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10.11.19 Inverse
"Soft, flesh-like robot actuators will make bots more lifelike than ever"
While advances in machine learning may make the robot apocalypse seem imminent, we can at least rest easy knowing that these robots are still too clunky and too slow to really chase us down. But, that comfort may one day come to an end, thanks to new research that shows a proof-of-concept design for flexible, muscle like robotic limbs. The research describes an approach to building robotic limbs that sandwiches electric heating wires between thin pieces of a material called liquid crystal elastomers, and rolls the resulting composite into cylinders to form robotic actuators.

10.4.19 San Diego Magazine
"What's Next for Human Breast Milk?"
San Diego researchers are taking a close look into why break milk is so nutritious?and investigating how to make those nutrients stretch further

10.2.19 Electronics 360, IEEE GlobalSpec
"Squid-like robot may lead to new propulsion systems"
Researchers are developing new aquatic robots that mimic the movement of squids in order to test how the devices could be used to develop a new form of propulsion. Researchers at the University of California at San Diego used simulations to illustrate the fluid mechanics of a squid's swimming method, which uses intermittent bursts through pulsed jet propulsion. Using this type of locomotion, the robot can move extremely fast as it sucks water into a pressure chamber and then ejects it.

9.30.19 Scientific American
"Cannibalistic Cancer, Protection from 'Blast Belly' and Chicken Inner Space: Science GIFs to Start Your Week"
This GIF comes from an effort to understand supersonic blast waves?and ultimately protect people from their devastating effects. To make the video, researchers at the University of California, San Diego, created an explosion.

9.29.19 The Wall Street Journal
"U.S. Steps Up Scrutiny of Airplane Cybersecurity"
Concerns that planes could be targeted in cyberattacks are prompting U.S. officials to re-energize efforts to identify airliners? vulnerability to hacking. The revived program, led by the Department of Homeland Security and involving the Pentagon and Transportation Department, aims to identify cybersecurity risks in aviation and improve U.S. cyber resilience in a critical area of public infrastructure, a DHS official said. DHS is offering few details on the program but says it will involve some limited testing of actual aircraft.

9.28.19 CBS 8
"UC San Diego's Enlace STEM program bridges two countries"
In a unique program, a love for science goes beyond borders.

9.28.19 Unite.AI
"Researchers Build Robot from Multiple 3D-Printed Smaller Ones"
Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology have built a robot that consists entirely of smaller ones known as "smarticles." This new locomotion technique challenges the conventional way of creating robots from motors, batteries, actuators, body segments, legs, and wheels. The new research was supported by the Army Research Office, the National Science Foundation, and researchers from Northwestern University. It was published in the journal Science Robotics. These 3D-printed smart active particles can only perform the function of flapping their two arms.

9.26.19 thr Royal Gazette
"Shipwreck Montana damaged in storm"
An iconic shipwreck was badly damaged as a result of Hurricane Humberto. The Montana, a paddle steamer and civil war blockade runner, which was wrecked off Bermuda's North Shore in 1863, forms an important part of Bermuda's maritime cultural heritage. Chris Gauntlett, the chairman of the Historic Wrecks Authority, who has visited the site to witness the impact of last Wednesday's storm, told The Royal Gazette: "It looks like a bomb hit it -- it is very, very different."

9.26.19 Select Science
"What's behind the world's largest crowd-sourced microbiome project?"
A sneak-peek into the busiest microbiome laboratory: what technologies assist large projects and what happens to all the data from thousands of samples

9.24.19 Herald Tribune
" Health Short: New treatment emerging for heart attacks"
A heart attack treatment from San Diego researchers has shown evidence of safety in a human study, along with early signs that it might be effective. The treatment is a liquid that turns into a gel when injected into the heart. It provides a scaffold for new cells to take hold and repair the heart. By encouraging growth of new muscle, the treatment, called VentriGel, is intended to reduce scar formation and increase cardiac muscle. Since scar tissue doesn't contract, the burden of pumping is increased for the rest of the heart. Over time, the heart enlarges and begins to pump less efficiently

9.23.19 WIRED
"Tesla May Soon Have a Battery That Can Last a Million Miles"
Shirley Meng, who runs the Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion at the UC San Diego, says many electric vehicle companies are pursuing batteries with higher nickel content than what Dahn's paper and patent describe. That approach can boost the energy density of a battery. Meng says the next step is to merge those higher-density designs with some high-performing mix of electrolytes and additives. Whether it's the formula Dahn's group perfected is an open question.

9.23.19 Engineers Journal
"Shape-shifting robot built from 'smarticles' shows new locomotion strategy"
Building conventional robots typically requires carefully combining components like motors, batteries, actuators, body segments, legs and wheels - but now researchers have taken a new approach, building a robot entirely from smaller robots known as 'smarticles' to unlock the principles of a potentially new locomotion technique. The 3D-printed smarticles - short for smart active particles - can do just one thing: flap their two arms. But when five of these smarticles are confined in a circle, they begin to nudge one another, forming a robophysical system known as a 'supersmarticle'

9.23.19 10 News San Diego
"UC San Diego team finds way to reduce health risks associated with red meat"
UC San Diego School of Medicine researchers believe they have discovered a way to reduce what they describe as health risks associated with red meat.

9.20.19 Grainger College of Engineering, CS
"US Robotics Roadmap Reaches New Heights in the Windy City"
Earlier this month, amidst towering Windy City skyscrapers and overlooking the Chicago River, some of the brightest minds in the robotics community came together for the US Robotics Roadmap's Chicago Workshop. The goal of this gathering of visionaries? To discuss the exciting future of robotics and how the field will continue to shape society and empower people in their everyday lives. The workshop, which was hosted by Illinois Computer Science Department Head Nancy M. Amato at the U of I's Illini Center from September 11-12, brought together leading robotics researchers from academia,

9.20.19 Ai Thority
"50 Most Popular AI - Influencers of North America"
It has been more than six decades since the concept of Artificial Intelligence has transformed from imagination to an academic discipline. Influencers, especially those active on social media help give direction to the policymakers and academicians. They keep common men updated on the trends and 'what is what' in AI, Machine Learning and associated concepts like Big Data and BlockChain. AiThority introduces you to the 50 most popular AI-influencers of North America.

9.19.19 Daily Mail UK
"Pink sea urchins have self-sharpening TEETH that break bits off regularly to stay razor sharp, scientists find"
Treading on the spiky shell of a sea urchin is a constant worry for even the most dauntless ocean swimmer. But while it is the long skin-puncturing spines which makes them so recognizable, they have also been revealed to possess another pointy-edged body part. Biologists have found that the creatures are equipped with self-sharpening teeth. In the same way in which cutting a knife will sharpen the blade, the teeth of pink sea urchins are purposefully designed to slightly erode and give it a more jagged point.

9.18.19 UPI
"Pink sea urchin boasts self-sharpening teeth"
The teeth of the pink sea urchin never get dull, according to a new study that determined the creatures boast teeth that sharpen themselves. At the center of the pink sea urchin's spiked, globular body are five teeth, each anchored to a separate jaw. Unlike the teeth of most other animals, which either withstand wear or fall out and are replaced, the sea urchin's teeth sharpen themselves. A close examination of a sea urchin tooth showed it is designed to maintain a sharp edge as fragments of the tooth get chipped away.

9.18.19 ScienceMag AAAS
"Rock-munching sea urchins have self-sharpening teeth"
Sea urchins' spines aren't the only sharp part of their prickly bodies. The sea creatures' five razorlike teeth (above) are self-sharpening--and a new study suggests scientists may be able to harness this power to make cutting-edge tools that rarely require extra honing. Sea urchins are well known for their ability to chomp through just about anything; they use their small, star-shaped mouths to crunch on brittle starfish, coral reefs, or even rocks. Scientists long suspected the urchins' ceramic teeth sharpened themselves, but no one could figure out exactly how they did it.

9.18.19 Women's Health
"New Research Suggests Probiotics Could Play A Part In The Treatment Of PCOS"
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (aka, PCSOS) affects up to 21 per cent of all women of childbearing age. That?s one in five females suffering from weight gain, acne and irregular periods (or none at all). Pretty concerning considering there?s no known cure. There have been promising advances in terms of treatment though - especially when it comes to gut health.

9.17.19 Med Gadget
"Material to Repair Cardiac Tissue Damaged by Heart Attacks Passes First Clinical Trial"
Ventrix, a spin-off company of the University of California San Diego, has developed a special hydrogel that can be injected into the heart to provide a platform for cardiac repair following a heart attack. The technology was just tested in humans for the first time as part of an FDA-approved Phase 1 clinical trial. Though limited in size, the study pointed to the safety of the hydrogel and there are definite signs that it helps to improve cardiac function. The hydrogel is produced from the extracellular matrix of pig hearts in a special procedure that decellularizes heart tissue

9.16.19 The Engineer
"Groovy solution to explosion protection"
Undergraduate researchers in the structural engineering laboratory of Prof Veronica Eliasson at the University of California San Diego made two related discoveries that could lead to major changes in how buildings are protected.

9.16.19 Herald-Mail Media
"Heart attack treatment gel shows safety in early human study"
A heart attack treatment from San Diego researchers has shown evidence of safety in a human study, along with early signs that it might be effective. The treatment from the company Ventrix is a liquid that turns into a gel when injected into the heart. It provides a scaffold for new cells to take hold and repair the heart. By encouraging growth of new muscle, the treatment, called VentriGel, is intended to reduce scar formation and increase cardiac muscle. Since scar tissue doesn't contract, the burden of pumping is increased for the rest of the heart.

9.16.19 The San Diego Union Tribune
"Heart attack treatment gel shows safety in early human study"
A heart attack treatment from San Diego's Ventrix showed evidence of safety in a human study, along with early signs that it might be effective. The treatment is a liquid that turns into a gel when injected into the heart. It provides a scaffold for new cells to take hold and repair the heart.By encouraging growth of new muscle, the treatment, called VentriGel, is intended to reduce scar formation and increase cardiac muscle. Since scar tissue doesn't contract, the burden of pumping is increased for the rest of the heart.

9.16.19 Bakersfield.com
"Heart attack treatment gel shows safety in early human study"
A heart attack treatment from San Diego researchers has shown evidence of safety in a human study, along with early signs that it might be effective. The treatment from the company Ventrix is a liquid that turns into a gel when injected into the heart. It provides a scaffold for new cells to take hold and repair the heart. By encouraging growth of new muscle, the treatment, called VentriGel, is intended to reduce scar formation and increase cardiac muscle. Since scar tissue doesn?t contract, the burden of pumping is increased for the rest of the heart.

9.16.19 The Baltimore Sun
"Heart attack treatment gel shows safety in early human study"
A heart attack treatment from San Diego's Ventrix showed evidence of safety in a human study, along with early signs that it might be effective. The treatment is a liquid that turns into a gel when injected into the heart. It provides a scaffold for new cells to take hold and repair the heart. By encouraging growth of new muscle, the treatment, called VentriGel, is intended to reduce scar formation and increase cardiac muscle. Since scar tissue doesn't contract, the burden of pumping is increased for the rest of the heart.

9.15.19 Singularity Hub
"Will AI Be Fashion Forward--or a Fashion Flop?"
The narrative that often accompanies most stories about artificial intelligence these days is how machines will disrupt any number of industries, from healthcare to transportation. It makes sense. After all, technology already drives many of the innovations in these sectors of the economy. But sneakers and the red carpet? The definitively low-tech fashion industry would seem to be one of the last to turn over its creative direction to data scientists and machine learning algorithms.

9.13.19 Synced Review
"IEEE Ranks Robot Creepiness: Sophia Is Not Even Close to the Top"
Since its first appearance in 2016, the humanoid bot Sophia has become something of a celebrity. Sophia's android body and face are realistic to the point that some say "she" makes then feel uncomfortable. This uneasiness triggered by hyperrealistic humanoid bots has been dubbed the "uncanny valley" -- a concept attributed to Japanese robotics researcher Masahiro Mori and popularized in Jasia Reichardt's 1978 book Robots: Fact, Fiction, and Prediction. Empowered by advances in AI and robotics tech, the machines that populate the "uncanny valley" continue to grow in number and -- many believe

9.12.19 Proactive Investors UK
"Full interview: ROBO Global assessing the new 'mega-trends' in AI and robotics"
Proactive London speaks to ROBO Global's director of research Jeremie Capron and co-founder Dr Henrik Christensen. Henrik is an active member of the ROBO Global Strategic Advisory Board. Capron joined ROBO Global in 2017 with more than ten years of experience as an equity research analyst in Asia, Europe and the United States, with a focus on industrial technology.

9.11.19 KPBS
"Fighting Heart Disease With Pigs? San Diego Researchers Develop New Cardiac Therapy"
Randall Newman and his wife went on an 8-mile bike ride just days before he started feeling strange. "My arms started tingling, that's when I was like this isn't right," Newman said. Newman had a heart attack five years ago when he was 62. He said the heart attack was a surprise because he was normally feeling healthy. He wanted to try everything he thought could help him get better, including new therapies. "You know, try it," Newman said. "Everything can help to get your heart back to where it was," One of the things he was willing to try was pig hearts.

9.11.19 +Mass Device
"Ventrix touts first-in-human study of hydrogel to repair heart muscle"
Bio-scaffold startup Ventrix said today it has safely conducted a first-in-human trial of an injectable hydrogel to repair cardiac tissue in patients who have suffered a heart attack. The FDA-approved, Phase 1 trial is the first to test a hydrogel made from the natural scaffolding of cardiac muscle tissue, also known as extracellular matrix, or ECM, according to the San Diego-based company. ECM hydrogels have shown some effectiveness in preclinical studies for other conditions, such as poor blood circulation due to peripheral artery disease.

