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Supercomputers aid discovery of new, inexpensive material to make LEDs with excellent color quality 2/19/18
Supercomputers aid discovery of new, inexpensive material to make LEDs with excellent color quality
Computers have helped researchers develop a new phosphor that can make LEDs cheaper and render colors more accurately. An international team led by engineers at UC San Diego first predicted the new phosphor using supercomputers and data mining algorithms, then developed a simple recipe to make it in the lab. Unlike many phosphors, this one is made of inexpensive, earth-abundant elements and can easily be made using industrial methods. As computers predicted, the new phosphor performed well in tests and in LED prototypes.
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New algorithm can pinpoint mutations favored by natural selection in large sections of the human genome 2/19/18
New algorithm can pinpoint mutations favored by natural selection in large sections of the human genome
A team of scientists has developed an algorithm that can accurately pinpoint, in large regions of the human genome, mutations favored by natural selection. The finding provides deeper insight into how evolution works, and ultimately could lead to better treatments for genetic disorders. For example, adaptation to chronic hypoxia at high altitude can suggest targets for cardiovascular and other ischemic diseases. 
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UC San Diego Bioengineering Student Wins Winston Churchill Scholarship 2/16/18
UC San Diego Bioengineering Student Wins Winston Churchill Scholarship
Aswini Krishnan, a fourth-year bioengineering major at the University of California San Diego, has been awarded a Winston Churchill Scholarship, one of the most prestigious and competitive awards available to American students pursuing science, mathematics and engineering fields. The award provides one year of funding to pursue a master’s degree at Winston Churchill College at the University of Cambridge. Krishnan is the fourth UC San Diego student to receive the award since the program’s inception in 1963. 
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Using Computer Science and the Humanities to Step Back in Time 2/15/18
Using Computer Science and the Humanities to Step Back in Time
A collaborative group of researchers from the University of California San Diego traveled to Turin, Italy recently to digitally map an entire portion of the city—complete with historic architecture, expansive murals and stunning works of art. 
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Electrical engineer supports student access and faculty excellence 2/15/18
Electrical engineer supports student access and faculty excellence
 UC San Diego has amassed many accolades in recognition of its status as a world-class research university. Yet, there’s one that Charles Tu, distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering, is most proud of: being named one of the nation’s best public universities for its dedication to upward social mobility, research and public service by both Washington Monthly magazine and the New York Times. 
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EnVision Arts and Engineering Maker Studio doubles in size 2/12/18
EnVision Arts and Engineering Maker Studio doubles in size
The EnVision Arts and Engineering Maker Studio, which provides undergraduate engineering and visual art students with a space where theoretical coursework and hands-on experience intersect, quickly filled to capacity after it opened in 2015. The studio recently doubled in size, and students are taking full advantage of the space.
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New '4-D goggles' allow wearers to be 'touched' by approaching objects 2/9/18
New '4-D goggles' allow wearers to be 'touched' by approaching objects
A team of researchers at UC San Diego and San Diego State University has developed a pair of "4-D goggles" that allows wearers to be physically "touched" by a movie when they see a looming object on the screen, such as an approaching spacecraft. The device was developed based on a study conducted by the neuroscientists to map brain areas that integrate the sight and touch of a looming object and aid in their understanding of the perceptual and neural mechanisms of multisensory integration. 
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UC San Diego innovator in data storage technologies elected to National Academy of Engineering 2/9/18
UC San Diego innovator in data storage technologies elected to National Academy of Engineering
Eric Fullerton, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and nanoengineering at the Jacobs School and Director of the School's Center for Memory and Recording Research, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering “for invention and development of multilayer, high-density magnetic recording media.” His innovations made it possible for hard disk drives and non-volatile memories to store data at unprecedented levels.
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