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2.5.16 IEEE Spectrum
Roll to Roll Electronics Manufacturing Rolls On
Imagine a future where everything--your bed, your wallpaper, the box your cereal comes in--is capable of connecting to the Internet and the windows and walls of skyscrapers harvest energy from the sun. It's a scenario many technologists talk about, but it would certainly strain today's infrastructure for building silicon-based electronics. The future many depend on a more old-fashioned production process--roll-to-roll printing.
2.5.16 IEEE Spectrum
Is Keck's Law Coming to an End?
Since 1980, the number of bits per second that can be sent down an optical fiber has increased some 10 millionfold. That's remarkable even by the standards of late-20th-century electronics. It's more than the jump in the number of transistors on chips during that same period, as described by Moore's Law. There ought to be a law here, too. Call it Keck's Law, in honor of Donald Keck. He's the coinventor of low-loss optical fiber and has tracked the impressive growth in its capacity.
2.5.16 Pharma Technology Focus
Tackling Big Pharma's Inconvenient Truth
Some 100,000 people in the US die from prescription drug side effects every year and 7% of all hospital admissions in the country are due to adverse drug reactions, costing the healthcare system nearly $150 billion. This statistic has inspired a group of scientists at the University of California, San Diego to develop a model that could be used to predict a drug's side effects on different patients.
2.1.16 PC Magazine
Could an Open-Source Approach Make Cars Hacker-Proof?
Car hacking made headlines last summer after a series of breaches carried out by researchers. While the resulting media firestorm has somewhat subsided, the threat of car hacking will only increase as autonomous technology gains momentum and automotive software becomes more pervasive and complex. That's the view of Stefan Savage, a computer science professor at the University of California, San Diego and a car-hacking researcher, whose work predates--and has been less high-profile than
2.1.16 MIT Technology Review
Your Future Self-Driving Car Will Be Way More Hackable
In recent years researchers have demonstrated hair-raising hacks that make it possible to take over the brakes, engine, or other components of a person's car remotely--forcing the auto industry to take security more seriously. But one researcher who has pioneered the effort to prod car companies into addressing their security flaws says that the industry's rush to develop driverless car technology will open up new security problems.
Security Experts Say That Hacking Cars Is Easy
Automobiles may be getting more advanced, but that doesn't mean they are immune to hacks. The latest cars, stuffed with technology that collects driving data and makes keys obsolete, are far "smarter" than older vehicles. However, all those features come at a cost when it comes to how easily hackers can infiltrate car computer systems. Security researchers from the University of Washington and the University of California, San Diego took to the stage at a conference on Tuesday
1.26.16 UCSD Guardian
Scientists Aim to Harness Nuclear Energy
An international team of scientists and engineers led by UCSD and General Atomics developed a technique to observe the flow of energy during the first phase of nuclear fusion reactions. The team, whose findings were published in Nature Physics on Jan. 11, approached thermonuclear ignition through a process called fast ignition. Unlike traditional thermonuclear techniques that simultaneously use compression and ignition phases of fuel capsules, fast ignition separates the two different phases
1.26.16 chemistry world
Microscopic cannon battery to blast disease
'One of the most powerful propulsion methods in the macro world are cannons,' says Joseph Wang, who led the research together with Sadik Esener at the University of California San Diego in the US. 'So why not ultrasound-activated microcannons?' The cannons are essentially tiny cone-shaped hollow tubes, synthesised by depositing a layer of graphene oxide and gold onto a polymer template. Before the surrounding polymer is removed, the cannons are loaded with silica bullets embedded in a gel ma
Singlera Genomics, Yale Partner on NIPT Clinical Trial
Singlera Genomics, Yale Partner on NIPT Clinical Trial
1.26.16 SYS.com Media
Singlera Genomics Joins Forces with Yale Researcher for
Singlera Genomics Inc., a startup company focusing on non-invasive genetic testing, today announced the signing of a Clinical Trial Agreement with a research team led by Professor Michael J. Paidas, MD of Yale School of Medicine. Paidas will partner with Singlera on evaluating a Singlera's proprietary technology for non-invasive prenatal testing of chromosomal aneuploidy and simultaneous measurement of fetal DNA fraction in a single test.