9.11.19 KPBS.org
"Fighting Heart Disease With Pigs? San Diego Researchers Develop New Cardiac Therapy"
At her lab at UC San Diego in La Jolla, biomedical engineer Karen Christman grinds up chemically altered pig heart tissue. This material is no longer a collection of cells. It's been ground up and turned into a fine powder. When she adds water to this material, it creates a hydrogel. "Hydrogel is basically a physical material that's gel-like or water-swollen," Christman said. "So the best example of a hydrogel-- not one we use -- is jello." After a heart attack, the heart tissue is damaged and it forms a scar.

9.6.19 Physics World
"What really weakens lithium battery efficiency?"
Powering devices as small as smartphones to those as large as electric vehicles, the rechargeable battery is a familiar technology to consumers. Work in the field of battery research continues, however, as researchers struggle to improve the efficiency and longevity of rechargeable batteries. State-of-the art Li-ion batteries offer fast charging but suffer from low power density. Research has therefore focused on optimization of battery anodes, cathodes, electrolytes, and even on replacement of lithium itself with other metals like sodium.

9.6.19 Genome Web
"UCSD Spinout Genemo Launches Extracellular RNA-seq Service"
Genemo, a California startup, has launched an extracellular RNA sequencing service that it hopes to develop into companion diagnostics. The firm, a University of California, San Diego spinout, began offering its small-input liquid volume extracellular RNA sequencing (SILVER-seq) service last week. "It measures extracellular RNA from a droplet of blood" or saliva, according to Sheng Zhong, a professor of bioengineering at UCSD and Genemo's founder.

9.6.19 Marketplace
"Thieves have been stealing credit card info at gas pumps. Now there's an app to foil them."
Last year, law enforcement officials found more than a thousand gas pumps nationwide that had been fitted with "skimmers" -- electronic devices that record credit card numbers and, in some cases, transmit them wirelessly over Bluetooth to a criminal's computer. This could have serious financial consequences for gas stations starting next year, when a law will require them to either spend thousands of dollars to install pumps that read the more-secure chips in credit cards or be liable for fraudulent charges. A new smartphone application could help law enforcement find skimmers

9.6.19 Marketplace
"Thieves have been stealing credit card info at gas pumps. Now there's an app to foil them."
Last year, law enforcement officials found more than a thousand gas pumps nationwide that had been fitted with "skimmers" -- electronic devices that record credit card numbers and, in some cases, transmit them wirelessly over Bluetooth to a criminal's computer. This could have serious financial consequences for gas stations starting next year, when a law will require them to either spend thousands of dollars to install pumps that read the more-secure chips in credit cards or be liable for fraudulent charges. A new smartphone application could help law enforcement find skimmers

9.6.19 San Diego Union-Tribune
"From rock/paper/scissors to new cancer-fighting concept from UCSD scientists"
Using a concept from a children's game, UC San Diego synthetic biology scientists say they've found a new approach to make genetically engineered bacteria more suitable for delivering drugs for diseases such as cancer.

9.6.19 The San Diego Union Tribune
"From rock/paper/scissors to new cancer-fighting concept from UCSD scientists"
Using a concept from a children's game, UC San Diego synthetic biology scientists say they've found a new approach to make genetically engineered bacteria more suitable for delivering drugs for diseases such as cancer. While the method has been only demonstrated in cell cultures, work is now under way to test it in animals, and if feasible, in people. Researchers led by Jeff Hasty genetically engineered three strains of bacterial rivals that compete according to the principles in "rock/paper/scissors." One strain can kill a second strain, but is killed by the third. Related Jacobs School Link »

9.4.19 NBC San Diego
"Researchers Receive $3.1M to Study Heart Condition"
An international effort led by UC San Diego and Rady Children's Hospital researchers recently landed a $3.1 million grant to search for better ways of treating a pediatric heart condition. They're taking aim at Tetralogy of Fallot, a combination of four congenital heart defects. These defects cause oxygen-poor blood to flow out of the heart and to the rest of the body. Those with the condition typically undergo surgery before six months of age, and then another treatment once a toddler. But interventions can enlarge the right ventricle in the heart, increasing the likelihood of heart failure

9.4.19 San Diego Business Journal
"Researchers Receive $3.1M to Study Heart Condition"
(requires a subscription) An international effort led by UC San Diego and Rady Children's Hospital researchers recently landed a $3.1 million grant to search for better ways of treating a pediatric heart condition.

8.31.19 Physics World
"Crack-free ceramic welding at room temperature is a first"
A low-power pulsed laser has been used to weld ceramic materials together in room-temperature environments for the first time. The technique, demonstrated by Javier Garay at the University of California, San Diego and colleagues, could bring about diverse new applications for electronic and optoelectronic devices.

8.29.19 Photonics.com
"Welding with Pulsed Lasers Protects Temperature-Sensitive Materials"
A new ceramic welding technology developed by engineers at the University of California, San Diego and the University of California, Riverside uses a series of short, ultrafast laser pulses to melt ceramic materials along the interface between two ceramic parts and fuse them together. Heat builds up only at the interface, so the melting is localized. The researchers call their method "ultrafast pulsed laser welding."

8.28.19 Optics.org
"California team tailors ultrafast laser pulse train to weld ceramics"
Engineers at the University of California San Diego believe they have made an important breakthrough for manufacturing ceramic materials, showing for the first time that certain types can be welded using pulses from an ultrafast fiber laser. While ceramics can be melted in high-temperature furnaces or using high-power continuous-wave lasers, conventional joining methods create so much heat that they cannot be used in close proximity to temperature-sensitive polymers or electronic components. That could now change.

8.28.19 Design News
"Researchers Get Closer to Design of 'Get Up and Go' Printed Robots"
One of the goals of robotics researchers is to achieve 3D printing of a soft robot with self-actuation that can be fabricated and then immediately walk away from the printer as a fully functioning machine. Researchers at the University of California San Diego believe they are a step closer to designing these so-called "get up and go robots" by embedding complex sensors into robotic limbs and grippers using a commercial 3D printer.

8.27.19 Inside EVs
"Cause Of Lithium Metal Battery Failure May Be Solved By New Study"
Lithium metal batteries are a big promise. They could have twice the energy density of today's lithium-ion batteries. You know where that leads us: to EVs that weigh less and can go further. But they used to fail. Researchers from the Jacobs School of Engineering, at the University of California San Diego, believe they have found the reason.

8.26.19 KUSI News
"New macro chip is an advancement in artificial intelligence"
Silicon Valley startup Cerebras has created a macro chip in the hopes of creating artificial intelligence. The chip is about 9 inches long and could be the future of powering devices like cell phones and computers. UC San Diego Professor Farinaz Koushanfar was at KUSI to discuss what this chip means for the future of technology.

8.23.19 Optics & Photonics News
"Lasers Enable Welding of Ceramics"
Welded metal joints hold much of the industrial world together, and high-power lasers have revolutionized this type of welding over the past half century. Yet another important class of industrial materials--ceramics--stubbornly resist reliable welding using standard techniques. That difficulty has limited the use of ceramics in some important spheres, such as consumer electronics and medical devices, where these tough workhorse materials might be quite useful. Now, UC San Diego researchers may have resolved this conundrum--by putting ultrafast pulsed lasers and nonlinear optics on the case.

8.22.19 Inside Science
"Welding Ceramics With a Laser"
The process of making ceramics puts limitations on their use. Currently, ceramics are made by firing up a kiln and hardening them at temperatures up to a couple of thousand degrees Fahrenheit. Let's say that you want to encase a biomedical device in a ceramic capsule for implantation in a patient's body -- the temperature during the baking process would cook the electronics to a crisp. Now, researchers have developed a way to weld ceramics together using tightly focused, ultrafast laser pulses.

8.22.19 ABC 10 News
"UC San Diego researchers develop wearable cooling, heating patch"
Imagine having the power to change your body's temperature at any time, regardless of how hot or cold it actually is. UC San Diego engineers are on they're way to doing just that, with a wearable patch. Like a thermostat, it can be changed to a specific temperature, warming or cooling the body, using far less energy than an air conditioning system. "Cooling is a really important issue faced by society today" said UC San Diego mechanical engineering professor Renkun Chen.

8.22.19 New Atlas
"Ultrafast lasers weld ceramics together at room temperature"
In theory, ceramics are great materials for encasing electronics. They're tough, they insulate against electricity, protect against heat, and in the case of implants in the body, they're biocompatible. The problem is that fusing ceramics together requires high heat, which would destroy electronic components. Now, researchers have developed a new way to weld ceramics together at room temperature, using ultrafast laser pulses.

8.19.19 Krebs on Security
"Meet Bluetana, the Scourge of Pump Skimmers"
"Bluetana," a new mobile app that looks for Bluetooth-based payment card skimmers hidden inside gas pumps, is helping police and state employees more rapidly and accurately locate compromised fuel stations across the nation, a study released this week suggests. Data collected in the course of the investigation also reveals some fascinating details that may help explain why these pump skimmers are so lucrative and ubiquitous. The new app, now being used by agencies in several states, is the brainchild of computer scientists from the University of California San Diego and the Univ. of Illinois

8.16.19 International Business Times
"Bluetooth Enabled Gas Pump Skimmer Detector Is The App You Need"
Finally, an app that is able to detect the presence of a Bluetooth-enabled gas pump credit card skimmer has just been developed. Detection of the Bluetooth enabled gas pump skimmer will no longer be a challenge for credit card and ATM users. Thanks to the group of scientists from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University of California, San Diego who just found a way to put a stop to the fraud. The team of scientists from the abovementioned universities developed an app they called Bluetana.

8.15.19 Physics World
"Three-atom thick optical waveguide is the thinnest ever"
Researchers have succeeded in making the thinnest ever optical device in the form of a waveguide just three atomic layers thick. The device could lead to the development of higher density optoelectronic chips. Optical waveguides are crucial components in data communication technologies but scaling them down to the nanoscale has proved to be no easy task, despite important advances in nano-optics and nanomaterials. Indeed, the thinnest waveguide used in commercial applications today is hundreds of nanometres thick and researchers are studying nanowire waveguides down to 50 nm in the laboratory.

8.15.19 The Washington Post
"Researchers just created a robotic lens that can be controlled by the eyes"
When you're reading or squinting toward the horizon, your eyes adjust themselves involuntarily and instantaneously, thanks to tiny muscles inside the crystalline lens that bend and change its shape. This structure allows us to adjust the amount of light entering the eyes as it travels to the retina, where it is converted into an electrical signal that's transferred to the brain. UC San Diego researchers think there may be a day when our glasses and contact lenses can read and respond to these eye movements, adjusting in real time to the electrical signals created by the muscles in the lens.

8.15.19 Credit Union Times
"New Research: Organizational Email Account Takeovers Push Lateral Phishing"
Email account takeover and lateral phishing, where hackers use compromised accounts to distribute phishing emails to other recipients including company contacts and associates at other companies, present a growing organizational threat.

8.15.19 Engadget
"Bluetooth inspection app sniffs out card skimmers at gas pumps"
Gas stations are prime targets for credit card skimmers. A new app developed by scientists at the University of California San Diego can help law enforcement catch thieves before they take off with your card data. Known as Bluetana, the app works by detecting the Bluetooth signature of skimmers that are placed in the gas pumps. "All criminals have to do is download the data from the comfort of their vehicle," said Nishant Bhaskar, a Ph.D. student in computer science at the University of California San Diego who authored a study on the app. The Bluetana app aims to make life harder

8.15.19 Xinhuanet North America
"U.S. researchers develop app for inspectors to detect gas pump skimmers"
A team of U.S. computer scientists has developed an app that allows state and federal inspectors to detect devices that steal consumer credit and debit card data at gas pumps, according to a release of University of California, San Diego, on Wednesday. The devices, known as skimmers, use Bluetooth to transmit the data they steal. "All criminals have to do is download the data from the comfort of their vehicle," said Nishant Bhaskar, a Ph.D. student in computer science at the UC San Diego and the study's first author. The new app, called Bluetana

8.15.19 Gizmodo
"This Smartphone App Can Quickly Detect Invisible Gas Pump Card Skimmers"
Computer scientists at the University of California San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering have developed a smartphone app that can quickly and accurately detect the presence of an illegal credit or debit card skimmer installed on a gas station pump, reducing inspection times from 30 minutes to just three seconds. Card skimmers are a problem on all kinds of devices requiring you to insert or slide your plastic, but for ATMs, which are nearly impossible to hack open, and payment terminals inside a store, external hardware has to be added which aren't that hard to spot

8.14.19 IEEE Spectrum
"World's Thinnest Optical Waveguide Is Only Three Atoms Thick"
In today's world of optical devices, thinner and smaller is better. The expectation is that miniaturization of optical devices will ultimately lead to higher density and higher capacity photonic chips. In this drive towards thinner and smaller in optical devices, optical waveguides--a key component in optical data communications systems--have remained a stubborn nut to crack. Now researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed an optical waveguide that consists of just three layers of atoms.

8.14.19 Tech Crunch
"A new app can detect Bluetooth credit card skimmers on gas pumps"
A team of computer scientists has built a new app that can wirelessly detect credit card skimmers, often found discreetly placed on gas pumps and bank ATMs. Gone are the days where entire card skimmers would take over the front facade of an entire cash machine. Credit card skimmers are tiny, almost invisible -- and many contain Bluetooth wireless capabilities, meaning skimming operators can install their credit card data-stealing skimmers just once and never have to take apart a gas pump again. Instead, criminals can just pull up in their car and wirelessly download the stolen card data.

