Researchers Create A Wearable Microgrid That Is Powered By Your Sweat

Forbes | April 12, 2021

Funded by UC San Diego Center for Wearable Sensors and the National Research Foundation of Korea, nano engineers at the University of California San Diego, have created a wearable microgrid screen printed onto clothing. It would potentially allow the human body to power small gadgets. Full Story


Electronics-Free Soft Robot Has Potential for MRI, Mineshafts

Emerging Tech | April 8, 2021

Soft robots aren't new -- more flexible than the word "robot" typically conjures, they can squeeze into tighter spaces than their traditional counterparts. But soft robots have always needed some kind of heavy electronics, like circuit boards, to work, which tie them via cables and cords to other machines. But engineers from the UC San Diego have developed a soft robot that doesn't need any electronics at all. Instead it runs on a lightweight pneumatic system that uses pressurized air for movement and power, giving it potential for spots where traditional robots don't work, Full Story


There's One Truly Alarming Reason to Worry About the Latest COVID Surge-Even With Vaccines

Daily Beast | April 8, 2021

The ongoing spring surge in COVID-19 infections isn't quite as bad as it looks. Yes, cases are spiking in big eastern states including Florida, New Jersey, New York, and especially Michigan. But there's a silver lining. Because so many of America's seniors have been vaccinated, more younger workers are getting infected this time around- and those younger people are far less likely to get really sick or die. However, the surge-driven by the spread of dangerous new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and a reckless rush by governors and mayors to end a year of mask mandates and social distancing Full Story


Wearable patch sends simultaneous signals of health

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering | April 6, 2021

NIBIB-funded engineers at UC San Diego have developed a flexible all-in-one epidermal patch that can simultaneously and continuously monitor cardiac output and metabolic levels of glucose, lactate, caffeine, or alcohol. The patch is a major step towards continuous non-invasive health monitoring of chronic conditions as well as early signals of disease development. Full Story


Here's What Happens To The Brain Under Stress - From Childhood To Adulthood

Forbes | April 5, 2021

Feeling stressed at times is of course a normal part of life and not necessarily a bad thing. It can focus how we react to dealing with specific problems or tasks, or can motivate a course of action to completion. But unchecked chronic stress is different. It can result in emotional, psychological, and even physical effects that interfere with life. The connection between exposure to significant amounts of stress early in life with chronic stress later in life is well established. Full Story


Could CRISPR Gene-Editing Technology Be an Answer to Chronic Pain?

NIH Director's Blog | April 1, 2021

Gene editing has shown great promise as a non-heritable way to treat a wide range of conditions, including many genetic diseases and more recently, even COVID-19. But could a version of the CRISPR gene-editing tool also help deliver long-lasting pain relief without the risk of addiction associated with prescription opioid drugs? UC San Diego researchers recently reported a new CRISPR-based strategy that could form the basis for a whole new way to manage chronic pain. Full Story


Cancer May Be Driven by DNA Outside of Chromosomes

The Scientist | April 1, 2021

In the last decade, researchers have come to realize that tumors harbor bits of extrachromosomal DNA that can drive malignancy. Full Story


Cancer May Be Driven by DNA Outside of Chromosomes

The Scientist | April 1, 2021

In the spring of 2012, my colleagues and I began to notice something strange in tumor cells from patients with glioblastoma, a highly aggressive form of brain cancer, who were coming into our clinic at the University of California, Los Angeles. From genomic sequencing of their tumors, we knew they displayed amplification of a specific growth-promoting oncogene. Despite being treated with drugs designed to target this gene, the patients were not getting better, and when we interrogated the genomes of their cancers after the tumors were surgically removed following treatment, Full Story


DIY: Proof That Your Brain Is Slower Than You Think

Forbes | April 1, 2021

The brain takes in and processes information fast. Well, pretty fast. But like everything else in life, 'fast' is relative. By the time you are finished reading this, you will be able to do an easy experiment that will show you how your brain struggles to process information that arrives too fast.The speed with which the brain needs to process incoming sensory information, and make decisions about what to do with that information, has to match the timescales that impact the consequences of those decisions. Full Story


Gene therapy for chronic pain relief

NIH Research Matters | March 30, 2021

Opioids remain the standard of care for many cases of chronic pain. While they are often the best option available, they also have drawbacks that make them less than ideal. These include adverse side effects and a tendency to make people more sensitive to pain over time, leading to a risk of addiction. Researchers have thus been looking for alternatives to relieve chronic pain. A genetic mutation that disables a protein called NaV1.7 renders people unable to feel physical pain. A team at the University of California San Diego developed a promising method for inactivating NaV1.7. Full Story


Covid sparked interest in wearable thermometers, but you may be better off sticking to the basics

The Washington Post | March 30, 2021

Wearable ? also known as continuous ? thermometers have been on the market for several years. But with the continuing threat of the coronavirus and its more contagious new variants, their profile is reaching an all-time high. Quotes bioengineering professor Ben Smarr. Full Story


California Energy Commission Awards Plug Load Grant to the University of California San Diego, Johnson Controls

WFMZ-TV 69 News | March 30, 2021

BERT, the leading supplier of advanced smart plug control solutions for commercial buildings, announced that the California Energy Commission (CEC) awarded a $1,028,000 grant to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) to demonstrate the benefits of integrating Bert's smart plug load controls into existing building energy management systems. UCSD will install and integrate 2,500 Bert® Smart Plugs with Johnson Controls' Metasys® Building Automation System throughout 10 campus buildings. Full Story


High-Tech Face Masks Aim to Step Up the Fight Against Covid-19

The Wall Street Journal | March 27, 2021

The face mask is getting a high-tech upgrade. Models now in testing do more than provide a physical barrier between the wearer and potential viruses. Materials scientists, chemists, biologists and engineers have created working prototypes of masks that include diagnostics, sensors and even the ability to kill viruses. A team led by Jesse Jokerst, an associate professor of nanoengineering at the University of California San Diego, is working on a mask-mounted Covid-19 test, which is contained in a sticker that can be applied to any mask. Full Story


2 Win Abel Prize for Work That Bridged Math and Computer Science

The New York Times | March 22, 2021

Two mathematicians will share this year's Abel Prize - regarded as the field's equivalent of the Nobel - for advances in understanding the foundations of what can and cannot be solved with computers. The work of the winners - László Lovász, 73, of Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, and Avi Wigderson, 64, of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. - involves proving theorems and developing methods in pure mathematics, but the research has found practical use in computer science, particularly in cryptography. Full Story


First Chinese coronavirus cases may have been infected in October 2019, says new research

South China Morning Post | March 22, 2021

Scientists from University of California San Diego calculate that people in Hubei may have contracted the coronavirus several weeks before the first known cases. Paper published in Science magazine says this timing would mean the disease had established a firm foothold among humans before it had been identified. Full Story


UCSD student brings Black beauty products on campus

10News | March 19, 2021

In 2019, a UC San Diego math-computer science student started a website and business to fulfill what was originally a personal need. But now, the young entrepreneur is catering to hundreds of students on campus. Full Story


Tesla Has A Temperature Problem

Forbes | March 19, 2021

For starters, let me just say I love my Tesla. It's a white on white leather interior sports car turned suburban sedan. Driving it feels like being picked up by Richard Gere on Hollywood Boulevard -- except that you're making the car payments. To put it bluntly, the Tesla Model 3 makes our family BMW feel like a tin can Chevy Chase station wagon. And sure, it's better for the planet. So it's rather unfortunate that our winter weekend road trip turned out to be such a disaster. Full Story


SARS-CoV-2 could have been circulating for two months before the first covid-19 cases in Wuhan

Yahoo! News | March 19, 2021

The novel coronavirus was probably circulating for around two months before the first human cases of covid-19 were described in Wuhan, in the Hubei province of China, according to researchers in the US. In fact, SARS-CoV-2 could have emerged in mid-October 2019, almost two months before the Chinese authorities enacted the first measures to limit its spread. As the months go by, scientists are able to shed more light on the origins of covid-19 and the resulting pandemic that has turned the world upside down. Full Story


The Covid-19 pandemic almost didn't happen, a new genetic dating study shows

CNN Health | March 19, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic almost didn't happen, a new study shows. Researchers working to show when and how the virus first emerged in China calculate that it probably did not infect the first human being until October 2019 at the very earliest. And their models showed something else: It almost didn't make it as a pandemic virus. Only bad luck and the packed conditions of the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan -- the place the pandemic appears to have begun -- gave the virus the edge it needed to explode around the globe, the researchers reported in the journal Science. Full Story


Stem Cell Differentiation Triggers Could Aid Development of Regenerative Muscle Therapy

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | March 18, 2021

A study led by researchers at the University of California San Diego has offered up new insights into the mechanisms of stem cell differentiation that could one day help scientists develop regenerative therapies for muscle disease, injury and atrophy. By studying how easily different pluripotent stem cell lines differentiated into muscle cells, and comparing time-dependent changes in the cells' transcriptomic profiles, the researchers discovered epigenetic mechanisms that can be triggered to accelerate muscle cell growth at different stages of stem cell differentiation. Full Story


UCSD Researchers Estimate COVID-19 Was Around 2 Months Before First Reports

NBC San Diego | March 18, 2021

Using molecular dating tools and epidemiological simulations, researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine estimate that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was likely circulating undetected for at most two months before the first human cases of COVID-19 were described in Wuhan, China in late December 2019, it was announced Thursday. Writing in Thursday's online issue of Science, along with colleagues at the University of Arizona and Illumina Inc., the researchers also note that their simulations suggest that the mutating virus dies out naturally more than three-quarters of the time without causing an Full Story


Bio-inspired soft robotics are making a splash in ocean research

Science Line | March 17, 2021

It's a squid, it's a fish, it's an ... underwater robot? New bio-inspired robots with soft, flexible parts might have the superpowers required to tackle the contemporary challenge of exploring and conserving ocean environments. Unlike their predecessors, such as the human-piloted Deepsea Challenger or the remote-controlled Hercules, these stealthy bots could navigate delicate environments by squishing into tight spaces, blending in with their surroundings or just treading lightly. With the health of the world's oceans and marine life under significant threat Full Story


Coding and space: Microsoft and NASA learning pathways serve as a STEM career launchpad

Tech Republic | March 17, 2021

The last few months have been exciting times for space enthusiasts around the globe. Last fall, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft momentarily touched down on asteroid Bennu and collected samples of its surface during a "touch-and-go" millions of miles from Earth. In February, NASA successfully landed its latest rover on Mars and another roving bot is set to join Perseverance on our celestial neighbor later this year. Coding is an integral part of modern space exploration and educational pathways could help aspiring scientists enable tomorrow's missions with artificial intelligence, machine Full Story


MIT Engineers Have Developed Self-Cooling Fabrics of the Future That Could Be Made From Recycled Plastic Bags

SciTech Daily | March 17, 2021

Engineers have developed self-cooling fabrics from polyethylene, a material commonly used in plastic bags. In considering materials that could become the fabrics of the future, scientists have largely dismissed one widely available option: polyethylene. The stuff of plastic wrap and grocery bags, polyethylene is thin and lightweight, and could keep you cooler than most textiles because it lets heat through rather than trapping it in. But polyethylene would also lock in water and sweat, as it's unable to draw away and evaporate moisture. Full Story


Can a CRISPR startup succeed where Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Biogen and Genentech failed and cure chronic pain?

Endpoints News | March 16, 2021

When Ana Moreno was doing her PhD work at UC San Diego in the lab of a CRISPR gene editing researcher, she came across a paper that made national headlines a decade prior. Researchers in the UK followed up on stories of a Pakistani boy who could walk on coals and pass knives through his arms and determined that rare mutations in one gene made him and several relatives unable to feel pain. In the years since, though, nearly every molecule developer's shot at the protein failed. Moreno decided it was an ideal target for her focus: using CRISPR to treat disease without permanently altering DNA. Full Story


How Plastic Bags are being Recycled into Fabric to Fight Against Pollution

AZO Cleantech | March 16, 2021

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have found a way to transform polyethylene (PE) into a viable fabric for clothing. The thin, lightweight plastic is a key ingredient in many items, most predominantly plastic carrier bags. The team suggests that the lightweight fabric they have created could be of particular use for sportswear like vests, sneakers, and leggings because of the self-cooling properties granted to it by the use of PE. The PE used in the fabrics can be dyed in different colors, meaning that it can also be reused in new garments. Full Story


Scientists hustle to create new tests, drugs and expand telemedicine to battle COVID-19 over the long term

San Diego Union-Tribune | March 14, 2021

The fight against COVID-19 is being pressed hard in San Diego, a research mecca that rivals Boston and San Francisco in size and reach. Full Story


Scientists hustle to create new tests, drugs and expand telemedicine to battle COVID-19 over the long term

The San Diego Union Tribune | March 14, 2021

Open a laptop. Pull up a chair. Talk to your doctor from the comfort of your home. For years, telemedicine has been billed as the next big thing. It's still mostly a niche nationally - but maybe not for long. The pandemic is proving that things can change in a snap. San Diego's Scripps Health created a customized telemedicine conferencing system last March. It took just three weeks. Since then more than 510,000 patients have had "virtual visits" with doctors, helping minimize the spread of COVID-19. It happened, to a large extent, because Scripps made it easy to do the visits on sm Full Story


MASKS: HOW MAY LAYERS OFFER BEST PROTECTION AGAINST COUGH DROPLETS?

Medical Research | March 13, 2021

Why are three-layered masks more effective at blocking large droplets than single or double-layered masks? Professor Abhishek Saha explains in this Q&A. Full Story


Study, international researchers shows effectiveness of masks made with three layers

Mirage News | March 13, 2021

An experimental study carried out by an international team of engineers and physicists has added more evidence for the value of masks made with three layers to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and similar diseases. Full Story


UCSD spinout pursues gene therapy for chronic pain following positive data in mice

Fierce Biotech | March 12, 2021

Opioids are the current standard of care for managing chronic pain, but the opioid epidemic has intensified the need for non-addictive alternatives. Scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have found a potential solution in gene editing. A UCSD team used two gene-editing tools, CRISPR and zinc fingers, to suppress a gene that encodes for a pain-related ion channel protein called NaV1.7 in neurons. When injected into the spines of mice, the treatments led to durable pain relief in three different models of chronic pain. Full Story


New Gene Therapy for Chronic Pain Could Replace Opioids

Freethink | March 12, 2021

Researchers from the University of California San Diego have engineered a gene therapy system to dampen pain. They've shown it to be effective in mice, for both short-term and long-term pain. Now, they are looking to the future -- hoping to translate this discovery into a safe alternative to opioids for chronic pain treatment. Full Story


CRISPR-based gene therapy dampens pain in mice

Nature | March 12, 2021

A gene-silencing technique based on CRISPR can relieve pain in mice, according to a study1. Although the therapy is still a long way from being used in humans, scientists say it is a promising approach for squelching chronic pain that lasts for months or years. Chronic pain is typically treated with opioids such as morphine, which can lead to addiction. Full Story


Twist on CRISPR alters gene expression to treat chronic pain in mice

C&EN | March 11, 2021

At least one in five adults in the US experiences chronic pain, but developing drugs that successfully treat it has been difficult. Fifteen years ago, researchers identified a receptor called NaV1.7 that is central to modulating pain, but attempts to develop drugs that target it have failed in part because small molecules that act on NaV1.7 tend also to hit closely-related receptors, causing side effects. Now, in a new approach, UC San Diego researchers used gene therapy to tamp down NaV1.7's expression, successfully eliminating or reducing chronic pain in mice without any visible side effect Full Story


'Dead' Cas9-CRISPR Epigenetic Repression Provides Opioid-Free Pain Relief with No Side Effects

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | March 11, 2021

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed a non-permanent form of gene therapy for chronic pain that they suggest could offer a safer, non-addictive alternative to opioid drugs. The team's epigenetic repression approach used a catalytically inactivated "dead" Cas9 enzyme (dCas9), to temporarily block a gene called NaV1.7, which is expressed in pain-transmitting neurons in the spinal cord. In vivo tests in multiple mouse models found that the gene-repressing strategy increased the animals' pain tolerance, lowered sensitivity to pain, and provided months of Full Story


A 'Wearable Microgrid' Powers Your Devices

Tech Briefs | March 11, 2021

You have the power. That's the idea behind a "wearable microgrid" from the University of California San Diego that harvest and stores energy from your body to keep your electronics going. The wearable has three components: sweat-powered biofuel cells, motion-powered devices called triboelectric generators, and energy-storing supercapacitors. All parts are flexible, washable, and can be screen printed onto clothing. In a short Q&A with Tech Briefs, UC San Diego nanoengineering Ph.D. student Lu Yin explains how he envisions these types of wearables being used. Full Story


20 Spring Forward Essentials For A Better Sleep

Forbes | March 11, 2021

With spring comes rejuvenation and growth, but not without sacrificing an hour of sleep for Daylight Saving Time first. An hour may not seem like much, but the subtle shift in our sleep-wake cycle has real consequences. "Losing an hour of sleep cuts into the time our bodies need to transition to wake up; the last part of sleep is REM, which is important for refreshing your mind," says Dr. Benjamin Smarr, assistant professor at UCSD's Department of Bioengineering and the Halicioglu Data Science Institute and Science Advisor to Oura. "People wake up less emotionally resilient, Full Story


CRISPR Could Switch Off Chronic Pain Without Opioids

Medium | March 10, 2021

In 2006, scientists described the curious case of a Pakistani boy who seemed immune to pain. Several of the boy's relatives had never experienced pain either. When researchers collected samples of their blood and analyzed their genes, they found that they all harbored mutations in a gene called SCN9A. Researchers at the University of California San Diego want to mimic this mutation to treat people with chronic pain. If it proves safe in people, the therapy could offer an alternative to opioids. Full Story


Gene Therapy Might One Day Treat Chronic Pain

Gizmodo | March 10, 2021

A group of scientists say they're on the verge of developing a promising treatment for chronic pain that works by turning down, but not permanently altering, a gene that helps us sense pain. Their new research with mice suggests that the gene therapy could offer months of pain relief at a time without any major health risks. Still, more work has to be done before we could see trials in people. Full Story


Gene-silencing injection reverses pain in mice

Science Magazine | March 10, 2021

Swallowing an oxycodone pill might quiet nerves and blunt pain, but the drug makes other unwanted visits in the brain--to centers that can drive addiction and suppress breathing. Now, a study in mice shows certain types of pain can be prevented or reversed without apparent side effects by silencing a gene involved in pain signaling. If the approach weathers further testing, it could give chronic pain patients a safer and longer lasting option than opioids. Full Story


Scientists Develop "Non-Permanent" Gene Therapy for Pain Treatment

Technology Networks | March 10, 2021

Progress in our ability to treat pain pharmaceutically--particularly chronic pain--has been slow in recent decades. Currently, treatment for severe pain often consists of mainly opioids, which can be addictive. A safe and efficacious alternative to opioids is necessary to provide pain sufferers with relief without the risk of addiction. "Gene therapies represent the new avenue to tackle those hurdles," says Ana Moreno, a bioengineering alumna from the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. Full Story


CRISPR Could be the End of Opioid Abuse

Inverse | March 10, 2021

Suffering from chronic pain can be both a debilitating and lonely experience. Often unaccompanied by outside markers of distress, an actual diagnosis can be difficult to come by. There are also few reliable treatments beyond opioid painkillers, which can be highly addictive. But in a new study, UC San Diego researchers say there may soon be a new treatment on the market to treat this pain thanks to the famous gene-editing toolkit--CRISPR-Cas9. This technology could allow patients to side-step the need for opioids altogether. Full Story


Engineers Turn Your Movement and Sweat Into Usable Power with a Wearable Microgrid System

Hackster.io | March 9, 2021

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have created what they have termed a "wearable microgrid," a smart shirt which harvests and stores energy from the human body -- taking as its input both motion and the wearer's sweat. Full Story


This High-Tech 'Wearable Microgrid' Might Someday Power All of Your Devices

Yahoo! | March 9, 2021

It might look like something straight out of "Tron." But this is actually a new hihg-tech wearable that might someday power your smartphone. It's what the nanonengineers from the University of California San Diego behind the project call a "wearable microgrid." Full Story


Use Three-Layered Mask to Protect Yourself: Experts

Daily Hunt | March 8, 2021

While buying a new face mask to protect yourself against Covid-19 infection, make sure you go for a three-layered mask as it is more effective than single or double-layered alternatives, health experts emphasized on 6 March, Saturday. Full Story


Multilayer masks most effective at preventing aerosol generation: Study

The Economic Times | March 6, 2021

Multilayer masks are most effective at preventing aerosol generation, says a new study conducted by a team led by researchers at Bengaluru-based Indian Institute of Science (IISc). The study was carried out in collaboration with scientists in UC San Diego and University of Toronto Engineering. Full Story


UCSD Developing Face Masks Which Can Detect the Coronavirus

The Triton | March 5, 2021

UC San Diego is developing a face mask with a sensor attached that can detect the novel coronavirus. The mask will consist of a test strip which will change colors when it detects COVID-19 in a user's breath or saliva. It may potentially detect virus molecules inhaled by the face mask user from another person. The idea came about after the National Institutes of Health awarded UC San Diego $1.3 million to create a surveillance tool that would be used to detect COVID-19 infections. Full Story


A simple patch could help monitor your cardiovascular health

The Star | February 23, 2021

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a skin patch that has the ability to continuously measure blood pressure and heart rate, among other things. An innovative portable device that could not only track patients with health problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes, but also monitor them remotely. Will the future of health care involve remote patient monitoring? While it seems obvious that physical contact is indispensable in a sector such as healthcare, no one can deny that remote monitoring appears to be a godsend in times of a global pandemic. Full Story


Wearable tech shows promise for early COVID-19 detection

Marketplace | February 22, 2021

Fitness trackers and other wearable tech devices have steadily attracted a growing audience of exercise buffs and step counters, but now the technology may be deployed for an entirely different use: predicting COVID-19 cases. Based on promising early data suggesting predictive patterns of heart rates, respiratory rates, heart rate variability and body temperature from consumer fitness devices, academic researchers have begun clinical trials to assess whether wearables and big data algorithms can provide warning signals long before a person's symptoms. Full Story


Soft Legged Robot Uses Pneumatic Circuitry to Walk Like a Turtle

IEEE Spectrum | February 20, 2021

Soft robots are inherently safe, highly resilient, and potentially very cheap, making them promising for a wide array of applications. But development on them has been a bit slow relative to other areas of robotics, at least partially because soft robots can't directly benefit from the massive increase in computing power and sensor and actuator availability that we've seen over the last few decades. Instead, roboticists have had to get creative to find ways of achieving the functionality of conventional robotics components using soft materials and compatible power sources. Full Story


