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Origami lens slims high resolution cameras

Origami lens slims high resolution cameras

Engineers at the Jacobs School have folded up a telephoto lens in order to build a powerful yet ultrathin digital camera that may find its way into cell phones, unmanned surveillance aircraft or infrared night vision applications. more »

Bone joint: use it or lube it

Bone joint: use it or lube it

Taking a cue from machines that gently flex patients' knees to help them recover faster from joint surgery, UCSD researchers have shown that sliding forces applied to cartilage surfaces prompt cells in that tissue to produce molecules that lubricate and protect joints. more »

Nanoparticles toxic to neuronal cells

Nanoparticles toxic to neuronal cells

Researchers at the Jacobs School have discovered that iron-containing nanoparticles being tested for use in several biomedical applications can be toxic to nerve cells and interfere with the formation of their signal-transmitting extensions. more »

Composites engineer finds new application: teeth

Composites engineer finds new application: teeth

Structural engineers at the Jacobs School are applying a type of polyethylene fiber that is used in bullet-proof vests as reinforcement in dental composites. more »

Content-based image search engine

Content-based image search engine

Electrical engineers are developing an image search engine that analyzes the images themselves, rather than metadata. In the near term, the engine could be used to annotate and search commercial and private image collections. more »