8.14.19 Slash Gear
"Card skimmer app spots hacked gas pumps - but there's a catch"
An app which can spot credit card skimmers secretly installed on gas pumps has been developed, but don't go looking in the App Store to try to download it. Bluetana tackles the growing issue of credit and debit card theft, where tiny scanners are installed on the card reader and used to surreptitiously clone its details when customers go to pay for their gas.

8.14.19 Fast Company
"Gas pump thieves should be very afraid of this security app that detects credit card skimmers"
Credit card skimmers are the bane of pretty much everyone?s existence in this modern world. Even Batman's Bane probably hated them. Luckily, there's a new way to fight this particular crime, no masked avenger required. Bluetana is a new app that was built by a team of computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego; the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; and the United States Secret Service, which designed it to wirelessly detect credit card skimmers that are hidden inside gas pumps or bank ATMs.

8.14.19 KPBS
"UC San Diego Develops App To Curb Card Skimmers At Gas Stations"
Despite San Diego's already high gas prices, consumers may unwittingly end up paying more at the pump. That's because the gas pump may have a Bluetooth skimmer -- technology that can scan credit and bank card numbers and transmit them over a wireless connection to a thief. Christopher Rohde of the U.S. Secret Service says skimmers aren't new. Physical skimmers have been placed on top of card scanners. But these Bluetooth variations can help criminals steal more information than before. They are embedded directly inside the pump and are harder to detect.

8.14.19 Yahoo! News
"Researchers develop app to find gas pump skimmers faster"
Scientists have developed an app that allows 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. "All criminals have to do is download the data from the comfort of their vehicle," said Nishant Bhaskar, a Ph.D. student in computer science at the University of California San Diego and the study's first author. The app, called Bluetana, detects the Bluetooth signature of the skimmers and allows inspectors to find the devices without needing to open up the gas pumps.

8.13.19 Photonics Media
"Ultrathin Optical Waveguide Channels Light Within Three Layers of Atoms"
Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a waveguide that is more than 10,000 times thinner than a typical optical fiber and about 500 times thinner than on-chip optical waveguides in integrated photonic circuits. The atomically thin waveguide, which is able to channel light in the visible spectrum, could facilitate the scaling down of optical devices and the development of higher-capacity photonic chips.

8.13.19 Smithsonian
"These Lenses Zoom With a Couple Blinks of Your Eyes"
We're now one step closer to being cyborgs, thanks to a new optical lens that can zoom in and out in response to electric signals generated by human eyes. The lenses, which are made from a soft material, change focus when the user blinks twice. "Potential applications may include, for example, adjustable glasses or visual prosthetic devices or even soft robotics applications," says Shengqiang Cai, a professor of engineering at the University of California, San Diego, who led the research, recently published in the journal Advanced Functional Materials.

8.13.19 Nerdist
"New Neural Net Detects Spoilers, Blocks Them"
Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers about new technology that's going to block spoilers. Most of us have probably had a sullen look fall upon our countenance as we discover that some article -- or maybe even headline -- has spoiled the major plot points of a piece of media we're excited to read or watch. But that heartbreaking moment when you realize that you already know what's going to happen in some movie, TV show or book before you've seen or read it may be a worry of the past thanks to a new neural net trained to detect and block spoilers.

8.12.19 Gizmodo
"A New Study Reminds Us How Ridiculous Spoiler Culture Has Become"
To be fair, there are certainly people (and publications) that revel in talking about (and running) information that would be considered spoilery literally hours after a particular piece of work has become consumable to the public?that can be a feature film or a streaming TV series. But at the same time, there?s a very particular way in which many fandoms have become excessively hostile towards the concept of being spoiled, so much so that they swarm on anything they perceive as being a spoiler, which becomes an issue when it comes to the business of discussing things in public spaces.

8.10.19 SciShow
"The Terrifying Fish with Transparent Teeth"
The deep-sea dragonfish is a predator that lives deep in the Pacific Ocean. Like many other deep sea predators, it's got an oversized jaw and a bioluminescent appendage to attract prey, but it does have one weird (and strangely useful) difference: its teeth are transparent!

8.7.19 Fast Company
"The billion-dollar race to invent a wearable air conditioner"
As global temperatures rise and energy efficiency becomes ever more important, and a group of companies, startups, and research groups are racing to build wearable and portable devices that can act like mini A/C units, personalized just for you--whether you want to save money, regulate your health, or lessen your carbon footprint. At the University of California San Diego, mechanical engineering and materials science professor Renkun Chen and his team created a wearable patch to provide instant cooling.

7.31.19 BBC Newsround
"Superhero tech: Robotic eye contacts and other super-powered tech"
A team of scientists from the University of California in San Diego, US has designed a lens that can switch between normal and magnified vision by slightly modifying standard 3D glasses. The 1mm-thick contact lens, which has a small ring-shaped telescope inside of it, could actually be used to improve vision for patients suffering from eye conditions. But that's not all. A team at the university is also working on a lens that would allow you to zoom in simply by blinking twice! Both lenses are in early stages of development, but the university is making some great progress.

7.30.19 Engadget
"Scientists create contact lenses that zoom on command"
Nosebleed seats may soon be a thing of the past. Scientists at the University of California San Diego have created a prototype contact lens that is controlled by the eye's movements. Wearers can make the lenses zoom in or out by simply blinking twice. A paper detailing the team's findings was published this month in Advanced Functional Materials. The biomimetic lens are made of stretchy polymer films that respond to the electric signals generated by your eyes when they make a movement, such as blinking. These electric impulses are known as electrooculographic signals.

7.30.19 News 18
"Behold, Scientists have Created Contact Lenses that Zoom When You Blink!"
Ever wondered how it would've been if you could simply blink to zoom in on far-away subjects? Even if you didn't, there's no denying the utility of such powers. Now, they can actually be real, thanks to a collaborative invention by professors from University of California-San Diego and researchers at the Harbin Institute of Technology, China. The secret? Soft biomimetic lenses that use the kinetics of the human eye as input impulses, hence changing focal length to zoom in.

7.30.19 Newsweek
"Soft Contact Lens Which Can Zoom In When You Blink Twice Developed by Scientists"
Researchers have developed a soft contact lens which can zoom in when you blink twice, enabling it to switch focus between objects at different distances. Right now the device is a just a prototype that's a long way from being ready for use, but the scientists from the University of California San Diego say that in future, such a system could be used in visual prostheses, adjustable glasses, and remotely operated robotics in future, according to a study published in the journal Advanced Functional Materials.

7.30.19 IFLScience!
"This Robotic Lens Enables Users To Zoom In On Objects -- Just By Blinking"
Bionic humans may be a popular trope of science fiction, but research at the University of California San Diego has brought us one step closer to machine-enhanced vision, Cyborg-style. Writing in the journal Advanced Functional Materials, a team of soft material mechanics led by Shengqiang Cai describe the science behind a robotic lens designed in a proof-of-concept exercise. Blink twice to zoom in. Repeat to zoom back out. Turn your eye to the left (or right) and the lens will follow. The new lens embraces the strengths of soft robots (or soft machines).

7.30.19 ABC 10
"UC San Diego scientists create lens controlled by your eye"
UC San Diego scientists have created an eye-controlling lens that allows the lens to be moved with the blink of an eye. "It's triggered by the signal called the Electrooculographic signal generated around the eyes," said UCSD Engineering Associate Professor Shengqiang Cai. Professor Cai calls it the first developed interface between human beings and a soft machine. The idea took two years for Professor Cai and a student to create.

7.29.19 Gizmodo
"Contact Lenses That Can Change Focus and Zoom When You Blink Move Closer to Reality"
Believe it or not, contact lenses are still an option for those who wear glasses that accommodate multiple prescriptions, but because of the unique approach they take to remedying vision problems, it can sometimes take over a month to get used to using them. Researchers at the University of California San Diego have created a better alternative with a prototype contact lens that can automatically switch between focusing on near or far objects by detecting the wearer's eye movements.

7.29.19 Digital Trends
"Scientists created a pair of contacts that zoom in when you blink"
Ever wish your eyes came with a zoom lens? Soon they might. Scientists at the University of California San Diego have successfully created a pair of contact lenses that zoom in on something when you blink twice. To create the lens, the scientists measured the signals generated when your eyes make specific movements like blinking or moving left or right and created a soft contact lens that responds to the electric impulses your eye makes when it performs those movements. That means the contact knows you're looking to the left or blinking and can perform a function based on that movement.

7.29.19 People
"Scientists Develop Robotic Contact Lenses That Let Users Zoom with the Blink of an Eye"
Imagine being able to control your vision with just the blink of an eye! Researchers from the University of California San Diego have developed a new type of contact lens that utilizes robotics, according to a new study published by Advanced Functional Materials. Unlike many soft robots -- a type of robotics that deals with utilizing materials that can twist and bend, which are controlled manually or by pre-written programs -- the new technology was developed to harness natural electrical signals produced by eye movements.

7.29.19 Popular Mechanics
"These Contact Lenses Zoom In and Out with the (Double) Blink of an Eye"
Imagine having the ability to zoom in on objects with the literal blink of an eye. Sounds like something out of a sci-fi flick, right? Now that hypothetical is a reality, as researchers from the University of California San Diego have designed contact lenses that use the electrooculographic signal naturally produced by our eyes to perform vision-enhancing tasks like zooming in and out. Each lens has five electrodes that are spread across the contacts to act as muscles, and are made up of layers of electroactive polymer that expand when they receive an electrical signal from the eye.

7.28.19 New Scientist
"A robotic lens can be controlled by simply looking around or blinking"
Blink twice to zoom in. A new soft lens can be controlled by your eye movements, pivoting left and right as you look around and zooming in and out when you blink. The human eyeball is electric -- there is a steady electrical potential between its front and back, even when your eyes are closed or in total darkness. When you move your eyes to look around or blink, the motion of the electrical potential can be measured. Shengqiang Cai at the University of California San Diego and his colleagues used these

7.28.19 CNET
"Scientists create contact lenses that zoom when you blink twice"
It is absolutely the stuff of science fiction: a contact lens that zooms on your command. But scientists at the University of California San Diego have gone ahead and made it a reality. They've created a contact lens, controlled by eye movements, that can zoom in if you blink twice. The scientists measured the electrooculographic signals generated when eyes make specific movements (up, down, left, right, blink, double blink) and created a soft biomimetic lens that responds directly to those electric impulses. The lens can change its focal length depending on the signals generated.

7.23.19 NBC7
"San Diego City Council Approves 5G Cell Phone Towers"
Additional 5G technology infrastructure was approved by the San Diego City Council today. Professor Sujit Dey, director of the Center for Wireless Communications at UC San Diego, explains some of the benefits of 5G.

7.23.19 Spectrum News
"Firefighters Look to Supercomputers to Combat Wildfires"
With the calculating power of about two million iPhones combined, Comet is helping firefighters save lives. Comet is a $27 million supercomputer at the University of California, San Diego. It?s helping Ilkay Altintas and her colleague Larry Smarr run a program called WiFire, which predicts where out of control fires will spread next.

7.20.19 Digital Journal
"Get up and go! 3D printed bots are getting closer"
In what could be a new stage in additive manufacturing, researchers are moving closer to being able to produce a fully functioning, moving, operating bot. In a new breakthrough, scientists have taken a commercial 3D printer (Stratasys Objet350 Connex3) and they have succeeded in embedding complex sensors inside robotic limbs and grippers. This could be the path towards 3D printing robots in areas without any human supervision, such as on baes located on the Moon or by a rover on Mars.

7.19.19 IEEE Spectrum
"Video Friday: This 3D-Printed Micro-Robot Could One Day Walk Inside Your Body"
Researchers have created a new type of tiny 3D-printed robot that moves by harnessing vibration from piezoelectric actuators, ultrasound sources or even tiny speakers. Swarms of these "micro-bristle-bots" might work together to sense environmental changes, move materials - or perhaps one day repair injuries inside the human body. The prototype robots respond to different vibration frequencies depending on their configurations, allowing researchers to control individual bots by adjusting the vibration.

7.18.19 TechRepublic
"Lateral phishing: Hackers are taking over business accounts to send malicious emails"
One in seven organizations have experienced "lateral phishing," a situation in which an account inside an organization is compromised, and the credibility of that same-domain account is leveraged to send phishing emails to other people within the same domain, along with frequent contacts external to the company, according to a report published Thursday by Barracuda Networks, in cooperation with researchers at UC Berkeley and UC San Diego. For organizations that fell victim to lateral phishing attacks, over 60% have had multiple account compromises,

7.18.19 AZO Robotics
"Roboticists Succeed at 3D Printing Sensors Embedded Within Robots"
Scientists who focus on 3D printing have envisioned making a complete robot in one print--a machine that would be able to walk itself away from the printer when it is printed. This would make the printing of more robots faster and easier. It would also make it feasible to 3D print robots without human control, for example on Mars or the moon. One of the key barriers on the path towards this goal is the creation of effective sensors for soft robots. That is because soft, flexible robots mostly have complicated movements and intricate surfaces that are hard to equip and cover with sensors

7.16.19 PetaPixel
"Complete Relighting"
A group of researchers and engineers from UC San Diego and Google have trained a neural network to "relight" portraits after the fact "according to any provided environment map." In other words: their system can take any photo and adjust the lighting at will--including the direction, temperature, and quality of the light. The technology was detailed in a research paper submitted to SIGGRAPH 2019z, an annual conference on computer graphics, and like most AI-based image manipulation that we've seen lately, the results are impressive to say the least.

