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Scientists Design Way to Use Harmless Bacteria to Detect Heavy Metals in Drinking Water 2/27/20
Scientists Design Way to Use Harmless Bacteria to Detect Heavy Metals in Drinking Water
A team from UC San Diego and the San Diego startup Quantitative BioSciences has a new approach to continuous monitoring of heavy metal contamination in drinking water using bacteria as sensors of contamination. The team recently published their advances in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS).
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Light-shrinking device enables detection of ultra-tiny substances 2/25/20
Light-shrinking device enables detection of ultra-tiny substances
Engineers at UC San Diego and UC Berkeley have created light-based technology that can detect biological substances with a molecular mass more than two orders of magnitude smaller than previously possible. The research could lead to the development of ultra-sensitive devices that can quickly detect pathogens in human blood and considerably reduce the time needed for patients to get results from blood tests.
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Researchers Develop Framework that Improves Firefox Security 2/25/20
Researchers Develop Framework that Improves Firefox Security
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.
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Controlling CAR T cells with light selectively destroys skin tumors in mice 2/19/20
Controlling CAR T cells with light selectively destroys skin tumors in mice
UC San Diego bioengineers have developed a control system that could make CAR T-cell therapy safer and more powerful when treating cancer. By programming CAR T cells to switch on when exposed to blue light, the researchers controlled the cells to destroy skin tumors in mice without harming healthy tissue.
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Ultrasound device improves charge time and run time in lithium batteries 2/18/20
Ultrasound device improves charge time and run time in lithium batteries
Researchers at the University of California San Diego developed an ultrasound-emitting device that brings lithium metal batteries, or LMBs, one step closer to commercial viability. Although the research team focused on LMBs, the device can be used in any battery, regardless of chemistry.  
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New chip brings ultra-low power Wi-Fi connectivity to IoT devices 2/17/20
New chip brings ultra-low power Wi-Fi connectivity to IoT devices
More portable, fully wireless smart home setups. Lower power wearables. Batteryless smart devices. These could all be made possible thanks to a new ultra-low power Wi-Fi radio developed by UC San Diego engineers. It enables Wi-Fi communication at 5,000 times less power than commercial Wi-Fi radios.
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Building a new generation of software programming languages 2/14/20
Building a new generation of software programming languages
Nadia Polikarpova. a computer science professor, is a recent recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award for work to help software developers increase productivity and reduce the number of mistakes in their code. She is also a 2020 recipient of the Sloan Research Fellowship. Each year, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awards two-year fellowships to just over 100 early-career scientists and scholars who demonstrate a unique potential to make a substantial contribution to their fields.
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Your AI stylist will see you now 2/13/20
Your AI stylist will see you now
Do you ever wonder what shoes or purse you should wear with your outfit? Well, have no fear: AI is here to help. Computer scientists at UC San Diego, in collaboration with Pinterest, developed “Complete the Look,” an AI-powered tool that recommends accessories and other fashion items to match your outfit based on just one photo. 
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