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9.23.14 KPBS
"Minecraft Can Help Kids Learn To Code. Will Microsoft Keep It That Way?"
Stanley Strum is spending his time in class today building a TARDIS, the time machine from the TV show "Doctor Who." "The machine pretends to be a telephone box, but actually it's an infinite, ginormous, thing on the inside," he explains. Strum, a fourth grader, is building this TARDIS out of blocky pixels -- kind of like digital Legos -- in the world of Minecraft. Last week, Minecraft's parent company was bought by Microsoft for $2.5 billion.

9.22.14 Charged Electric Vehicles Magazine
"A better way to battery-swap?"
The idea of battery swapping for EVs has been around for some time, but the reality has not been auspicious. Better Place bet on the concept and went bankrupt. Tesla successfully demonstrated a battery swap in 2013, but so far has not gotten around to opening any swap stations to the public. A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego is working on a different approach.

9.20.14 Coin Desk
"Cryptocurrency Miners Turn to Exotic Cooling Systems as Competition Heats Up"
Amid Singapore's humid equatorial heat, a group of researchers and faculty at the island's main technical education institute are sweating over an unconventional cooling solution -- for litecoin miners. The institute, known more for strait-laced vocational courses, has partnered with litecoin startup CloudMining.sg to develop a liquid immersion cooling system for the firm's miners, in conjunction with materials science giant 3M.

9.19.14 Engineering.com
"Engineers Develop a New Algorithm For EV Battery Recharges and Switches"
Imagine being able to switch out the batteries in electric cars just like you switch out batteries in a photo camera or flashlight. A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, are trying to accomplish just that, in partnership with a local San Diego engineering company.Rather than swapping out the whole battery, which is cumbersome and requires large, heavy equipment, engineers plan to swap out and recharge smaller units within the battery, known as modules.

9.19.14 Space Daily
"Algorithm allows easy switch out and recharge of electric car batteries"
Imagine being able to switch out the batteries in electric cars just like you switch out batteries in a photo camera or flashlight. A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, are trying to accomplish just that, in partnership with a local San Diego engineering company. Rather than swapping out the whole battery, which is cumbersome and requires large, heavy equipment, engineers plan to swap out and recharge smaller units within the battery, known as modules.

9.17.14 nanowerk
"Engineers develop algorithms that allow you to switch out and recharge battery modules in electric cars"
Imagine being able to switch out the batteries in electric cars just like you switch out batteries in a photo camera or flashlight. A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, are trying to accomplish just that, in partnership with a local San Diego engineering company. Rather than swapping out the whole battery, which is cumbersome and requires large, heavy equipment, engineers plan to swap out and recharge smaller units within the battery, known as modules.

9.17.14 Product Design & Development
"Electric Cars Batteries That Easily Switch Out"
Imagine being able to switch out the batteries in electric cars just like you switch out batteries in a photo camera or flashlight. A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, are trying to accomplish just that, in partnership with a local San Diego engineering company. Rather than swapping out the whole battery, which is cumbersome and requires large, heavy equipment, engineers plan to swap out and recharge smaller units within the battery, known as modules.

9.17.14 R & D Magazine
"New algorithms lets owners swap, recharge battery modules in electric cars"
Imagine being able to switch out the batteries in electric cars just like you switch out batteries in a photo camera or flashlight. A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, are trying to accomplish just that, in partnership with a local San Diego engineering company. Rather than swapping out the whole battery, which is cumbersome and requires large, heavy equipment, engineers plan to swap out and recharge smaller units within the battery, known as modules.

9.15.14 Scientific American
"Crime Ring Revelation Reveals Cybersecurity Conflict of Interest"
A small cybersecurity firm claimed this summer to have uncovered a scam by Russian Internet thieves to amass a mountain of stolen information from 420,000 Web and FTP sites. The hacker network, dubbed "CyberVor," possessed 1.2 billion unique credentials -- a user name and matching password -- belonging to 500 million e-mail addresses, asserted Hold Security, LLC.