7.16.19 iconnect007
"Get Up and Go Bots Getting Closer"
Robotics researchers at the University of California San Diego have for the first time used a commercial 3D printer to embed complex sensors inside robotic limbs and grippers. But they found that materials commercially available for 3D printing still need to be improved before the robots can be fully functional. Researchers who specialize in 3D printing have long sought to make an entire robot in one print--a machine that would be able to walk itself away from the printer when it's done. This would make it easier to print more robots faster.

7.16.19 Tech Xplore
"Get up and go bots getting closer, study says"
Robotics researchers at the University of California San Diego have for the first time used a commercial 3-D printer to embed complex sensors inside robotic limbs and grippers. But they found that materials commercially available for 3-D printing still need to be improved before the robots can be fully functional. Researchers who specialize in 3-D printing have long sought to make an entire robot in one print--a machine that would be able to walk itself away from the printer when it's done. This would make it easier to print more robots faster.

7.10.19 Republic World
"This Artificial Intelligence (AI) Tool Can Flag Spoilers In Online Reviews Of Books, Movies And TV Shows"
"Spoilers are everywhere on the internet and are very common on social media. As internet users, we understand the pain of spoilers, and how they can ruin one's experience," said Ndapa Nakashole, a professor at the University of California San Diego in the US.

7.10.19 Geek
"Neural Network Trained to Spot Spoilers"
Researchers after my own heart have developed an AI-based system that can flag spoilers in online reviews of books and TV shows. A team from the University of California San Diego will present their findings at the upcoming Association for Computational Linguistics annual meeting in Italy. "Spoilers are everywhere on the Internet, and are very common on social media," senior study author Ndapa Nakashole, computer science professor at UC San Diego, said in a statement. "As Internet users, we understand the pain of spoilers, and how they can ruin one's experience."

7.9.19 Alvarado News
"Dragonfish have 'invisible' teeth to help them sneak up on their prey"
Deep-sea fish have evolved transparent teeth which, along with their black bodies, make them invisible to prey. Marc Meyers at the University of California San Diego and his colleagues have discovered what makes these teeth almost entirely transparent. Using an electron microscope, they found that the teeth contain grain-sized nanocrystals spread throughout the enamel. Materials are transparent when light can pass through them with little scattering, and because these structures in the surface of the teeth are so small, they don't scatter or reflect much light.

7.9.19 The Times of India
"This artifical intelligence tool will spot spoilers for you"
Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) based system that can flag spoilers in online reviews of books and TV shows. "Spoilers are everywhere on the internet, and are very common on social media. As internet users, we understand the pain of spoilers, and how they can ruin one's experience," said Ndapa Nakashole, a professor at the University of California San Diego in the US.

7.9.19 Tech Crunch
"Spoiler warning! This neural network spots dangerous reviews before you read them"
It's hard to avoid spoilers on the internet these days -- even if you're careful, a random tweet or recommended news item could lay to waste your plan to watch that season finale a day late or catch a movie after the crowds have subsided. But soon an AI agent may do the spoiler-spotting for you, and flag spoilerific reviews and content before you even have a chance to look. SpoilerNet is the creation of a team at UC San Diego, composed perhaps of people who tried waiting a week to see Infinity War and got snapped for their troubles. Never again!

7.9.19 Chicago Tribune
"Neuroscience and artificial intelligence can help improve each other"
Despite their names, AI technologies and their component systems, such as artificial neural networks, don't have much to do with real brain science. I'm a professor of bioengineering and neurosciences interested in understanding how the brain works as a system - and how we can use that knowledge to design and engineer new machine learning models. In recent decades, brain researchers have learned a huge amount about the physical connections in the brain and about how the nervous system routes information and processes it. (Gabriel A. Silva, University of California San Diego)

7.9.19 CT Post
"Neuroscience and artificial intelligence can help improve each other"
(Gabriel A. Silva, University of California San Diego) Despite their names, artificial intelligence technologies and their component systems, such as artificial neural networks, don't have much to do with real brain science. I'm a professor of bioengineering and neurosciences interested in understanding how the brain works as a system - and how we can use that knowledge to design and engineer new machine learning models.

7.9.19 Seattle PI
"Neuroscience and artificial intelligence can help improve each other"
Gabriel A. Silva, University of California San Diego (THE CONVERSATION) Despite their names, artificial intelligence technologies and their component systems, such as artificial neural networks, don't have much to do with real brain science. I'm a professor of bioengineering and neurosciences interested in understanding how the brain works as a system - and how we can use that knowledge to design and engineer new machine learning models. In recent decades, brain researchers have learned a huge amount about the physical connections in the brain and about how the nervous system routes

7.9.19 Times Union
"Neuroscience and artificial intelligence can help improve each other"
Gabriel A. Silva, University of California San Diego (THE CONVERSATION) Despite their names, artificial intelligence technologies and their component systems, such as artificial neural networks, don?t have much to do with real brain science. I?m a professor of bioengineering and neurosciences interested in understanding how the brain works as a system ? and how we can use that knowledge to design and engineer new machine learning models. In recent decades, brain researchers have learned a huge amount about the physical connections in the brain and about how the nervous system routes

7.9.19 SF Gate
"Neuroscience and artificial intelligence can help improve each other"
Gabriel A. Silva, University of California San Diego (THE CONVERSATION) Despite their names, artificial intelligence technologies and their component systems, such as artificial neural networks, don't have much to do with real brain science. I'm a professor of bioengineering and neurosciences interested in understanding how the brain works as a system - and how we can use that knowledge to design and engineer new machine learning models. In recent decades, brain researchers have learned a huge amount about the physical connections in the brain and about how the nervous system routes

7.9.19 Houston Chronicle
"Neuroscience and artificial intelligence can help improve each other"
Gabriel A. Silva, University of California San Diego (THE CONVERSATION) Despite their names, artificial intelligence technologies and their component systems, such as artificial neural networks, don't have much to do with real brain science. I'm a professor of bioengineering and neurosciences interested in understanding how the brain works as a system - and how we can use that knowledge to design and engineer new machine learning models.

7.8.19 Tech Xplore
"Hate spoilers? This AI tool spots them for you"
Did social media spoil the Avengers' Endgame movie for you? Or maybe one of the Game of Thrones books? A team of researchers from the University of California San Diego is working to make sure that doesn't happen again. They have developed an AI-based system that can flag spoilers in online reviews of books and TV shows. "Spoilers are everywhere on the internet, and are very common on social media. As internet users, we understand the pain of spoilers, and how they can ruin one's experience," said Ndapa Nakashole, a professor of computer science at UCSD and one of the paper's senior author

7.8.19 Science News
"Hate spoilers? This AI tool spots them for you"
Did social media spoil the Avengers' Endgame movie for you? Or maybe one of the Game of Thrones books? A team of researchers from the University of California San Diego is working to make sure that doesn't happen again. They have developed an AI-based system that can flag spoilers in online reviews of books and TV shows. "Spoilers are everywhere on the internet, and are very common on social media. As internet users, we understand the pain of spoilers, and how they can ruin one's experience," said Ndapa Nakashole, a professor of computer science at UCSD and one of the paper's senior author

7.1.19 India West
"Indian American College Students Vaun Govil, Anika Kumar, Vardhaan Ambati Named 2019 Strauss Scholars"
At least three Indian American collegiate students in California have been awarded with a $15,000 scholarship from the Donald A. Strauss Foundation. Among the recipients is U.C. San Diego bioengineering student Varun Govil.

6.28.19 Naval Sea Systems Command
"San Diego team redesigns submarine for 2019 races"
The University of California San Diego (UCSD) brought their submarine, the Santiana, cross-country to compete in the 15th International Human-Powered Submarine Races at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division in West Bethesda, Maryland.

6.27.19 Gut Microbiota for Health
"Discussion with Rob Knight on the World Microbiome Day 2019"
On June 27th is the World Microbiome Day; on this occasion GMFH editors took time to interview Dr. Rob Knight, the founding Director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Diego, about some key aspects of gut microbiota and how microbes could help mitigate the raise of antibiotic resistance.

6.26.19 Wired
"WHAT COULD POSSIBLY BE COOLER THAN ROBOBEE? ROBOBEE X-WING"
THEY USED TO call it RoboBee--a flying machine half the size of a paperclip that could flap its pair of wings 120 times a second. It was always tethered to a power source, limiting its freedom. Now, though, RoboBee becomes RoboBee X-Wing, as Harvard researchers have added solar cells and an extra pair of wings, freeing the robot to blast off to a galaxy far, far away. Or at least partway across the room, as it can sustain flight for only half a second, and only indoors. But hey, baby steps. The teeniest of quadrotors measure a few inches across and weigh a third of an ounce.

6.25.19 Voice of San Diego
"Culture Report: Happy Stories in a Trauma-Obsessed World"
For the last few years, themes of TranscenDANCE's annual youth summer intensive program have encouraged students to dig into dark issues. Resilience, assault, oppression and more inspired choreography -- and group discussions -- that had students facing trauma and troubling stories of their past or their communities. "Last year, our show was on mental health, so there was a lot of heavy thematics, things like sexual assault, the MeToo movement and things like depression and suicide," said Cat Corral, cofounder and executive artistic director of TranscenDANCE.

6.21.19 Scientific American
"Antiperspirant Boosts Armpit and Toe-Web Microbial Diversity"
Rather than wiping microbes out, antiperspirants and foot powders increased the diversity of microbial flora in armpits and between toes. Christopher Intagliata reports. You hear a lot about how what you eat will affect your microbiome. Probiotics. Prebiotics. Stuff like that. But your skin is swarming with microbes too--and the grooming products you use might affect what's living there. That's according to a study in the journal BMC Biology. [Amina Bouslimani et al., The impact of skin care products on skin chemistry and microbiome dynamics]

6.21.19 The Robot Report
"Survey: biggest robotics stories during first half of 2019"
It's crazy to think about, but we're just about halfway through 2019. And there's been a lot to talk about. There's been some bad news, of course. Companies such as Anki, Aria Insights (CyPhy Works) and others have closed their doors. But other companies such as Robust AI, which was founded in part by Rodney Brooks and Henrik Christensen, are getting started. There's also been many surprises, including Boston Dynamics' acquisition of Kinema Systems as it entered the logistics market and new warehouse robots from Amazon.

6.20.19 Noted
"Larry Smarr: The world's most self-measured man"
A US computer scientist who has been monitoring the state of his health for nearly two decades says he?s healthier now than he?s been in 15 years.

6.20.19 Tech Crunch
"Intel is doing the hard work necessary to make sure robots can operate your microwave"
Training computers and robots to not only understand and recognize objects (like an oven, for instance, as distinct from a dishwasher) is pretty crucial to getting them to a point where they can manage the relatively simple tasks that humans do every day. But even once you have an artificial intelligence trained to the point where it can tell your fridge from your furnace, you also need to make sure it can operate the things if you want it to be truly functional. That's where new work from Intel AI researchers, working in collaboration with UCSD and Stanford, comes in --

6.19.19 BBC Sounds
"Power outage blacks out Argentina and Uruguay"
Electricity is being restored after a blackout left tens of millions without power. We hear from our correspondent in Buenos Aires. Also in the programme: highlights from the first televised debate between candidates vying to replace Theresa May as British Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister; Guatemala goes to the polls; and attempts to make all cocoa production fair trade.

6.19.19 The Robot Report
"Intel, OSU, Stanford, and UC San Diego work on reinforcement learning, PartNet could help household robots"
Intel Corp. has been a strong supporter of research into artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computer vision, and two of its collaborations have implications for robots that operate in dynamic environments such as households. This week, Intel AI Lab and researchers at Oregon State University and the University of California, San Diego, presented papers that offer a new model for reinforcement learning and a massive dataset for training object recognition, respectively. "We want to expand two approaches for machine learning to explore spaces with a more complex set of interactions,"

6.19.19 The Daily Swig
"Google study aims to improve decision making behind web feature deprecation"
Google has teamed up with academics in an effort to create a more systematic approach to web feature deprecation. Deprecation involves publicly flagging a feature that has become obsolete or otherwise undesirable, warning developers that support for the technology will be removed in the near future. Handled correctly, deprecation can help ease the transition away from a soon-to-be-dropped feature towards alternative technologies. If handled badly, though, deprecation may result in frustration for both users and developers -- developers might have to adapt their code, while users suffer

6.18.19 Proactive Investors USA
"ROBO Global finds the AI technologies giving HBO's 'Westworld' so much whizbang are not all fiction"
A big part of the HBO TV series "Westworld's" appeal is its focus on artificial intelligence, which becomes 'a character in itself,' says a report by ROBO Global that drills down into how much of the dazzling technology in the science fiction TV series is pure-fiction and how much is based on real-world technologies. Interestingly, ROBO Global created the ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index, the world's first benchmark index to track companies that focus on robotics, automation and artificial intelligence so it can spot marketable futuristic technology.

