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


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


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


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


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


RLBox für Linux und Mac: WebAssembly soll Firefox schützen

heise online | February 26, 2020

Mozilla verfolgt zum Schutz seines Browsers gegen schädliche Inhalte bisher zwei Strategien: den Browser in mehrere Prozesse aufteilen, die reduzierte Systemberechtigungen haben, und kritische Bestandteile in der hoch performanten und gleichzeitig speichersicheren Sprache Rust neu schreiben. Beide Strategien sind aber nicht geeignet, alle Komponenten in Firefox und insbesondere die Drittbibliotheken zu isolieren. Als Beispiel nennt Mozilla die Font-Rendering Bibliothek Graphite, die zu klein ist, um als eigener Prozess zu laufen und als externe Abhängigkeit auch nicht für einen Full Story


Firefox Browser On Linux And Mac Gets New Security Technology

Fossbytes | February 26, 2020

RLBox is the new sandboxing technology that adapts WebAssembly security mechanism to put browser components into secure sandboxes so that attackers cannot access or exploit the user's system through infected third-party libraries. This method is developed by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, the University of Texas, Austin, and Stanford University in collaboration with members of the Mozilla Firefox team. Full Story


Getting closer to no-battery devices

Network World | February 26, 2020

IoT sensors that don't require power sources could be coming soon. Researchers from University of California, San Diego, claim they've figured out how to optimize lab-based modules to such an extent that a Wi-Fi radio, used in IoT for communications with a network, could soon be using 5,000-times less energy and yet still feature enough bandwidth to send video. Full Story


Securing Firefox with WebAssembly

Mozilla Hacks | February 25, 2020

Protecting the security and privacy of individuals is a central tenet of Mozilla's mission, and so we constantly endeavor to make our users safer online. With a complex and highly-optimized system like Firefox, memory safety is one of the biggest security challenges. Firefox is mostly written in C and C++. These languages are notoriously difficult to use safely, since any mistake can lead to complete compromise of the program. We work hard to find and eliminate memory hazards, but we're also evolving the Firefox codebase to address these attack vectors at a deeper level. Full Story


Researchers develop framework that improves Firefox security

Tech Xplore | February 25, 2020

Researchers from the University of California San Diego, University of Texas at Austin, Stanford University and Mozilla have developed a new framework to improve web browser security. The framework, called RLBox, has been integrated into Firefox to complement Firefox's other security-hardening efforts. RLBox increases browser security by separating third-party libraries that are vulnerable to attacks from the rest of the browser to contain potential damage--a practice called sandboxing. The study will be published in the proceedings of the USENIX Security Symposium. Full Story


Firefox for Mac and Linux to get a new security sandbox system

ZD Net | February 25, 2020

Mozilla will add a new security sandbox system to Firefox on Linux and Firefox on Mac. The new technology, named RLBox, works by separating third-party libraries from an app's native code. This process is called "sandboxing," and is a widely used technique that can prevent malicious code from escaping from within an app and executing at the OS level. RLBox is an innovative project because it takes sandboxing to the next level. Instead of isolating the app from the underlying operating system, RLBox separates an app's internal components -- from the app's core engine. Full Story


Flashing blue lights switch on cancer-fighting cells

BBC Focus Magazine | February 23, 2020

Scientists have engineered immune cells that switch on when exposed to blue light and have used them to destroy skin tumours in mice. Developed by bioengineers at the University of California, San Diego, the light control system is a promising new breakthrough in a cancer treatment known as chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy. This therapy involves modifying a patient's own T cells -- a type of white blood cell that play a key role in the immune system -- to treat their cancer. Full Story


Newly invented ultrasound device brings lithium metal batteries closer to viability

Slash Gear | February 20, 2020

Researchers from the University California San Diego have developed a new ultrasound-emitting device that they say brings lithium metal batteries, known as LMBs, one step closer to commercial viability. The team says that while their research focused on using the ultrasound device with an LMB, it could be used in any battery regardless of the chemistry. The scientists say that the device is an integral part of the battery and works by emitting ultrasound waves to create a circulating current in the electrolyte liquid between the battery's anode and cathode. Full Story


ultrasound device improves charging time and lifespan of lithium batteries

Spiegel Science | February 20, 2020

Lithium batteries can store at least twice as much electricity as conventional batteries, but their durability is short. Researchers have now improved the technology with the help of a tiny component. Full Story


Ultrasound device improves charge and run time in lithium metal batteries

Advanced Science News | February 19, 2020

Lithium metal batteries are considered a long sought-after energy powerhouse with the potential to deliver at least double the amount of energy compared to current lithium ion batteries. Their application, however, has been limited to the laboratory as a result of their instability and inability to recharge. Research over the last 50 years has seen modest improvements, but none have been able to bring this technology close to the capabilities of lithium ion batteries. As opposed to lithium ion batteries which use graphite in their anodes, lithium metal batteries use metallic lithium Full Story