1.22.16 Daily Mail UK
Type with your BRAIN: High-quality portable mind monitor could lead to breakthrough in human-machine interaction
Forget using a keyboard and mouse. In the future, we could be communicating with our computers using nothing but our thoughts. It may sound far fetched, but scientists have already developed technologies that analyse brain waves and translate them into information for computers. The problem is the best-performing products are bulky, and often come with an array of wires. Now researchers claim they have developed the world's first portable brain monitoring system that works as well as...
1.22.16 Robotics TIPs
Leading through collaboration
UCSD Robotics guru Thomas Bewley talks about how technology will evolve in the coming years-and how engineers can better lead the way.If you spot Bewley at a trade show, chances are there will be a crowd around him. In addition to being a gregarious, approachable person, Bewley is eager to talk about the multitude of little robotic friends you'll likely see scurrying around his feet. And people want to see them, pick them up and play with them. One of those robots is quite recognizable-MiP
1.20.16 IFL Science!
"Fast Ignition" Breakthrough Opens Door To Nuclear Fusion
Scientists say they have taken a step towards making the dream goal of nuclear fusion more achievable, by identifying the location of energy in a process known as fast ignition. In fast ignition, a spherical fuel cell is hit with hundreds of lasers, compressing the fuel, which is normally a mix of deuterium and tritium. Next, a high-intensity laser rapidly heats the now compressed fuel. This "spark" can provide an ignition that allows the process of nuclear fusion to begin
Researchers can now image the flow of energy in nuclear fusion ignition attempts
It's fair to say that nuclear fusion is the holy grail of clean energy production, with the potential to provide limitless clean energy, but right now there are a fair few barriers to making it a reality. An international team of researchers has inched the dream one step closer to reality, creating a method by which energy dispersal can be observed during ignition attempts, paving the way for improved energy delivery during the process.
1.20.16 Crazy Engineers
Nuclear Fusion Might Be Controlled - 60 Year Clean Energy Research Pays Off
Nuclear Fusion is the mechanism by which perpetual and clean energy sources like the Sun and other stars are powered. Scientists around the world have been researching for more than 60 years in pursuit of a way to control the fusion of radioactive materials, and have finally gotten a step closer to it. The team of scientists at University of California, San Diego have sorted out a way to map energy transfer using X-rays during "Fast Ignition" experiments.
1.20.16 Tech Times
Visualizing Flow Of Energy May Make Nuclear Fusion Possible
Some scientists believe that controlled nuclear fusion is the "holy grail" of clean energy production, because of the potential to create a limitless source of clean energy from it. However, while the process of nuclear fusion fuels the Sun and other stars, the concept is still only a dream for people on Earth. There are still several barriers that hinder experts from making it possible. But not for long, scientists say.
1.20.16 Science Alert
Physicists achieve record-high efficiency in key nuclear fusion process
For the first time, an international team of scientists has figured out how to visualise energy dispersal in a process known as fast ignition - one of the most promising approaches we have to achieving controlled nuclear fusion. If we can one day harness the power of nuclear fusion - the process of unleashing vast amounts of energy via high-speed atomic nuclei collisions that fuels our Sun and other stars - we would have access to a safe, clean, and virtually inexhaustible energy source.
1.20.16 the Engineer UK
Technique could be used to optimise laser-driving fusion
A new method for optimising the initiation of nuclear fusion reactions could mark a major step forward in the development of commercial fusion power, an international research group has claimed. The team, led by scientists and engineers at UC San Diego and General Atomics, developed a new technique to visualise where energy is delivered during a process called fast ignition, which is used to initiate laser-driven nuclear fusion. Fast ignition involves two stages to start nuclear fusion.
1.20.16 Daily Mail UK
Are we a step closer to nuclear fusion? Scientists discover a way to see where energy flows inside a reactor
We may be a step closer to realising the dream of using nuclear fusion to create limitless supplies of energy. An international team claims to have created a technique where they can 'see' where energy is delivered during fusion. Seeing the energy could allow scientists to test different ways to improve a reactor's design
N-fusion now a possibility based on observation of energy flow
A new technology that "sees" where energy goes may bring scientists closer to realising nuclear fusion - a process that powers the Sun and other stars and has the potential to supply the world with limitless, clean energy. Scientists and engineers from UC San Diego and defence consulting firm General Atomics have developed a novel technique to "see" where energy is delivered during a process called fast ignition