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Engineers develop novel ultrasound technology to screen for heart conditions 10/29/14
Engineers develop novel ultrasound technology to screen for heart conditions
Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have determined for the first time the impact of a ring-shaped vortex on transporting blood flow in normal and abnormal ventricles within the human heart. They worked with cardiologists at the Non-Invasive Cardiology Laboratory at Gregorio Marañon Hospital, in Madrid, Spain. In order to make the study possible, researchers have developed a novel ultrasound technology that makes screening cheaper and much easier, making it possible to reach a large number of people and even infants. Intra-ventricular flow imaging is currently done with MRI scans, which is expensive and not suitable for patients with implanted devices such as pacemakers. 
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'Nanomotor lithography' answers call for affordable, simpler device manufacturing 10/29/14
'Nanomotor lithography' answers call for affordable, simpler device manufacturing
What does it take to fabricate electronic and medical devices tinier than a fraction of a human hair? Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego recently invented a new method of lithography in which nanoscale robots swim over the surface of light-sensitive material to create complex surface patterns that form the sensors and electronics components on nanoscale devices. Their research was published recently in the journal Nature Communications.
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New Solar Power Material Converts 90 Percent of Captured Light into Heat 10/28/14
New Solar Power Material Converts 90 Percent of Captured Light into Heat
A multidisciplinary engineering team at the University of California, San Diego developed a new nanoparticle-based material for concentrating solar power plants designed to absorb and convert to heat more than 90 percent of the sunlight it captures. The new material can also withstand temperatures greater than 700 degrees Celsius and survive many years outdoors in spite of exposure to air and humidity. Their work, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot program, was published recently in two separate articles in the journal Nano Energy
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ARCS Foundation Awards $232,500 in Fellowships for UC San Diego Graduate Students 10/27/14
ARCS Foundation Awards $232,500 in Fellowships for UC San Diego Graduate Students
Dustin Richmond, a third-year graduate student in computer science and engineering, builds complex computer hardware systems with the power to process large data sets—such as the data involved with DNA sequencing. In his first year, Richmond worked with technology company Cognex to design an ultra-high-speed image processing pipeline—specifically for active 3D scanners—that could decompress and process 20,000 images per second. He is one of 31 UC San Diego graduate students who have been awarded a fellowship from the San Diego chapter of ARCS Foundation, Inc. for the 2014-2015 academic year. Members of the San Diego chapter presented the award check, totaling $232,500, to Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla on Oct. 13 at the Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club at UC San Diego.
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With Phased-Array Radar Technologies, UC San Diego Electrical Engineers Aim to Make Car Travel Safer 10/27/14
With Phased-Array Radar Technologies, UC San Diego Electrical Engineers Aim to Make Car Travel Safer
Electrical engineers from UC San Diego have developed hardware for a new generation of automotive radar systems designed to keep drivers, and the pedestrians around them they may not see, safe.
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Jacobs School alum and Facebook engineer talks about 'Safety Check' feature 10/23/14
Jacobs School alum and Facebook engineer talks about 'Safety Check' feature
When disaster strikes, we want to know that our loved ones are safe, but sometimes it can be hours before we are sure. Peter Cottle, a Jacob’s School alumnus, B.S.  ’11, has helped make the process a bit simpler. Cottle is a software engineer at Facebook and the creator of the new feature “Safety Check,” which the site launched in October 2014. On Oct. 20, he gave a talk to UC San Diego students about the concepts behind the feature and why it was developed.
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Coalition of UC San Diego Graduate Programs Supports Campus Commitment to Recruiting Diverse Students 10/23/14
Coalition of UC San Diego Graduate Programs Supports Campus Commitment to Recruiting Diverse Students
A coalition of UC San Diego campus programs debuted an enhanced recruiting presence at the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) national conference in Los Angeles Oct. 16-18. 
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UC San Diego students help design toddler-tantrum-proof plate 10/22/14
UC San Diego students help design toddler-tantrum-proof plate
It’s a scene that many parents have witnessed, helplessly. It’s time for dinner and your toddler is getting restless. The object of their wrath? The dinner plate, which goes flying off the table and spills its contents all over the floor. A group of mechanical engineering undergraduate students at the University of California, San Diego helped a San Diego entrepreneur come up with a solution to this problem. It’s called the Adi, the stay-put plate. 
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