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10.1.15 Wired
"Car Hack Technique Uses Dealerships to Spread Malware"
Over the Last summer, the security research community has proven like never before that cars are vulnerable to hackers--via cellular Internet connections, intercepted smartphone signals, and even insurance dongles plugged into dashboards. Now an automotive security researcher is calling attention to yet another potential inroad to a car's sensitive digital guts: the auto dealerships that sell and maintain those systems.

9.29.15 Engineering Career
Nanoengineers have unveiled a new type of microscopic motor that runs on enzymes, and could one day help clean the Earth's oceans. A team at the University of California has designed 'enzyme-functionalised micromotors' - each much smaller than the width of a human hair - that zoom around in water, removing carbon dioxide and converting it into a usable solid form. Their proof of concept study represents a promising route to mitigate the build-up of carbon dioxide,

9.28.15 Gizmag
"Nanomotors could help reduce carbon dioxide pollution in oceans"
Climate change has a huge impact on the health of the world's oceans. In an attempt to find a solution for carbon dioxide pollution in the oceans, nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego have developed micromotors that autonomously move through water, removing CO2 and converting it into usable material.

9.27.15 Digital Trends
"These ingenious micromotors are designed to scrub carbon dioxide from ocean waters"
A team of nanoengineers from the University of California, San Diego invented tube-shaped micromotors that can remove carbon molecules from water while they swim. The technology potentially could be used to remove CO2 from the water column and counteract the deleterious effects of ocean acidification and global warming. Led by nanoengineering professor Joseph Wang, the team created tube-shaped micromotors that measure six-micrometer in length.

9.26.15 San Diego Union Tribune
"Ready or not, the fully autonomous car is coming"
Ready for cars with computers as driver? No? Good, because the computers aren?t ready either. But have no doubt, they are coming. Related Jacobs School Link »

9.26.15 IFL Science!
"These Tiny Swimming Robots Could Remove Carbon Dioxide From The Oceans"
Scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have developed tiny robots that could one day remove carbon dioxide from the oceans, helping to mitigate the effects of climate change. Their proof of concept study was published in the journal Angewandte Chemie. The researchers developed 'micromotors' that can rapidly decarbonate water. They do this using an outer polymer surface that holds an enzyme called carbonic anhydrase.

9.26.15 NY Times
"Complex Car Software Becomes the Weak Spot Under the Hood"
Though automakers say they know of no malicious hacking incidents so far, the risks are real. Stefan Savage, a computer security professor at the University of California, San Diego, said that automakers were "in a state of panic" over the prospect. "They are trying to figure out what to do, quickly," he said.

9.25.15 KPBS
"UCSD 'Shake Table' Gets Major Federal Grant"
UC San Diego is getting more than $5 million over the next five years to run one of the world's largest earthquake simulators. The outdoor "shake table" has been helping researchers measure the impact of quakes since it opened in 2004. The device's size allows scientists to build realistic life-sized structures and then subject them to the same force meted out by the world's largest earthquakes.

9.25.15 The San Diego Union Tribune
"UCSD's smiling robot baby will haunt your dreams"
Earlier this week, UC San Diego released the results of a study aimed at figuring out why babies smile. As it turns out, research indicates it's not just random muscle movement. Those tiny tots are smartly trying to elicit a response, more specifically a smile, particularly from their mothers. Isn't that sweet? Can't you imagine researchers playing with smiling babies all day, laughing and giggling, all in the name of science? One big baby play date? That's not how this study went down.

9.25.15 Daily Mail UK
"The terrifying babybot that shows how infants time their smiles to get a response from mom"
This creepy animatronic infant is the stuff of nightmares. The terrifying babybot is the work of Californian researchers who wanted to do something altogether less frightening; make you smile. Named Diego San, he was was created as part of a study aiming to uncover how and why babies time their smiles when interacting with other people.