Low power, tiny chip could see connected smart devices go battery-free

New Atlas | February 19, 2020

Everything needs to be online nowadays, from vending machines to smart speakers, but that connectivity costs in terms of bulk and energy use. Now researchers have come up with a chip that gets devices connected with 5,000 times less power draw than normal. For manufacturers developing small, low-powered Internet of Things devices, that's a significant step forward. It means that hardware can be made smaller, and use less energy, while still pinging the web for updates and information. Full Story


10 robotics startups to watch in 2020

The Robot Report | February 19, 2020

Running a robotics startup is no easy task. Yet, we are always amazed by the number of robotics startups working on innovative technologies. Here, in alphabetical order, are 10 robotics startups The Robot Report will be watching in 2020. The companies are working on a variety of products, including autonomous vehicles, mobile robots for construction, toy robots, and software to give robots common sense and make them easier to use. It's hard to narrow this list down to just 10 robotics startups, so please share in the comments some robotics startups you will be watching in 2020. Full Story


Sound Waves Could Make Batteries Better, San Diego Scientists Say

KPBS | February 18, 2020

A new, thin chip being developed in San Diego could make batteries more useful. UC San Diego doctoral student An Huang works inside one of the school's many labs. She recently had her arms inside long rubber gloves that give her access to a big box filled with argon gas.Huang builds batteries here because the thin lithium panels that get stacked inside a battery cannot be exposed to oxygen-rich air. "It will be changed properties within just like five seconds, so that's why we need to work in this inert gas," Huang said. The batteries contain thin sheets of lithium in a soup of electrolytes. Full Story


Longer-lasting, fast-charging batteries made possible using ultrasound device

The Irish News | February 18, 2020

Batteries could charge faster and last longer thanks to a new device made using pieces from a smartphone. The tiny technology emits ultrasound that helps the flow of current in lithium metal batteries, though scientists behind the project say it could be developed for any type of battery. Current limitations of lithium metal batteries have so far made them an impracticable choice for things such as electric cars - which typically use lithium-ion batteries. Lithium metal batteries are traditionally used to power electronics such as watches and cameras Full Story


Longer-lasting, fast-charging batteries made possible using ultrasound device

Yahoo! News UK | February 18, 2020

Batteries could charge faster and last longer thanks to a new device made using pieces from a smartphone. The tiny technology emits ultrasound that helps the flow of current in lithium metal batteries, though scientists behind the project say it could be developed for any type of battery. Current limitations of lithium metal batteries have so far made them an impracticable choice for things such as electric cars - which typically use lithium-ion batteries. Lithium metal batteries are traditionally used to power electronics such as watches and cameras Full Story


Ultrasound device boosts charge, run times in lithium metal batteries

United Press International | February 18, 2020

Lithium metal batteries could soon be ready for commercialization thanks to the development of a new ultrasound device. The technology, developed by engineers at the University of California San Diego, improves the charge and run times of the batteries. Lithium metal batteries, LMBs, boast twice the capacity of today's best lithium ion batteries, but their short lifespans have prevented the technology's widespread commercial adoption. LMBs are prone to the formation of dendrites, lithium metal growths that diminish performance. Scientists found that by exposing an LMB to sound waves Full Story


How Do Woodpeckers Avoid Brain Injury?

Gizmodo | February 4, 2020

Slamming a beak against the trunk of a tree would seem like an activity that would cause headaches, jaw aches and serious neck and brain injuries. Yet woodpeckers can do this 20 times per second and suffer no ill effects. Woodpeckers are found in forested areas worldwide, except in Australia. These birds have the unusual ability to use their beaks to hammer into the trunks of trees to make holes to extract insects and sap. Even more impressive they do this without hurting themselves. We are materials scientists who study biological substances like bones, skins, feathers and shells found Full Story


UCSD Device May Pinpoint Most Aggressive Cancer Cells via 'Sticky' Factor

Times of San Diego | February 3, 2020

A team of researchers led by UC San Diego created a device to measure how "sticky" cancer cells are, a development that may help pinpoint more aggressive cells, according to a study released Monday. Researchers found that weakly adhered cells were more likely to migrate to other tissues and metastasize more frequently than strongly adherent cells from the same tumor. These less sticky cells also match up genetically with cells more likely to cause recurring tumors within five years. This research could improve prognostic evaluation of patient tumors. Full Story


How do woodpeckers avoid brain injury?

SF Gate | January 31, 2020

Slamming a beak against the trunk of a tree would seem like an activity that would cause headaches, jaw aches and serious neck and brain injuries. Yet woodpeckers can do this 20 times per second and suffer no ill effects. Woodpeckers are found in forested areas worldwide, except in Australia. These birds have the unusual ability to use their beaks to hammer into the trunks of trees to make holes to extract insects and sap. Even more impressive they do this without hurting themselves. We are materials scientists who study biological substances like bones, skins, feathers and shells found Full Story


How do woodpeckers avoid brain injury?