6.17.19 IEEE Spectrum
"Massive 3D Dataset Helps Robots Understand What Things Are"
One of the things that makes humans so great at adapting to the world around us is our ability to understand entire categories of things all at once, and then use that general understanding to make sense of specific things that we've never seen before. For example, consider something like a lamp. We've all seen some lamps. Nobody has seen every single lamp there is. But in most cases, we can walk into someone's house for the first time and easily identify all their lamps and how they work. Every once in a while, of course, there will be something incredibly weird that'll cause you

6.17.19 Robotics Business Review
"Researchers Launch 26K+ Object Dataset to Help Robots Learn Shapes"
If you want to have a robot arm open a microwave oven door, the robot needs to know how to identify the parts of the microwave oven and buttons that will open the door. To that end, a group of researchers has launched a large-scale dataset with fine-grained, hierarchical and instance-level part annotations. At the 2019 Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, authors Kaichun Mo from Stanford University and Hao Su, an assistant professor at UC San Diego, have partnered with Intel AI and Simon Fraser University to introduce PartNet.

6.17.19 Intel AI
"Introducing PartNet: The First Large-Scale Dataset with Fine-Grained, Hierarchical, Instance-Level Part Annotations"
Identifying objects and their parts is critical to how humans understand and interact with the world. For example, using a stove requires not only identifying the stove itself, but also its subcomponents: burners, control knobs, etc. This same capability is essential to many AI vision, graphics, and robotics applications, including predicting object functionality, human-object interaction, simulation, shape editing, and shape generation. This wide range of applications has spurred great demand for large 3D datasets with part annotations.

6.17.19 IEEE Spectrum
"Massive 3D Dataset Helps Robots Understand What Things Are"
One of the things that makes humans so great at adapting to the world around us is our ability to understand entire categories of things all at once, and then use that general understanding to make sense of specific things that we?ve never seen before. For example, consider something like a lamp. We?ve all seen some lamps. Nobody has seen every single lamp there is. But in most cases, we can walk into someone's house for the first time and easily identify all their lamps and how they work.

6.17.19 Venture Beat
"Intel highlights AI that can see around corners, coach children on the autism spectrum, and more"
This week marks the start of the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), an academic convention cosponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers' Computer Society and the Computer Vision Foundation. It's grown substantially since 1983, its inaugural year, and now sees thousands of research paper from tens of thousands of researchers submitted annually. In fact, for the first time, this year it accepted over 1,000 studies from a pool of 5,165. Intel's research team is one of the many who put forth their work for consideration

6.14.19 NBC7
"University Students Help Boy Move His Hands Again"
Max is a five-year-old boy who has a rare condition that leaves his arms limp by his sides. That was until UC San Diego engineering students used their senior project to help.

6.14.19 San Diego Union-Tribune
"UCSD students restore motion to five-year-old boy's arms"
His arms paralyzed by a rare virus three years ago, Max Ng has struggled to push, pull and poke his way through the world with the gleeful ease that most 5 year olds enjoy. But a device built by four clever UC San Diego engineering students delivers just the help he needs to reach out and touch the world in ways that have long been out of reach.

6.14.19 ABC 10 News
"'Iron Kid' robotic arms help San Diego boy move again"
Max may look like most 5-year-olds, but a rare illness left him paralyzed from the shoulder to his wrist. Bending his arm on his own is impossible ? until he puts on a new device designed to help him move. University of California San Diego engineering students developed these "Iron Kid" arms over the last ten weeks after max's doctor at Rady Children's Hospital enlisted their help.

6.14.19 Design News
"Wearable Patch Can Regulate Body Temperature"
Wearable technology already helps people keep track of their fitness goals and vital signs. Now researchers have created a device that paves the way for clothing that can help people regulate their own body temperature despite the air outside or around them. A team from the University of California San Diego has developed a soft, flexible, wearable patch that can provide a personalized heating or cooling system for people whether they're at home, at work, or on the go, researchers said.

6.14.19 The San Diego Union Tribune
"California operator of electricity grid fends off millions of cyberattacks each month"
The California Independent System Operator, which oversees about 80 percent of the state's electricity consumers and 26,000 miles of transmission infrastructure, is a busy place. It's also a target. "We are looking at several millions of undesired communications trying to connect with us per month," said Hubert Hafner, who as manager of Information Security Technology makes it his job to ensure California's grid remains secure from cyberattacks. "That's our No. 1 risk," Hafner said recently while attending an energy conference hosted by the Institute of the Americas at UC San Diego.

6.14.19 Tech Wire
"State Grid Operator Cites Cyberattacks as Top Risk to System"
The California Independent System Operator, which oversees about 80 percent of the state's electricity consumers and 26,000 miles of transmission infrastructure, is a busy place. It's also a target. "We are looking at several millions of undesired communications trying to connect with us per month," said Hubert Hafner, who as manager of Information Security Technology makes it his job to ensure that California's grid remains secure from cyberattacks. "That's our No. 1 risk," Hafner said recently

6.12.19 The Robot Report
"Robust AI building common sense toolbox for robots"
Rodney Brooks and Gary Marcus have written and spoken extensively about the current state of artificial intelligence and its limitations. Now the two are teaming up to bridge the gap between current AI and the robust AI of the future. Brooks and Marcus are two co-founders of a new Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup aptly named Robust AI. Brooks will be the CTO, while Marcus is the CEO. Robust AI is trying to build an industrial-grade cognitive platform that brings common sense reasoning to robots. This is an extremely difficult problem to solve, they said.

6.10.19 MIT Technology Review
"Anyone can program this cheap robot arm in just 15 minutes"
Industrial robots don't come cheap--the top-end ones can cost more than $100,000 each. No surprise, then, that relatively few small companies own one, and even large companies haven't adopted them at the rates you'd expect. Automata, a robotics firm in London, thinks it can fix this lag in uptake. Its robotic arm costs just $7,500 and is sold under the name Eva (yes, it is named after the robot in WALL-E). The company hopes to widen access to robots by focusing only on the more basic functions that small firms actually need. It is backed by $9.5 million from several investors,

6.10.19 CNBC Tech
"Robots are breaking out of their cages on the factory floor, and here's what they are doing"
Collaborative robots, or cobots, have been working with humans on the factory floor for years, but when it comes to the large-scale industrial robots that can lift and move massive pieces of manufacturing, the danger to human workers is so great that the robots are bolted down to the factory floor behind fences so a human never comes near them. That is starting to change as robotics becomes more widespread across industries. Today there are, on average, 84 robots for every 10,000 workers in the U.S., according to the International Federation of Robotics.

6.9.19 Vogue
"What Do You Need To Know About Your Skin Microbiome?"
First it was the gut, now it?s our skin. Bacteria, probiotics and all other aspects of the microbiome are enjoying a moment in the skincare spotlight, but how can you manage yours? Vogue investigates what you need to know about your microbiome.

6.7.19 Cosmos magazine
"Fang you, and goodnight"
This is a deep-sea dragonfish (Aristostomias scintillans). Researchers have been taking a very close look at its teeth because, well, they are particularly difficult to see, mainly because they are almost completely transparent. Having see-through fangs, explains materials scientist Audrey Velasco-Hogan from the University of California, San Diego, in the US, is very likely an evolutionary adjustment to life in the inky blackness of the ocean. Combined with a dark body, they render the species pretty much invisible to prey.

6.7.19 MIT Technology Review
"AI mavericks want to build a better brain for industrial robots"
The startup: Robust.ai, based in Palo Alto, California, will develop a "cognitive platform" for all sorts of robots, from factory and warehouse machines to domestic helpers, according to founder and CEO Gary Marcus, although he hasn?t said exactly what this will entail. Marcus argues that both current industrial robots and research machines that employ machine learning lack many qualities of human intelligence, including common sense.

6.6.19 Physics Today
"Why are dragonfish teeth transparent?"
Dragonfish are ambush predators, and key to their evolutionary success is their mouthful of long, transparent teeth, which are effectively invisible to prey that swim nearby in the dim bioluminescence. Materials scientist Marc Meyers and his graduate student Audrey Velasco-Hogan at the University of California, San Diego, have now collaborated with marine biologist Dimitri Deheyn and materials scientists Eduard Arzt, Marcus Koch, and Birgit Nothdurft to understand what's behind the transparency.

6.6.19 Smithsonian
"Nanoscale Structures Give Dragonfish Their Terrible, Invisible Teeth"
The deep sea is dark and full of terrors, but perhaps the most terrifying creature of them all is the dragonfish, a jet-black critter with a jutting jaw full of knife-like teeth. But it's unlikely that other creatures of the abyss even notice the mouth of ginormous chompers until it's too late. That's because the fish's oversized teeth are transparent, making them invisible under water. Now, a new study has looked deeper into the structure of those unique teeth, finding that they are made of a material that may have applications beyond catching the dragonfish's next meal.

6.6.19 Quartz
"Predators with virtually invisible fangs prowl the deep sea"
A new study in the journal Matter shines light on the deep-sea dragonfish. Scientists have had difficulty studying "deep-sea effects" on biological materials extensively, but they know that the extreme conditions--lack of ambient light, low temperatures, high pressure in the ocean depths--have led to "fascinating adaptations." The researchers behind this latest study note that transparent teeth seem to be a feature of deep-sea predators but believe no one has studied the makeup of this denture until now.

6.6.19 C|Net
"An AI neural network is giving cats the terrifying names they deserve"
Sparky Buttons has eye damage from a infection he caught when he was a stray baby, but he's still a powerhouse when it comes to cuddling and playing. And don't be fooled by Mr. Sinister's name. He's a cuddler, too. These adoptable kittens, along with their friends Tom Glitter, Pompompur and Whiskeridoo, were all named by an artificial intelligence neural network. The Morris Animal Refuge in Philadelphia teamed up with research scientist Janelle Shane. Shane trained a neural network to name cats, and the results are cute, weird and sometimes downright horrible.

6.5.19 The New York Times
"Meet the Deep-Sea Dragonfish. Its Transparent Teeth Are Stronger Than a Piranha's."
Unassuming dragonfish lurk in the twilight zone, more than 1,600 feet under the surface of the ocean. Dark, eel-like, and roughly three and a half inches long, these deep-sea creatures glow with bioluminescence and have evolved a complex sensory system that allows them to detect even the subtlest movements in the ocean's shadowy realms, then attract and capture their prey. In a paper published Wednesday in the journal Matter, scientists demonstrated another layer of complexity to the dragonfish: the teeth are made of nanoscale-size crystal particles, which make the fangs transparent.

6.5.19 The Washington Post
"Behold the marvelous, translucent teeth of the deep-sea dragonfish"
The dragonfish is a top predator at the bottom of the sea. A bioluminescent lure on its head and spots on its belly beckon prey, like a lantern draws in moths. The rest of its body, as long as a pencil and almost as slender, is an inky black that blends in with water deeper than the sun can reach. The predator's glow is the deep-sea embodiment of a light at the end of a tunnel. But wayward little fish won't find anything pearly here. Just long, pointy -- and nearly invisible -- fangs. And those teeth are remarkable, as a new study published Wednesday in the journal Matter reveals.

6.5.19 The Associated Press
"Scientists crack secret of fish's deadly, transparent teeth"
A deep-sea fish can hide its enormous, jutting teeth from prey because its chompers are virtually invisible -- until it's too late. What's the dragonfish's secret? The teeth are transparent, and now scientists have discovered how the fish accomplished that trick. Findings were published Wednesday in the journal Matter.

6.5.19 Science News
"Tiny structures in dragonfish teeth turn them into invisible daggers"
In the deep sea, dragonfish lure smaller fish near their gaping jaws with beardlike attachments capped with a light. But the teeth of the pencil-sized predators don't gleam in that glow. Instead, dragonfish teeth are transparent and hard to see, thanks to nanoscale structures that reduce the amount of light scattered by the teeth, researchers report June 5 in Matter. The clear daggers vanish into the animals' dark mouths, probably to help dragonfish surprise their prey, says study coauthor Marc Meyers, a materials scientist at the University of California San Diego.

6.5.19 New Scientist
"Dragonfish have 'invisible' teeth to help them sneak up on their prey"
Deep-sea fish have evolved transparent teeth which, along with their black bodies, make them invisible to prey. While dragonfish are only the size of a pencil, they are fearsome predators at the top of the food chain. Their thin, eel-like bodies support a huge black mouth filled with razor-sharp teeth, that can widen to swallow prey half their size. Marc Meyers at the University of California San Diego and his colleagues have discovered what makes these teeth almost entirely transparent.

6.5.19 Newsweek
"Like a Monster from the Movie 'Alien': Deep Sea Dragonfish Have Transparent Teeth for 'Deadly Invisible Weapon'"
Deep beneath the sea off the coast of California, there is a species of eel-like fish with a huge head, bulging eyes and a mouth full of transparent, fang-like teeth. Aristostomias scintillans is a 15-cm (5.9 inch)-long deep sea dragonfish found off the west coast of North America. Despite their small size, these creatures are apex predators in their part of the ocean. Their transparent teeth are an adaptation unique to the species--so materials scientists and oceanographers at UC San Diego were hoping to understand how and why this feature evolved.

6.5.19 Live Science
"Here's Why the Supernaturally Creepy Dragonfish Has Invisible Teeth"
You might expect something called a deep-sea dragonfish to be a fearsome leviathan of the deep, dark ocean--and it is, if you happen to be one of the thumb-size ocean critters the dragonfish calls prey. Their hunting success partly depends on a near-supernatural adaptation: invisibility. How does this undersea dragon magic work? In a new study, scientists took a close look at a dragonfish's transparent teeth under an electron microscope and found out.

6.5.19 Science
"The transparent teeth of this dragonfish evolved for one lethal purpose"
Five hundred meters below the ocean's surface off the coast of California lives a creepy looking sea monster with a huge jaw and sharp rows of teeth. Even creepier, these teeth are transparent. Now, scientists think they know what makes them this way.