University of California, San Diego shake table to be upgraded

Source ASCE | February 19, 2021

The world's largest outdoor shake table, which measures how structures perform during earthquakes, is undergoing a makeover. With the help of a $16.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the University of California, San Diego's Large High-Performance Outdoor Shake Table, known as LHPOST, will move from a uniaxial system that could test with only one degree of freedom - horizontal movement - to one that can operate along all six degrees of freedom. Facilitating movement along all six degrees of freedom - back and forth, up and down, left to right, yaw, pitch, and roll Full Story


UC San Diego's electronics-free soft robot only needs pressurized air to move

Yahoo! News | February 19, 2021

Soft robots are more flexible than traditional machines and have the potential to squeeze into and explore more places. However, most of them need electronic components like circuit boards, valves and pumps to work. Those components are typically heavy, expensive and have to be tethered to the machines outside their body. Now, engineers from the University of California San Diego have developed a four-legged soft robot that doesn't need any of those to work - in fact, the robot doesn't need any electronic component at all. Full Story


UC San Diego's electronics-free soft robot only needs pressurized air to move

Engadget | February 19, 2021

Soft robots are more flexible than traditional machines and have the potential to squeeze into and explore more places. However, most of them need electronic components like circuit boards, valves and pumps to work. Those components are typically heavy, expensive and have to be tethered to the machines outside their body. Now, engineers from the University of California San Diego have developed a four-legged soft robot that doesn't need any of those to work - in fact, the robot doesn't need any electronic component at all. Full Story


Why Robots That Bend Are Better

Youtube Veritasium | February 18, 2021

Robots of the future may be softer, squishier and bendier than robots today. This could make them ideal for space exploration. Full Story


See a clever electronics-free robot go for an air-powered stroll

MSN News | February 18, 2021

When we think of what makes robots tick, we usually think of their electronic components. But robots don't have to be incredibly complicated, and a team of researchers figured out how to build a robot that doesn't need electronics at all. Engineers at the University of California San Diego built a soft quadruped robot that can go for a walk using pressurized air and a system of valves to control its movements. There are no circuit boards to be found on the creation. The UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering released a video this week showing the charming robot and its tubular legs taking a strol Full Story


See a clever electronics-free robot go for an air-powered stroll

C|net | February 18, 2021

When we think of what makes robots tick, we usually think of their electronic components. But robots don't have to be incredibly complicated, and a team of researchers figured out how to build a robot that doesn't need electronics at all. Engineers at the University of California, San Diego built a soft quadruped robot that can go for a walk using pressurized air and a system of valves to control its movements. There are no circuit boards to be found on the creation. Full Story


This Electronic 'Skin Patch' Tracks Your Coffee and Alcohol Intake

Nerdist | February 17, 2021

As it becomes ever clearer that our cyberpunk future is here, we continue to glimpse a world where technology, like a slick octopus, makes its way onto our bodies. Last year, for example, MIT announced a "vaccination tattoo" that would allow medical staff to track who's been vaccinated. Now, engineers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) say they've created another monitor you can wear: a skin patch that tracks how much caffeine and/or alcohol you've had. Full Story


What We Know About The Texas Power Grid Blackouts, And How It Compares To California

89.3 KPCC Air Talk | February 17, 2021

Anger over Texas' power grid failing in the face of a record winter freeze continued to mount Wednesday as millions of residents in the energy capital of the U.S. remained shivering with no assurances that their electricity and heat - out since Monday in many homes - would return soon or stay on once it finally does. Full Story


Air-powered robot needs no electronics to walk like a turtle

News Atlas | February 17, 2021

Soft robots are gaining a lot of attention in research circles, largely due to the safety benefits for humans who might need to work in their vicinity, and from an engineering lab at the University of California, San Diego comes an interesting new example of this technology in the form of a robot that is powered by pressurized air and can move without any electronics. Inflatable components and air pressure have played a key part in soft robotics research, from machines that can run like a cheetah, to inflatable grippers that handle delicate objects with care. Full Story


Skin patch tracks wearer's heart rate, blood pressure and even caffeine level

Yahoo! Sports | February 16, 2021

Scientists have created a skin patch that tracks multiple health markers simultaneously. Worn on the neck, the stretchy device continuously monitors a wearer's blood pressure and heart rate, while also measuring their glucose, alcohol and caffeine levels. The team behind the device, from the University of California San Diego, believe it could one day enable people with conditions like diabetes to keep on top of their health. It could also be used as a non-invasive alternative in intensive care, where even babies have catheters fitted while being tethered to multiple monitors. Full Story


UCSD gets nearly $6 million from NASA to help design flying taxisNASA has given UC San Diego $5.8 million to help develop electric-powered flying taxi

San Diego Union-Tribune | February 16, 2021

NASA has given UC San Diego $5.8 million to help develop electric-powered flying taxis, a form of ride sharing that has been envisioned for decades but is struggling to get beyond the concept stage. Full Story


This Skin Patch Can Detect Alcohol and Caffeine in Your Blood

Futurism | February 16, 2021

A team of engineers at the University of California San Diego have come up with a futuristic skin patch that can not only track a wearer's blood pressure and heart rate but even levels of glucose, alcohol, and caffeine. The team claims it's the first all-in-one patch to both monitor cardiovascular signals as well as several biochemical levels in the blood. Full Story


UC San Diego's new patch will make health monitoring easier

ABC 10News | February 15, 2021

New technology from the UC San Diego Nano-Engineering lab will make it easier for people with health problems to monitor their critical numbers. "This is the future, indeed," says Dr. Joseph Wang, the Director of the Nano-Engineering Lab at the school. "This is the first example where you can do, on a single wearable patch, blood pressure as well as continuous glucose, alcohol or any other chemical biomarker," he says. The patch uses Ultrasound to monitor things like blood pressure and heart rate. It also analyzes sweat to look for things like blood sugar, lactate, and alco Full Story


Two Health Sensors Unite in One Powerful Gadget

IEEE Spectrum | February 15, 2021

What's not to love about a good flexible health sensor? Someday technology based on such bendable electronic tech might well replace some of those chunky wearables in the marketplace today with sleek, golden skin patches. Now, a team at the UC San Diego Center for Wearable Sensors has created a stretchy skin patch that combines electrochemical sensors for alcohol, caffeine, glucose, and lactate with an ultrasound-based sensor that monitors blood pressure deep inside the body. It's the first wearable device that tracks heart signals and biochemical levels at the same time, the authors said. Full Story


Inside the rapidly escalating war between deepfakes and deepfake detectors

Digital Trends | February 14, 2021

Imagine a twisty-turny movie about a master criminal locked in a war of wits with the world's greatest detective. The criminal seeks to pull off a massive confidence trick, using expert sleight of hand and an uncanny ability to disguise himself as virtually anyone on the planet. He's so good at what he does that he can make people believe they saw things that never actually happened. But then we meet the detective. She's a brilliant, stop-at-nothing sort who can spot the "tell" of any thief. She knows just what to look for, and even the tiniest behavior - a raised eyebrow here Full Story


Valentine is the Age of 'Digisexuals'

PM News Nigeria | February 13, 2021

'A machine is certainly incapable of compassion without which life is misery. Robots imply the freezing of human labour in the production process. "Digisexuals" will also mean filling homes with zombies and draining the community of humanity. The more romance gets automated, the lonelier life then becomes.' The joke, as originally told by Segun Adeniyi, was explicit, if not apocryphal. A in-laws summit had to be convened at the height of a cold war between a new couple. After the husband was acquitted on the basis of an oral submission, it was the wife?s turn to be cross-examined. Full Story


Can Deepfake Detectors Fail to Identify Morphed Videos? American Scientists Find Alarming Evidence

News18 Buzz | February 11, 2021

Deepfakes still have a bright future ahead of them, it would seem. It is still possible to thwart the recognition of deepfakes by even the most highly developed detectors, according to scientists at the University of San Diego. By inserting "adversarial examples" into each frame, artificial intelligence can be fooled. An alarming observation for scientists who are pushing to improve detection systems to better detect these faked videos. Full Story


Scientists prove that deepfake detectors can be duped

Yahoo! News | February 10, 2021

Universities, organizations and tech giants, such as Microsoft and Facebook, have been working on tools that can detect deepfakes in an effort to prevent their use for the spread of malicious media and misinformation. Deepfake detectors, however, can still be duped, a group of computer scientists from UC San Diego has warned. The team showed how detection tools can be fooled by inserting inputs called "adversarial examples" into every video frame at the WACV 2021 computer vision conference that took place online in January. Full Story


Scientists prove that deepfake detectors can be duped

Engadget | February 10, 2021

Universities, organizations and tech giants, such as Microsoft and Facebook, have been working on tools that can detect deepfakes in an effort to prevent their use for the spread of malicious media and misinformation. Deepfake detectors, however, can still be duped, a group of computer scientists from UC San Diego has warned. The team showed how detection tools can be fooled by inserting inputs called "adversarial examples" into every video frame at the WACV 2021 computer vision conference that took place online in January. Full Story


Nanome raises $3 million to help scientists get up close with molecular structures in VR

TechCrunch | February 9, 2021

Discovery and research of new molecular compounds is an expensive business. Part of that comes from the need to closely examine every relevant molecule. Despite advances in software to help model these compounds and molecules, there are still challenges in fully understanding their shapes through a 2D computer screen. San Diego-based startup Nanome uses virtual reality to solve that problem. The idea for Nanome came out of CEO and founder Steve McCloskey's time in the nanoengineering program at UC San Diego, where he saw a need for a better understanding of 3D molecular structures. Full Story


VR Startup Nanome Raises $3m With Support From Oculus Co-Founder

VR Focus | February 9, 2021

Teams looking for ways to collaborate through virtual reality (VR) have got an abundance of apps available like Glue, Spatial, Hubs, and Vive XR Suite to name a few. When it comes to specialised scientific research there's Nanome, which has just announced the closure of a successful funding round raising $3 million USD. Nanome's VR platform has been available since 2018 via the Oculus Store and Steam with the new funds going towards expanding its team and developing new partnerships. Full Story


This Key COVID Mutation Is a Scary Sign of What's to Come

Daily Beast | February 8, 2021

Dangerous new strains of the novel coronavirus are spreading fast across the United States. And they all have at least one thing in common: a mutation scientists call "N501Y" that makes the virus more likely to infect our cells. It gets worse. Indications are that at least two of the three major new strains-the ones from the United Kingdom and South Africa-evolved their N501Y mutations independently. In other words, there's a good chance the U.K. and South African strains aren't directly related. One didn't evolve into the other. Full Story


ARPA-E awards UC San Diego $7.5 million to study photonic networks for data center efficiency

Data Center Dynamics | February 5, 2021

The UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering has been awarded $7.5m to research photonic network topologies for data centers. The project, funded by the US Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) and the California Energy Commission, hopes to dramatically reduce data center inefficiency by removing network bottlenecks. Full Story


COVID detecting mask could be on the way

KSNB Local4 | February 5, 2021

A team at the University of California-San Diego School of Engineering is working to develop a sensor that would stick to your face mask and detect COVID-19 in your breath. Jesse Jokerst is leading a team of engineers and scientists on a sensor sticker you'd wear on your mask to test for COVID-19, daily. "Just imagine you would have a roll of stickers and as you head out in the day you put one of these on," said Jokerst. "You would breathe through it and at the end of the day you click a little blister pack and if the liquid changes colors that means you need to take some more Full Story


How university students and faculty are joining mask innovation race

Cronkite News | February 4, 2021

As the virus and its variants have claimed more than 443,000 lives in the U.S. alone, the call for more personal protective equipment becomes greater. Now, universities and their students are imagining ways to not only improve public attitudes toward masks but also the technology behind them. The University of California, San Diego recently made headlines with its design of a wearable test strip that changes color when it detects the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 on the wearer's breath or saliva. Full Story


UC San Diego Researchers Create New Sensor to Detect COVID-19 on Masks

The UCSD Guardian | January 31, 2021

UC San Diego has been awarded $1.3 million by the National Institutes of Health to develop a wearable sensor that can detect if a person has COVID-19 or has been exposed to it by someone else. The sensor will be attached to face masks to monitor for coronavirus molecules in a person's saliva and breath. It will detect the presence of proteases, protein-cleaving molecules, that are known to be produced from the COVID-19 virus. It would also detect the virus molecules released by other people and possibly inhaled by the owner of the mask. Full Story


Crean sensores para detectar COVID-19 a través de cubrebocas - A Las Tres

Foro TV | January 28, 2021

Sensores que se adhieren a las mascarillas permiten diagnosticar el COVID-19 a través de nuestro cubrebocas. Dichos sensores cambian de color y nos puede informar si estuvimos en contacto con alguien infectado o si nosotros mismos portamos el virus. Full Story


These Face Mask Test Strips Can Detect COVID-19

Hackster.io | January 27, 2021

It has been just over a year since we saw the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the United States and the pandemic is unfortunately still going strong. Despite warnings against social gatherings, many people continue to spend time in groups and even neglect to wear masks. It's easy for people to justify that behavior when they "feel fine," even though they could still be transmitting the coronavirus. That is why a team of researchers from the University of California San Diego have developed a simple, inexpensive test strip that can be attached to face masks to detect COVID-19. Full Story


This breakthrough mask is a 'smoke detector' for COVID-19

Fast Company | January 27, 2021

The greatest challenge of containing COVID-19 continues to be that it's impossible to know if you or those around you are sick at any given moment. By the time you do know, one infection could have spread to dozens of people. But what if there was a way to monitor for the presence of COVID-19 where people go, all day, every day? That's just what Jesse Jokerst, a professor at UC San Diego, is developing. Working under a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, his lab is testing what he calls a "smoke detector" for COVID-19. Full Story


Could This Color-Changing Mask Accessory Test You For COVID-19?

LAist | January 27, 2021

We know that face masks help stop the spread of COVID-19, but what if they could also act as a sensor to help you find out if you've been exposed? Researchers at UC San Diego are currently developing a color-changing test strip, or sticker, that could be attached to any type of mask and used to detect the virus in the mask-wearer's breath or saliva. Engineering professor Jesse Jokerst is the lead researcher on the project. He says at the end of the day, or when changing your mask, you'd break open a blister pack on the test strip, which would release a liquid. Full Story


Is It Time for an Emergency Rollout of Carbon-Eating Machines?

Wired | January 26, 2021

In a recent paper in the journal Nature Communications, a team of researchers crunched the numbers, arguing that it?s feasible for humanity to embark on a wartime-style crash deployment of a global network of machines that sequester carbon. ?We think there's sort of a dearth of conversation generally, but also in the academic literature, around emergency responses to the climate crisis,? says Ryan Hanna, an energy systems researcher at the UC San Diego and lead author on the paper. Full Story


Developing a Facemask Sensor that can Detect COVID-19

AZO Sensors | January 25, 2021

AZoSensors speaks with Jesse Jokerst who heads up the Jokerst group at UC San Diego. The group has recently developed an affordable COVID-19 monitoring sensor that can be applied to facemasks. The team's research has benefitted from a $1.3 million investment from the National Institutes of Health as part of the NIH's Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics Radical (RADx-rad) program for COVID-19. Full Story


Researchers are developing color-changing stickers for masks to detect COVID-19

CBS News | January 24, 2021

As COVID-19 continues to spread, researchers are looking for new and creative ways to help detect and manage cases. A team at the University of California San Diego is developing something to help do just that: a color-changing sticker. The sticker is a test strip and blister pack that can be placed on N95, surgical or cloth masks and detect SARS-CoV-2 in the user's breath or saliva. Full Story


Investigadores de UCSD crean mascarillas con sensor para detectar exposición al COVID-19

Telemundo | January 22, 2021

Una pequeña cinta con una cápsula que se pega a los cubrebocas es lo más reciente que un grupo de investigadores de UCSD están desarrollando. Al activarla, esta detectaría en solo segundos si el usuario ha sido expuesto al COVID-19. "Al final del día cuando llegues a tu casa, aplastas la capsulita con la solución y esta va impregnar el cubrebocas y va cambiar de color si estuviste en contacto con alguien que tuvo el virus", dijo Palma Chávez, investigador de nanoingenería Jorge Arturo de UCSD quien colabora en el proyecto. Full Story


Researchers developing face mask sticker that can detect COVID-19 in droplets

ABC 13 | January 22, 2021

Researchers at UC San Diego's School of Engineering are working on a potential game changer in the fight against COVID-19. Researchers are looking into a new type of test that could detect the virus on your face mask. The test can be worn as a sticker on your mask. The sticker includes a little dye and works just like an at-home pregnancy test. As someone wears the sticker on the mask throughout the day, it collects droplets. At the end of the day, you can puncture the dye pack, and if the sticker changes color, that means you might have been exposed to the virus. Full Story


UC San Diego developing wearable mask sensor that detects coronavirus

KTLA | January 22, 2021

Researchers at UC San Diego are experimenting with a new wearable test strip that changes color if it detects the SARS-CoV-2 virus on a person?s breath or saliva, KTLA sister station KSWB in San Diego reports. The strips can be affixed to any mask and are designed to detect proteases, or ?protein-cleaving molecules,? produced from an infection of the novel coronavirus, the university said in a news release Thursday. Full Story


UC San Diego develops mask sensor that detects COVID-19

CBS8 | January 22, 2021

Face masks could soon help detect COVID-19. UCSD is developing a test strip that can be attached to a mask and detect coronavirus in your breath or saliva. The university received $1.3 million from the National Institutes of Health for the project as part of the NIH's Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics Radical program for COVID-19. UC San Diego nanoengineering professor Jesse Jokerst spoke with News 8 Friday and said the new masks would allow facilities to alert people earlier who are at high risk to detect new infections sooner and help reduce super spreader events. Full Story


UC San Diego developing a facemask sensor that detects the novel coronavirus

The San Diego Union Tribune | January 21, 2021

The National Institutes of Health has awarded UC San Diego $1.3 million to develop a small, wearable sensor that can tell whether a person has the novel coronavirus or has been exposed to it by someone else. The lightweight sensor would be attached to facemasks to monitor for the presence of coronavirus-related molecules that appear in a person's breath and saliva. The "surveillance" test strip also would detect virus molecules expelled by someone else and possibly inhaled by the user of the mask. The user would squeeze the sensor to see if it turns color, denoting a positive readin Full Story


Sticker puts simple COVID-19 test on masks

ABC 10News | January 21, 2021

Researchers at UC San Diego's School of Engineering have created a way to test for COVID-19 risk that is so simple, it can be worn as a sticker on your mask. "This could have a really profound impact on the trajectory of the pandemic," says Jesse Jokerst, an Associate Professor at UC San Diego. The test uses a technique called "Colorimetric Detection," similar to home-pregnancy test indicators. The National Institutes of Health just gave UC San Diego $1.3 million to develop it and assess its accuracy to enhance surveillance of the disease around the world. Full Story


Facemask Sensor Being Developed at UCSD Could Help Detect COVID-19

NBC 7 | January 21, 2021

A team at UC San Diego School of Engineering is working to develop a sensor that would stick to your facemask and detect COVID-19 in your breath. ?Just imagine you would have a roll of stickers. And as you head out in the day you put one of these on, you would breathe through it. And at the end of the day you click a little blister pack and if the liquid changes colors that means you need to take some more action," explained UCSD NanoEngineering professor Jesse Jokerst. From there, you'd know to go and get a COVID-19 test to confirm infection. Full Story


UCSD researchers developing wearable COVID-19 test strip

Fox 5 San Diego | January 21, 2021

Researchers at UC San Diego are experimenting with new wearable test strips which change color if they detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus in a person?s breath or saliva. The strips can be affixed to any mask and are designed to detect ?protein-cleaving molecules? produced from an infection of the virus, the university said in a news release Thursday. While not intended to replace COVID-19 testing protocols, the project?s lead principal investigator Jesse Jokerst said they offer a ?surveillance approach,? similar to a smoke detector. Full Story


UC San Diego developing a facemask sensor that detects the novel coronavirus

The Los Angeles Times | January 21, 2021

The National Institutes of Health has awarded UC San Diego $1.3 million to develop a small, wearable sensor that can tell whether a person has the novel coronavirus or has been exposed to it by someone else. The lightweight sensor would be attached to facemasks to monitor for the presence of coronavirus-related molecules that appear in a person's breath and saliva. The "surveillance" test strip also would detect virus molecules expelled by someone else and possibly inhaled by the user of the mask. The user would squeeze the sensor to see if it turns color, denoting a positive readin Full Story


Hidden Costs In Faster, Low-Power AI Systems

Semiconductor Engineering | January 20, 2021

Researchers from the University of California at San Diego found that by blending high-accuracy results with low-accuracy results in the search for new materials, they actually improved the accuracy of even the highest accuracy systems by 30% to 40%. Full Story


A Squidbot Hits the Seas

ASME | January 18, 2021

A cadre of engineers at the University of California San Diego have created a robot that uses the squid?s unique form of propulsion. Full Story


Smartwatches can help detect COVID-19 days before symptoms appear

CBS News | January 15, 2021

Smartwatches and other wearable devices that continuously measure users' heart rates, skin temperature and other physiological markers can help spot coronavirus infections days before an individual is diagnosed. Devices like the Apple Watch, Garmin and Fitbit watches can predict whether an individual is positive for COVID-19 even before they are symptomatic or the virus is detectable by tests, according to studies from leading medical and academic institutions, including Mount Sinai Health System in New York and Stanford University in California. Experts say wearable technology could play a v Full Story


Accurate machine learning in materials science facilitated by using diverse data sources

Nature News and Views | January 14, 2021

A strategy for machine learning has been developed that exploits the fact that data are often collected in different ways with varying levels of accuracy. The approach was used to build a model that predicts a key property of materials. Full Story


Bioinformatic Study Underscores Contribution of Tandem Repeat Mutations in Autism

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | January 14, 2021

The genomes of children affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD) harbor significantly more damaging tandem repeat mutations that are not present in their parents' genomes, a new study reports. Tandem repeats (TR) are sequences of two or more DNA base pairs repeated end to end on a chromosome. The new study titled "Genome-wide patterns of de novo tandem repeat mutations and their contribution to autism spectrum disorders," published in Nature, highlights the contributions of these understudied mutations in autism. Full Story


Autism Spectrum Disorder Study Finds Contribution From De Novo Tandem Repeat Mutations

Genome Web | January 14, 2021

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder have higher numbers of de novo tandem repeat mutations than unaffected persons, suggesting a role for these repeats in the condition, a new study has found. Tandem repeats are known to be involved in other diseases, including, for instance, the autism-related fragile X syndrome. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, examined the prevalence of small ? between one and 20 base pairs in size - de novo tandem repeat mutations among individuals with autism. Full Story


Repeat DNA expands our understanding of autism spectrum disorder

Nature | January 13, 2021

Approximately half of the human genome, known as the repeatome, consists of repetitive DNA sequences. The repeatome includes more than one million tandem repeats - sections of DNA in which a sequence is replicated many times in tandem - whose biology remains largely unexplored. More than 50 diseases are known to be caused by expansion of a tandem-repeat sequence in a single gene; among them are Huntington?s disease and fragile X syndrome1. But less-well understood is the role of tandem repeats in polygenic diseases, which have more-complex genetic underpinnings. Full Story


Repeat DNA expands our understanding of autism spectrum disorder

Nature | January 13, 2021

Approximately half of the human genome, known as the repeatome, consists of repetitive DNA sequences. The repeatome includes more than one million tandem repeats - sections of DNA in which a sequence is replicated many times in tandem - whose biology remains largely unexplored. More than 50 diseases are known to be caused by expansion of a tandem-repeat sequence in a single gene; among them are Huntington's disease and fragile X syndrome1. But less-well understood is the role of tandem repeats in polygenic diseases, which have more-complex genetic underpinnings. Full Story


Rising Ocean Acidity Levels Are Weakening Mussel Shells, UCSD Scientists Find

NBC 7 | January 12, 2021

UC San Diego scientists reported Monday that increased ocean acidity is weakening California mussel shells along the Pacific Coast, a result of rising levels of human-produced carbon dioxide. Full Story


How can self-driving cars 'see' in the rain, snow and fog?

