12.5.13 Vaccine News Daily
"Nanosponge vaccine fights MRSA toxin"
Liangfang Zhang, a nanoengineering professor from the University of California San Diego, published a new study on Sunday in Nature Nanotechnology that showed a toxin produced by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus can be absorbed by nanosponges. Zhang said that when the toxin is absorbed by the "nanosponge vaccine," the immune system was able to block the adverse effects of the toxin within the bloodstream and on the skin. Related Jacobs School Link »
12.3.13 Chemistry World
"Caged toxin for safer, better bacterial vaccines"
A team led by Liangfang Zhang at the University of California, San Diego, created the new vaccine by coating nanoparticles of the polymer PFGA with the membrane from red blood cells. They then exposed these membrane-encased particles to a model toxin, α-haemolysin from the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. Toxin proteins become embedded and trapped within the membrane. Tests on mice showed that the toxin-nanoparticle conjugate is not harmful Related Jacobs School Link »
"UCSD scientists invent MRSA 'nanosponge' vaccine"
UCSD scientists have created a vaccine for the deadly MRSA infection, using 'nanosponge' technology they previously used to soak up MRSA toxins and other poisons and venoms. The vaccine is effective in mice, they showed in a study; and their goal is to get it into human clinical trials.The nanosponges are built on a polymer core wrapped with membranes from red blood cells that seize the toxins. They were first loaded with the MRSA toxins and injected into mice.
"Six UCSD scholars named AAAS Fellows"
Six UCSD scholars named AAAS Fellows
11.27.13 International Business Times
"Bitcoin Black Friday Encourages Holders To Actually Spend Their Virtual Currency"
For holiday shoppers looking to score deals, there's Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and now, Bitcoin Black Friday. In a bid to make the popular virtual currency mainstream and encourage the actual spending of the units, a bitcoin entrepreneur has organized the second annual Bitcoin Black Friday. Bitcoin value has skyrocketed in recent months and topped $1,000 early Wednesday -- not exactly encouraging people to use bitcoin for its intended purpose as an everyday currency.
"NEES @ UCSD LHPOST"
Seismic tests usually involve either a scale simulation of an earthquake or a computer-generated one, neither of which can fully replicate the kind of shaking a real tremor dishes out. When engineers want to test a new joint, a connector, or a foundation piling against the violence of seismic activity, they can now plop the real thing onto UC San Diego?s Large High Performance Outdoor Shake Table.
"University Of California, San Diego Skysweeper"
Skysweeper inches along live power lines scouting for bad splices, frays, tangled branches, and other trouble spots. Developed by engineers at the University of California at San Diego, it will be the most affordable and versatile power-line monitoring tool. Production versions of this will have induction coils to grab power from the lines and cameras and sensors to beam information to an inspection crew.
"Company wins grant for a better condom"
A Mira Mesa medical device company is one of 11 winners from more than 800 applicants to receive a prestigious Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant. Apex Medical Technologies competed against more than 800 proposals and was awarded $100,000 for a public health solution that could save lives around the world.
11.25.13 Fox News
"Strangers log on to help satellite search for missing schooner"
An American family and crew aboard a 69-foot vintage sailboat last heard from in June could still be alive, according to relatives, who have turned to satellite images and strangers to scour the vast Tasman Sea.David Dyche, an experienced sailor who works for a U.S. shipping company, was sailing the Nina from New Zealand to Australia with his wife, teenage son and four-member crew when they hit rough weather in June.
11.23.13 Washington Post
"Here's who (probably) did that massive $150,000,000 Bitcoin transaction"
One of the unique things about Bitcoin is that every transaction on its network is publicly available for anyone to examine. Any time a user sends a payment to another user, that transaction is reflected in the "blockchain," a global, permanent ledger of Bitcoin transactions. You can examine every Bitcoin transaction that has ever occurred at a site called blockchain.info. And that site says that a truly massive Bitcoin transaction occurred yesterday:
11.11.13 e! Science News
"The 2013 Best of What's New"
Sandia National Laboratories Fiber Optic Network Each year, the editors of Popular Science search all corners of the material world--cars, skyscrapers, drones, phones--to find the 100 innovations that are reshaping the future right before our eyes. Best of What's New winners make our world and our lives safer, more efficient, and straight-up better than we thought possible. These innovations make the stuff of science fiction--restoring sight to the blind, conversing with computers
"The 2013 Best of What's New"
Each year, the editors of Popular Science search all corners of the material world--cars, skyscrapers, drones, phones--to find the 100 innovations that are reshaping the future right before our eyes.
11.5.13 Technology Review
"Fast and Spacious Helium-Filled Hard Drives Ready for Liftoff"
Data-storage company HGST has begun making a six-terabyte hard drive that has a 50 percent greater storage capacity and uses about 20 percent less power than conventional hard drives. The secret to this leap forward in performance? Pumping the drives full of helium.Helium reduces friction, vibration, and other mechanical issues that limit the storage density of conventional hard drives. It also makes hard drives less power hungry.
"Qualcomm in Talks to Fund Robotics Initiative at UC San Diego "
San Diego-based Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) and Brain Corp., the Qualcomm-backed startup developing technology that emulates the human brain, are in talks to provide funding for a broadly based initiative in robotics at UC San Diego. "We are working on building a robotics institute, robotics lab, and (more importantly) a robotics incubator," writes Eugene Izhikevich, Brain Corp.'s founding chairman and CEO, in an e-mail. "All this effort is to create a consumer robotics ecosystem in San Diego."
"San Diegans delayed at LAX: 'It was insane'"
North Park resident Caitlin Bigelow was looking forward to her first trip to Tokyo Friday, never imagining that the 12-hour flight out of Los Angeles would be delayed for hours because of a fatal airport shooting. Or that she and her boyfriend would spend hours hanging out in a parking garage with hundreds of stranded travelers, constantly checking for online news and airport updates.
"UCSD wants to make a robot for you"
UC San Diego might partner with Qualcomm and other companies to create an institute that would develop small robots meant to affect every aspect of life, from mundane tasks such as doing the laundry to having sentries guard cars in darkened parking lots. The decision hinges on whether the University of California San Diego can raise tens of millions of dollars from industry to underwrite research and hire elite scientists across many disciplines.
"South American Arapaima Fish Has Scales That Resist Piranha Bites"
University of California scientist Marc Meyers tested the arapaima's toughness by mounting some of the fish's scales on a rubbery surface meant to simulate flesh, and then attacked them with piranha teeth attached to an industrial-strength hole-puncher. The teeth barely penetrated the scales and cracked before they reached the rubber.
10.16.13 The Telegraph, UK
"Fish That can Survive Piranha Bites Inspire New Types of Body Armor"
Fish that live in piranha infested waters have evolved scales to protect them from the predator's fearsome teeth and are being used to develop new types of body armour
10.16.13 Yahoo! News Canada
"Fish With Piranha-Proof Scales Inspire New Body Armour Designs"
There's a large, ponderous species of fish swimming in the Amazon River, called Arapaima gigas, that's already earned a reputation both as one of the largest freshwater fish in the world, and as a living fossil. However, what's particularly interesting to some researchers is the fact that this species has survived this long swimming alongside the piranha.
10.15.13 NBC News
"Amazon Fish Wears Armor to Repel Vicious Piranha Bites"
A freshwater Amazonian fish has evolved scales with microscopic armorlike structures specially designed to resist a piranha's piercing bite, new research shows. Arapaima gigas is the largest -- and evolutionarily, one of the oldest -- fish species living within the lakes of the Amazon River basin. A team of researchers based at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory interested in determining how this fish evolved to coexist so successfully with the vicious predatory piranha