6.5.19 Gizmodo
"The Deep-Sea Dragonfish Has One of the Most Terrifying Smiles on Earth"
Scientists have shined a light on one of the creepier denizens of the deep sea, a pitch-black creature that can turn itself into a living lamp called the dragonfish. New research helps explain one of the dragonfish's more disturbing qualities: its relatively gigantic and translucent teeth.

6.5.19 IFLScience!
"How Deep-Sea Dragonfish Make Their Knife-Sharp Teeth Transparent"
A ghoulish-looking predator of the deep sea has evolved a unique adaptation to make up for their relatively small size: light-dodging transparency. Measuring just 15 centimeters (6 inches) in length, the dragonfish (Aristostomias scintillans) has an "enormous" jaw relative to their size capable of extending and opening to beyond that of a conventional jaw. It's also lined with dozens of fang-like teeth sharper than those found in a piranha. To keep their prey in the dark, the teeth of dragonfish have evolved a transparent structure that essentially makes their fearsome mouth invisible.

6.1.19 The Scientist
"Opinion: New Repository Will Hold the World?s Microbial Riches"
The Microbiota Vault takes a holistic approach to preserving Earth?s microscopic diversity.

5.31.19 ThomaseNet News
"New Wearable Could Save You from Your Freezing Cold Office"
The problem with heating and cooling the workplace is that individual bodies are different -- and the range of ideal temperatures at which people most comfortable and productive could cover a huge range among individuals. Engineers from UC San Diego think they may have the perfect solution. Study lead Renkun Chen, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and his team have designed a proof-of-concept wearable that keeps the user?s skin at a constant temperature even when the air temperature around them changes.

5.28.19 KUSI
"UC San Diego Triton Racing Competition"
About 35 students from the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) Club come together to push and test their capabilities and innovative talents to establish themselves as leaders in the collegiate field of racing.

5.28.19 California Health Report
"Why Some Preemies Thrive and Others Struggle Remains a Mystery"
Four-year-olds Madeline Guidi and Owen Abrams have much in common. They both live in desirable neighborhoods in San Diego County, just minutes from the Pacific Ocean. Both are the only children in two-parent, middle-class households. And they were both born just a few months apart, at 24 weeks of gestation?four months too early. But despite these similarities, Madeline and Owen?s lives have turned out differently.

5.26.19 VOA
"We're Only About 43% Human"
New discoveries about what is inside the body are making scientists rethink what makes a person human and what makes people sick or healthy. Less than half of the cells in the body are human. The rest belong to microorganisms that affect the health, mood and whether certain people respond better to certain medications.

5.24.19 Washington Post
"Will U.S. war on Huawei help China end its dependency on Western tech?"
The geopolitical clash between the United States and China hinges on the tiniest of technologies, chips and other components that are essential to nearly every smartphone, laptop computer and cellular network on Earth. And the best ones-- for now -- are made only by America and its allies. With names like MEMS accelerometers and field-programmable gate arrays, they operate invisibly to consumers but are at the heart of a long-running technological race that, so far, China is losing despite billions of dollars of investments.

5.23.19 PV Magazine
"Looking past perovskites"
Using an advanced computational method, scientists at the University of California San Diego have compiled a shortlist of 13 new materials that could be used to create low cost, high efficiency solar cells in the future. Aware of the great potential of perovskites to solar, the researchers were seeking compounds with similar structures -- to ensure the same sort of efficiency potential -- without the stability issues that have plagued perovskite use in solar cells, and which would not involve toxic lead in their production.

5.23.19 Hackster
"This Wearable Heating and Cooling Patch Can Keep You Comfortable and Help the Environment"
Even when you ignore the greenhouse effect related to the release of HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons), the impact of residential climate control on the environment is substantial. HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) systems account for 6% of all residential energy use in the United States, and that results in 100 million tons of carbon dioxide being released in the atmosphere each year. That's hardly a trivial amount, and is a big cost just to stay comfortable. That's why engineers at UC San Diego have developed a wearable heating and cooling patch that can act as a personal thermosta

5.23.19 Digital Trends
"Future smart clothes promise to keep you the perfect temperature at all times"
Cranking the AC or putting on and taking off additional layers of clothing isn't always the most practical or convenient way of regulating your body temperature. Wouldn't things be easier if you could just use smart wearable technology to solve the problem for you? A new research project developed by engineers at the University of California, San Diego, aims to help. They have developed wearable tech which could be embedded into future clothing, thereby keeping you the perfect temperature and also saving you on the overuse of air conditioning and heating.

5.22.19 Sustainability Times
"Smart clothing may reduce energy needs for heating, cooling"
What if you could wear personalized climate-controlled clothing, thereby reducing the need for heating and air conditioning and the energy costs that come with it? Scientists at the University of California San Diego in the United States are asking that question, and they say they've developed a prototype that may make the "smart clothing" a reality. The soft, stretchy wearable patch is made from thermoelectric alloys made of bismuth and telluride, connected by tiny copper electrodes that use the electricity to create temperature differences.

5.22.19 naked security by SOPHOS
"Most hackers for hire are scammers, research shows"
Hackers for hire are a bunch of swindlers, according to research published last week by Google and academics from the University of California, San Diego. The researchers were specifically interested in a segment of black-market services known as hackers for hire: the crooks you send in when you lack the hacking skills to do the job yourself and the morals that whisper in your ear that this is not a nice, or legal, thing to do. Such services offer targeted attacks that remain a potent threat, the researchers said, due to the fact that they?re so tailored.

5.22.19 Digital Information World
"Hacker-for-Hire Services are Mostly Scam, revealed a Study by Google"
Hacker-for-hire services present online are nothing but scam and ineffective revealed a study carried out by Google and the University of California, San Diego. Researchers got in touch with 27 such service providers to hack accounts, with exclusive online buyer personas. The victim accounts, hosted by Google were used with consent to record key interactions with victims and fake persona were created to associate with these accounts.

5.21.19 New Atlas
"Wearable could keep you cool when the office gets hot"
It's warming up in the Northern Hemisphere, which means many offices will be powering on the aircon to help keep things comfortable for workers. But what if you could don a wearable that could help you keep your cool, and slash energy usage while doing so? Engineers from the University of California San Diego have developed a proof-of-concept armband that can keep the wearer's skin at a constant temperature, even when the ambient temperature is raised or lowered. And the technology is being scaled up to vest size.

5.21.19 Computing
"Hacker-for-hire services are mostly scams or ineffective, researchers find"
Of 27 hacker-for-hire services contacted for Gmail account hacking, only five attempted to launch attacks against victims

5.21.19 Red Bull Technology
"This wearable thermostat helps control your temperature"
Things are beginning to heat up. As the planet turns up the temperature, humans could really do with a small, wearable body patch that can cool us down. Step forward UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. It was early 2015 when Renkun Chen, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, UC San Diego, and a group of fellow researchers began working on their temperature patch. In the four years that followed, Chen and his team have developed and fine-tuned their product. They have created a square patch that is fitted with a series of thermoelectric nodes.

5.20.19 KPBS
"Clock Ticking On Northern White Rhino"
San Diego Zoo researchers are working with UC San Diego roboticists to save the critically endangered northern white rhinos. The extinction clock is ticking because only two northern whites remain alive. Using technology being developed on the UC San Diego campus in the lab of professor Michael Yip, researchers aim to implant northern white rhino embryos into southern white rhino surrogates, something that has never been done before.

5.20.19 Yahoo! News
"Scientists invented a wearable band that controls your body temperature like a personal thermostat"
Everyone loves to be comfortable, but what you consider to be a perfect temperature might be drastically different than the temperature preferred by a person sitting just a couple feet away. Whether you work in a large office, or even just live with one or more other people, you know that battles over thermostat settings can be, well, heated. Researchers from UC San Diego have developed a patch designed to be worn around the arm and actively modifies skin temperature, making the wearer feel warmer or cooler depending on their own personal preference.

5.20.19 ZD Net
"Google research: Most hacker-for-hire services are frauds"
Hacker-for-hire services available online are what we thought they were -- scams and ineffective -- new research published last week by Google and academics from the University of California, San Diego, reveals. "Using unique online buyer personas, we engaged directly with 27 such account hacking service providers and asked them with compromising victim accounts of our choosing," researchers said.

5.20.19 Tech Crunch
"Google's own data proves two-factor is the best defense against most account hacks"
Every once in a while someone will ask me what is the best security advice. The long answer is "it depends on your threat model," which is just a fancy way of saying what's good security advice for the vast majority isn't necessarily what nuclear scientists and government spies require. My short answer is, "turn on two-factor." Yet, nobody believes me. Ask almost any cybersecurity professional and it?ll likely rank as more important than using unique or strong passwords. Two-factor, which adds an additional step in your usual log-in process by sending a unique code to a device you own,

5.17.19 Courthouse News
"Engineers Create First-Ever Wearable Heating-Cooling Device"
Engineers at UC San Diego have designed a wearable patch that offers customizable heating and cooling capabilities in virtually any environment. The U.S. Department of Energy commissioned Renkun Chen, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, to examine the skyrocketing costs associated with heating and cooling office spaces. Chen determined that a patch--integrated into a person's clothing--could control an individual's temperature, eliminating the need to heat or cool entire office spaces. It would use a fraction of the energy used by traditional heating and cooling units.

5.17.19 Daily Mail
"The arm patch that stops you getting cold: Scientists create a wearable band that to keep your body at the perfect temperature"
It could be the perfect answer for people who fight over the thermostat in the office or at home. Scientists have created an armband which works as a "personal thermostat" to keep people who are always warm or cold at a constant temperature. Its inventors say it is a simpler solution than central heating or air conditioning, which have to change the temperature of an entire building to keep a few people comfortable. That creates arguments when one person who is always cold turns the thermostat up, leaving others sweating.

5.17.19 9 to 5 Google
"Google shows how even adding a phone number can reduce account hijackings"
Given how much of people's lives are now online, security is of paramount importance. New research from Google this week shows how even adding a recovery phone number to your Account can do a great deal to prevent hijackings. Google worked with New York University and the University of California, San Diego on a year-long study about wide-scale and targeted attacks. The high-level conclusion is that any form of additional security challenge can significantly prevent account hijackings.

5.17.19 Gizmodo
"Here's the Best Way to Protect Your Accounts From Hacker Takeovers"
It's easy to be a security pessimist. Hackers and data breaches make headlines on this website and all over the internet every single day. Is there anything a normal person can really do to protect themselves? Actually, yes. Taking a simple and easy step like turning on strong multifactor authentication turns out to be an incredibly effective way of protecting your online accounts. New research from Google, New York University, and the University of California, San Diego shed new light this week on exactly how powerful a small handful of protections can be.

5.17.19 Google Security Blog
"New research: How effective is basic account hygiene at preventing hijacking"
Every day, we protect users from hundreds of thousands of account hijacking attempts. Most attacks stem from automated bots with access to third-party password breaches, but we also see phishing and targeted attacks. Earlier this year, we suggested how just five simple steps like adding a recovery phone number can help keep you safe, but we wanted to prove it in practice. We teamed up with researchers from New York University and the University of California, San Diego to find out just how effective basic account hygiene is at preventing hijacking.

5.14.19 The Robot Report
"Don't miss these sessions at the Robotics Summit & Expo 2019"
Big companies have been working for years now on robotics, autonomous systems, and machine learning, but only now are they coming together for intelligent machines. Learn from keynotes on artificial intelligence, the cloud, human-machine interaction, the Internet of Things, and 5G. Industry luminaries from Amazon Web Services, NVIDIA, and Qualcomm, among others, will share their insights on these emerging technologies.

5.14.19 UC San Diego Health
"Like A Lot of Things, Women's Gut Microbiomes Appear to Mature Earlier than Men's"
A recent study by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego State University and the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology found that the age and sex of an individual strongly influences the bacterial diversity of the gut microbiome.

5.11.19 CBS 8
"Project in a Box inspires engineering and a community of makers"
Dream it, Build it. That is the mission of Project-In-A-Box where electrical engineering comes alive for elementary, middle and high school students at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.

5.11.19 Science News
"AI can learn real-world skills from playing StarCraft and Minecraft"
Dario Wünsch was feeling confident. The 28-year-old from Leipzig, Germany, was about to become the first professional gamer to take on the artificial intelligence program AlphaStar in the rapid-fire video game StarCraft II. Wünsch had been professionally playing StarCraft II, in which competitors command alien fleets vying for territory, for nearly a decade. No way could he lose this five-match challenge to a newly minted AI gamer. Even AlphaStar's creators at the London-based AI research company DeepMind, which is part of Alphabet, Inc., weren't optimistic about the outcome.

5.3.19 10 News San Diego
"Seaweed diet could help curb global warming by eliminating gas from cows"
Getting cows to burp and pass gas less could be vital to curbing global warming. Now, researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego think they have the solution: seaweed.

5.1.19 Compelo
"How an AI-powered tool helps users develop an ideal heart rate during running"
Scientists have built a system based on deep learning to recommend personalized workout sessions to help users reach their ideal heart rate during running. A new fitness tracking tool powered by deep learning can recommend workout moves to predict and develop an ideal heart rate during running and working out. Designed by computer scientists at the University of California in San Diego, FitRec tested on a data set of more than 250,000 workout records for more than a thousand runners.

5.1.19 New Scientist
"Eczema-associated bacteria may be kept in check by a different microbe"
Having a diverse mix of bacteria on your skin may help fight off eczema. The finding suggests that microbiome transplants could be a way to treat the skin condition.

