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RF MEMS Open New Doors for Smartphones

A technology commonly used in satellite and defense applications-RF MEMS or Radio Frequency Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems-is now poised to improve smartphone performance in the near future by way of higher antenna efficiency.

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Better Single-Cell Genome Sequencing

Bioengineers at the Jacobs School have created a better way to sequence genomes for individual cells. The breakthrough, which relies on microwells just 12 nanoliters in volume, is one of the many recent "omics" innovations from across the Jacobs School and UC San Diego.

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High-school Bioengineers

Bioengineer Adam Engler has recently added a group of high school students at High Tech High in San Diego to his research team. They are trying to find out if genetic changes occurring in the heart are not only correlated with poor heart function but also with a shortened lifespan.

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Kids Can Code Too

Two computer science Ph.D. students developed CodeSpells, a first-person player video game that teaches children how to program in Java. The pair, along with biochemistry Ph.D. student Lindsey Handley also launched ThoughtSTEM, a startup that provides computer science workshops, afterschool programs and camps for children ages 8 to 18.

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Probing Bitcoin

A team of computer scientists embarked on a one-year expedition through the Bitcoin network and found that Bitcoin transactions may be anonymous, but they're also completely transparent. This makes stealing easier, but cashing in on the theft without getting caught a lot more difficult.

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