AccuWeather | January 8, 2021

Similar to human drivers, self-driving vehicles can have trouble "seeing" in inclement weather such as rain or fog. The car's sensors can be blocked by snow, ice or torrential downpours, and their ability to "read" road signs and markings can be impaired. A team of electrical engineers at University of California San Diego is working on technology to help self-driving cars navigate safely in inclement weather. Full Story


DER testbed

PV Magazine | January 8, 2021

The National Science Foundation awarded $39 million to a team at the University of California San Diego to build a testbed to better understand how to integrate distributed energy sources such as solar panels, wind turbines, smart buildings and electric vehicle batteries into the power grid. Full Story


Sunrise brief: SunPower is closing its module factory

PV Magazine | January 8, 2021

Also on the rise: Developer plans a 100 MW solar plant in West Virginia, Plug Power secures $1.5 billion to fuel its Asian expansion, an agrivoltaic project secures a PPA, and the National Science Foundation backs a novel DER integration testbed. Full Story


New LiDAR-like Radar Could Help Self-driving Cars in Bad Weather

Inside Autonomous Vehicles | January 5, 2021

Self-driving cars may one day navigate safely in bad weather with the help of a new LiDAR-like radar system. Scientists have upgraded how well radar sees using existing radar technology. The key is using multiple radar sensors to increase the number of signals reflected back to them. "We're not using one high-beam light, but multiple low-beam lights to better light up objects," said researcher Dinesh Bharadia at the University of California San Diego. "That eliminates a whole lot of blindness." Full Story


Three Mathematicians We Lost in 2020

The New Yorker | December 31, 2020

Finding these bounds can quickly take us into the numerical stratosphere. It was through such a quest that Ron Graham, who also died this year, arrived at Graham?s number, once called ?the largest number ever to have a use.? Full Story


Recycling Lithium-ion Batteries

How On Earth radio | December 22, 2020

Our lives have been changed by lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries which are everywhere: in our cell phones, cars, toys, power tools and grid energy storage. As the world manufactures more and more Li-ion batteries, what are the challenges and opportunities for recycling them? How can we prevent the batteries from ending up in landfills where the toxic metals inside can leak out? In this episode, we talk with Dr. Zheng Chen, a professor of nanoengineering at the University of California San Diego. Full Story


Researchers found a superhighway that could speed up Solar System travel - Future Blink

Mashable | December 21, 2020

Researchers discovered an "ocelestial autobahn," or ocelestial highway, that could make Solar System travel faster than previously believed. It needs to be studied further to determine how spacecraft might be able to use it. Full Story


Wearable gadgets could help catch COVID-19 before symptoms show

Fast Company | December 18, 2020

Fever monitoring has developed something of a bad reputation under COVID-19. While having a fever is one of COVID-19's telltale symptoms, temperature checks capture only a moment in time. Unless someone is stricken with fever, they tell us very little about a person's state of health. But a new report suggests that body temperature can play a far more useful role in understanding health--we're just using it wrong. Full Story


Holiday tech frenzy gets Covid makeover

Politico | December 16, 2020

Who needs diamond earrings for the holidays when you could get a shiny new pulse oximeter? Instead of a yuletide-scented candle to set the mood, why not try a disinfectant fog machine? And just because you can't unwind at the spa, doesn't mean you can't indulge your iPhone in some R&R -- via a UV light sanitizing pouch that looks like a cross between a miniature tanning bed and a tiny spaceship. As Americans prepare for the holidays, some with germ-zapping lightsaber-like wands in hand, Full Story


Oura Ring Review

PC Mag | December 16, 2020

The Oura Ring is a discreet, finger-based health tracker that can help you keep tabs on your activity level, sleep, and general well-being. Fitness trackers have become a lot more attractive over the years, but no matter the design, they tend to stick out. If you're looking for a more discreet alternative that's comfortable to wear 24/7, you might be interested in the Oura Ring (starting at $299). It looks like jewelry at a glance, but the Oura is far smarter than your average ring. Full Story


Smart Ring Monitors Body Temperature, May Spot COVID Fever Early

Med Gadget | December 16, 2020

A team of researchers, including those at the University of California, San Francisco and University of California, San Diego, has tested the potential of a smart ring, that can collect health data, including temperature and heart rate, to detect fever associated with COVID-19. In a proof-of-concept study, the researchers showed that the ring, developed by a Finnish startup called Oura, could detect fevers before patients began to experience symptoms, suggesting that the technology could function as an early warning system for COVID-19. Full Story


Smart Ring Can Warn Wearers They Have COVID Before Symptoms Show, Study

Independent UK | December 15, 2020

A smart ring that constantly tracks a wearer's temperature can detect Covid-19 before outward symptoms show, according to a new study. Data collected from people wearing the £270 Oura ring accurately identified when a wearer became infected with the coronavirus, even in cases when no infection was suspected. Researchers from the University of California San Francisco and San Diego reported that the smart ring detected subtle symptoms in more than three quarters of participants, who subsequently tested positive for Covid-19. Full Story


Apple, Oura Devices Can Help Detect Covid-19 Early, Studies Show

Bloomberg | December 14, 2020

Early this year, as the coronavirus began its rapid, deadly advance around the globe, groups of scientists in the U.S. and Europe embarked on a quest to determine whether wearable technology--devices like smartwatches, activity trackers and sensor-laden rings--could aid in detection of the illness. Those efforts, which Kristen V Brown and I covered here, are beginning to bear fruit. One study, published Monday in Scientific Reports, found that a smart ring capable of monitoring a person?s temperature continuously "may foreshadow Covid-19, even in cases when infection is not suspected,&quo Full Story


Scientists spliton double-dosing COVID-19 vaccines

AXIOS | December 14, 2020

There's a larger scientific conversation around how to handle the clinical trial results of the COVID-19 vaccines. What they're saying: Some scientists have warned emphatically that giving only one dose to people is a bad idea, even if it'd double the number of people who could be vaccinated in the short term. Full Story


Scientists split on double-dosing COVID-19 vaccines

AXIOS | December 14, 2020

There's a larger scientific conversation around how to handle the clinical trial results of the COVID-19 vaccines. What they're saying: Some scientists have warned emphatically that giving only one dose to people is a bad idea, even if it'd double the number of people who could be vaccinated in the short term. Full Story


Another paper suggests wearable devices can predict COVID-19 before symptoms

Marketplace | December 14, 2020

Necessity and invention -- we know they go hand in hand. When a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic hits, innovators can come up quickly with products and ideas, including products designed for entirely different uses. Like wearables, which are being used to detect early COVID-19 signs instead of simply counting daily steps. A new paper, representing early findings of an ongoing study, has found that among people wearing Oura brand smart rings on their fingers, 50 were diagnosed with COVID-19. Full Story


Scientists Discover 'Superhighway' In Our Solar System

UNILAND | December 14, 2020

While space is continuously explored by humans, it takes a lot of time. Fortunately, scientists have discovered a superhighway that may enable faster travel to the outer reaches of our solar system. There are talks of humans living on Mars, but it is often overlooked that reaching the planet would take a significant amount of time for a crew. Scientists now believe they have found a superhighway that could speed up how spaceships travel to the edge of our solar system, particularly between Jupiter and Neptune. Full Story


Superhighway In Space: Spacecraft Can Use These Routes To Travel Faster, But So Can Meteors

News 18 | December 14, 2020

The researchers say that further study is needed to understand how these could be used by spacecraft and probes sent in space, and how these will react to the gravitational forces of Earth, which will determine controlling incoming asteroids and meteors. Full Story


Industry Trends and Market Potential ? What?s Next?

Robotics Industry Association | December 14, 2020

Henrik Christensen, Director of the Contextual Robotics Institute and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at University of California San Diego, was one of the esteemed keynote speakers during Robotics Week. Christensen gave an enlightening preview of the latest edition of the U.S. Robotics Roadmap published this past September. Full Story


Wearable device could be key in early COVID-19 detection

KRON 4 | December 14, 2020

A ring may become much more than a fashion statement. Combined with technology, it could become a wearable device that help curb the spread of COVID-19. This is a smart ring called "Oura" and researchers at UCSF found it can be used to monitor some changes in your body that could tip you off to something that may be wrong. The ring constantly checks on your temperature, heart, and respiratory rates. The study found it was accurate in alerting a person to a fever even before any symptoms in 30 of the 50 study's participants. Researchers believe this could be key Full Story


Temperature Sensing Rings Might Prevent Covid-19's Spread Through Early Fever Detection

IFL Science! | December 14, 2020

In the 1970s the invention of rings that change color depending on the temperature of the wearer started a fad. Today a more advanced version could help stop a pandemic, although the team testing them warn larger samples are needed before their effectiveness can be confirmed. "Mood rings" got their name from the claim that temperature variations, revealed in the changing colors of the rings' liquid crystals, indicated the wearer's emotions. After a while people noticed this wasn't a very reliable measure, since slightly higher temperatures could be an indication of anything from e Full Story


Early data suggest wearables can cath some cases of Covid-19 before symptoms emerge

emerge | December 14, 2020

The results of several ambitious studies testing wearables as early predictors of for Covid-19 are in - and they suggest that data from devices including Apple Watches, Fitbits, and Oura smart rings may be useful for flagging some infections in people before they even feel ill. Recently published research from ongoing efforts at three high-profile institutions in the Golden State - the University of California in San Francisco, Stanford University, and Scripps Research Translational Institute in San Diego - indicate that wearables can detect a bump in heart rate or temperature, Full Story


Smart ring may flag early COVID-19 even if symptoms are subtle: Study

Yahoo! News | December 14, 2020

A smart ring that generates continuous temperature data may flag COVID-19 in its very early stages, even in cases when the coronavirus infection is not suspected, a new study says. According to the research, published in the journal Scientific Reports on Monday, the device can be a better illness indicator than a thermometer, and may lead to earlier isolation and testing, curbing the spread of diseases like COVID-19. Full Story


Go space truckin' on this newly paved celestial superhighway

SYFY Wire | December 13, 2020

Looking for a shortcut through our Solar System that'll substantially reduce your travel time as you throttle up and blast from one end of the neighborhood to the other? Help is one the way! Discovered by a team of American and Serbian astronomers, a new, more efficient gravity-assist route leading straight through the middle of our planetary family acts as a sort of cosmic superhighway, driving errant asteroids and comets past the gas giants much quicker than previously believed. Full Story


Solar System 'superhighway' could speed up space travel

Engadget | December 12, 2020

Future deep space missions might not take as long as you?d think. Researchers have discovered a Solar System "superhighway" network of routes that would let probes and other spacecraft travel outward at quicker pace. Asteroids near Jupiter, for example, could reach Neptune?s distance in less than 10 years and 100AU (about three times Neptune?s distance from the Sun) in 100 years. Spacecraft would theoretically be faster. Scientists found the routes by computing how "millions" of Solar System orbits fit inside known space manifolds, or arch structures that extend from the as Full Story


Solar System 'superhighway' could speed up space travel

Yahoo! Finance | December 12, 2020

Future deep space missions might not take as long as you'd think. Researchers have discovered a Solar System "superhighway" network of routes that would let probes and other spacecraft travel outward at quicker pace. Asteroids near Jupiter, for example, could reach Neptune's distance in less than 10 years and 100AU (about three times Neptune?s distance from the Sun) in 100 years. Spacecraft would theoretically be faster. Scientists found the routes by computing how "millions" of Solar System orbits fit inside known space manifolds, or arch structures that extend from the Full Story


Solar System 'superhighway' could speed up space travel

Yahoo! Finance | December 12, 2020

Future deep space missions might not take as long as you'd think. Researchers have discovered a Solar System "superhighway" network of routes that would let probes and other spacecraft travel outward at quicker pace. Asteroids near Jupiter, for example, could reach Neptune's distance in less than 10 years and 100AU (about three times Neptune?s distance from the Sun) in 100 years. Spacecraft would theoretically be faster. Scientists found the routes by computing how "millions" of Solar System orbits fit inside known space manifolds, or arch structures that extend from the Full Story


Scientists Discover Cosmic Expressways Enabling 'Fast Travel' Through the Solar System

KGW8 Portland Ore. | December 11, 2020

Invisible structures generated by the planets could make up a space 'superhighway' network, which we could potentially harness to get around the solar system. Full Story


Scientists Discover Cosmic Expressways Enabling 'Fast Travel' Through the Solar System

KHOU11 Houston | December 11, 2020

Invisible structures generated by the planets could make up a space 'superhighway' network, which we could potentially harness to get around the solar system. Full Story


Scientists Discover Cosmic Expressways Enabling 'Fast Travel' Through the Solar System

King5 Seattle | December 11, 2020

Invisible structures generated by the planets could make up a space 'superhighway' network, which we could potentially harness to get around the solar system. Full Story


New gravitational 'superhighway' is discovered in the Solar System that could make interplanetary spaceflight much faster than was previously thought

Mail Online | December 11, 2020

A new 'superhighway' network running through the Solar System has been discovered by astronomers, and it could speed up space travel in the future. Researchers from the University of California San Diego looked at the orbits of millions of bodies in our Solar System and computed how they fit together and interact. The highways allow objects to move through space much faster than previously thought possible - for example, travelling between Jupiter and Neptune in under a decade. Full Story


Fast superhighway through the Solar System discovered

BigThink | December 10, 2020

Humanity could be making its way through the Solar System much faster thanks to the discovery of a new superhighway network among space manifolds. Don't get your engines roaring along this "celestial autobahn" just yet, but the researchers believe the new pathways can eventually be used by spacecraft to get to the outer reaches of our Solar System with relative haste. The celestial highway could get comets and asteroids from Jupiter to Neptune in less than a decade. Compare that to hundreds of thousands or even millions of years it might ordinarily take for space objects to traverse Full Story


How a fake coronavirus sample could help scientists tackle the real thing

Mashable | December 3, 2020

When Dr. Soo Khim Chan runs what appears to be a regular virus sample through a COVID-19 test, she knows that if all goes well, it will come back positive. But Chan's sample isn't from a COVID-19 patient, and it doesn't even contain the virus which causes the disease. Instead, she's using a virus-like nanoparticle that's essentially a fake coronavirus. Working with UC San Diego nanoengineering professor Nicole Steinmetz, Chan created a positive control--something tested alongside samples from patients as a comparison to ensure that the COVID-19 testing process has worked correctly. Full Story


Viruses Can Help Us as Well as Harm Us

Scientific American | December 1, 2020

Experts are figuring out how to exploit the 380 trillion viruses that make up the human virome Full Story


New Wearable Technology Makes Thermal Camouflage Real

NOW. | November 27, 2020

Now, a more practical, 21st-century solution could render a solider just as invisible to alien predators and nighttime nemeses. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego and the National University of Singapore have, for the first time, created wearable technology that blends a person?s own body heat signature into the surrounding environment?s temperature, adapting to temperature changes and effectively hiding the person from thermal cameras and night vision goggles. The idea is to scale the device so that it can be worn like a jacket or full-body armor. Full Story


Experimenting in Space to Help Prevent Mudslides on Earth

Lab Manager | November 26, 2020

What can the International Space Station teach us about mudslides here on Earth? Here is the connection: University of California (UC), San Diego engineers are trying to better understand the role gravity plays in mudslides. That is why in 18 months, they will launch an experiment to the ISS via SpaceX and NASA to study mudslides in microgravity. Back here on Earth, structural engineer Ingrid Tomac and her team at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego will conduct under Earth's gravity the same experiments that are happening in space in microgravity. Full Story


UCSD tests new tech to help make self-driving cars safer

La Jolla Light | November 25, 2020

To help make self-driving cars safer in challenging weather, engineers at UC San Diego are developing new technologies and fusing them with existing ones to improve how the vehicles "see" other cars. Full Story


10 Robot Components That Can Improve Your Setup

Robotics Online | November 25, 2020

The new decade is upon us! This means a new set of robot components will arrive on the market. It also means more choice of which components you can use in your robot cell. But, with more choice comes more possibilities for confusion. It?s hard to know which robot components are going to be the most important for you and for the wider robotics industry. Full Story


Antimicrobial Soap Additive Worsens Fatty Liver Disease in Mice

UC San Diego Health | November 23, 2020

University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers found evidence that triclosan ? an antimicrobial found in many soaps and other household items ? worsens fatty liver disease in mice fed a high-fat diet. Full Story


UC San Diego researchers find ways to make self-driving cars safer

ABC 10News San Diego | November 20, 2020

Researchers at UC San Diego have found a way to improve radar technology that can make self-driving cars safer. "Our vision is to make self-driving cars much more safer than how we humans drive," says Dinesh Bharadia, an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC San Diego. Bharadia led a team of researchers working on ways to help autonomous vehicles see in bad weather. Full Story


UC San Diego Leads Research that Earns Gordon Bell Special Prize

UC San Diego News | November 19, 2020

Computational Chemist Rommie Amaro and her research team win one of the most coveted awards in supercomputing for research related to COVID-19 Full Story


UC San Diego Engineers Send Soil Into Outer Space To Tackle Mudslides On Earth

KPBS | November 13, 2020

Long after wildfires are put out, they can leave environmental issues - such as mudslides - in their wake. Now, some San Diego scientists are considering looking for some extraterrestrial answers to this earthly problem. After months of major wildfires in 2018, some Californians experienced massive mudslides that killed 23 people and destroyed more than 100 homes. Wildfires attack the roots of plants and trees, which can produce gases that cause soil to fall apart. The 2018 mudslides and others like it sparked the curiosity of UC San Diego geotechnical engineer Ingrid Tomac. She studies the dy Full Story


The Future of Batteries

The Electrochemical Society | November 13, 2020

The future of the way we make, transmit, and use power rests heavily on the shoulders of energy storage technology. The current electric grid in the U.S. is unstable, underfunded, and incapable to moving the nation toward a clean energy future. In order to utilize emerging renewable technologies, researchers have been setting their sights on developing energy storage devices capable of harnessing huge amounts of energy for applications ranging for grid storage to electric vehicles. Y. Shirley Meng, ECS member and professor at the University of California, San Diego, Full Story


What?s the relationship between fermented food consumption, gut microbiota and health?

Gut Microbiota for Health | November 11, 2020

A new study of 6,811 subjects from the American Gut Project, led by Rob Knight explores in depth how fermented foods impact gut microbiota composition and function.FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsappEmail Full Story


Wildfire Spotting Network Grows to 610 Cameras in California

U.S. News and World Report | November 9, 2020

As the threat of wildfires has grown to a staggering level in California, so has its network of high-tech cameras watching the backcountry to spot the first outbreak of flames and help firefighters battle them until they are contained. The 610th ALERTWildfire camera was installed in California last month, according to the program office at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. Full Story


UC San Diego Gets $39M Grant For Renewable Energy Testbed

Patch | November 3, 2020

UC San Diego will receive a $39 million grant to build a testbed to allow universities, utilities and industry leaders to gain a better understanding of how to integrate renewable energy resources into the power grid, it was announced Monday. The grant from the National Science Foundation will fund construction of the testbed, dubbed DERConnect, which will allow for testing "to validate future technologies for autonomous energy grids in real-world scenarios." Full Story


UC San Diego gets $39 million grant for renewable energy testbed

American School & University | November 3, 2020

The University of California, San Diego, has been awarded a $39 million grant to build a testbed to help universities, utilities and industry leaders gain a better understanding of how to integrate renewable energy resources into the power grid. The university says in a news release that the grant from the National Science Foundation will study how to integrate distributed energy sources such as solar panels, wind turbines, smart buildings and electric vehicle batteries into the power grid. Full Story


UCSD Gets $39 Million Grant for Renewable Energy Testbed

Times of San Diego | November 2, 2020

UC San Diego will receive a $39 million grant to build a testbed to allow universities, utilities and industry leaders to gain a better understanding of how to integrate renewable energy resources into the power grid, it was announced Monday. The grant from the National Science Foundation will fund construction of the testbed, dubbed DERConnect, which will allow for testing "to validate future technologies for autonomous energy grids in real-world scenarios." According to the university, a lack of test cases on a realistic scale has been a major hurdle to the adoption of energy sourc Full Story


The National Science Foundation Funds Study to Better Understand DERs

Solar Industry | October 30, 2020

The National Science Foundation has awarded $39 million to a team of engineers and computer scientists at UC San Diego to build a first-of-its-kind testbed to better understand how to integrate distributed energy sources such as solar panels, wind turbines, smart buildings and electric vehicle batteries into the power grid. The goal is to make the testbed available to outside research teams and industry by 2025. The major driver for the project is the need to decarbonize the electrical grid, protect it from cybersecurity attacks and make it more resilient. Full Story


UC San Diego researcher gets $15 million for nanosponge therapy

ABC 10News San Diego | October 21, 2020

A researcher at UC San Diego just got a $15 million grant to further his work into nanosponge therapy. Liangfang Zhang, a professor of nanoengineering and bioengineering, has been working on creating macrophage cellular nanosponges, tiny particles covered in white blood cell membranes, to treat sepsis and other diseases. The nanosponges act as decoys, tricking a disease or virus into binding with them instead of with human cells. While the initial aim is to treat sepsis, Zhang says it has applications to other deadly diseases, including COVID-19. Full Story


Adorable, squishy "Squidbot" goes for a swim

Daily Local News | October 18, 2020

The soft, self-propelling robot is designed to assist in vital undersea expeditions Full Story


Adorable, squishy "Squidbot" goes for a swim

NBC Right Now | October 16, 2020

The soft, self-propelling robot is designed to assist in vital undersea expeditions Full Story


Adorable, squishy "Squidbot" goes for a swim

Inside NOVA | October 16, 2020

The soft, self-propelling robot is designed to assist in vital undersea expeditions Full Story


Adorable, squishy "Squidbot" goes for a swim

East Oregonian | October 16, 2020

The soft, self-propelling robot is designed to assist in vital undersea expeditions Full Story


California designers build squid robot that swims underwater

MSN | October 16, 2020

A squid robot that propels itself by sucking and ejecting water has been designed by engineers at a university in California. Michael Tolley, professor at the University of California San Diego, said they took inspiration from the marine animal?s way of moving in the sea. They called the innovation "Squidbot" a wordplay at squid and robot. Squidbot is currently used to take clear photos and videos of marine animals disguised as the tentacled animal. By moving quickly and being disguised as another animal, it can get into places that other equipment struggle with. Full Story


Robo-Cthulhu: a robotic squid takes the plunge to see what lurks in the eldritch dark

SYFY Wire | October 15, 2020

Cthulhu might keep dreaming down in the murk of R'lyeh, but does he see any robots that look remotely like him swimming around in those blasphemous dreams? Using bioinspiration from how a squid propels itself through the water, a team of scientists developed a robotic cephalopod that could pass for a distant relative of the Great Cthulhu. This alien-looking machine carries its own power source and camera while propelling itself through the water. The thing about soft robots is that they can make observations of undersea life Full Story


Is Space Too Crowded?