9.15.14 San Diego Metro
"Computer Scientists Launch Kickstarter For Video Game That Teaches Kids How to Code"
Computer scientists at UCSD have successfully funded on Kickstarter a new and improved version of CodeSpells, a first-person player game they developed that teaches players how to code. The game's previous iteration, developed by UCSD computer science Ph.D. students Sarah Esper and Stephen Foster, has been in use in dozens of schools throughout the world for more than a year. The researchers have been using the game as a platform to learn about the best ways to teach children how to code.

9.11.14 bdnews24.com
"Kickstarter to teach children coding raises $50,000"
Computer scientists in the US have received $50,000 on Kickstarter - a funding platform for creative projects - for a new and improved version of CodeSpells, a first-person player game they developed that teaches children how to code.

9.6.14 Hardcore Gamer
"Greenlight District: Poncho, The Corridor, desolate, Hardland, CodeSpells"
Creating an interesting and entertaining edutainment game is a difficult premise. Too heavy on the informative aspect and you?re likely to lose interest off the bat, too light on it and it loses credibility. CodeSpells uses a sleek, intuitive coding interface to allow players to create an infinite variety of spells in a sandbox environment. Players can team up online and even create game modes to compete in!

9.5.14 CNET
"Smart toilet seat bids bye-bye to bad smells"
CodeSpells is an open world video game that is trying to inspire an interest in coding by requiring that Players rank their own magic spells by experimenting with code in the game. The game provides a coding interface where you can specify exactly what your spells will do. This interface is intuitive enough. For individuals young and old, who have never coded before. Newcomers can learn by coding pre made cells using a drag and drop language, that makes the learning process pretty simple.

9.4.14 Michigan Radio
"Scientists hope E. coli genome sequencing will help track future outbreaks"
A research team has produced the first complete genome sequencing of a strain of E. coli. This particular strain is associated with outbreaks of food poisoning that can be deadly. Haythem Latif is on the research team at the University of California-San Diego. "Although early detection is key to treatment, it has been known to cause severe renal failure in children," Latif said. He says the updated genome sequence for this strain of E. coli will help scientists tell one strain from another.

9.3.14 San Diego Source
"UCSD takes lead in field with new robotics institute"
With many robotics companies and a call for the FAA to designate the region an unmanned aerial vehicle center of excellence, San Diego has been making a big push in the past few months to become the center of the rapidly expanding drone industry. The University of California, San Diego and several local companies want to expand the region's reputation as the hub not only of UAVs, but also robotics.

9.2.14 CNET
"CodeSpells: Write code, invent magic spells"
Programming has become a highly important skill -- but from the outside, it often seems like it would be both difficult and boring to learn. Ask anyone who's a programmer and they'll probably say otherwise, but taking that initial step can be a hurdle for many.

9.2.14 U~T
"UCSD to collaborate with Tijuana university"
UC San Diego has entered into an agreement aimed at increasing its collaboration among faculty and students with a Tijuana university, expanding on existing partnerships the La Jolla campus has with Mexican schools.

9.1.14 U~T
"DRAWN TO THE NUMBERS"
Minnes works at the intersection of math and computer science. She teaches many of the introductory and advanced undergraduate computer science courses for the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego and works on research and outreach projects. She co-developed the five-week residential Summer Program for Incoming Students in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

8.31.14 USA Today
"Robot toy invasion: Tech fuels the latest toys"
Forget dollhouses, footballs and jigsaw puzzles -- kids today want tech in their toys. Whether its video games, touch-screen tablets or radio-controlled flying drones, many of 2014's "most wanted" fuse entertainment with electronics. And in many cases, the lines are blurring between playing and programming -- whether it's Lego Mindstorms with "on-brick programming," Sphero 2.0's Macrolab app (with code you can share among friends) or the Moss robot construction kit.

8.25.14 MyFox Washington DC
"Study: TSA scanners can miss bombs, guns"
A new study by Johns Hopkins reveals that full body airport scanners can easily be obstructed, leading Transportation Security Administration agents to miss weapons or bombs. In the study, researchers found that passengers could easily carry contraband on board if they just covered it with a plastic shield and under clothing. Researchers also found that these scanners could easily be hacked, giving hackers the ability to manipulate the image reflected on the screen.

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