Things (IoT) devices and wearables. The so-called wake-up receiver wakes up a device only when it needs to communicate and perform its function, saving on power use.
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Self-Driving Mail Delivery Begins on Campus 11/12/19
Self-Driving Mail Delivery Begins on Campus
Harry Potter had his magical owl, Hedwig, to bring him mail. UC San Diego has driverless cars. If you’ve seen carts that look like they’re driving themselves on the road around Warren and Sixth College this quarter, you have not been imagining things. Two self-driving vehicles have been delivering mail to the two colleges since September.
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11/7/19
From jungle huts to city apartments: how do chemicals and microbes differ?
Researchers at University of California San Diego, Rutgers and other universities compared microscopic materials in homes and people’s bodies, spanning the spectrum of urbanization in the Amazon basin. They found that the diversity of chemicals clinging to indoor surfaces increases dramatically with urbanization. Most notably, they found more fungi, industrial chemicals, cleaning agents and molecules derived from medications in city homes but not in rural or jungle homes.
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The Race to Stay Ahead of Wildfires 11/7/19
The Race to Stay Ahead of Wildfires
As if to keep up with the growing frequency and intensity of wildfires throughout California, a network of wildfire-spotting cameras grew from 35 stations last year to more than 300 as of late October. The ALERTWildfire system co-developed by UC San Diego is one of several products created by the university that are improving the technological capability of western states to deal with wildfires now that the once-rare catastrophic events are becoming commonplace. Jacobs School researchers are also working on this effort, developing drones to spot wildfires before they get out of control.
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Researchers receive $2.3M in NSF grants to investigate how robots can be used to provide personalized healthcare 11/6/19
Researchers receive $2.3M in NSF grants to investigate how robots can be used to provide personalized healthcare
Computer science professor Laurel Riek is the lead researcher on $2.3 million in new grants from the National Science Foundation to investigate how intelligent, personalized robots can be used to support neurorehabilitation for adults with mild cognitive impairment and adults recuperating from a stroke.  
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