CNN 10, YouTube | October 15, 2020

Coronavirus cases are on the rise in most U.S. states, and health officials are warning Americans to be more vigilant in the cooler months. Speaking of cooler months, a La Niña has formed in the Pacific, and meteorologists say it could affect the weather for months to come. Meantime, a crowded space environment is about to get more populated, and a "squidbot" could help scientists explore the sea. Full Story


This School Year Has Been Unlike Any Other

New York Times | October 14, 2020

Even when they are working alone, people tend to cluster together, which is a particular problem during the pandemic, when social distancing is the rule of the day. Enter a technology developed by a UC San Diego electrical engineering student, Nic Halverson, who was frustrated with overcrowding on his campus. Full Story


Let this robotic squid be your guidee to underwater life - Strictly Robots

Mashable | October 14, 2020

Video: The robot is fully waterproof and battery powered which allows it to carry an underwater camera. Full Story


Researchers built a robot squid that propels itself with a water jet #Robotics #Squidbot #drone

adafruit | October 14, 2020

You had me at robot squid. Underwater robot buddy built at UC San Diego mimicking some cephalopod's movment! The team drew inspiration from the jet propulsion mechanism of real squid to help the robot swim by itself. It takes some water into its flexible body, where it also stores elastic energy. The robot can compress its body to release that energy and use a water jet to propel itself. The device can adjust the nozzle?s position, so it can swim in any direction. Full Story


New Anode Allows for Safe Battery Recharge in Minutes

Design News | October 12, 2020

Quick battery recharge is something scientists are constantly working on as people get more and more dependent on their electronic devices. Now researchers at UC San Diego may have found a solution in a new anode material that enables lithium-ion batteries to be safely recharged within minutes for thousands of cycles. Full Story


SquidBot: A Breakthrough for Underwater Exploration

UNTV, Philippines | October 10, 2020

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have created this squid-like robot that can swim untethered. It carries a sensor, such as a camera, for underwater exploration. Full Story


Researchers built a robot squid that propels itself with a water jet

Yahoo! News | October 9, 2020

To help explore underwater environments without damaging coral or sea life, engineers from UC San Diego created a robot squid (via Hackster.io). Soft robots are less likely to harm aquatic life than rigid ones. Researchers used mainly soft materials like acrylic polymer to build the device, along with a few 3D printed and laser-cut rigid parts. The team drew inspiration from the jet propulsion mechanism of real squid to help the robot swim by itself. It takes some water into its flexible body, where it also stores elastic energy. Full Story


Video Friday: Poimo Is a Portable Inflatable E-Bike

IEEE Spectrum | October 9, 2020

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have built a squid-like robot that can swim untethered, propelling itself by generating jets of water. The robot carries its own power source inside its body. It can also carry a sensor, such as a camera, for underwater exploration. Full Story


Researchers built a robot squid that propels itself with a water jet

Yahoo! Entertainment | October 9, 2020

To help explore underwater environments without damaging coral or sea life, engineers from UC San Diego created a robot squid (via Hackster.io). Soft robots are less likely to harm aquatic life than rigid ones. Researchers used mainly soft materials like acrylic polymer to build the device, along with a few 3D printed and laser-cut rigid parts. The team drew inspiration from the jet propulsion mechanism of real squid to help the robot swim by itself. It takes some water into its flexible body, where it also stores elastic energy. Full Story


Squidbot moves like a real squid to take pictures of coral and fish

Slash Gear | October 8, 2020

Engineers from the University of California San Diego have created a new squid-like robot that can operate in the ocean untethered. The robot propels itself by squirting jets of water and carries its power source inside its body. It can also carry a sensor, such as a camera, allowing it to explore underwater. Full Story


Inspired by Squids, Researchers Develop 'Squidbot' to Probe Deeper Underwater Surfaces

News 18, India | October 8, 2020

Squids are popular for squirting ink onto potential threat but researchers have found an amazing use for their physiological design. Drawing inspiration from squids, a team of researchers have created an underwater robot which is capable of propelling itself forward by expelling jets of water for faster movement. The robot is aptly named "squidbot." The machine is untethered, which means it is free to move on its own. It includes a 'strain' chamber that inflates by taking in water and then expels that water to swim about freely. Full Story


Glowing Robot Squid Could Be The Next Step In Deep Sea Exploration

Independent UK | October 7, 2020

A new squid-like robot has can swim on its own and take pictures. The machine was built to explore the sea by researchers at the University of California San Diego.The robot propels itself by shooting jets of water behind it; it takes in a large amount of water into its body, and then compresses itself to blast it out behind it. The machine's body is made of acrylic polymer, supported by 3D-printed and laser-cut parts; its soft body means that it will not injure fish or coral, and can also maneuver more easily than larger, more rigid robots. Full Story


"Squidbot" propels itself with jets of water just like the real thing

New Atlas | October 7, 2020

When it comes to dreaming up locomotion solutions for advanced robots, scientists regularly turn to the natural world for inspiration, and the marine environment is a particularly rich source of ideas. The latest example of this is a highly efficient ?Squidbot? developed by engineers at the University of California (UC) San Diego that uses a combination of soft and rigid materials to propel itself through the water much like the real thing. Full Story


A Common Plant Virus Is an Unlikely Ally in the War on Cancer

Wired | October 5, 2020

Researchers have seen promising results by injecting dog and mouse tumors with the cowpea mosaic virus. Now they're aiming for a human trial. Full Story


How Bacteria React to Being Used in Biotechnology

ScienceNews | October 1, 2020

Researchers, the pharmaceutical industry and industry in general want bacteria and fungi to produce a cornucopia of various proteins and enzymes. However, the bacteria do not always cooperate, and researchers have now mapped out how they react to being used in biotechnology. Full Story


How a gas car ban could fail in Calif.

E&E News | October 1, 2020

California must prod 10 million people to buy clean cars and install thousands of charging stations within a decade to start phasing out gas-fueled vehicles in 2035, auto experts said. An executive order issued last week by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) would ban the sale of new cars with internal-combustion engines beginning in 15 years. But achieving that level of climate action hangs on a slew of uncertainties, including more renewable energy, increasing EV production, advancements in energy storage technology and the outcome of the presidential election. That's just a few of the challenges. Full Story


Validating The Physics Behind The New MIT-designed Fusion Experiment

Science Blog | September 30, 2020

Two and a half years ago, MIT entered into a research agreement with startup company Commonwealth Fusion Systems to develop a next-generation fusion research experiment, called SPARC, as a precursor to a practical, emissions-free power plant. Now, after many months of intensive research and engineering work, the researchers charged with defining and refining the physics behind the ambitious tokamak design have published a series of papers summarizing the progress they have made and outlining the key research questions SPARC will enable. Full Story


Tesla's new 'tabless' cell design is 'brilliant,' said a top battery researcher

MSN.com | September 26, 2020

Tesla's Battery Day this week brought big news to the metallurgy and chemical-engineering worlds: the company had developed a new cylindrical battery cell, dubbed the "4680," that's much larger than the 2170 cells it's currently using. While the 4680 cells remain at the prototyping stage and shouldn't enter mass production until 2022, CEO Elon Musk and his engineers are confident enough in the new form factor to start rethinking the design of Tesla's cars, with the 4680 cells becoming a structural feature. Full Story


3D printing with a bit of give and take

COSMOS the Science of Everything | September 26, 2020

Materials scientists in the US say they have learned how to make liquid crystal shape-shift. That may not immediately strike a chord with those who aren't materials scientists, but it's the key to a new 3D-printing method the team says could make it easier to manufacture and control the shape of soft robots, artificial muscles and wearable devices. Shengqiang Cai and colleagues at the University of California San Diego say controlling the printing temperature of the soft, elastic polymers known as liquid crystal elastomers (LCE) makes it possible to control a printed material's stiffness Full Story


3 Ways Healthcare is Using Predictive Analytics to Combat COVID-19

Health IT Analytics | September 25, 2020

Predictive analytics tools are helping healthcare organizations stay ahead of poor outcomes, resource shortages, and other impacts of COVID-19. Full Story


California Wants Cars to Run on Electricity. It's Going to Need a Much Bigger Grid

The Wall Street Journal | September 25, 2020

Leaning on the hood of a shiny red electric Ford Mustang, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday to end the sale of new gas-burning cars in his state in 15 years. Now comes the hard part. Energy consultants and academics say converting all passenger cars and trucks to run on electricity in California could raise power demand by as much as 25%. That poses a major challenge for a state already facing periodic rolling blackouts as it rapidly transitions to renewable energy. Full Story


Video Friday: Researchers 3D Print Liquid Crystal Elastomer for Soft Robots

IEEE Spectrum | September 25, 2020

Video Friday: Researchers 3D Print Liquid Crystal Elastomer for Soft Robots Full Story


California Wants Cars to Run on Electricity. It's Going to Need a Much Bigger Grid

The Wall Street Journal | September 25, 2020

Leaning on the hood of a shiny red electric Ford Mustang, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday to end the sale of new gas-burning cars in his state in 15 years. Now comes the hard part. Energy consultants and academics say converting all passenger cars and trucks to run on electricity in California could raise power demand by as much as 25%. That poses a major challenge for a state already facing periodic rolling blackouts as it rapidly transitions to renewable energy. Full Story


Tesla could struggle to implement some of its battery advances, experts say

Yahoo! News | September 23, 2020

The advanced battery cell design and new manufacturing processes outlined by Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk are promising, battery experts say, but they questioned how quickly they can be implemented and how much they'll contribute to reducing overall costs. Tesla's new battery cell - a larger cylindrical format called 4680 that can store more energy and is easier to make - is key to achieving the goal of cutting battery costs in half and ramping up battery production nearly 100-fold by 2030. Full Story


Tesla could struggle to implement some of its battery advances, experts say

Reuters | September 23, 2020

The advanced battery cell design and new manufacturing processes outlined by Tesla Inc TSLA.O CEO Elon Musk are promising, battery experts say, but they questioned how quickly they can be implemented and how much they'll contribute to reducing overall costs. Tesla's new battery cell - a larger cylindrical format called 4680 that can store more energy and is easier to make - is key to achieving the goal of cutting battery costs in half and ramping up battery production nearly 100-fold by 2030. Full Story


Power/Performance Bits: Sept. 22

Semiconductor Engineering | September 22, 2020

Researchers at University of California San Diego, Texas A&M University, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Tsinghua University, and Shenzhen University found a way to fabricate flexible single-crystal perovskite thin films. Full Story


Where Was the Battery at Tesla's Battery Day?

Wired | September 22, 2020

On Tuesday afternoon, Elon Musk greeted several hundred investors sitting in their Teslas from a makeshift stage in the parking lot of the Tesla factory in Fremont, California. After months of Covid-induced delays, it seemed like an appropriate setting for the company's much-hyped Battery Day event. Details about what the outspoken CEO had in store were scarce leading up to the day, but Musk had promised to show the world something "very insane" that would result in a "step change in accelerating sustainable energy." Full Story


Robotics Takes on Greater Role in Remote Education

Bloomberg TV | September 11, 2020

Henrik Christensen, director of the UC San Diego Contextual Robotics Institute, talks about using robots in the classroom and elsewhere during the pandemic. Full Story


Human genome-produced RNA discovered on surface of cells

Drug Target Review | September 10, 2020

Human genome-produced RNA has been found on the surface of human cells, which researchers say could be easier for therapeutics to reach. Full Story


Take a Road Trip Using the 2020 Robotics Roadmap

Machine Design | September 10, 2020

Henrik Christensen, director of the Contextual Robotics Institute at the University of California San Diego, gave a presentation on the newest (and fourth edition) A Roadmap for US Robotics during the RIA Robotics Week. This 90-page document is published every four years and was released on Sept. 9. It details different applications and growth areas for the robotics industry, as well as societal drivers, obstacles and how to address those obstacles. The report was created from research papers from robotics experts and various workshops. Full Story


Could Facebook?s 3D-printed virtual reality gloves be announced for Oculus at Connect?

3D Printing Industry | September 9, 2020

With Facebook Connect 2020 scheduled to take place next week, the firm?s Reality Labs team has announced the development of 3D printed Virtual Reality (VR) gloves. Scientists from the University of California San Diego have used 3D printing to create flexible, walking ?insect-like? robots. The team?s budget-minded production technique is designed to lower the cost of entry to fabricating soft robotics. Full Story


Disordered rock salt makes fast-charging anode for li-ion batteries

Electronics Weekly | September 8, 2020

Researchers at UC San Diego have developed a new anode material that enables lithium-ion batteries to be safely recharged within minutes for thousands of cycles. Full Story


Here's an Idea: An 'Aerodrome' Testing Ground for Unmanned Aircraft

Tech Briefs | September 8, 2020

Before delivery drones start carrying packages (and passenger drones start delivering ourselves), engineers will need to keep refining an unmanned aircraft's ability to navigate and detect obstacles. University of California San Diego robotics researcher Tim McConnell oversees the Aerodrome ? a facility that may look like a driving range, but is, in fact, a testing ground for unmanned aircraft. Full Story


Scientists using AI to track, predict epidemics like COVID-19

Arirang | September 8, 2020

Can we use artificial intelligence to track and even predict epidemics like COVID-19? Today, we speak with two scientists who are working to improve health and beat diseases, using bioinformatics. Buhm Han, Professor of Seoul National University's College of Medicine and CTO of bioinformatics company Genealogy joins us in Seoul. We also connect with Niema Moshiri, Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. Full Story


A new study can detect cancer four years earlier than current methods

Noticireos Televisa | September 8, 2020

A new study could find cancer long before it causes symptoms. Some specialists estimate that it could be identified 4 years earlier than current methods. Dr. Diane Perez tells us about this advance. Full Story


OpenBot: an open-source 3D-printed robot by Intel

3D Natives | September 8, 2020

Based in Silicon Valley, California, Intel is an American multinational corporation and one of the leading companies on the global tech arena. Its research division, Intel Labs, recently put online the 3D files of its new 3D printable robot: available open-source, this device functions with a smartphone and is available for less than $50! Oftentimes, the goal of incorporating the 3D printing technology is to lower the cost of the robot components, which is otherwise rather high; we have seen it in the projects like Flexoskeleton from UC San Diego and Solo 8 robot dog. Full Story


Disordered Rock Salt And Transition Metal Anodes-- Engineering The Batteries Of The Future

CleanTechnica | September 4, 2020

People like to say nothing is sure but death and taxes. But there is something else we can be sure of ? announcements about blockbuster new battery technologies that promise higher energy density and shorter charging times. Given that discoveries in the lab usually take years to make their way into production, two such announcements this week suggest the children of tomorrow will think about today?s lithium-ion batteries the way children today think about transistors. Full Story


Could 'disordered rock salts' bring order to next-gen lithium batteries?

Ars Technica | September 4, 2020

Earlier this week, a paper covers a new electrode material that seems to avoid the problems that have plagued other approaches to expanding battery capacity. And it's a remarkably simple material: a variation on the same structure that's formed by crystals of table salt. While it's far from being ready to throw in a battery, the early data definitely indicate it's worth looking into further. Full Story


Stories for Change: UCSD professor Olivia Graeve

ABC 10 | September 4, 2020

UC San Diego's first Latina engineering professor works to expand outreach to under-represented groups in STEM fields. Full Story


Rocksalt anode can lead to safer, fast-charging Li-ion batteries

Hindu Business Line | September 3, 2020

The rocksalt anode helps achieve a crucial middle ground, which is safer to use than graphite, yet offers a battery with at least 71 per cent more energy than lithium titanate. Full Story


DOE announced $29M in funding for fusion energy technology development

Green Car Congress | September 3, 2020

The US Department of Energy announced $29 million in funding for 14 projects as part of the Galvanizing Advances in Market-aligned fusion for an Overabundance of Watts (GAMOW) program, which is jointly sponsored by ARPA-E and the Office of Science?Fusion Energy Sciences (SC-FES). UC San Diego was awarded $1.75M for Renewable Low-Z Wall for Fusion Reactors with Built-In Tritium Recovery. Full Story


UCSD team develops new disordered rock salt anode for fast-charging, safer lithium-ion batteries

Green Car Congress | September 2, 2020

Researchers at UC San Diego, with their colleagues at other institutions, have developed a new anode material that enables lithium-ion batteries to be safely recharged within minutes for thousands of cycles. Full Story


New anode material could make fast-charging batteries safer

Institution of Mechanical Engineers | September 2, 2020

American researchers have discovered a new anode material that enables lithium-ion batteries to be safely recharged within minutes. Full Story


Científica tijuanense recibe reconocimiento de la Casa Blanca

San Diego Union-Tribune en Espanol | August 12, 2020

Olivia Graeve, ingeniera tijuanense y catedrática de la Universidad de California San Diego (UCSD), obtuvo el reconocimiento presidencial a la Excelencia en la Enseñanza de Ciencias, Matemáticas e Ingenierías por parte de la Casa Blanca. Full Story


Olivia Graeve, a Tijuana native, has started programs to encourage underrepresented students

San Diego Union-Tribune | August 12, 2020

UC San Diego professor and Tijuana native Olivia Graeve was recently recognized with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from the White House. Full Story


Genetic engineering shows how 'foreign' DNA impacts evolution

Science Advisory Board | August 11, 2020

A new study has demonstrated that "foreign" DNA -- DNA transferred horizontally into a species from a source other than a parent -- can become functional over time and can impact an organism's evolution and fitness, according to a paper published August 10 in Nature Ecology and Evolution. Full Story


No Two Brains Are the Same: How Neuroscience Is Advancing to Account for This

Elemental | August 7, 2020

Your brain is not like mine. In fact, your brain is not like anyone else's. I don't mean that in some philosophical or abstract way; I mean it literally. The precise wiring of your brain is unique to you. During development, your genes specified a blueprint that resulted in your brain having roughly the same organization as mine. But that genetic blueprint wasn't designed to specify the precise connection patterns between all the neurons in your brain. Full Story


Single-Crystal Perovskites Made with Standard Practices Are Stable, Flexible

Photonics Marketplace | August 6, 2020

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a way to fabricate perovskites as single-crystal thin films. The method, which uses standard semiconductor fabrication processes including lithography, produces flexible, single-crystal perovskite films with controlled area, thickness, and composition. Full Story


A Better Method for Making Perovskite Films

Optics and Photonics News | August 5, 2020

For many applications, single-crystal perovskite films perform better than their polycrystalline cousins. Creating thin sheets of such single-crystal semiconductors, however, has been notoriously difficult. Now, a team at a U.S. university has developed a new method of fabricating single-crystal perovskite thin films that are also flexible. Full Story


Your phone could be telling you if you've been exposed to COVID-19. Here's why it's not

San Diego Union-Tribune | August 4, 2020

Dinesh Bharadia, an assistant professor at UC San Diego and a wireless localization expert, quickly recognized that algorithms could help make Bluetooth technology for contact tracing a lot more accurate. Full Story


A step forward for single-crystal perovskites

PV Magazine | August 3, 2020

Scientists in the United States have developed a lithography-based process for the fabrication of single-crystal perovskites. Thin films made using this process have been integrated into a range of devices, including solar cells, and have demonstrated better stability performance than their more commonly researched polycrystalline counterparts. Full Story


New Perovskite Solar Cell Puts Another Nail In The Natural Gas Coffin

CleanTechnica | August 1, 2020

A team of nanotech engineers at the University of California, San Diego decided to take on the single-crystal challenge. The trick was to find a fabrication method that could translate into a high volume, high efficiency manufacturing model. Full Story


Single crystal perovskite for solar panels

EE News Europe | July 31, 2020

Engineers at UC San Diego in California have developed a new method to fabricate perovskite material in a single-crystal thin film for more efficient solar cells and optical devices. Full Story


Data Supports Singlera's PanSeer Test as Company Narrows Focus to Colorectal Cancer Detection

Genome Web | July 31, 2020

Data Supports Singlera's PanSeer Test as Company Narrows Focus to Colorectal Cancer Detection. Overall, the group tested blood samples from 605 asymptomatic individuals, 191 of whom were later diagnosed with stomach, esophageal, colorectal, lung or liver cancer -- all within four years of the analyzed blood draw. Full Story


Single-crystal Perovskite Devices Closer To Viability

Compound Semiconductor | July 30, 2020

Nanoengineers at UC San Diego developed a new method to fabricate perovskites as single-crystal thin films, which are more efficient for use in solar cells and optical devices than the current state-of-the-art polycrystalline forms of the material. Full Story


