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Switching to a Home Battery Won't Help Save the World from Climate Change 12/11/18
Switching to a Home Battery Won't Help Save the World from Climate Change
Home energy storage systems might save you money, but under current policies, they would also often increase carbon emissions. That is the conclusion reached by a team of researchers at the University of California San Diego in a study published recently in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.
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Graduate student's steerable brain catheter wins big at inventors competition 12/10/18
Graduate student's steerable brain catheter wins big at inventors competition
Gopesh Tilvawala, a graduate student in the UC San Diego Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, won the People's Choice Award and second place overall at the 2018 Collegiate Inventors Competition for his work to develop a first-of-its-kind catheter that can be remotely controlled to navigate the tiny arteries in the brain.
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Undergraduate team wins 2nd place at global synthetic biology competition 12/10/18
Undergraduate team wins 2nd place at global synthetic biology competition
A team of 11 undergraduate students from UC San Diego earned second place out of 250 teams from around the world at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGem) competition for their approach to creating an accurate liquid biopsy test for cancer.
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Engineers develop 3D-printed metamaterials that change mechanical properties under magnetic fields 12/8/18
Engineers develop 3D-printed metamaterials that change mechanical properties under magnetic fields
A team of researchers have developed an entirely new class of metamaterials that can nearly instantly respond and stiffen 3D printed structures when exposed to a magnetic field, a development that could be applied to next-generation helmets, wearable armor and a host of other innovations.
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Scientists cut main heart disease risk locus out of DNA by genome editing 12/6/18
Scientists cut main heart disease risk locus out of DNA by genome editing
Over the past decade we’ve learned that billions of people carry a mysterious specter in their DNA that strongly increases their risk for life threatening cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks, aneurysms or strokes, no matter what diet, exercise or medical regimen they follow. Now, a team led by Scripps Research scientists and involving UC San Diego bioengineers have made a major breakthrough in unveiling this medical mystery by precisely cutting the DNA culprit from the genome, which prevents blood vessel cell abnormalities related to these devastating diseases.
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Combined economic and technological evaluation of battery energy storage for grid applications 12/3/18
Combined economic and technological evaluation of battery energy storage for grid applications
A new study offers a combined chemistry-and-economics approach that should make it easier to identify which kinds of batteries are best suited for integrating into the energy grid and making it financially viable. The approach combines analyses on multiple variables including battery chemistry, the tasks the batteries will be performing most often, energy pricing and market rules.
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To detect new odors, fruit fly brains improve on a well-known computer algorithm 12/3/18
To detect new odors, fruit fly brains improve on a well-known computer algorithm
It might seem like fruit flies would have nothing in common with computers, but new research from the Salk Institute and UC San Diego reveals that the two identify novel information in similar ways. The work, which appeared in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Dec. 3, 2018, not only sheds light on an important neurobiological problem--how organisms detect new odors--but could also improve algorithms for novelty detection in computer science. 
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Multifunctional Non-Equiatomic High Entropy Alloys 12/3/18
Multifunctional Non-Equiatomic High Entropy Alloys
In a synergistic effort to combine high entropy alloy design with martensite design, Professor Kenneth Vecchio and his research group from the NanoEngineering Department at the University of California-San Diego successfully fabricated multifunctional non-equiatomic high entropy alloys with superelastic, high damping, and excellent cryogenic properties, within a single composition.
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