Houston Chronicle | January 31, 2020

Slamming a beak against the trunk of a tree would seem like an activity that would cause headaches, jaw aches and serious neck and brain injuries. Yet woodpeckers can do this 20 times per second and suffer no ill effects. Woodpeckers are found in forested areas worldwide, except in Australia. These birds have the unusual ability to use their beaks to hammer into the trunks of trees to make holes to extract insects and sap. Even more impressive they do this without hurting themselves. We are materials scientists who study biological substances like bones, skins, feathers and shells found Full Story


How do woodpeckers avoid brain injury?

Yahoo! news | January 31, 2020

Slamming a beak against the trunk of a tree would seem like an activity that would cause headaches, jaw aches and serious neck and brain injuries. Yet woodpeckers can do this 20 times per second and suffer no ill effects. Woodpeckers are found in forested areas worldwide, except in Australia. These birds have the unusual ability to use their beaks to hammer into the trunks of trees to make holes to extract insects and sap. Even more impressive they do this without hurting themselves. We are materials scientists who study biological substances like bones, skins, feathers and shells found Full Story


How do woodpeckers avoid brain injury?

The Conversation | January 31, 2020

Slamming a beak against the trunk of a tree would seem like an activity that would cause headaches, jaw aches and serious neck and brain injuries. Yet woodpeckers can do this 20 times per second and suffer no ill effects. Woodpeckers are found in forested areas worldwide, except in Australia. These birds have the unusual ability to use their beaks to hammer into the trunks of trees to make holes to extract insects and sap. Even more impressive they do this without hurting themselves. We are materials scientists who study biological substances like bones, skins, feathers and shells found Full Story


A Bionic Jellyfish Swims With Manic Speed (for a Jellyfish)

Wired | January 29, 2020

No disrespect, but roboticists have got nothing on the animal kingdom. Birds cut through the air with ease, while our drones plummet out of the sky. Humans balance elegantly on two legs, while humanoid robots fall on their faces. It takes roboticists a whole lot of work to even begin to approach the wonders of evolution. But maybe if you can?t beat ?em, hack ?em. Writing today in the journal Science Advances, researchers from Caltech and Stanford describe how they?ve equipped jellyfish with microchips and electrodes to turbocharge their swimming pace, Full Story


New app detects Bluetooth-enabled card skimmers at gas pumps

KUTV | January 27, 2020

Hesitancy in paying for gas at the pumps is legitimate with card skimmers infiltrating ATMs and fueling stations nationwide. To thwart the thefts, a team of computer scientists at the University of California San Diego and the University of Illinois has developed an app that allows state and federal inspectors to detect devices that criminals install in gas pumps to steal consumer credit and debit card data. The new app, called Bluetana, detects the Bluetooth signature of the skimmers and allows inspectors to find the devices without needing to open up the gas pumps. Full Story


5 Amazing Pieces of Tech That Use the Human Body as a Power Source

Interesting Engineering | January 19, 2020

Researchers at the Jacobs School of Engineering, The University of California, San Diego are working on a way of using human sweat to generate electricity. They have created a small temporary tattoo that incorporates enzymes that produce an electrical current from human sweat. These enzymes strip electrons (oxidize) from lactate in sweat to produce small amounts of electricity whenever the wearer sweats (like during exercise). They produce enough electricity to power small electronics like LEDs and even Bluetooth radios. Full Story


China Is Winning the Race for Young Entrepreneurs

The Foreign Policy Group | January 14, 2020

When Leo Wen wrote his first ever business plan in the spring of 2017, he believed that his social media app, called Pokke, would soon be profitable. Having recently graduated from Hofstra University a year earlier with a master's degree in accounting, the then 26-year-old Wen had experienced firsthand the isolation that Chinese international students studying in the United States can face. He hoped Pokke, a map-based app that allowed users to post their activities and share relevant information based on their locations, could better connect them. Full Story


Collaboration a Priority In $185 Million UCSD Project

San Diego Business Journal | January 12, 2020

A $185 million project at the University of California San Diego is transforming a former parking lot into an engineering center designed to bring students and professors together with industry experts... Full Story


5G tech professor busts network myths with Jeff Goldblum

Campaign | January 8, 2020

Sujit Dey, a professor in the department of electrical computer engineering at the University of California San Diego, spoke about the impact of 5G in a personalized world alongside actor Jeff Goldblum and Catherine Sullivan, chief investment officer at Omnicom Media Group, on Wednesday at the Bellagio in Las Vegas for CES. Full Story


7 Innovative Startups to Watch in 2020

Inc. | January 6, 2020

Seattle-based Shape Therapeutics is developing technology that would modify human RNA to correct mutations or eliminate diseases. Founded in 2018, Shape is based on the groundbreaking work of UC San Diego bioengineering professor Prashant Mali. Full Story