Experimental Blood Test Detects Cancer Years Before Symptoms

Medscape | July 29, 2020

A blood test that may be able to detect cancer years before any symptoms appear is under development. The PanSeer assay, which detects methylation markers in blood, was used in healthy individuals and successfully detected five cancer types in 91% of samples from individuals who were diagnosed with cancer 1 to 4 years later. "We can't say for sure that the patients didn't have any symptoms, but we detected the cancer years before they ever walked into the hospital," said study author Kun Zhang, PhD, a professor of bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego. Full Story


Tesla could reap benefits of 'truly exciting' glassy metal battery research

The Driven | July 28, 2020

A rare glassy lithium metal observed by battery researchers, including Shirley Meng, the research partner for the Maxwell Technologies business acquired by Tesla in 2019, could lead to faster charging, higher capacity EV batteries. Full Story


Rare glassy lithium grows better batteries

Analytical Science | July 28, 2020

Using cryo-electron microscopy, US-based researchers have imaged the nanostructure of lithium during the earliest stages of recharging, showing that slow, low-energy charging leads to the formation of amorphous lithium. Full Story


Groundbreaking blood test can detect cancer years before symptoms appear

The Jerusalem Post | July 27, 2020

A new blood test can detect various types of cancer years before previously possible with traditional detection methods, according to a new research published in the scientific journal Nature Communications. Early detection of cancer has the potential to significantly decrease death rates caused by the disease. Scientists have tried for years to develop a cancer screening-test that would reliably detect malignancy potential before tumor cells have the chance to spread, making treatment more effective. But until today, most attempts were unsuccessful or had partial results at best. Full Story


Ronald L. Graham, Who Unlocked the Magic of Numbers, Dies at 84

The New York Times | July 23, 2020

Ronald L. Graham, who gained renown with wide-ranging theorems in a field known as discrete mathematics that have found uses in diverse areas, ranging from making telephone and computer networks more efficient to explaining the dynamics of juggling, died on July 6 at his home in the La Jolla section of San Diego. He was 84. Full Story


Scientists have developed a blood test that can detect cancer years before symptoms show - the science explained

The Scotsman | July 23, 2020

Scientists analysed plasma samples from 605 people who did not have any symptoms of cancer in the study, with 191 of the participants later diagnosed with the disease. The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, also assessed specimens from a further 223 diagnosed cancer patients, as well as 200 primary tumour and normal tissue samples. The scientists then developed a test that was able to detect cancer in 95 per cent of the participants who did not have any symptoms of the disease when samples were collected, and were only diagnosed with cancer later. Full Story


Blood Test Might Spot Cancer Years Earlier

U.S. News & World Report | July 23, 2020

Scientists are working on a blood test that may catch five common cancers years sooner than current methods. The blood test, which is still experimental, hunts for certain genetic "signatures" associated with tumors. Researchers found that it can detect five types of cancer -- colon, esophageal, liver, lung and stomach -- up to four years earlier, compared to routine medical care. More research is needed to confirm the test's accuracy. But these initial results "offer hope," said researcher Kun Zhang, a professor of bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego. Full Story


Here's How Far a Sneeze Can Actually Travel

Best Life | July 22, 2020

A recent study may cast further doubt on our notions of personal safety by revealing how far viral particles from a sneeze or a cough can actually travel. Full Story


Early cancer detection: new blood test finds disease years before standard diagnosis - 'We made this discovery by accident'

South China Morning Post | July 22, 2020

A blood test has been shown to detect five types of cancer years before the diseases could be spotted using conventional diagnostic methods, according to a study published on Tuesday. Developed by a Sino-US start-up, the test found cancers in 91% of people who showed no symptoms when the blood sample was collected but were diagnosed one to four years later with stomach, oesophageal, colon, lung or liver cancer, researchers reported in science journal Nature Communications. Full Story


Blood test detects cancer up to four years before symptoms show

Science Focus | July 22, 2020

A blood test that can spot five common types of cancer years before symptoms appear has been developed by scientists. The test, called PanSeer, is able to detect stomach, gullet, bowel, lung and liver cancer up to four years before conventional diagnosis methods, such as imaging tests or biopsies. According to the scientists, their findings - published in the journal Nature Communications - could help identify those at high risk of developing the disease, although the results need to be validated in larger studies. Full Story


Scientists develop blood test that can detect cancer years before symptoms show

Mirror UK | July 22, 2020

The test, called PanSeer, is able to detect stomach, gullet, bowel, lung and liver cancer up to four years before conventional diagnosis methods, such as imaging tests or biopsies. According to the scientists, their findings - published in the journal Nature Communications - could help identify those at high risk of developing the disease, although the results need to be validated in larger studies. Kun Zhang, a professor at the UC San Diego - and one of the authors on the study, said: "The ultimate goal would be performing blood tests like this routinely during annual health check-ups." Full Story


Scientists One Step Closer To Developing Blood Test That Detects Cancer Early

International Business Times | July 22, 2020

Scientists could be closer to developing a blood test that will make it possible to detect early-stage cancer. The goal of the blood test is to identify cancer at a much earlier time before it advances to a higher stage and becomes difficult to treat. The test involves detecting small DNA pieces that tumor cells eject into a patient's bloodstream. Researchers said the test, called PanSeer, can potentially identify five cancer types up to four years earlier compared to present diagnostic methods. They published their study Tuesday, July 21, in the journal Nature Communications. Full Story


Blood test finds cancers before standard diagnosis, study shows

Malay Mail | July 22, 2020

A blood test has been shown to detect five types of cancer years before the diseases could be spotted using conventional diagnostic methods, according to a study published yesterday. Developed by a Sino-US startup, the test found cancers in 91 percent of people who showed no symptoms when the blood sample was collected but were diagnosed one-to-four years later with stomach, esophageal, colon, lung or liver cancer, researchers reported in Nature Communications. "The immediate focus is to test people at higher risk, based on family history, age or other known risk factors," said Kun Zhang Full Story


PanSeer: The New Blood Test for Cancer Detects Tumor 4 Years Before Symptoms Appear

Ask Health News | July 22, 2020

The new cases of cancer are rising every year in the world with different complications. Meanwhile, the scientists presented a new blood test for cancer that can detect 5 different types of cancer. The specialty of the test is that it can detect the disease 4 years before the person shows any symptoms. This new blood test for cancer is called PanSeer. The study behind this test published in Nature Communications. The blood test is technically a liquid biopsy. It analyses the DNA particles present in the blood from different parts of the body. Full Story


Predictive Analytics Model Examines Droplets to Map COVID-19 Spread

Health IT Analytics | July 21, 2020

A predictive analytics model showed that without masks, six feet of social distance may not be enough to keep one person's respiratory droplets from reaching someone else, which could contribute to the spread of viruses like COVID-19. Full Story


New model connects respiratory droplet physics with COVID-19 spread

Toronto Telegraph | July 21, 2020

Respiratory droplets from a cough or sneeze travel farther and last longer in humid, cold climates than in hot, dry ones, according to a study on droplet physics by an international team of engineers. Full Story


Respiratory droplets from cough last longer in humid, cold climates

National Herald India | July 21, 2020

A US study led by Indian-origin researchers found that respiratory droplets from cough or sneeze travel farther and last longer in humid, cold climates than in hot and dry ones. The research team developed this new model to better understand the role that droplet clouds play in the spread of respiratory viruses, the study, published in the journal Physics of Fluids."The basic fundamental form of a chemical reaction is two molecules are colliding. How frequently they're colliding will give you how fast the reaction progresses," said study author Abhishek Saha from the University of California Full Story


Respiratory droplets from cough last longer in humid, cold climates

Daiji World | July 21, 2020

A US study led by Indian-origin researchers found that respiratory droplets from cough or sneeze travel farther and last longer in humid, cold climates than in hot and dry ones. The research team developed this new model to better understand the role that droplet clouds play in the spread of respiratory viruses, the study, published in the journal Physics of Fluids. Their model is the first to be based on a fundamental approach taken to study chemical reactions called collision rate theory, which looks at the interaction and collision rates of a droplet cloud exhaled by an infected person Full Story


New mathematical model predicts the early spread of respiratory viruses including COVID-19

News Medical Life Sciences | July 21, 2020

Respiratory droplets from a cough or sneeze travel farther and last longer in humid, cold climates than in hot, dry ones, according to a study on droplet physics by an international team of engineers. The researchers incorporated this understanding of the impact of environmental factors on droplet spread into a new mathematical model that can be used to predict the early spread of respiratory viruses including COVID-19, and the role of respiratory droplets in that spread. The team developed this new model to better understand the role that droplet clouds play in the spread Full Story


Researchers say blood test can detect cancer years before symptoms

The Guardian | July 21, 2020

A blood test can pick up cancers up to four years before symptoms appear, researchers say, in the latest study to raise hopes of early detection. A team led by researchers in China say the non-invasive blood test - called PanSeer - detects cancer in 95% of individuals who have no symptoms but later receive a diagnosis. "We demonstrated that five types of cancer can be detected through a DNA methylation-based blood test up to four years before conventional diagnosis," the team wrote in the journal Nature Communications. Full Story


GAME CHANGER Cheap and simple blood test can diagnose cancer four YEARS before symptoms show, scientists claim

The Sun UK | July 21, 2020

Experts say the non-invasive technique is 90 per cent accurate in detecting five common types of cancer and costs less than £80 per patient. The researchers, from China, hope it could lead to screening programmes for tumours of the lung, bowel, liver, stomach and gullet. These types of cancer claim almost 70,000 lives in total in the UK every year. The technique, called PanSeer, looks for specific chemical changes in the blood, known as methylation. Full Story


Blood test finds cancers before standard diagnosis: study

Yahoo! News | July 21, 2020

A blood test has been shown to detect five types of cancer years before the diseases could be spotted using conventional diagnostic methods, according to a study published Tuesday. Developed by a Sino-US startup, the test found cancers in 91 percent of people who showed no symptoms when the blood sample was collected but were diagnosed one-to-four years later with stomach, esophageal, colon, lung or liver cancer, researchers reported in Nature Communications. "The immediate focus is to test people at higher risk, based on family history, age or other known risk factors," Full Story


Blood test finds cancers before standard diagnosis: study

France 24 | July 21, 2020

A blood test has been shown to detect five types of cancer years before the diseases could be spotted using conventional diagnostic methods, according to a study published Tuesday. Developed by a Sino-US startup, the test found cancers in 91 percent of people who showed no symptoms when the blood sample was collected but were diagnosed one-to-four years later with stomach, esophageal, colon, lung or liver cancer, researchers reported in Nature Communications. "The immediate focus is to test people at higher risk, based on family history, age or other known risk factors," Full Story


Blood Test for Cancer Detects Disease Years Before Symptoms Show

Newsweek | July 21, 2020

Scientists have developed a blood test that can predict whether a person will have certain forms of cancer within four years, according to a study. The test, called PanSeer, was able to detect five common types of cancer--stomach, esophageal, colorectal, lung and liver--in 88 percent of patients who were already diagnosed, with 96 percent accuracy.It also picked up cancer in 95 percent of asymptomatic people who were later diagnosed with the condition. But more research is needed to confirm this result, the authors of the paper published in the journal Nature Communications said. Full Story


Experimental Blood Test Detects Cancer up to Four Years before Symptoms Appear

Scientific American | July 21, 2020

For years scientists have sought to create the ultimate cancer-screening test?one that can reliably detect a malignancy early, before tumor cells spread and when treatments are more effective. A new method reported today in Nature Communications brings researchers a step closer to that goal. By using a blood test, the international team was able to diagnose cancer long before symptoms appeared in nearly all the people it tested who went on to develop cancer. Full Story


Scientists inch closer to blood test to detect early stage cancer

NBC News | July 21, 2020

Scientists are edging closer to developing blood tests that could detect early stage cancer, before patients show any symptoms of the disease. One such test, called PanSeer, can potentially spot five types of cancers up to four years earlier than current diagnostic methods, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications. The test works by detecting tiny bits of DNA that tumor cells release into the bloodstream. Researchers have been working on this type of DNA sequencing application for years, and the development brings the industry a step closer Full Story


Blood test finds cancers before standard diagnosis: study

Yahoo! News | July 21, 2020

A blood test has been shown to detect five types of cancer years before the diseases could be spotted using conventional diagnostic methods, according to a study published Tuesday. Developed by a Sino-US startup, the test found cancers in 91 percent of people who showed no symptoms when the blood sample was collected but were diagnosed one-to-four years later with stomach, esophageal, colon, lung or liver cancer, researchers reported in Nature Communications. "The immediate focus is to test people at higher risk, based on family history, age or other known risk factors," said Kun Zhang Full Story


Scientists develop blood test that can detect cancer years before symptoms show

The Irish News | July 21, 2020

A blood test that can spot five common types of cancer years before symptoms appear has been developed by scientists. The test, called PanSeer, is able to detect stomach, gullet, bowel, lung and liver cancer up to four years before conventional diagnosis methods, such as imaging tests or biopsies. According to the scientists, their findings - published in the journal Nature Communications - could help identify those at high risk of developing the disease, although the results need to be validated in larger studies. Full Story


New Test Detects Some Cancers Up to 4 Years Before Symptoms: UCSD

NBC Los Angeles | July 21, 2020

A research team that includes the chair of UC San Diego's Department of Bioengineering said it developed a blood test that can detect certain forms of cancer in asymptomatic patients up to four years earlier than conventional methods, the university announced on Tuesday. PanSeer detects stomach, esophageal, colorectal, lung and liver cancer, according to UCSD, which said the test detected cancer in 91% of samples collected from then-asymptomatic patients who were diagnosed with cancer one to four years later. Full Story


UCSD scientist helps develop cancer detection test

Fox 5 San Diego | July 21, 2020

A research team that includes the chair of UC San Diego?s Department of Bioengineering says it has developed a blood test that can detect certain forms of cancer in asymptomatic patients up to four years earlier than conventional methods, the university announced Tuesday. PanSeer detects stomach, esophageal, colorectal, lung and liver cancer, according to UCSD, which said the test detected cancer in 91% of samples collected from then-asymptomatic patients who were diagnosed with cancer one to four years later. Full Story


San Diego researchers developing blood test to catch cancer years sooner

The San Diego Union Tribune | July 21, 2020

Researchers from Shanghai and San Diego have developed a blood test that catches certain cancers up to four years before patients show symptoms, which could help doctors remove or treat tumors before they become deadly. The blood test, called PanSeer, detects stomach, esophageal, colon, lung and liver cancer. The international research team published their results Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications. "The ultimate goal would be performing blood tests like this routinely during annual health checkups," said UCSD bioengineer Kun Zhang, one of the study authors, in a press release. Full Story


Ron Graham Dazzled Admirers With Math and Juggling Feats

The Wall Street Journal | July 17, 2020

Ron Graham's parents, nomads seeking work in the Depression, split up when he was young. He lived with his mother, a nightclub singer turned shipyard welder, in California, Georgia and Florida. "I never went to the same school for two years in a row," he said later. Living a chaotic life, he found order in mathematics. Full Story


How RF MEMS Tech Finally Delivered the "Ideal Switch"

IEEE Spectrum | July 16, 2020

20 years ago, engineers specializing in radio-frequency circuits dared to dream of an "ideal switch." It would have superlow resistance when "on," superhigh when "off," and so much more. It would be tiny, fast, readily manufacturable, capable of switching fairly high currents, able to withstand billions of on-off cycles, and would require very little power to operate. It would conduct signals well up in the tens or even hundreds of gigahertz with no distortion at all (close-to-perfect linearity). It was no pipe dream, and there were ready markets for such a switch in big, budding industries. Full Story


Can Microscopic 'Sponges' Lure the Coronavirus Into a Trap?

The Daily Beast | July 12, 2020

Instead of playing offense and stimulating the immune system to attack the SARS-CoV-2 virus, researchers at UC San Diego are playing defense. They're working to shield the healthy human cells the virus invades. Full Story


Cell-like decoys could mop up viruses in humans - including the one that causes COVID-19

Seattle PI | July 9, 2020

Researchers around the world are working frantically to develop COVID-19 vaccines meant to target and attack the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Researchers in my nanoengineering lab are taking a different approach toward stopping SARS-CoV-2. Instead of playing offense and stimulating the immune system to attack the SARS-CoV-2 virus, we're playing defense. We're working to shield the healthy human cells the virus invades. Conceptually, the strategy is simple. We create decoys that look like the human cells the SARS-CoV-2 virus invades. So far, we've made lung-cell decoys and immune-cell decoys. Full Story


Cell-like decoys could mop up viruses in humans - including the one that causes COVID-19

Yahoo! News | July 9, 2020

Researchers around the world are working frantically to develop COVID-19 vaccines meant to target and attack the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Researchers in my nanoengineering lab are taking a different approach toward stopping SARS-CoV-2. Instead of playing offense and stimulating the immune system to attack the SARS-CoV-2 virus, we're playing defense. We're working to shield the healthy human cells the virus invades. Conceptually, the strategy is simple. We create decoys that look like the human cells the SARS-CoV-2 virus invades. So far, we've made lung-cell decoys and immune-cell decoys. Full Story


Cell-like decoys could mop up viruses in humans - including the one that causes COVID-19

Houston Chronicle | July 9, 2020

Researchers in Professor Liangfang Zhang's nanoengineering lab are taking a different approach toward stopping SARS-CoV-2. Instead of playing offense and stimulating the immune system to attack the SARS-CoV-2 virus, they're playing defense. They're working to shield the healthy human cells the virus invades. Full Story


'Nanosponge' Technology May Help Prevent and Treat COVID-19

Verywell Health | July 8, 2020

While there's still no specific treatment for COVID-19, a team of researchers at the University of California San Diego is working to change that. The researchers have invented a treatment that involves using "nanosponges" to target and neutralize SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. A summary of the team's work was published in the journal Nano Letters in June, suggestion the technology has potential to be a major tool in the fight against COVID-19. "Cellular nanosponges have shown great promise in inhibiting the infectivity of SARS-CoV-2 and protecting host cells," Liangfang Zhang Full Story


Study reveals importance of social distancing to combat Covid-19

News Today | July 4, 2020

A study has said physical distancing greater than six feet may be essential to avoid Covid-19 transmission. The study published in the journal Physics of Fluids, said that it is well established that the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19 disease is transmitted via respiratory droplets that infected people eject when they cough, sneeze or talk. According to researchers, including those from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, Karnataka, respiratory droplets travel between eight to 13 feet before they evaporate or escape, without wind and depending on the ambient condition. Full Story


Nanotechnology shown to slow spread of COVID-19 virus in lung and white blood cells, study shows

Cleveland.com | July 3, 2020

A promising technology slowed the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in cell cultures, researchers at the University of California San Diego and Boston University found in lab experiments. Full Story


Covid-19 respiratory droplets can travel up to 13 feet: Researchers

New India Express | July 2, 2020

NEW DELHI: Maintaining a social distance of six feet may not be sufficient enough to prevent getting infected by the Covid-19 as respiratory droplets can travel 8-13 feet, according to a mathematical model-based analysis of respiratory droplets by researchers. In a collaborative study, researchers at India Institute of Science, Bangalore and University of Toronto and University of California San Diego have modelled the role of respiratory droplets in Covid-19-type pandemics using the aerodynamics and evaporation characteristics of respiratory droplets. Full Story


New Paper Shows Why Face Masks Are Essential In Curbing Covid-19

Forbes | July 1, 2020

In fact, another study out today in the same journal analyzed the aerodynamics of droplets as they move through the air or evaporate and fall?they traveled up to 13 feet. Full Story


The 'Physicks' Of COVID-19

American Council on Science and Health | July 1, 2020

I have previously written on the physics of direct contact, which pertains to how much attention we need to pay to wipe down packages and surfaces. If the surface of concern is your hands, you know the drill, wash your hands. The other two means of viral transmission for COVID-19 are through the air, as droplets and aerosols, a mist of smaller droplets. A new paper breaks down the equations involved. Full Story


Physical distancing over 6 feet may be essential to prevent COVID-19 transmission: Study

Tribune India | July 1, 2020

Respiratory droplets travel between eight to 13 feet before they evaporate or escape, without wind and depending on the ambient condition, according to researchers who suggest that physical distancing greater than six feet may be essential to avoid COVID-19 transmission. Full Story


The Story Behind the Ring That Is Key to the NBA's Restart

Sports Illustrated | July 1, 2020

Despite Harpreet Rai's favorite childhood NBA team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, not appearing in the league's restart, Rai, the CEO of Oura, will be watching the resumption as intently as anyone. Amid the NBA's thorough 100-plus page health and safety manual is a section on wearable devices, and though the Oura ring isn't explicitly mentioned in the exhaustive memo, the company has partnered with the league and the ring could potentially be one of the most important technological devices found across the ESPN Wide World of Sports campus. Full Story


Gut bacteria signature reveals liver disease with over 90% accuracy

New Atlas | July 1, 2020

US research team working to further unravel its secrets has happened upon a specific signature of gut bacterial species, which it found could be used to detect liver fibrosis and cirrhosis with an accuracy of greater than 90 percent. Full Story


Softsonics: a device to take way to blood-pressure readings continuously

Nature | June 30, 2020

A company spun off from the University of California, San Diego, is hoping its device will provide a deeper and more accurate measurement of blood pressure, both for people in intensive care and for those going about their daily lives. Full Story


Tesla and the science behind the next-generation, lower-cost, 'million-mile' electric-car battery

CNBC | June 30, 2020

New battery technology is possible, allowing cars to go 400 miles or more between charges and lasting as long as 1 million miles. UC San Diego Professor Shirley Meng explains what's behind this. Full Story


New nanosponge technology may stop COVID-19 in its tracks

Hospital and Healthcare | June 30, 2020

Scientists at the University of California San Diego may have found a way to neutralise SARS-CoV-2 - the virus that causes COVID-19 - and block it from infecting human lungs and other vital organs. Using 'cellular nanosponges' - tiny cell-like structures that mimic the role of human cells by soaking up biological molecules - the researchers were able to divert SARS-CoV-2 away from live host cells in a laboratory setting. Now, they need to make sure the nanosponges will work in live animals and are safe to inject into humans, before they can advance them to human clinical trials. Full Story


Study finds COVID-infected droplets of saliva can travel 8 feet with no wind

Daily Mail | June 30, 2020

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, we've all been told to socially distance by standing or sitting six feet (or two meters) apart from strangers. But a new study suggests that this distance might not be far enough to prevent virus transmission. Researchers found that infected droplets can travel up to 13 feet when there's not even any wind blowing. Full Story


UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation Adds Two Petabytes of Panasas? HPC Storage for COVID-19 Research

