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Watching atoms move in hybrid perovskite crystals reveals clues to improving solar cells 11/21/17
Watching atoms move in hybrid perovskite crystals reveals clues to improving solar cells
The discovery of nanoscale changes deep inside hybrid perovskites could shed light on developing low-cost, high-efficiency solar cells. Using X-ray beams and lasers, a team of researchers led by the University of California San Diego discovered how the movement of ions in hybrid perovskites causes certain regions within the material to become better solar cells than other parts.
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Researchers discover specific tumor environment that triggers cells to metastasize 11/21/17
Researchers discover specific tumor environment that triggers cells to metastasize
A team of bioengineers and bioinformaticians at the University of California San Diego have discovered how the environment surrounding a tumor can trigger metastatic behavior in cancer cells. Specifically, when tumor cells are confined in a dense environment, the researchers found that they turn on a specific set of genes and begin to form structures that resemble blood vessels. 
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Scripps Scientists Use Photomosaic Technology to Find Order in the Chaos of Coral Reefs 11/20/17
Scripps Scientists Use Photomosaic Technology to Find Order in the Chaos of Coral Reefs
In a study published recently in Coral Reefs, scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego created and analyzed detailed photomosaics of the coral reef at Palmyra Atoll, and made surprising discoveries around coral spatial ecology. The scientists, led by graduate student Clinton Edwards, canvassed more than 17,000 square feet of reef, and 44,008 coral colonies, taking more than 39,000 images that were then stitched together to create 3D photomosaics that encompassed the reef.  
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Controls expert Miroslav Krstic holds record seven fellowships in technical and scientific societies 11/20/17
Controls expert Miroslav Krstic holds record seven fellowships in technical and scientific societies
2017 is turning out to be a banner year for Miroslav Krstic, a controls expert at the University of California San Diego who also serves as the senior associate vice chancellor for research here on campus. 
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Franklin Antonio, UC San Diego alumnus and Qualcomm co-founder, gives $30M toward new campus engineering building 11/17/17
Franklin Antonio, UC San Diego alumnus and Qualcomm co-founder, gives $30M toward new campus engineering building
University of California San Diego alumnus and Qualcomm co-founder Franklin Antonio is donating $30 million to the university in support of a new building for engineering research and education.
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Let It Snow Crystalline Dendrites 11/16/17
Let It Snow Crystalline Dendrites
This image of a crystalline dendrite, captured by nanoengineering Ph.D. student Kevin Kaufmann, wins the first annual Jacobs School of Engineering Art Contest. The contest provided engineers at UC San Diego an opportunity to share their research through original artwork.
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Speedy collision detector could make robots better human assistants 11/13/17
Speedy collision detector could make robots better human assistants
A faster collision detection algorithm could enable robots to work more fluidly in the operating room or at home for assisted living. The algorithm, dubbed “Fastron,” runs up to 8 times faster than existing collision detection algorithms. It uses machine learning to help robots avoid moving objects and weave through complex, rapidly changing environments in real time.
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UC San Diego Honored for Cross-Border Commitment 11/9/17
UC San Diego Honored for Cross-Border Commitment
For leadership that fosters opportunity and cross-cultural collaboration, the University of California San Diego has received the Cross-Border Collaboration Award from the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. The chamber honored the university at a tribute dinner Oct. 25. in part for its open dialogue, multiple exchange programs and development of resources that help increase student access and success. Research initiatives led by the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies and Jacobs School of Engineering were highlighted. 
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