4.24.19 Gadgets Now
"AI tool can recommend workouts based on fitness tracker data"
Los Angeles: Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence took that can make recommendations for workouts based on data from your fitness trackers. The tool, called FitRec, was trained on a dataset of more than 250,000 workout records for more than 1,000 runners, according to scientists from the University of California San Diego in the US.

4.23.19 Business Standard
"AI tool can recommend workouts based on fitness tracker data"
Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence tool that can make recommendations for workouts based on data from your fitness trackers.The tool, called FitRec, was trained on a dataset of more than 250,000 workout records for more than 1,000 runners, according to scientists from the University of California San Diego in the US.

4.23.19 Lab Manager
"Deep Learning Tool Creates Better Personalized Workout Recommendations"
Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego have developed FitRec, a recommendation tool powered by deep learning that is able to better estimate runners? heart rates during a workout and predict and recommend routes. The team from the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering will present their work at the WWW 19 conference May 13 to 17 in San Francisco. Researchers trained FitRec on a dataset of more than 250,000 workout records for more than 1,000 runners.

4.22.19 Science Daily
"A deep learning tool for personalized workout recommendations from fitness tracking data"
Computer scientists at the University of California San Diego have developed FitRec, a recommendation tool powered by deep learning, that is able to better estimate runners' heart rates during a workout and predict and recommend routes. The team will present their work at the WWW 19 conference May 13 to 17 in San Francisco.

4.8.19 Wired
"THE PLAN TO SAVE THE RHINO WITH A CERVIX-NAVIGATING ROBOT"
Because of habitat loss and poaching, the northern white rhino is nearing obliteration, extinct in the wild with just two females--who aren't even reproductively viable--left in captivity. But now the San Diego Zoo has partnered with roboticists at UC San Diego to pursue a new solution: a snakelike robot to navigate that chaotic cervix and deposit an embryo in the uterus. If it works, it could mean the salvation of the northern white rhino.

3.31.19 San Diego Business Journal
"Screen-Printed Sensors Can Pinpoint Fentanyl"
U.S. Defense Department funds helped a research team at UC San Diego develop an inexpensive way to test for fentanyl, the headline-grabbing opioid that can be 50 times stronger than morphine -- or even stronger. According to the university, the screen-printed sensors offer a way for first responders to detect the drug that is faster, cheaper and more convenient compared with more conventional methods. Even a postal carrier could use it in the field, according to the university.

3.28.19 Xconomy
"Biolinq Adds $4.75M to Advance Glucose Monitoring Biosensor Patch"
Biosensor startup Biolinq said Thursday it has raised $4.75 million from new investors following the results of a clinical study of its experimental biomarker monitoring device. Founders Jared Tagney and Joshua Windmiller, who met while in grad school at UC San Diego, started the company in 2012 as Electrozyme. The company began focusing on the technology it is currently developing in 2015, Tagney said. It's seeking to commercialize a nickel-sized patch that's designed to gauge blood-glucose level and take other measurements when the device is applied to the skin.

3.22.19 Blocks & Files
"UC San Diego: Optane is great but...different"
Researchers at UC San Diego put the Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory Module through its paces and found that application performance varies widely. But the overall picture is that of a boost in performance from using Optane DIMMs. The same is true for the byte-addressable memory mapped mode, where performance for RocksDB increases 3.5 times, while Redis 3.2 gains just 20 per cent. Understanding the root causes of these differences is likely to be fertile ground for developers and researchers, the UC San Diego team notes.

3.20.19 HPC Wire
"What's New in HPC Research: TensorFlow, Buddy Compression, Intel Optane & More"
TensorFlow - an emerging open-source framework that supports using distributed applications on heterogeneous hardware - is gaining popularity for ML applications. In this paper - written by a team from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, South Park Commons, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory - the authors discuss the viability of TensorFlow for running HPC workloads on supercomputers. They design four traditional benchmark HPC applications and demonstrate that TensorFlow can take full advantage of high-performance networks and accelerators.

3.20.19 Science Node
"The robots that dementia caregivers want"
Building robots that can help people with dementia has been a longtime goal for roboticists. Yet until now, no one has sought to survey informal caregivers, such as family members, about what characteristics and roles these robots should have. A team of scientists at the University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) attempted to address this by spending six months co-designing robots with family members, social workers, and other caregivers.

3.19.19 Forbes
"Game-Changing Memory And Solid State Storage Technologies Integral To Intel's Long-Term Vision"
Intel is often identified solely by its various processor lines, but it most certainly is not a one-trick pony. Intel has made a concerted effort recently to spread the word regarding its 5G aspirations, but networking (both wired and wireless), I/O, FPGAs, core logic, power management, memory and storage technologies are all major, long-term focuses for the company as well -- essentially anything that hangs-off of a CPU or complements it in some way is fair game. Today, an editorial written by Rob Crooke, SVP and General Manager of the Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) Solutions Group at Intel

3.19.19 ECN Magazine
"The Robots That Dementia Caregivers Want: Robots for Joy, Robots for Sorrow"
Building robots that can help people with dementia has been a longtime goal for roboticists. Yet until now, no one has sought to survey informal caregivers, such as family members, about what characteristics and roles these robots should have. A team of scientists at the University of California San Diego sought to address this by spending six months co-designing robots with family members, social workers, and other caregivers who care for people with dementia. They are presenting their findings at the Human Robot Interaction conference March 11 to 14 in South Korea.

3.19.19 Medgadget
"Caregivers Want Robots to Take Care of Dementia Sufferers"
People with dementia, as well as those that take care of them, can benefit from a bit of robotic assistance. There are a few robots on the market that are designed to help elderly people around the house, but not too much exists for those suffering from cognitive decline. While there's been development in this field, researchers at the University of California, San Diego wanted to find out what kinds of robots would actually help. The team brought together a group of caregivers that have a good deal of experience with dementia patients.

3.18.19 The Next Platform
"RESEARCHERS SCRUTINIZE OPTANE MEMORY PERFORMANCE"
When Intel starts shipping its "Cascade Lake" Xeons in volume soon, it will mark a turning point in the server space. But not for processors - for memory. The Cascade Lake Xeon SP will be the first chip to support Intel's Optane DC Persistent Memory, a product that will pioneer a new memory tier that occupies the performance and capacity gap between DRAM and SSDs. Like Intel's Optane SSDs, Optane DC Persistent Memory Modules (PMM) are equipped with 3D XPoint, a non-volatile memory technology co-developed by Intel and Micron.

3.18.19 Medical Press
"The robots that dementia caregivers want: robots for joy, robots for sorrow"
Building robots that can help people with dementia has been a longtime goal for roboticists. Yet until now, no one has sought to survey informal caregivers, such as family members, about what characteristics and roles these robots should have. A team of scientists at the University of California San Diego sought to address this by spending six months co-designing robots with family members, social workers, and other caregivers who care for people with dementia. They are presenting their findings at the Human Robot Interaction conference March 11 to 14 in South Korea.

3.18.19 The Science Times
"The robots that dementia caregivers want: robots for joy, robots for sorrow"
Building robots that can help people with dementia has been a longtime goal for roboticists. Yet until now, no one has sought to survey informal caregivers, such as family members, about what characteristics and roles these robots should have. A team of scientists at the University of California San Diego sought to address this by spending six months co-designing robots with family members, social workers, and other caregivers who care for people with dementia. They are presenting their findings at the Human Robot Interaction conference March 11 to 14 in South Korea.

3.15.19 ABC 10 News San Diego
"UC San Diego researchers create new way to field test for Fentanyl"
Researchers at UC San Diego have developed a new way to field test for Fentanyl, a dangerous opioid that is deadly even in trace amounts. Similar to diabetes testing strips that measure glucose levels, the scientists at the Center for Wearable Sensors created a testing strip that can detect Fentanyl. "You simply swipe the surface and collect the sample and analyze it in one or two minutes, on the spot," says Joseph Wang, the Center's Director.

3.14.19 The San Diego Union Tribune
"Huge surge in foreign students helping UC San Diego diversity and pay its bills"
Yuan Gao was quick to say yes when a message arrived from UC San Diego offering him admission to a campus 7,000 miles from his home in southeast China. "It has a supercomputer," said Gao, a freshman who studies data science. "Not many schools have that. It'll help me become what I want to be." Reeling from reduced state funding, UC San Diego decided to heavily recruit international students, primarily because they pay at least twice as much as California residents in tuition and fees. The university says the money helps subsidize the cost of educating Californians,

3.14.19 IEEE Spectrum
"A Peek into the Future of Wearables"
Sitting near me in a Stanford University conference room last month was someone wearing the latest Apple Watch. It seemed like the latest in wearable tech when the Wearable Tech + Digital Health + Neurotech Conference started--not so much a few hours later. That's because the advances in hardware and software discussed by researchers and entrepreneurs on the stage are already, at minimum, laboratory prototypes. An example includes chemical-sensing smart glasses being developed by the team of Joseph Wang, director of the Center for Wearable Sensors at UC San Diego.

3.9.19 The San Diego Union Tribune
"How to better recycle all those batteries? This UCSD professor has some ideas"
In an increasingly high-tech world where smartphones are ubiquitous and the growth in the number of electric vehicles on the road is expected to explode, scientists and engineers are trying to solve a big problem: How to recycle the batteries that make all of those things work. The U.S. Department of Energy recently launched its first lithium-ion recycling hub, called the ReCell Center, and a UC San Diego professor will add his expertise in the campaign to help the United States grow a competitive recycling industry and reduce the country's reliance on foreign sources of battery materials.

3.8.19 Dark Daily
"University of California San Diego Researchers Demonstrates How Easily Medical Laboratory Systems and Devices Can Be Compromised, Putting Patient Live"
Medical laboratory information systems (LIS) and similar devices are vulnerable to hacking, according to physicians and computer scientists from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and the University of California Davis (UCD). They recently completed a study that exposed the vulnerabilities of these systems and revealed how clinical laboratory test results can be manipulated and exploited to put patient lives at risk.

3.7.19 Science News
"Nanosponges sop up toxins and help repair tissues"
To take his fledgling lab to new heights, Liangfang Zhang hatched a plan that he considered brilliant in its simplicity. It involved procedures that many of his peers found a little out there. But if he could make his idea work, it would clear a major hurdle to safely ferry therapies through the body on nanoparticles one-thousandth the width of a human hair.

3.7.19 C&EN
"New method for field detection of fentanyl"
Fentanyl, an extremely potent synthetic opioid, has flooded the illicit drug market in the US. First responders arriving at the scene of an overdose, or law enforcement officers conducting drug searches, need to know what compounds they're dealing with to avoid potentially dangerous exposures. In an effort to provide a cost-effective, field-compatible method to detect fentanyl, UC San Diego researchers have developed an electrochemical sensor that takes as little as one minute to identify the drug.

2.28.19 NBC
"UCSD Students Modernize Tijuana's Emergency Response System"
An app being developed by students could help to save countless lives in Mexico. In Tijuana, 13 ambulances serve a city of almost 1.7 million people. They are run by Cruz Roja, of the Red Cross. The ambulances are dispatched by radios but are not tracked in real time, making effective dispatching a challenge. This can slow down patients' access to emergency care at a time when they need it the most.Students at UC San Diego?s Jacobs School of Engineering are creating a mobile application that will change that.

2.28.19 Design World
"Robotics Summit & Expo keynote lineup"
The Robotics Summit & Expo, produced by The Robot Report, has announced the keynote lineup for the June 5-6 event at Boston's Seaport World Trade Center. The Robotics Summit focuses on the technical issues involved with the design, development, manufacture and delivery of commercial-class robots. Click here to see the Robotics Summit speaker lineup. Registration for the Robotics Summit is also open. Register by March 29 to take advantage of the early bird discount of $495 for full-conference passes. Academic registration is $295 and expo-only passes are just $50.

2.27.19 Nature Methods
"THE AUTHOR FILE: Prashant Mali"
Getting ideas ?has always been an active, ATP-consuming process? for him, says Prashant Mali, a bioengineer at the University of California in San Diego. When a problem intrigues him, an idea takes shape only after he has thought long and hard about it.

2.22.19 The Robot Report
"6 takeaways from the ROS-I Conference"
Open-source software for robots is becoming increasingly widespread in industry as well as academia. For some companies, the Robot Operation System (ROS) is already a competitive and innovative factor. The ROS-Industrial (ROS-I) Conference in Stuttgart, Germany, showed what developers and users are currently doing and why Amazon and Google are now using ROS for their robotics efforts. Interest in ROS has increased significantly in recent years. Developed in 2007, ROS initially became the de facto standard, not only in research, but also for service robot technologies.

2.21.19 National Geographic
"These animals inspire better body armor for humans"
If you've seen best-picture contender Black Panther leading up to this weekend's Academy Awards, you probably marveled (gulp) at the title character's vibranium suit. It's pretty much the coolest armor ever made. Except, perhaps, for some animals who make their own. Shells, exoskeletons, scales--it makes us wonder about these real-life super suits. Just how strong are they?

2.21.19 The Robot Report
"Registration open for Robotics Summit & Expo"
Business-to-business publisher WTWH Media announced that registration is now open for the Robotics Summit & Expo, the international event focused on the design, development, manufacture, and delivery of commercial-class robotics systems. The 2019 Robotics Summit takes place on June 5 and 6 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. It will be co-located with WTWH Media's DeviceTalks Boston event.