Yahoo! Finance | June 30, 2020

CMI Partner, Panasas, storage expansion clears the way for sequencing massive amounts of genomic data that could hold clues to how coronavirus spreads ? and how it could be cured Full Story


Bioprinting nanoparticles for ovarian cancer immunotherapy

Tec Tales | June 29, 2020

Nanoengineers at UC San Diego received a five-year, $2.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop an immunotherapy for ovarian cancer using plant virus nanoparticles. The particles will be produced using 3D-bioprinting, enabling them to be released at specified intervals, instead of a continuous slow release. Full Story


SDSU and UCSD developing low-cost, easy-to-make ventilators for COVID-19 patients

San Diego Union-Tribune | June 27, 2020

San Diego's two largest universities are developing ventilators for COVID-19 patients that could cost less than a Christmastime flight to New York and back. Full Story


U.S. researchers develop low-cost, easy-to-use emergency ventilator for COVID-19 patients

China.org.cn | June 25, 2020

A team of engineers and physicians at the University of California San Diego has developed a low-cost, easy-to-use emergency ventilator for COVID-19 patients that is built around a ventilator bag usually found in ambulances, according to a university release on Wednesday. The team built an automated system around the bag and brought down the cost of an emergency ventilator to just 500 U.S. dollars per unit. By comparison, state of the art ventilators currently cost at least 50,000 U.S. dollars. The device's components can be rapidly fabricated and the ventilator can be assembled in just 15min Full Story


U.S. researchers develop low-cost, easy-to-use emergency ventilator for COVID-19 patients

Ecns.cn | June 25, 2020

A team of engineers and physicians at the University of California San Diego has developed a low-cost, easy-to-use emergency ventilator for COVID-19 patients that is built around a ventilator bag usually found in ambulances, according to a university release on Wednesday. The team built an automated system around the bag and brought down the cost of an emergency ventilator to just 500 U.S. dollars per unit. By comparison, state of the art ventilators currently cost at least 50,000 U.S. dollars. The device's components can be rapidly fabricated and the ventilator can be assembled in just 15min Full Story


U.S. researchers develop low-cost, easy-to-use emergency ventilator for COVID-19 patients

Xinhua Net | June 25, 2020

A team of engineers and physicians at the University of California San Diego has developed a low-cost, easy-to-use emergency ventilator for COVID-19 patients that is built around a ventilator bag usually found in ambulances, according to a university release on Wednesday. The team built an automated system around the bag and brought down the cost of an emergency ventilator to just 500 U.S. dollars per unit. By comparison, state of the art ventilators currently cost at least 50,000 U.S. dollars. The device's components can be rapidly fabricated and the ventilator can be assembled in just 15min Full Story


UCSD duo takes aim at coronavirus with disinfection drones armed with UV lights

San Diego Union-Tribune | June 24, 2020

Two UC San Diego professors hope to turn a quickly growing hobby into an efficient, novel way to sanitize surfaces against viruses like the one that causes COVID-19. Dr. Farshad Raissi, an assistant professor of cardiology, and Tara Javidi, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, independently came up with the idea to add ultraviolet lights to drones to clean items of the coronavirus, and then began working together when they realized, through a mutual contact, that they had the same goal. Full Story


'Nanosponges' act as a decoy for the new coronavirus

Medical News Today | June 24, 2020

A new study has found that nanosponges - tiny, bio-friendly plastics coated in lung and immune cell membranes - act as a decoy for SARS-CoV-2, neutralizing the virus. A team of scientists has found that a new technology is effective at distracting and neutralizing SARS-CoV-2 in a laboratory setting. The research, published in the journal Nano Letters, has implications not only for treating SARS-CoV-2 but also for other virulent viruses, such as influenza, Ebola, Marburg, and Lassa viruses. Full Story


'Nanosponges' act as a decoy for the new coronavirus

Medical News Today | June 24, 2020

A new study has found that nanosponges - tiny, bio-friendly plastics coated in lung and immune cell membranes - act as a decoy for SARS-CoV-2, neutralizing the virus. A team of scientists has found that a new technology is effective at distracting and neutralizing SARS-CoV-2 in a laboratory setting. The research, published in the journal Nano Letters, has implications not only for treating SARS-CoV-2 but also for other virulent viruses, such as influenza, Ebola, Marburg, and Lassa viruses. Full Story


Affordable and easy-to-use emergency ventilator developed for COVID-19 patients

News Medical Life Sciences | June 23, 2020

A team of engineers and physicians at the University of California San Diego has developed a low-cost, easy-to-use emergency ventilator for COVID-19 patients that is built around a ventilator bag usually found in ambulances. The team built an automated system around the bag and brought down the cost of an emergency ventilator to just $500 per unit--by comparison, state of the art ventilators currently cost at least $10,000. The device's components can be rapidly fabricated and the ventilator can be assembled in just 15 minutes. Full Story


Why Every NBA Player Is Getting a Ring

The Wall Street Journal | June 22, 2020

The return of basketball depends on testing and tracing-and technology like the smart Oura ring that players have the option of wearing. But will they? Full Story


BU researchers: Tiny, decoy 'sponges' may divert coronavirus away from lung cells

Boston Herald | June 20, 2020

Researchers at Boston University and the University of California say they may have found a way to fight a coronavirus infection by diverting its attention away from lung cells. The technology, developed by engineers at UC San Diego and tested at BU's National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories, could have far-reaching implications, they say, not only for fighting different mutations of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, but for other viruses as well, including influenza and Ebola. "It's a simple concept that's really promising," said Anna Honko, research associate professor Full Story


This Piece of Jewelry Could Detect COVID-19 Days Before You Have Symptoms

Best Life | June 19, 2020

Could the right piece of jewelry prevent the spread of coronavirus? It's a bold proposition, but everyone from NBA players to Las Vegas casino staff are now donning wearable technology designed to spot COVID-19. The Oura smart ring, created by a Finnish start-up, can allegedly detect coronavirus up to three days before you have symptoms, which would then allow you to self-isolate to keep those around you from getting sick. But how does this ring work? And could it really be useful in the fight against coronavirus? Full Story


NIH grant to bioprint nanoparticles for ovarian cance immunotherapy

Nano Werk | June 19, 2020

Nanoengineers at UC San Diego received a five-year, $2.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop an immunotherapy for ovarian cancer using plant virus nanoparticles. The particles will be produced using 3D-bioprinting, enabling them to be released at specified intervals, instead of a continuous slow release. High grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSOC) is the most common and severe form of ovarian cancer, accounting for an estimated 70 percent of all ovarian cancer diagnoses. Full Story


Could nanosponges soak up SARS-CoV-2?

COSMOS the Science of Everything | June 18, 2020

As we noted yesterday, with specific reference to physics, scientists from a range of disciplines are front and centre in the battle to deal with COVID-19 and its consequences. Now there's news from chemists in the US, who have proposed an alternative way to search for an effective treatment. Rather than targeting a specific part of the virus, such as the spike protein, they used nanosponges coated with human cell membranes - the natural targets of the virus - to soak up SARS-CoV-2 and keep it from infecting cells in a petri dish. Full Story


Científicos crean "nanoesponjas" capaces de neutralizar en un 90% la infectividad viral del SARS-CoV-2

Sinembargo | June 18, 2020

Las nanopartículas recubiertas en las membranas de las células pulmonares humanas y las membranas de las células inmunes humanas pueden atraer y neutralizar en cultivos celulares el virus del SARS-CoV-2, que genera la COVID-19, haciendo que el virus pierda su capacidad de secuestrar células huéspedes y reproducirse. Estas "nanoesponjas" fueron desarrolladas por ingenieros de la Universidad de California en San Diego y probadas por investigadores de la Universidad de Boston (Estados Unidos). Los investigadores llaman a sus partículas a nanoescala "nanoesponjas" porque absorben patógenos y Full Story


Cientistas desenvolvem esponjas microscópicas para neutralizar o vírus que causa a Covid-19

Globo | June 18, 2020

Cientistas da Universidade da Califórnia em San Diego e da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Boston desenvolveram uma esponja microscópica - mil vezes menor do que a espessura de um fio de cabelo - capaz de neutralizar a ação do Sars CoV-2, causador da Covid-19. Full Story


'Nanosponges' Could Be Used To Prevent COVID-19: UCSD Researchers

Patch | June 18, 2020

UC San Diego announced Wednesday that technology known as "nanosponges" developed by its engineers could work as a decoy to attract the virus that causes COVID-19 and divert it from infecting human cells. Researchers say lab experiments conducted at Boston University have shown promising signs that the nanosponge platform inhibits SARS-CoV-2's viral infectivity, or its ability to enter host cells and replicate the virus. The nanosponges are cloaked in membranes from human cells such as lung epithelial and immune cells, which the virus would latch onto instead of actual human cells. Full Story


UCSD Researchers Say 'Nanosponges' Could Be Used to Prevent COVID-19

NBC San Diego | June 18, 2020

UC San Diego announced today that technology known as "nanosponges" developed by its engineers could work as a decoy to attract the virus that causes COVID-19 and divert it from infecting human cells. Researchers say lab experiments conducted at Boston University have shown promising signs that the nanosponge platform inhibits SARS-CoV-2's viral infectivity, or its ability to enter host cells and replicate the virus. The nanosponges are cloaked in membranes from human cells such as lung epithelial and immune cells, which the virus would latch onto instead of actual human cells. Full Story


UCSD Researchers Say 'Nanosponges' Could Be Used to Prevent COVID-19

NBC Los Angeles | June 18, 2020

UC San Diego announced today that technology known as "nanosponges" developed by its engineers could work as a decoy to attract the virus that causes COVID-19 and divert it from infecting human cells. Researchers say lab experiments conducted at Boston University have shown promising signs that the nanosponge platform inhibits SARS-CoV-2's viral infectivity, or its ability to enter host cells and replicate the virus. The nanosponges are cloaked in membranes from human cells such as lung epithelial and immune cells, which the virus would latch onto instead of actual human cells. Full Story


Scientists use 'nanosponges' to soak up, neutralise coronavirus in lab study

Yahoo! News | June 18, 2020

Ultrasmall sponge-like particles covered by human lung and immune cell membranes can attract, soak up, and neutralise the novel coronavirus, says a lab study that may lead to new therapies for COVID-19. According to the research, published in the journal Nano Letters, these 'nanosponges,' which are thousand times smaller than the width of a single human hair, are named so as they soak up harmful pathogens and toxins. These particles were developed by engineers, including those from the University of California (UC) San Diego in the US, for their ability to prevent Full Story


Scientists use 'nanosponges' to soak up, neutralise coronavirus in lab study

Deccan Herald | June 18, 2020

According to the research, published in the journal Nano Letters, these "nanosponges," which are thousand times smaller than the width of a single human hair, are named so as they soak up harmful pathogens and toxins. These particles were developed by engineers, including those from the University of California (UC) San Diego in the US, for their ability to prevent the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, from hijacking host cells. Full Story


Searching For Answers: Scientists Struggle To Get Beyond Ambiguous Reasons Behind Who Dies, Who Doesn't

Kaiser Health News | June 18, 2020

s it age, pre-existing conditions, blood types or virus strains that make one person more likely to die than another? Scientists says the "why" of the matter remains unclear. Science news is also on soaking up the virus with tiny, tiny sponges, having certain blood types might be helpful, trying to produce super antibodies, alleviating fears for pregnant women, exploring childhood vulnerability and analyzing infection rates among the elderly, as well. Full Story


'Nanosponges' Could Be Used To Prevent COVID-19: UCSD Researchers

MSN | June 18, 2020

UC San Diego announced Wednesday that technology known as "nanosponges" developed by its engineers could work as a decoy to attract the virus that causes COVID-19 and divert it from infecting human cells. Researchers say lab experiments conducted at Boston University have shown promising signs that the nanosponge platform inhibits SARS-CoV-2's viral infectivity, or its ability to enter host cells and replicate the virus. Full Story


'Nanosponges' May Divert Coronavirus from Cells, UCSD Engineers Say

Times of San Diego | June 17, 2020

UC San Diego announced Wednesday that technology known as "nanosponges" developed by its engineers could work as a decoy to attract the virus that causes COVID-19 and divert it from infecting human cells. The nanosponges are cloaked in membranes from human cells such as lung epithelial and immune cells, which the virus would latch onto instead of actual human cells. UCSD says experiments have shown both lung cell and immune cell types of nanosponges have caused the virus to lose nearly 90% of its viral infectivity. Full Story


UCSD researchers testing 'nanosponges' to fight COVID-19

10 News San Diego | June 17, 2020

UC San Diego researchers are testing a technology that's been in development for more than a decade to fight the coronavirus. In lab experiments, "nanosponges" covered in human lung cell membranes and immune cell membranes were found to attract and neutralize the SARS-CoV-2 virus in cell culture, according to a UCSD release. This caused the virus to lose about 90% of infectivity, or its ability to hijack cells and reproduce. Full Story


'Nanosponges' that attract and neutralise coronavirus cells could protect against Covid-19

Institution of Mechanical Engineers | June 17, 2020

The 'nanosponges' - biodegradable polymer cores coated in human lung cell and immune cell membranes - can attract and neutralise the SARS-CoV-2 virus in cell culture, causing the virus to lose its ability to hijack host cells and reproduce. The particles were developed by engineers at the University of California (UC) San Diego and tested by researchers at Boston University in Massachusetts. In lab experiments, both the lung cell and immune cell types of nanosponges caused the SARS-CoV-2 virus to lose nearly 90% of its ?viral infectivity' in a dose-dependent manner. Full Story


San Diego Researchers Develop Mini 'Sponges' That Could Stop Coronavirus

KPBS | June 17, 2020

UC San Diego researchers say a new type of technology, called "nanosponges" can be used to stop the coronavirus from infecting human cells and multiplying. The research is out Wednesday, June 17 in the peer-reviewed journal Nano Letters. The tool is not exactly an antiviral drug. Antivirals works by targeting and trying to stop the virus itself. Nanosponges, on the other hand, focus on human cells and guard them, so they can't be infected by the virus. The method works like this: Scientists take tiny particles, which are biodegradable and can leave the human body ... Full Story


Cellics Therapeutics Announces the Publication of Cellular Nanosponges Inhibit SARS-CoV-2 Infectivity in Nano Letters

Yahoo! Finance | June 17, 2020

Cellics Therapeutics, Inc. (Cellics) announced today that results of the study that evaluates the potential benefits of macrophage and pulmonary epithelial nanosponges in neutralizing SARS-CoV-2 infectivity have been published in Nano Letters, entitled Cellular Nanosponges Inhibit SARS-CoV-2 Infectivity, based on research conducted by its founder, Liangfang Zhang, Ph.D. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.nanolett.0c02278. As new information about COVID-19 continues to emerge almost on a daily basis, the virus has already demonstrated its ability to mutate and became more infectious, Full Story


Can "Nanosponges" Help Treat Patients With Coronavirus?

Forbes | June 17, 2020

With news yesterday out of the UK that the inexpensive and widely available steroid dexamethasone significantly reduced deaths in coronavirus patients who are intubated and those requiring oxygen, following published evidence last month that the antiviral Remdesivir shortened time to recovery, the search for a breakthrough drug or approach that improves survival before approval of a viable vaccine remains illusive. Add to this the potential for the virus to mutate--already with multiple strains-- the search for a new approach would be ideal. Full Story


Tiny Sponges May Soak Up Coronavirus; Old Steroid Dexamethasone Saves Lives in COVID-19 Study

The New York Times | June 17, 2020

The following is a brief roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Microscopic sponges may be able to soak up the coronavirus Scientists have developed microscopic sponges - a thousand times smaller than the width of a human hair - they hope might be used inside the body to attract and neutralize the coronavirus. The "nanosponges" are coated with membranes from lung cells or from immune cells known as macrophages, study co-leader Liangfang Zhang of UCSD told Reuters. Full Story


Covid-19 could accelerate the robot takeover of human jobs

MIT Technology Review | June 17, 2020

Inside a Schnucks grocery store in St. Louis, Missouri, the toilet paper and baking ingredients are mostly cleared out. A rolling robot turns a corner and heads down an aisle stocked with salsa and taco shells. It comes up against a masked customer wearing shorts and sneakers; he's pushing a shopping cart carrying bread. The robot looks something like a tower speaker on top of an autonomous home vacuum cleaner-tall and thin, with orb-like screen eyes halfway up that shift left and right. A red sign on its long head makes the introductions. "Hi, I'm Tally! I check shelf inventory!" Full Story


Nieuwe Nano-Sponsjes Kunnen Coronavirus Onschadelijk Maken

Scientias | June 17, 2020

Dat schrijven Amerikaanse onderzoekers in het blad Nano Letters. Ze baseren zich onder meer op experimenten in petrischaaltjes, waarbij de door hen ontwikkelde nano-sponsjes uitzonderlijk goed in staat bleken om het virus, nog voor het gezonde cellen kon infecteren, onschadelijk te maken. Onderzoekers van de University of California (San Diego) werken al meer dan tien jaar aan nanodeeltjes die ontwikkeld zijn om ziekteverwekkers en gifstoffen op te ruimen. Omdat de nanodeeltjes deze als het ware opnemen, worden ze door de onderzoekers ook wel aangeduid als ?nano-sponsjes?. En met de uitbraak v Full Story


Nowa metoda walki z koronawirusem? Ma wykorzystywać... nanogąbkę

WP Tech | June 17, 2020

Naukowcy z University of California San Diego i Boston University School of Medicine przedstawili nowatorską metodę zapobiegającą rozprzestrzenianiu się koronawisa w organizmie. W tym celu chcą wykorzystać niezwykłą nanogąbkę. Full Story


'Nanoesponja' engana o vírus da Covid-19 e previne infecção

Olhar Digital | June 17, 2020

Nanopartículas envoltas em membranas de células pulmonares e células imunes, que atraem e neutralizam o Sars-Cov-2, conseguiram interromper a reprodução do vírus da Covid-19 em experimentos de laboratório. Os primeiros dados que descrevem esse possível tratamento foram publicados na revista científica Nano Letters. Full Story


Tiny sponges may soak up coronavirus; old steriod dexamethanson saves lives in COVID-19 study

WIBQ | June 17, 2020

The following is a brief roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Scientists have developed microscopic sponges - a thousand times smaller than the width of a human hair - they hope might be used inside the body to attract and neutralize the coronavirus. The "nanosponges" are coated with membranes from lung cells or from immune cells known as macrophages, study co-leader Liangfang Zhang of the University of California, San Diego told Reuters. Full Story


Tiny sponges may soak up coronavirus; old steroid dexamethasone saves lives in COVID-19 study

WTVB | June 17, 2020

The following is a brief roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Microscopic sponges may be able to soak up the coronavirus. Scientists have developed microscopic sponges - a thousand times smaller than the width of a human hair - they hope might be used inside the body to attract and neutralize the coronavirus. The "nanosponges" are coated with membranes from lung cells or from immune cells known as macrophages, study co-leader Liangfang Zhang of UCSD. Full Story


Tiny sponges may soak up coronavirus; old steroid dexamethasone saves lives in COVID-19 study

Swiss Info | June 17, 2020

The following is a brief roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Microscopic sponges may be able to soak up the coronavirus. Scientists have developed microscopic sponges - a thousand times smaller than the width of a human hair - they hope might be used inside the body to attract and neutralize the coronavirus. The "nanosponges" are coated with membranes from lung cells or from immune cells known as macrophages, study co-leader Liangfang Zhang of UC San Diego. Full Story


Tiny sponges may soak up coronavirus; old steroid dexamethasone saves lives in COVID-19 study

Yahoo! News | June 17, 2020

The following is a brief roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Microscopic sponges may be able to soak up the coronavirus. Scientists have developed microscopic sponges - a thousand times smaller than the width of a human hair - they hope might be used inside the body to attract and neutralize the coronavirus. The "nanosponges" are coated with membranes from lung cells or from immune cells known as macrophages, study co-leader Liangfang Zhang of UCSD told Reuters. Full Story


Covid-19 could accelerate the robot takeover of human jobs

Technology Review | June 17, 2020

Machines were supposed to take over tasks too dangerous for humans. Now humans are the danger, and robots might be the solution. Inside a Schnucks grocery store in St. Louis, Missouri, the toilet paper and baking ingredients are mostly cleared out. A rolling robot turns a corner and heads down an aisle stocked with salsa and taco shells. It comes up against a masked customer wearing shorts and sneakers; he's pushing a shopping cart carrying bread. The robot looks something like a tower speaker on top of an autonomous home vacuum cleaner-tall and thin, with orb-like screen eyes Full Story


UC San Diego professors, students create app to improve Tijuana's ambulance service

Border Report | June 15, 2020

For the better part of a year, Tijuana's Red Cross has been using a mobile app developed by professors and students at the University of California San Diego. The application has created a faster, easier and more efficient way to dispatch ambulance crews to emergencies around Tijuana, a city of about 1.7 million people. Full Story


Drug-carrying platelets engineered to propel themselves through biofluids

Tech Xplore | June 11, 2020

A team of researchers from the University of California San Diego and the University of Science and Technology Beijing has developed a way to engineer platelets to propel themselves through biofluids as a means of delivering drugs to targeted parts of the body. In their paper published in the journal Science Robotics, the group outlines their method and how well it worked when tested in the lab. In the same issue, Jinjun Shi with Brigham and Women's Hospital has published a Focus piece outlining ongoing research into the development of natural drug delivery systems Full Story


ENGINEERED HUMAN CELLS COULD PROPEL DRUGS THROUGH THE BODY

Futurism | June 11, 2020

Recently, several research teams have proposed injecting medical patients with nanobots that could transport medicine throughout their bodies. But one group has a simpler idea: engineer cells already present in the bloodstream to carry the drugs instead.Scientists from the University of California, San Diego and the University of Science and Technology Beijing found a way to engineer platelets - the thin, flat cells that form clots and stop you from bleeding - such that they can propel themselves throughout the body, according to Tech Xplore. Full Story


Border Report: Tech Is Making Better Use of Tijuana's Ambulances

Voice of San Diego | June 8, 2020

Last year, a new mobile application created for Tijuana?s Cruz Roja with the help of the University of California, San Diego, sought to make the few ambulances the city has more efficient by helping to track ambulances, so dispatchers can see where ambulances are and which ones are available for dispatch to respond to emergency calls. In light of COVID-19, Cruz Roja and UC San Diego have added some new features to the app. Full Story


Rethinking the Hospital for the Next Pandemic

the Wall Street Journal | June 8, 2020

Hospitals are rethinking how they operate in light of the Covid-19 pandemic?and preparing for a future where such crises may become a grim fact of life. With the potential for resurgences of the coronavirus, and some scientists warning about outbreaks of other infectious diseases, hospitals don?t want to be caught flat-footed again. So, more of them are turning to new protocols and new technology to overhaul standard operating procedure, from the time patients show up at an emergency room through admission, treatment and discharge. Full Story


Robots Walk Faster With Newly Developed Flexible Feet

Unite AI | June 5, 2020

Roboticists at the University of California San Diego have developed flexible feet for robots. The new technology can result in robots walking 40 percent faster on uneven terrains like pebbles and wood chips. The new development is important for a variety of different applications, especially search-and-rescue missions. The research will be presented at the RoboSoft conference, which will be virtual and take place between May 15 and July 15, 2020. Emily Lathrop is a Ph.D. student at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego and the first author of the paper. Full Story


Cheap, Fast Fabrication of Insect-Like Robots

Design News | June 4, 2020

Developing soft robots is of great interest to scientists because they can be useful for many tasks that rigid robots or humans find challenging to perform. These include surgeries, working alongside humans in factory settings, and navigating disaster or war zones. Now engineers at the University of California San Diego have used 3D printing to create soft and flexible robots called "flexoskeletons" that they said can be applied to make it easy for anyone to fabricate soft robots. Full Story


Electronics 3D Printing Part 4: Research Toward the Future

3DPrint.com | June 4, 2020

What gets developed in university and corporate labs often defines the next generation of a given technology. While we have covered two of the most established methods for 3D printing electronics, direct writing and inkjetting, researchers are currently paving the future for fabricating 3D-printed electronic parts. One of the areas with the greatest interest is flexible circuits, given the potential to incorporate electronic devices into clothing and other non-flat objects. Full Story


Electronics 3D Printing Part 4: Research Toward the Future

3Dprint | June 4, 2020

What gets developed in university and corporate labs often defines the next generation of a given technology. While we have covered two of the most established methods for 3D printing electronics, direct writing and inkjetting, researchers are currently paving the future for fabricating 3D-printed electronic parts. One of the areas with the greatest interest is flexible circuits, given the potential to incorporate electronic devices into clothing and other non-flat objects. Full Story


The feet of this robot are filled with what substance?