9.25.15 NY Mag
"This Creepy Robot Baby Will Force You to Smile"
Researchers at the University of California-San Diego's Machine Perception Laboratory study nonverbal communication to help them develop robots and computer systems that can interact with people. Their latest experiment seeks to understand the motivation behind babies' smiles, and it involves a creepy animatronic infant that will probably haunt your dreams. The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, consisted of two experiments.

9.25.15 Yahoo! Parenting
"Researchers Say They Know Why Babies Smile"
Do you ever wonder what's going through your baby's mind when she smiles at you? Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, think they know. Their study, published in PLOS ONE, suggests that babies who are smiling are attempting to make whomever they're interacting with smile back--all while the infants exert as little effort as possible. "I used to wonder if my daughter was trying to communicate with me when she was an infant and smiled," the lead researcher tells

9.25.15 U.S. News Health
"Why Do Babies Smile?"
Babies' smiles really are contagious, and they have a motive: to make you swoon over it. That's what researchers confirmed in a study published this week in the journal PLOS ONE. The team of computer scientists, roboticists and developmental psychologists programmed a robot to behave like a baby, based on research from a previous study that observed the face-to-face interactions of 13 pairs of mothers and infants younger than four months.

9.25.15 Huffington Post
"What This Robotics Baby Can Teach Us About How Infants Communicate"
When cognitive scientist Dr. Javier Movellan watched his three-month-old baby Marina smile, he wondered if she was trying to communicate with him."I felt very strongly that this was happening but in the back of my mind I wondered whether I was just fooling myself," Movellan told The Huffington Post in an email. Movellan and a team of researchers used data from a previous study to analyze the face-to-face interactions of 13 four-month-old infants and their mothers,

9.25.15 NY Daily New
"Scientists use robo-baby to prove cunning kids smile at their parents to manipulate them"
California scientists created a creepy robotic baby to prove their theory that crafty kids smile at their moms to manipulate them. Researchers at the University of California in San Diego developed the robot infant -- named Diego San -- to test a hypothesis that babies can trick their mothers into smiling on command. The team studied interaction between 13 mother-child pairs and analyzed their reactions in four different categories: how often just the kid smiled, how much just the mother smiled

9.24.15 KUSI News
"UC San Diego will continue to operate world's largest earthquake 'shake table'"
UC San Diego announced Thursday that $5.2 million from the National Science Foundation will allow the university to continue to operate the world's largest outdoor earthquake "shake table' for the next five years. The table, which can carry structures weighing up to 2,000 tons, replicates the ground motions of large quakes.

9.24.15 the San Diego Union Tribune
"UCSD wins $5.2 million for earthquake simulator"
A huge outdoor shake table that is used to study how earthquakes can damage buildings, bridges, freeways and tunnels will continue to operate at UC San Diego for at least another five years. The National Science Foundation has awarded the campus $5.2 million to run the facility in Scripps Ranch, providing researchers from around the country with a place to simulate a wide range of earthquakes.

9.24.15 Today
"The real reason babies smile is..."
Researchers at U.C. San Diego say the real reason babies smile is because they want you to smile back, and time their smiles to get the best reactions.

9.24.15 Gizmag
"Baby-faced robot used to analyze why infants smile"
Babies may like to be smiled at, but they don't put undue effort into smiling at people in order to make that happen. That's one of the findings of a study conducted by a team of computer scientists, roboticists and developmental psychologists at the University of California, San Diego. To develop their theory, they enlisted the help of a robot you won't soon forget.

9.24.15 Voice of America
"Babies Smile to Make You Smile Back"
Most people agree that there's something very special about a baby's smile. But is there a purpose behind that smile? What are they trying to communicate to us? A new multidisciplinary study has found that babies smile to get you to interact with them and smile back. Writing in the recent issue of the journal PLOS ONE, the researchers also found that much like successful comedians who go for the big laugh, babies have a great sense of timing that helps get adults to smile back,

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