2.20.19 San Diego Union-Tribune
"Emergency response modernized in Tijuana with help from UC San Diego undergrads"
In Tijuana, a border city of about 1.8 million in the grips of an unprecedented spike in violence, an average ambulance response time is 24 minutes-- sometimes too late to save a person's life. That's why a group of students at UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering teamed up with Cruz Roja (Red Cross) to create a mobile application to make it easier for emergency medical crews to provide lifesaving help.

2.19.19 Electronics Weekly
"Adding alkali metal to perovskite solar cells changes the solar game"
Researchers from Georgia Tech, UC San Diego and MIT have discovered that adding alkali metal to perovskite solar cells could enable energy devices to last longer and maintain better performance. Recently, there has been a push to try different perovskite recipes that will yield better efficiencies. This includes adding cesium and rubidium cations. But it was not previously known why this worked. The researchers used high-intensity X-ray mapping to get a better glimpse of perovskites at the nanoscale and see how each individual element plays a role in improving the performance of the device.

2.18.19 Laser Focus World
"Alkali metals improve efficiency of perovskite solar cells"
Perovskite-based solar cells are simple and cheap to produce, offer flexibility that could unlock a wide new range of installation methods and places, and in recent years have reached energy efficiencies approaching those of traditional silicon-based cells. But figuring out how to produce perovskite-based solar cells that last longer than a couple of months has been a challenge. Now researchers have reported new findings about that could lead the way to better perovskite devices. The researchers described in detail how adding alkali metal to traditional perovskites improves performance.

2.17.19 SingularityHub
"Sensors and Machine Learning Are Giving Robots a Sixth Sense"
According to some scientists, humans really do have a sixth sense. There's nothing supernatural about it: the sense of proprioception tells you about the relative positions of your limbs and the rest of your body. Close your eyes, block out all sound, and you can still use this internal "map" of your external body to locate your muscles and body parts - you have an innate sense of the distances between them, and the perception of how they're moving, above and beyond your sense of touch. This sense is invaluable for allowing us to coordinate our movements.

2.16.19 hackster.io
"Researchers Develop a Soft Robotic Finger with Self-Perception"
Soft robotics is a rapidly growing field that has a huge amount of potential in applications where traditional rigid robots would be unsafe or unwieldy. But, building a soft robot comes with a number of unique challenges, particularly when it comes to actuation and position sensing. Fortunately, a newly-developed soft robotic finger with its own sense of self-perception may dramatically improve the situation.

2.15.19 The Scientist
"Tiny, Motorized Pill Delivers Vaccine to Mouse Intestine"
A new type of vaccine vehicle--this one literally has a teeny tiny motor--can drive itself to the mucosal linings of mouse intestines, potentially allowing for broader protection against infection. Nanoengineers Liangfang Zhang and Joseph Wang at the University of California San Diego teamed up to design an ingestible device that can navigate the digestive system of rodents, stick itself to the mucosal lining of the gut, and deliver its payload. Aside from obviating the need for shots, the team says, the motorized vaccine may have another crucial benefit: its ability to build mucosal immunity.

2.15.19 IEEE Spectrum
"Video Friday: Final Goodbye to Opportunity Rover, and More"
I have no idea what to even say about the Opportunity rover. I'm not sure that the amazing people at JPL do, either. But they're trying, and this video is a sort of media reel put together by JPL with a mission overview at the beginning followed by some interviews and it's very much worth watching. I remember being in high school and following along with the landing, and especially vivid is when the signal goes all wonky because the rover is bouncing around on the surface in its airbag cocoon. Re-watching that here gives me all the feels all over again.

2.13.19 India Times Lifestyle
"'Robot Revolution': 11 Things Robots And AI Have Achieved So Far"
While the jury's out on whether robots are a threat to our jobs and this field remains controversial, one thing's certain: whether you like it or not, robots and AI are only becoming smarter and more efficient with each passing day. It's a rosy picture at the moment (or is it?). Our expectations are slowly taking flight: robots are serving us food, offering companionship and emotional support, helping us look for life on other planets, the list goes on. But an AI that can truly match our intellectual and emotional capabilities is yet to see light of day.

2.12.19 Science & Innovation
"What the new artificial intelligence initiative does?and doesn't?mean"
On February 11, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order to launch the American Artificial Intelligence Initiative, which will focus federal resources on the development of AI. The executive order outlines five key areas of focus: research and development, availability of data and resources, ethical standards and governance, education, and international collaboration that also protects American interests. "No advance has captured our imagination more than artificial intelligence," Michael Kratsios, deputy U.S. chief technology officer, wrote

2.12.19 Fast Company
"7 problems with Trump?s "American AI" Initiative"
On Monday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on the "American AI Initiative," a set of sweeping guidelines aimed to increase the United States's global competitiveness in the cutting-edge technology. The policy has five key elements, which are detailed on the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy's website, including investment in R&D, providing more resources (though not money) to experts, introducing ethical standards for development and use, prioritizing training for people who could lose their jobs due to automation, and working with other countries

2.11.19 San Diego Union-Tribune
"UCSD students will try to launch rocket 6 miles into atmosphere"
A team of UC San Diego engineering students has built a liquid-fueled rocket that it will attempt to launch roughly six miles into the atmosphere during a collegiate competition in the Mojave Desert. The 21-foot tall Vulcan II rocket is scheduled to lift off from a site near Edwards Air Force Base on March 2 as part of a contest sponsored by Friends of Amateur Rocketry and the Mars Society.

2.11.19 Wired
"AUTOCOMPLETE PRESENTS THE BEST VERSION OF YOU"
Many variants on the predictive text meme--which works for both Android and iOS--can be found on social media. Not interested in predicting your 2019? Try writing your villain origin story by following your phone's suggestions after typing "Foolish heroes! My true plan is ?" Test the strength of your personal brand with "You should follow me on Twitter because ?" Or launch your political career with "I am running for president with my running mate, @[3rd Twitter Suggestion], because we ?"

2.8.19 PV Magazine
"Understanding why cesium and rubidium salt improve the yield of perovskite solar cells"
Researchers at the University of California San Diego explain how adding small amounts of cesium or rubidium salt to perovskite-based solar cells can increase performance by around 2%. According to their paper published in Science, the addition of alkali metal to lead-halide perovskites was a well-known process to increase performance, but no explanation of why this was possible was available. The discovery could rapidly advance work to identify the perfect mix of compounds and elements in a perovskite layer for use in solar cells.

2.7.19 NPR
"Avoiding The Ouch: Scientists Are Working On Ways To Swap The Needle For A Pill"
Many vaccines and some medicines, such as insulin, have to be delivered by injection. That's a pain, both for patients and for health care providers. But two groups of researchers are trying to put some of these medications in pill form to avoid the needle. One team of scientists, from the University of California San Diego, developed an ingestible microrocket, about the size of a grain of sand, that is designed to zip past the stomach and into the small intestine, where it releases its payload -- a vaccine protein.

2.6.19 KPBS
"Test Your Assumptions With UC San Diego Citizen Science Online Tool"
A tool out of UC San Diego is empowering regular citizens to design experiments to test hypotheses and recruit participants, becoming scientists themselves. The tool is called Galileo and encourages participants to test their intuitions by asking questions like, can a vegan diet improve energy levels? Or does drinking coffee every day reduce the quality of sleep? The lead developer is a computer science PhD student.

2.4.19 The New Yorker
"A Grand Plan To Clean The Great Pacific Garbage Patch"
In May, 2017, a twenty-two-year-old Dutch entrepreneur named Boyan Slat unveiled a contraption that he believed would rid the oceans of plastic. In a former factory in Utrecht, a crowd of twelve hundred people stood before a raised stage. The setting was futuristic and hip. A round screen set in the stage floor displayed 3-D images of Earth; behind Slat, another screen charted the rapid accumulation of plastic in the Pacific Ocean since the nineteen-fifties. Slat is pale and slight, and has long brown hair that resembles Patti Smith?s in the "Horses" era.

1.30.19 IEEE Spectrum
"Neural Electrodes Snake Around Blood Vessels, Up Nerves"
Getting neurons to communicate with electronics has always been hard -- hard on the neurons, that is. Arrays of rigid metal electrodes implanted in the brain pierce blood vessels and dislodge support cells, causing the body to cover up the array with an insulating scar, which prevents many incoming signals from getting through. Engineers now think shape-memory materials could do the job much better, because they can be programmed to snake around blood vessels and climb nerves like a vine.

1.18.19 IEEE Spectrum
"A 3D Bioprinter Makes a Spinal Cord Implant in 1.6 Seconds"
3D bioprinting -- building tissues by putting down layers of cells and other materials -- has led to the manufacturing of human tissues including corneas, skin, and blood vessels. Now, a team at the University of California San Diego, is raising the bar. In a paper published this week in the journal Nature Medicine, they describe a 3D-printed spinal cord implant that restored function in the hind limbs of rats with spinal cord injuries. It is the first 3D printing of a complex central nervous system structure, according to the authors.

1.18.19 Fresh Brewed Tech
"TritonTech: Nanome"
Meet Steven McCloskey, a University of California San Diego alumni from the world's first Department of Nanoengineering's inaugural class, who, along with his team, is building a virtual world where users can experiment, design, collaborate, and learn at the nanoscale.

1.18.19 EE Times
"Who's Who in AI Today"
Todd Hylton from the University of California, San Diego, proposed the concept of thermodynamic computing as a potential future direction for computing research. Its evolution can be biased through programming, training and rewarding.

1.16.19 ABC 10News - San Diego
"UC San Diego researchers use stem cells, 3D-printing to treat spinal cord injuries"
Researchers at UC San Diego published a study this week, showing that a mix of 3D printing and stem cell therapy can be used to treat severe spinal cord injuries. Scientists from the schools of engineering, biomedicine and neuroscience collaborated on the project, which they say is a huge breakthrough for people with paralysis. In tests on rodents, the 3D spinal cord and stem cells spurred new neuron growth and helped restore function.

1.16.19 New Atlas
"Feather-inspired tech may give Velcro a run for its money"
Tarah Sullivan, a researcher at the University of California San Diego, studied bird feathers to better understand their properties, and may have found feather-inspired competition for Velcro.

1.15.19 The San Diego Union Tribune
"Stem cell-filled implant restores some spinal cord function in UC San Diego animal study"
Stem cell-filled implants helped repair spinal cord damage in animals, according to a study led by UC San Diego scientists. If all goes well, the implants with neural stem cells could be ready for testing in human patients in a few years. Rats with completely severed spinal cords regained some voluntary motion after getting the implants, said the study, published Monday in the journal Nature Medicine.

1.14.19 WIRED
"Bio-Printers Are Churning out Living Fixes to Broken Spines"
For doctors and medical researchers repairing the human body, a 3D printer has become almost as valuable as an x-ray machine, microscope, or a sharp scalpel. Researchers say that bio-printed tissue can be used to test the effects of drug treatments, for example, with an eventual goal of printing entire organs that can be grown and then transplanted into a patient. The latest step towards 3D-printed replacements of failed human parts comes from a team at the University of California San Diego. It has bio-printed a section of spinal cord that can be custom-fit into a patient's injury.

1.14.19 Times of San Diego
"UCSD Scientists Demonstrate Use of 3D Printing with Stem Cells for Spinal Repair"
UC San Diego researchers have for the first time used 3D printing technology to create a spinal cord and implant it with neural stem cells into rats with spinal cord injuries, the university announced Monday. The implant is designed to promote nerve growth and regrowth for victims of severe spinal cord injuries, according to the researchers. For the rats in the study, the 3D printed spinal cords spurred tissue growth, the regeneration of nerve cell extensions called axons and expansion of the implanted neural stem cells into the rat's natural spinal cord.

1.14.19 National Geographic
"12 innovations that will revolutionize the future of medicine"
We've seen an explosion of tech-driven gains and innovations that have the potential to reshape many aspects of health and medicine. All around us, technologies from artificial intelligence (AI) to personal genomics and robotics are advancing exponentially, giving form to the future of medicine. These include a wearable patch, smaller than a postage stamp, that keeps the beat -- heartbeat, that is. It measures blood pressure deep within the body by emitting ultrasonic waves that pierce the skin and bounce off tissues and blood, feeding data back to a laptop.

1.14.19 C&EN
"Custom 3-D printed implants heal spinal cord injuries in rats"
With the help of a 3-D printed hydrogel implant, researchers have demonstrated that they can restore leg movement in rats with severe spinal cord injuries. Using a fast, light-based printing technique, the team tailored the implants to precisely fit a cut or tear in a spinal cord, guiding nerve cells to grow across the injury site and reestablish neural connection.

1.10.19 NBC
"Human Bacteria Research at UCSD Lends Insight Into Mental Health, Nutrition, Cancer"
Scientists at the University of California, San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation say the human microbiome--the billions of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms in your body--is a new frontier in understanding human health.

1.4.19 Design News
"Bioprinting Technique Makes It Easier to Study Human Tissues and Organs"
Researchers have developed an easy-to-use bioprinting technique for creating human tissues and organ models that they hope will be used by scientists to improve healthcare and pharmaceutical solutions for disease and other medical conditions. Bioengineers at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) developed the method, which works with natural materials and produces artificial but lifelike organ tissue models.

1.1.19 The Scientist
"Competition and Cooperation of Cheese Rind Microbes Exposed"
Bits of Brie are scattered about on petri dishes in Rachel Dutton?s microbiology lab at the University of California, San Diego. The distinctive smells they give off come from the cheeses? rinds?specifically, the multitude of microbes blooming on the crumbly or waxy surface of the creamy curd.

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