Government Technology | June 3, 2020

As it turns out, coffee doesn't just make humans work better -- it can also improve efficiency for our artificial counterparts. A team of scientists at the University of California San Diego found that they could make it easier for a robot to walk on uneven ground if they gave it soft feet filled with coffee grounds. On each foot of their robot, they attached a flexible latex sphere filled with dry coffee grounds and reinforced with an internal support structure designed like the roots of a plant. When the robot takes a step, the coffee grounds are jammed together around the shape... Full Story


The largest electric plane yet completed its first flight ? but it's the batteries that matter

NBC News | June 2, 2020

Better batteries are on the way. Materials scientist Shirley Meng of the University of California San Diego is part of the Battery 500 Consortium working on new battery designs. Commercial lithium-ion batteries can store about 250 watt-hours of electricity per kilogram, she said, but new designs could double that in a few years?although it depends on how quickly factories can be equipped to make them. Full Story


Flexi-footed robot races across uneven ground

E&T Engineering and Technology | June 2, 2020

Researchers from the University of California-San Diego envisage the feet being in applications for search-and-rescue missions or even space exploration. "Robots need to be able to walk fast and efficiently on natural, uneven terrain so they can go everywhere humans can go, but maybe shouldn't," said Emily Lathrop, the paper's first author. "Usually, robots are only able to control motion at specific joints," said professor Michael T. Tolley. "In this work, we showed that a robot that can control the stiffness, and hence the shape, of its feet outperforms traditional designs..." Full Story


San Diego Is Embracing Coronavirus-Combating Tech

Voice of San Diego | June 1, 2020

Local researchers and businesses are offering new digital tools to help transform the way we clean rooms, test and trace the sick and prevent the spread of infectious diseases -- not just COVID-19. Full Story


Coffee-filled feet help off-road robots walk faster

New Atlas | June 1, 2020

One of the main proposed uses for legged robots is the exploration of disaster sites. In order to walk across all that rubble, though, they would definitely need to be sure-footed - which is where new coffee-filled robot feet are designed to come in. Being developed by scientists at the University of California San Diego, the feet each consist of a flexible latex sphere packed with loose, dry coffee grounds. Along with that coffee, each foot also contains a plant-root-inspired internal support structure.When moving through the air, the feet remain soft and squishy. Full Story


Wearable tech can spot coronavirus symptoms before you even realise you're sick - study

IOL | May 29, 2020

Data from a wearable device can reveal coronavirus symptoms days before you even realise you're sick, researchers have found in preliminary studies. That means fitness trackers could be on their way to becoming sickness trackers. The initial findings from two academic studies are a small step in the fight against the coronavirus, and a giant leap for wearable tech. If Fitbits, Apple Watches and Oura smart rings prove to be an effective early-warning system, they could help reopen communities and workplaces - and evolve from consumer tech novelties into health essentials. Full Story


UC San Diego develops eCOVID remote patient monitoring app

Healthcare IT News | May 28, 2020

The university's COVID-19 telemedicine clinic plans to apply machine learning algorithms to data from patients' vital signs, health behavior and self-reported symptoms. Full Story


Wearable tech can spot coronavirus symptoms before you even realize you're sick

the Washington Post | May 28, 2020

Data from a wearable device can reveal coronavirus symptoms days before you even realize you're sick, researchers have found in preliminary studies. That means fitness trackers could be on their way to becoming sickness trackers. The initial findings from two academic studies are a small step in the fight against the coronavirus, and a giant leap for wearable tech. If Fitbits, Apple Watches and Oura smart rings prove to be an effective early-warning system, they could help reopen communities and workplaces -- and evolve from consumer tech novelties into health essentials. Full Story


Wearable tech can spot coronavirus symptoms before you even realize you're sick. Here's how.

The Seattle Times | May 28, 2020

Data from a wearable device can reveal coronavirus symptoms days before you even realize you're sick, researchers have found in preliminary studies. That means fitness trackers could be on their way to becoming sickness trackers. The initial findings from two academic studies are a small step in the fight against the coronavirus, and a giant leap for wearable tech. If Fitbits, Apple Watches and Oura smart rings prove to be an effective early-warning system, they could help reopen communities and workplaces - and evolve from consumer tech novelties into health essentials. Full Story


Wearable tech can spot coronavirus symptoms before you even realize you're sick

Stars and Stripes | May 28, 2020

Data from a wearable device can reveal coronavirus symptoms days before you even realize you're sick, researchers have found in preliminary studies. That means fitness trackers could be on their way to becoming sickness trackers. The initial findings from two academic studies are a small step in the fight against the coronavirus, and a giant leap for wearable tech. If Fitbits, Apple Watches and Oura smart rings prove to be an effective early-warning system, they could help reopen communities and workplaces ? and evolve from consumer tech novelties into health essentials. Full Story


UC San Diego builds automated remote monitoring platform for at-home COVID-19 patients

Becker's Hospital Review | May 27, 2020

University of California San Diego engineers developed a remote monitoring platform for COVID-19 patients that automates the care team's daily check-ins to monitor symptoms. Full Story


Video Friday: This Robot Wants to Talk to You

IEEE Spectrum | May 22, 2020

[Video] Roboticists at the University of California, San Diego have developed an affordable, easy to use system to track the location of flexible surgical robots inside the human body. The system performs as well as current state of the art methods, but is much less expensive. Many current methods also require exposure to radiation, while this system does not. Full Story


University lab develops disinfecting drone with UV-C lights

Drone DJ | May 22, 2020

As America gradually starts to reopen its economy after COVID-19 lockdowns, the need to continually disinfect public spaces is growing. Researchers at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) have a suggestion: build disinfecting drones with germ-killing UV-C lights. This is just the latest in a series of efforts to employ drones for disinfection work. Most focus on liquid disinfectants and require large drones to cover large areas, such as sporting arenas. Omni Environmental Solutions, for instance, makes a drone that carries 10 liters of disinfectant solution... Full Story


UCSD lab developing drone with UV-C lights

10 News | May 21, 2020

A team at UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering is developing a drone with UV-C lights that could be used for disinfecting surfaces. The DetecDrone Team, led by Professor Tara Javidi, has developed a prototype using consumer drones and LED light strips. Full Story


Flexible medical robots get low-cost, highly accurate guidance at UC San Diego

The Robot Report | May 19, 2020

Current methods of guiding flexible surgical robots within the human body are often expensive and require exposure to radiation. Engineers at the University of California San Diego said they have developed an easy-to-use system to track the location of flexible medical robots that performs as well as current state-of-the-art methods but is much less costly and does not involve radiation. The system was developed by Tania Morimoto, a professor of mechanical engineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, and mechanical engineering Ph.D. student Connor Watson. Full Story


The Paths to Net Zero

Foreign Affairs | May 14, 2020

For 30 years, diplomats and policymakers have called for decisive action on climate change--and for 30 years, the climate crisis has grown worse. There are a multitude of reasons for this failure. The benefits of climate action lie mostly in the future, they are diffuse and hard to pin down, and they will accrue above all to poor populations that do not have much of a voice in politics, whether in those countries that emit most of the world's warming pollution or at the global level. Full Story


Exclusive: Tesla's secret batteries aim to rework the math for electric cars and the grid

Reuters | May 14, 2020

Electric car maker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) plans to introduce a new low-cost, long-life battery in its Model 3 sedan in China later this year or early next that it expects will bring the cost of electric vehicles in line with gasoline models, and allow EV batteries to have second and third lives in the electric power grid. For months, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk has been teasing investors, and rivals, with promises to reveal significant advances in battery technology during a "Battery Day" in late May. Full Story


Hoovering the ocean

Washington Post | May 13, 2020

Grand, maybe unrealistic, hopes ride on FRED, whose baptism last month was only a first test for the students and a small start-up called Clear Blue Sea. Like other emerging ventures around the world, the nonprofit group is trying to help solve one of the planet?s most daunting problems: oceans littered with plastic. Full Story


Robots that can sniff out chemical weapons and pollution are comming soon --study

Inverse | May 11, 2020

Whether it's old gym clothes, a wet dog, or strong body odor -- our brains are remarkably good ignoring pervasive smells. It's a quirk of our olfactory system that's called habituation, which increases focus on new and threatening smells. Beyond uses in our brain, scientists believe a form of habituation can be used by A.I. to process massive amounts of data. Borrowing neural circuitry from a fruit fly, scientists have designed an algorithm to mimic this neurobiological phenomenon, hoping to learn more about habituation. Full Story


Are We Building AI systems that Learned to Lie to Us?

Medium | May 10, 2020

I have been hearing about concerns over deepfakes in recent years. Facebook is teaming up with Microsoft, the Partnership on AI coalition and academics from several universities to launch a contest (from late 2019 to spring of 2020) to better detect deepfakes. The social media giant spends $10 million on this contest. The term deepfakes - a combination of the terms "deep learning" and "fake", a form of artificial intelligence and originated around the end of 2017 from a Reddit user named "deepfakes". Full Story


Researchers created a highly expandable foam for 3D printing

Mashable | May 6, 2020

Developed by researchers from UC San Diego, the foam resin can be used to 3D print objects larger than the printer itself. Full Story


Genome Editing Helps Cell Lines

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | May 5, 2020

If you want to "clean up" in the recombinant protein business, you might want to start by sweeping away process-related impurities, specifically, host cell proteins (HCPs). Undesirable HCPs are generated by host cells along with desirable biotherapeutic proteins, increasing metabolic demand, degrading product quality, and contaminating the final product. They also necessitate troublesome (and expensive) purification procedures. In other words, you can clean up now, or clean up later. To make "now" an option, researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Full Story


NEW IEEE-USA E-BOOK EXAMINES WHY STEM ISN'T DRAWING MORE GIRLS

InSight IEEE USA | May 1, 2020

Here are two things Pamela Cosman wants you to know: More girls need to pursue STEM careers; and the reason more young women are not becoming engineers or physicists has everything to do with society giving them the wrong message. Cosman, who is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), and an IEEE Fellow, is passionate about gender equity. Her efforts to improve both the percentage of females in STEM, and their accomplishments, have brought her national recognition. Full Story


How Can Robots Help in a Pandemic?

LabMate | April 30, 2020

While epidemiologists search for a vaccine for the novel COVID-19 virus, researchers at the University of California - San Diego are championing robots as an effective tool for managing the pandemic. In a medical setting, the team say robots can carry out critical clinical care tasks such as sanitisation and handling of contaminated waste. They also say robots can be used to monitor quarantine compliance within the community and help enforce social distancing rules. Henrik Christensen, director of the Contextual Robotics Institute says robots are already being used for these tasks Full Story


How robots can dramatically improve your hospital's management of COVID-19

MultiBriefs Exclusive | April 29, 2020

Whether you work as a physician or in administration, your attention is now squarely focused on reducing COVID-19 risk to your patients and caregivers in any way you can. One emerging solution that can help you achieve this goal is robotics. New research from the University of California San Diego found that mobile robots in a hospital setting can provide excellent results when it comes to key care areas such as: Clinical Care. Full Story


Flying Insects and Their Robot Imitators

Physics | April 27, 2020

Despite its meager appearance, the fruit fly is a first-class flying machine. It can generate lift with tiny wings that defy simple aerodynamic rules. Its wing muscles cycle at 200 times per second, making them some of the fastest muscles on the planet. And it has a rapid response to predators (and annoyed humans) that would be the envy of any fighter pilot. For years, biologists have investigated the flight secrets of fruit flies, as well as those of bees, mosquitos, and moths. Insect flight attracts so much interest because it shows nature's triumph over a highly complicated problem. Full Story


New Solution to Keep Lithium Batteries from Catching Fire

Design News | April 27, 2020

One of the big challenges that researchers have tried to solve regarding lithium-based batteries is their tendency to degrade or fail in a way that causes them to catch fire or explode. Now nanoengineers from the University of California (UC) San Diego have devised a new safety feature that could prevent lithium-metal batteries from this disastrous scenario in case of an internal short circuit. A team led by UC San Diego nanoengineering professor Ping Liu has modified the battery's separator, which stands between the anode and cathode, to slow the flow of energy--and thus the heat Full Story


How Silicon Valley's favorite sleep tracker is being used to fight the COVID-19 crisis and detect early signs of its aftermath

Yahoo! News | April 27, 2020

Now, Oura is working with researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, and University of California, San Diego, on a new study to see if the smart ring can be used to detect COVID-19 symptoms early. Before, the company was probably best known as Silicon Valley's favorite sleep tracker. The Oura is comfortable to wear, but it does feel noticeably thicker than your average piece of jewelry. That being said, once you get used to it, you forget it's there. It doesn't buzz, vibrate, or light up like other wearables, and it's less cumbersome to wear to sleep than a smartwatch Full Story


High-tech rings are tracking Covid-19 'warning signs'

Health 24 | April 25, 2020

Researchers are gathering data from thousands of Americans to create an "early warning system" that can identify people in the early stages of Covid-19. More than 12 000 people - including thousands of health care workers in California and West Virginia - are already wearing specially designed Oura rings that track their temperature, breathing, heart and activity. "Our first push is to get as many people involved as possible," said study leader Benjamin Smarr, a professor of data science and bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego. Full Story


Kemri uses biotech to trace Covid-19's trail in the country

Daily Nation | April 23, 2020

When you hear of Charles Darwin, the mind quickly drifts to the theory of evolution as the scientist is best known for his contributions to this science. Today, this concept can be applied to anything that evolves, including viruses. Forty days after reporting its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus, Kenya has joined the global race to trace Covid-19 with genomics after posting the DNA of the virus circulating in the country. Full Story


Caretaker bots and starfish assassins: Meet the tech that protects Earth's reefs

Yahoo! Finance | April 22, 2020

Coral reefs are dying everywhere. As the home of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth, that's bad news. Coral reefs protect our coastlines from waves and tropical storms, while also sheltering huge numbers of marine organisms. Their decline is the result of predominantly human actions such as pollution, overfishing, coral mining and, of course, the coral-bleaching effects of climate change. Can technology help mitigate or even reverse this tragic trend? Here are six examples of cutting-edge tech that might assist with exactly that. Full Story


Power/Performance Bits: April 21

Semiconductor Engineering | April 21, 2020

Researchers from the University of Utah developed a new lens that doesn't require focusing. They present it as an alternative to the multiple lenses common in smartphone cameras. "Our flat lenses can drastically reduce the weight, complexity and cost of cameras and other imaging systems, while increasing their functionality," said research team leader Rajesh Menon from the University of Utah. "Such optics could enable thinner smartphone cameras, improved and smaller cameras for biomedical imaging such as endoscopy, and more compact cameras for automobiles." Full Story


Governor taps Tom Steyer to help lead CA's economic recovery

San Diego Metro Magaziine | April 21, 2020

Former presidential candidate and businessman Tom Steyer will help chart California's path toward economic recovery as co-chair of Gov. Gavin Newsom's new economic task force, Newsom announced Friday, a week after the resignation of his chief economic advisor, Lenny Mendonca. The 80-member task force includes big-name business leaders like former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Walt Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger and Gap CEO Sonia Syngal -- as well as the four living former California governors and leaders of 10 labor unions. Full Story


5 Rules for Sheltering in Place With Cockroaches, Spiders and Turtles

The New York Times | April 21, 2020

Glenna Clifton, a postdoctoral research in the lab of Nicholas Gravish in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UC San Diego, talks about what it's like to shelter in place with one of her experiments, which involves nine cockroaches. Subscription required Full Story


Advancing Technology and Microbiome Research Amid COVID-19 Pandemic--Rob Knight--Center for Microbiome Innovation, UC San Diego

Finding Genius Podcast | April 19, 2020

Founding director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation and professor of pediatrics and computer science & engineering at UC San Diego, Rob Knight, discusses several aspects of his past and ongoing contributions to the field of microbiome research. He also discusses his recent focus on the COVID-19 pandemic. On this episode, you?ll learn the following: Why COVID-19 is causing a very time-sensitive need for serology tests to detect antibodies; What dietary factors affect the microbiome in certain viral and bacterial diseases (e.g. salmonella, influenza) Full Story


3D printed coral mimics the real thing

Red, Green, and Blue | April 18, 2020

Researchers at the University of Cambridge and UC San Diego say they have found a way to 3D-print a bionic coral that supports the photosynthesis capabilities of algae. "Corals are highly efficient at collecting and using light," said first author Daniel Wangpraseurt, a professor of chemistry at Cambridge. "In our lab, we're looking for methods to copy and mimic these strategies from nature for commercial applications." That is critical for replicating structures with live cells, says co-author Shaochen Chen of UC San Diego. Full Story


Nonprofit Launches Quarantine Coding Club: Teaches kids how they can be part of the Digital Solution to COVID-19

KUSI News | April 16, 2020

Since COVID-19 shut down SDUSD schools, the staff at ThoughtSTEM and MetaCoders have collaborated to create an online Coding Club that teaches students how they can build technologies to help their own virus-afflicted communities. "The goal is to empower students to build their own digital solutions to solve problems they might see in their households and neighborhoods," says MetaCoders co-founder, Lindsey Handley, Ph.D. "I don't think every student who joins our online program will necessarily build the next COVID-19 app, but I do believe they'll come away with a sense that coding is more Full Story


A closer look at clouds to optimize energy forecasts

PV Magazine | April 16, 2020

A group of scientists in the United States has developed a weather forecasting model designed to better predict the solar irradiation that a given area will receive. The model uses satellite data to estimate the light transmission properties of clouds, a metric often overlooked in standard weather forecasting, but nonetheless vital in modeling PV energy yield. Full Story


Coral-inspired biomaterials could lead to efficient biofuel production

National Science Foundation | April 16, 2020

Researchers at the University of California San Diego and their colleagues have designed 3D printed, coral-inspired structures capable of growing dense populations of microscopic algae. The National Science Foundation-funded work, published in the journal Nature Communications, could lead to compact, more efficient bioreactors for producing algae-based biofuels. It could also help researchers better understand the intricate biology of the coral-algae relationship and develop new techniques to repair and restore coral reefs. Full Story


Bionic Corals Manage Light for Microalgae

Optics & Photonics News | April 15, 2020

Too often these days, stress causes the corals to expel their algal communities--coral bleaching--which can lead to the death of the coral reef and a giant interruption to the reef's ecology. A multinational research team aims to bring back some of that biodiversity by 3D printing coral-inspired structures that can act as light-mediating incubators for the next generation of microalgae (Nat. Commun., doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-15486-4). Full Story


Can a Wearable Detect Covid-19 Before Symptoms Appear?

Wired | April 14, 2020

The first thing you might notice about Michael Snyder is just how many gadgets he has strapped to his hands and wrists on any given day--an Apple Watch, a Fitbit, a Biostrap. The second is his enthusiasm for such devices. For more than a decade, Snyder, a biology researcher at Stanford University, has been using consumer wearables to determine whether these kinds of biosensors--and the data collected from them--can help track the onset of infections or illness. Now Snyder and his team are launching a new research project. Full Story


Researchers create "Flexoskeletons" for insect-inspired robots that are cheap to make

Slash Gear | April 13, 2020

Engineers from the University of California San Diego have created a new way to make soft, flexible 3D-printed robots that don't require special equipment and only take minutes to build. The innovation the researchers have come up with comes to a rethinking of the way soft robots are built. Rather than figuring out how to add soft materials to a rigid robot body, the researcher started with a soft body and attached rigid features to critical components. Full Story


COVID-19 robotics resources: ideas for roboticists, users, and educators

Robohub | April 13, 2020

Robots could have a role to play in COVID-19, whether it's automating laboratory research, helping with logistics, disinfecting hospitals, education, or allowing carers, colleagues or loved ones to connect using telepresence. Yet many of these solutions are still in development or early deployment. The hope is that accelerating these translations could make a difference. This page aims to compile some resources for roboticists who are able to help, users who need robots for COVID-19 applications, and people who want to learn about robotics while on lockdown. Full Story


Scientists can 3D print insect-like robots in minutes

Engadget | April 11, 2020

It might soon be relatively trivial to make soft robots--at least, if you have a 3D printer handy. UC San Diego researchers have devised a way to 3D-print insect-like flexible robots cheaply, quickly and without using exotic equipment. The trick was to print "flexoskeletons," or rigid materials 3D-printed on to flexible and thin polycarbonate sheets. Much like insects, there are features that increase rigidity only in specific areas--a contrast with conventional soft robots that often have soft features tacked on to solid bodies. Each flexoskeleton component takes about 10 minutes to print, Full Story


Scientists can 3D print insect-like robots in minutes

Yahoo! Finance | April 11, 2020

It might soon be relatively trivial to make soft robots -- at least, if you have a 3D printer handy. UC San Diego researchers have devised a way to 3D-print insect-like flexible robots cheaply, quickly and without using exotic equipment. The trick was to print "flexoskeletons," or rigid materials 3D-printed on to flexible and thin polycarbonate sheets. Much like insects, there are features that increase rigidity only in specific areas -- a contrast with conventional soft robots that often have soft features tacked on to solid bodies. Full Story


Robots are Changing the Fight Against Coronavirus

Yahoo! News | April 11, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic rages on and stay-at-home measures stay in place, it's safe to say that pretty much everyone's life has been upended by this point. But a silver lining is emerging in the form of highly advanced robots being thrust into new roles to combat the disease. And instead of being viewed as evil or job-stealing, these robots are seen as solution providers, and even essential to supporting the government's frontline endeavors. Full Story


Why am I always tired? The main causes of sleepiness and fatigue

Business Insider Singapore | April 11, 2020

If you always feel tired, it may be sleepiness or fatigue - and there's a key difference. Sleepy people would sleep, given the opportunity, and it will often give them more energy. Fatigued people tend to have low energy levels regardless of sleep, and generally don't feel like doing much. There are many causes of sleepiness and fatigue. Whether it's lack of sleep, poor sleep quality, a nutrient deficiency, or an underlying condition - here are some of the most common reasons why you may be feeling tired. Full Story


Here's how scientists are tracking the genetic evolution of COVID-19

The Street | April 10, 2020

Niema Moshiri, University of California San Diego When you hear the term "evolutionary tree," you may think of Charles Darwin and the study of the relationships between different species over the span of millions of years. While the concept of an "evolutionary tree" originated in Darwin's "On the Origin of Species," one can apply this concept to anything that evolves, including viruses. Scientists can study the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 to learn more about how the genes of the virus function. It is also useful to make inferences about the spread of the virus around the world, Full Story


3D-printed coral better than the real thing - at some things

COSMOS the Science of Everything | April 10, 2020

Scientists have 3D printed coral-inspired structures they say are capable of growing dense populations of microscopic algae. Writing in the journal Nature Communications, they report that in tests the structures grew a commercial strain of microalgae, Marinichlorella kaistiae, up to 100 times more densely than natural corals. The potential, they believe, is two-fold: creating compact and efficient bioreactors for producing algae-based biofuels; and developing techniques to repair and restore coral reefs. Full Story


Semi-soft "flexoskeleton" robots inspired by insects

New Atlas | April 9, 2020

Developed by scientists at the University of California San Diego, the technique is inspired by the exoskeletons of insects. Although we may think of those exoskeletons as being like unyielding suites of armor, they are in fact rigid in some places (for structural support) while being flexible in others (for resilience and mobility). The UC San Diego system likewise produces so-called "flexoskeletons," that combine rigidity and flexibility. This is achieved by 3D-printing a polymer layer onto a thin, flexible sheet of polycarbonate. Full Story


Bioprinted coral outdoes the real thing at growing algae

New Atlas | April 9, 2020

Corals serve as a host to algae, which in turn produces sugars that the corals consume. Now, though, scientists have created 3D-printed coral that's even more algae-friendly than its natural equivalent - it could help address the problem of coral bleaching, and provide a source of biofuel. The biocompatible synthetic coral was produced via a collaboration between researchers at Cambridge University and the University of California San Diego. They utilized a light-based rapid bioprinting technique, that can produce objects at micrometer-scale resolution within a matter of minutes. Full Story


Bionic, 3D-printed Corals Could Restore Reefs, Improve Bioenergy

Laboratory Equipment | April 9, 2020

Using rapid 3D bioprinting technology developed in the lab of Shaochen Chen at UC San Diego, a team of international researchers has created coral-inspired structures that are capable of growing dense populations of microscopic algae. The work could lead to more efficient bioreactors for biofuel, new bio-inspired materials and new techniques to repair and restore dying coral reefs. Chen's 3D-printing method was essential to the process, as normal 3D printers would take hours--not minutes--to print a structure this complex featuring living tissue. Full Story


With diving gear and plumbing supplies, California labs fashion Covid-19 masks and ventilators

STAT News | April 9, 2020

In early March, Stanford bioengineer Manu Prakash was attending a conference in southern France and becoming increasingly concerned about the coronavirus outbreak, which was then already sweeping through Europe. "I'd seen what was happening in Italy. Coming back to the U.S., it dawned on me that we were not ready," he said. Once home, Prakash developed Covid-19 symptoms severe enough that he spent a day in the emergency room. (He was not tested and has since recovered.) Out of caution, Prakash isolated himself away from his family for 20 days, taking up residence in a room Full Story


Could A Smart Ring Be An Early Warning System For The Coronavirus?

KPBS | April 8, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic increasingly puts health care and other essential workers at risk of infection, UC San Diego researchers have joined a nationwide study looking into whether a wearable device could be an early warning system for people who are getting sick. When people go to the doctor they get their vital signs checked -- like temperature and pulse -- to help determine whether they are sick. But those signs only provide a snapshot of someone's health at a particular point in time. But what if someone's vital signs could be tracked and recorded 24/7? Full Story


High-Tech Rings Are Tracking COVID-19 'Warning Signs'

U.S. News & World Report | April 7, 2020

More than 12,000 people -- including thousands of health care workers in California and West Virginia -- are already wearing specially designed Oura rings that track their temperature, breathing, heart and activity. "Our first push is to get as many people involved as possible," said study leader Benjamin Smarr, a professor of data science and bioengineering at University of California, San Diego. "If enough people are involved, we can cover the whole country." But volunteers don't have to use a monitoring ring; they can also enter their symptoms on an online form. Full Story


High-Tech Rings Track COVID-19 'Warning Signs'

WebMD | April 7, 2020

Researchers are gathering data from thousands of Americans to create an "early warning system" that can identify people in the early stages of COVID-19. More than 12,000 people -- including thousands of health care workers in California and West Virginia -- are already wearing specially designed Oura rings that track their temperature, breathing, heart and activity. "Our first push is to get as many people involved as possible," said study leader Benjamin Smarr, a professor of data science and bioengineering at University of California, San Diego. "If enough people are involved, Full Story


The novel Coronavirus is mutating slower than seasonal flu virus, as per data

International Business Times | April 7, 2020

Viruses such as coronavirus usually affect humans by jumping from an animal to humans by mutating itself to match human cell process. Larger animals like us, humans take millions of years. The novel coronavirus is mutating slower than seasonal flu virus, points data. It is important to know how and which gene is mutating frequently so that it helps in designing drugs. Change on viruses is linked to the extent of outbreaks, changes in a location can tell us how many outbreaks is existing in a community, this helps in public health admins contain the outbreak. Full Story


High-Tech Rings Are Tracking COVID-19 'Warning Signs'

Healthy Day | April 7, 2020

Researchers are gathering data from thousands of Americans to create an "early warning system" that can identify people in the early stages of COVID-19. More than 12,000 people -- including thousands of health care workers in California and West Virginia -- are already wearing specially designed Oura rings that track their temperature, breathing, heart and activity. "Our first push is to get as many people involved as possible," said study leader Benjamin Smarr, a professor of data science and bioengineering at University of California, San Diego. Full Story


Here's how scientists are tracking the genetic evolution of COVID-19

Seattle PI | April 6, 2020

When you hear the term "evolutionary tree," you may think of Charles Darwin and the study of the relationships between different species over the span of millions of years. While the concept of an "evolutionary tree" originated in Darwin's "On the Origin of Species," one can apply this concept to anything that evolves, including viruses. Scientists can study the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 to learn more about how the genes of the virus function. It is also useful to make inferences about the spread of the virus around the world, and what type of vaccine may be most effective. Full Story


Here's how scientists are tracking the genetic evolution of COVID-19

SF Gate | April 6, 2020

When you hear the term "evolutionary tree," you may think of Charles Darwin and the study of the relationships between different species over the span of millions of years. While the concept of an "evolutionary tree" originated in Darwin's "On the Origin of Species," one can apply this concept to anything that evolves, including viruses. Scientists can study the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 to learn more about how the genes of the virus function. It is also useful to make inferences about the spread of the virus around the world, and what type of vaccine may be most effective. Full Story


Here's how scientists are tracking the genetic evolution of COVID-19

Houston Chronicle | April 6, 2020

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Niema Moshiri, University of California San Diego Full Story


Scientists figured out how to fool state-of-the-art Deepfake detectors

TNW Neural | April 6, 2020

A team of researchers from UC San Diego recently came up with a relatively simple method for convincing fake video-detectors that AI-generated fakes are the real deal. AI-generated videos called "Deepfakes" started flooding the internet a few years back when bad actors realized they could be used to exploit women and, potentially, spread political misinformation. The first generation of these AI systems produced relatively easy-to-spot fakes but further development has lead to fakes that are harder than ever to detect. Full Story


How tech companies are fighting COVID-19 with AI, data and ingenuity

Tech Republic | April 6, 2020

As the coronavirus continues to spread around the globe, industries facing supply chain disruptions have been forced to adapt and improvise with surprising results; necessity is after all the mother of invention. A tech all-hands-on-deck moment has taken hold as companies large and small fight the coronavirus with swift innovation. Full Story


To Study a Problem That's Everywhere, They're Getting Creative

the New York Times | April 6, 2020

Three years ago, Dimitri Deheyn noticed intensely blue stringy shapes as he examined jellyfish samples through a microscope in his marine biology lab at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. He assumed his lens was dirty, so he wiped it off with a special cloth. Then he tried taking it apart and airbrushing the optics. But the particles kept showing up. At first, Dr. Deheyn thought the culprit might be microplastics, tiny plastic bits that have invaded the oceans in the past decade. Full Story


UC San Diego Engineers, Doctors Upgrading, Testing Ventilators To Fight COVID-19

KPBS | April 3, 2020

Engineers and doctors across the country are racing to build and fix ventilators as the number of people with COVID-19 climbs. That includes engineers from UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering and doctors from UC San Diego Medical Center. The testing is happening at a simulation lab on the UC San Diego campus. The facility is closed to outsiders, due to COVID-19 social distancing measures. But inside, one will find a team of doctors and engineers, equipped with personal protective gear, attaching ventilators to robotic lungs. Full Story


UCSD researchers develop ventilator that can be made quickly, cheaply

10 News San Diego | April 2, 2020

A team of researchers at UCSD have developed a simple ventilator that can be produced quickly and cheaply if needed. The project was overseen by Professor James Friend, who works in the School of Engineering and School of Medicine. The device is essentially an bag valve mask that has been outfitted with an automatic pumping arm, created with pieces made by 3D printers and waterjet cutters. "Whatever the simplest, quickest fastest way to produce the safest parts is," said Friend. "we choose that." He said the team developed, produced, tested and refined a prototype in 10 days. Full Story


Ultra-Low-Power WiFi Radio Enables IoT Devices

Tech Briefs | April 1, 2020

Housed in a chip smaller than a grain of rice, a new ultra-low-power WiFi radio enables Internet of Things (IoT) devices to communicate with existing WiFi networks using 5,000 times less power than today's WiFi radios. It consumes just 28 microwatts of power and does so while transmitting data at a rate of 2 megabits per second (a connection fast enough to stream music and most YouTube videos) over a range of up to 21 meters. Phones, smart devices, and small cameras or various sensors can be connected to the chip, which directly sends data from these devices to a WiFi access point. Full Story


Covid-19 health-care crisis could drive new developments in robotics, editorial says

the Washington Post | March 28, 2020

The covid-19 pandemic is pushing human bodies--and human ingenuity--to their limits. As patients flood emergency departments and health-care workers struggle to respond, an international group of robotic experts is making a case for some electronic intervention. In an editorial in the journal Science Robotics, they argue that covid-19 could drive new developments in robotics--and that the devices could help with more effective diagnosis, screening and patient care. If the thought of robotic assistants sounds futuristic, it isn't:Robots already have been enlisted in the fight against the virus Full Story


Could Robots Be Deployed to Front Line in Fighting COVID-19

U.S. News & World Report | March 25, 2020

Robots can provide significant help in the fight against coronavirus, experts say. Uses include: patient care such as telemedicine and decontamination; logistics such as delivery and handling contaminated waste; monitoring compliance with voluntary quarantines, etc., according to a paper published March 25 in the journal Science Robotics. "Already, we have seen robots being deployed for disinfection, delivering medications and food, measuring vital signs, and assisting border controls," the authors wrote. Henrik Christensen, Director, Contextual Robotics Inst. at UCSD, is the lead author. Full Story


Could Robots Be Deployed to Front Line in Fighting COVID-19?

Healthy Day | March 25, 2020

Robots can provide significant help in the fight against coronavirus, experts say. Their uses include: patient care such as telemedicine and decontamination; logistics such as delivery and handling contaminated waste; monitoring compliance with voluntary quarantines, and helping people maintain social connections, according to a paper published March 25 in the journal Science Robotics. Henrik Christensen, director of the Contextual Robotics Institute at the University of California, San Diego, is the lead author. Full Story


Coronavirus Pandemic Could Prove 'Tipping Point' For Robots Looking After Humans, Scientists and Experts Say

Independent | March 25, 2020

The development of robots to save lives and reduce human exposure to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak could lead to a new era of robotic human helpers, researchers have said. Robotics professor Henrik Christensen from the University of California San Diego, was among a group of leading experts who outlined how robots could be used to combat the coronavirus pandemic by doing the "dull, dirty and dangerous" jobs. Full Story


Roboticists: We've missed the mark for pandemic busting robots ... yet again

ZD Net | March 25, 2020

We've missed the mark when it comes to funding robotics development to meet critical demands during the COVID-19 pandemic. That's the takeaway from an editorial in the journal Science Robotics today, which was signed by leading academic researchers in the field. According to the authors of the editorial, robots could easily be doing some of the "dull, dirty and dangerous" jobs associated with combating the COVID-19 pandemic, but funding and development has not been directed at the capabilities that would be most helpful. Full Story


The Covid-19 Pandemic Is a Crisis That Robots Were Built For

Wired | March 25, 2020

We humans weren't ready for the novel coronavirus--and neither were the machines. The pandemic has come at an awkward time, technologically speaking. Ever more sophisticated robots and AI are augmenting human workers, rather than replacing them entirely. While it would be nice if we could protect doctors and nurses by turning more tasks over to robots, medicine is particularly hard to automate. It's fundamentally human, requiring fine motor skills, compassion, and quick life-and-death decision-making we wouldn't want to leave to machines. But this pandemic is a unique opportunity Full Story


Clouded by myths: Dispersing some common misconceptions about solar panels

The Star | March 23, 2020

Here are answers to some of the most common misconceptions about solar panels. Solar panels need constant cleaning to work well. As the surface area of solar panels determines the amount of energy absorbed, it only makes sense to assume that it?s essential to keep the panels clean at all times. However, a team of engineers from the University of California, San Diego in the United States, reported that hiring help to clean small arrays - like those used by households - may not be cost effective. Full Story


UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering jumped to #9 in U.S. News and World Report Rankings of Best Engineering Schools

Jacobs School of Engineering News | March 20, 2020

The University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering jumped to the #9 spot in the influential U.S. News and World Report Rankings of Best Engineering Schools. This is up from #11 last year and #17 four years ago. It's the first time the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering has broken into the top 10 of this closely watched ranking. "This is not a time for a celebration because our priority right now is dealing with COVID-19. But I want to recognize the many people here at UC San Diego...," said Albert P. Pisano, Dean of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. Full Story


These Ants Have a Revolutionary Escape Strategy

the New York Times Science | March 20, 2020

Ants are bristling with defense weaponry. Different species might sting their enemies, bite them with powerful jaws or shoot them with jets of formic acid. Some even explode. But Myrmecina graminicola -- an ant about the size of a sesame seed -- doesn't want to get into all that. According to research published last week in Scientific Reports, if one of these ants encounters danger while it's on a slope, it makes a practical choice: It tucks itself into a little ball and rolls away. Full Story


Four challenges to solid-state battery scale-up

PV Magazine | March 18, 2020

A paper by scientists at the University of California San Diego has outlined a technology roadmap for the development of solid-state batteries -- and four challenges to address for the technology to advance. Full Story


Modified battery separator acts as a "spillway" to prevent fires

New Atlas | March 12, 2020

Battery researchers place a lot of focus on making the devices safer, and scientists at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) are reporting a promising advance in this area. The team's newly developed safety feature acts as a "spillway" in lithium metal batteries to stem the flow of electrons that takes place during a failure, preventing a rapid buildup of heat and dangerous fires and explosions. Full Story


The best sleeping position if you snore or have lower back pain

C|Net | March 7, 2020

How you sleep is just as personal as what kind of mattress and pillow you prefer. People fall into three categories: sleeping on your side, back or stomach (or a combination of positions). But if you find yourself tossing and turning at night, disturbing your partner by snoring, or waking up more than you prefer, it may be time to take a second look at how you are sleeping. Some sleeping positions are better for helping ensure you have a good night's rest, especially if you suffer from complaints like snoring or other aches that can keep you up at night. Full Story


Op-Ed: Anti-thermal imaging camouflage - Major military game changer

Digital Journal | March 6, 2020

Thermal imaging is so common that it's effectively universal in the military environment. It's a particularly valuable asset, but now, someone's come up with a counter - A device that quickly changes temperature to match ambient heat. As countermeasures go, this is huge. Thermal imaging works on longer wave radiation, which is pretty powerful. Countering it isn't at all easy, in fact it's unprecedented. The prototype device can match ambient temperatures quickly. This process could be refined into an almost instant match, effectively making targets invisible to a wide range of sensors. Full Story


TuSimple Expands Autonomous Trucking Program With UPS

Transport Topics | March 5, 2020

Autonomous-driving technology company TuSimple is expanding its freight-hauling pilot program with UPS to 20 trips a week and adding another route. The San Diego-based company is already transporting parcels for the shipping giant between Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz. It will now run 10 trips between Phoenix and El Paso, Texas. TuSimple is using retrofitted trucks for the Level 4 autonomous driving program. The trucks can drive themselves, but regulations require that a safety driver be present in the cab to monitor operations and take control if needed. Full Story


Outsmart The Predator's Thermal Vision With Cutting Edge Infrared Camouflage

SyFy | March 5, 2020

Have you ever been up to no good one night, and suddenly got tracked down by a predator? Or, worse yet, the Predator? Or, more practically speaking, cops? Then you may have found yourself outmatched by said tracker's liberal use of thermal vision. But thanks to some obviously Predator-averse researchers' swank new wearable technology, your days of being thermally hunted could soon be over. A team of researchers from the University of San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering recently figured out how to make wearable infrared camouflage that can hide away from night-vision goggles Full Story


This Thermal Camo Wearable Is the Predator's Worst Nightmare

Popular Mechanics | March 5, 2020

It's nearly impossible to mask yourself from thermal vision. It gives anyone on the pursuit a distinct visual edge, whether you're a modern police force tracking criminals or an alien predator hunting Arnold Schwarzenegger. Because in the end, we all radiate body heat. But researchers from the University of California-San Diego and the National University of Singapore have created a device that the Austrian Oak would've loved to have--wearable thermal camo. The device doesn't make you invisible, instead it changes its temperature to match the surrounding ambient temperature Full Story


This Thermal Camo Wearable Is the Predator's Worst Nightmare

Yahoo! News | March 5, 2020

It's nearly impossible to mask yourself from thermal vision. It gives anyone on the pursuit a distinct visual edge, whether you're a modern police force tracking criminals or an alien predator hunting Arnold Schwarzenegger. Because in the end, we all radiate body heat. But researchers from the University of California-San Diego and the National University of Singapore have created a device that the Austrian Oak would've loved to have--wearable thermal camo. Full Story


Wearing This New Infrared Camouflage Will Keep You Hidden From a Predator's Thermal Vision

Gizmodo | March 4, 2020

You can cover yourself from head to toe in fatigues or dark clothing, but it's nearly impossible to hide from a thermal camera that can see the invisible infrared radiation your body emits. Or is it? Researchers from the University of San Diego have created a new kind of thermal camouflage that can make the wearer nearly invisible to infrared cameras by matching and quickly adjusting to the surrounding ambient temperature. Full Story


Heat-camo material can be adjusted to match ambient temperature

New Atlas | March 4, 2020

While we've already seen materials that allow people or objects to hide from heat-detecting cameras, they're typically only effective at one ambient temperature. An experimental new material, however, can be user-adjusted to work over a wide range. Heat-detecting sensors, such as those found in night-vision goggles, actually work by noting the temperature difference between the surface of an object and its surroundings. Therefore, if the two temperatures are the same, then the object remains undetected. Full Story


Soldiers could be invisible to night vision goggles with wearable technology that changes temperature

Daily Mail | March 4, 2020

Soldiers could soon go undetected by night vision goggles while on the battlefield. Scientists have developed a wearable device that quickly cools down or heats up to match ambient temperatures, camouflaging the wearer's body heat. Designed as a wireless device, the technology can be embedded in fabric and is capable of going from 50 to 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit in less than a minute. Researchers aim to create a jacket using the material that would make the wearer invisible to heat-detecting sensors. Full Story


A New Device Allows Anyone to Become Literally Invisible At Night

Inverse | March 4, 2020

If you happen to be a secret agent and want to make sure you can sneak around at night without being detected, or if you're just deeply concerned about your personal privacy, some new camouflage research might be of interest to you. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have created a wearable device that can hide someone from heat-detecting sensors such as the kind you find in night vision goggles. The research was published in the journal Advanced Functional Materials on January 29, and a new video shows it effectively preventing someone wearing the device from being detect Full Story


Mozilla voorziet Firefox van nieuwe sandboxtechnologie

Security.nl | February 26, 2020

Om gebruikers tegen aanvallen te beschermen heeft Mozilla een nieuwe sandboxtechnologie aan Firefox toegevoegd. Een sandbox moet voorkomen dat een beveiligingslek in de browser meteen tot een volledige compromittering van het onderliggende systeem kan leiden. Op dit moment verdeelt Firefox al code in verschillende gesandboxte processen met verminderde rechten en wordt de browsercode in een veiligere taal zoals Rust herschreven. "Rust is een lichtgewicht programmeertaal, maar het herschrijven van miljoenen regels van bestaande C++ code is een arbeidsintensief proces", zegt Mozillas Nathan Froyd Full Story