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SDSC’s Comet is a Key Resource in New Global Dark Matter Experiment

Tue, 2017-06-20 09:15

The petascale Comet supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) on the UC San Diego campus has emerged as a key resource in the Xenon Collaboration, considered to be the most advanced dark matter research quest to-date, with a group of international researchers recently announcing promising results after only one month of operation with a new detector.

Familiar Faces Look Happier Than Unfamiliar Ones

Tue, 2017-06-20 07:52

It’s a cheesy pick-up line: “Haven’t I seen you somewhere before?” It might also be something that profoundly alters how we perceive other people. According to research from UC San Diego, familiar faces look happier to us than unfamiliar ones, even when faces are objectively expressing the same emotion to the same degree.

Fighting Global Warming and Climate Change Requires a Broad Energy Portfolio

Mon, 2017-06-19 12:00

Can the continental United States make a rapid, reliable and low-cost transition to an energy system that relies almost exclusively on wind, solar and hydroelectric power? While there is growing excitement for this vision, a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) by 21 of the nation’s leading energy experts, including David G. Victor and George R. Tynan from the University of California San Diego, describes a more complicated reality.

Electrolytes Made from Liquefied Gas Enable Batteries to Run at Ultra-low Temperatures

Thu, 2017-06-15 11:00

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed new electrolytes that enable lithium batteries to run at temperatures as low as -60 degrees Celsius with excellent performance -- in comparison, today's lithium-ion batteries stop working at -20 degrees Celsius. The new electrolytes also enable electrochemical capacitors to run as cold as -80 degrees Celsius -- their current limit is -40 degrees Celsius.

UC San Diego Partners with Janssen to Research New Approaches to Treat Metabolic Diseases

Thu, 2017-06-15 08:05

University of California San Diego School of Medicine has entered a five-year strategic partnership with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, to discover meaningful treatments for metabolic diseases.

Scientists Report Large-Scale Surface Melting Event in Antarctica during 2015-16 El Niño

Thu, 2017-06-15 06:14

The West Antarctic Ice Sheet, a landbound mass of ice larger than Mexico, experienced substantial surface melt through the austral summer of 2015-2016 during one of the largest El Niño events of the past 50 years. The finding is of interest, because El Niño events are expected to become more common if planetary warming trends continue.

Computer Science and Engineering Announces Two Faculty Hires (with More to Come)

Wed, 2017-06-14 10:33

2017 is shaping up to be another banner year for hiring faculty in one of the fastest-growing departments on the campus of the University of California San Diego. Professor Dean Tullsen, Chair of the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department, announced the first two hires of the faculty recruiting year. Effective July 1, Nadia Polikarpova and Sicun Gao will become assistant professors in the department.

Nuvve and UC San Diego to Demonstrate Vehicle-to-Grid Technology Through Energy Commission Grant

Wed, 2017-06-14 09:03

The United States is home to more than half a million electric vehicles. What if those vehicles could be turned into virtual power plants, feeding energy back into the grid while connected to a charger? Thanks to a $7.9 million grant from the California Energy Commission, San Diego-based Nuvve Corporation will demonstrate how this technology could work on a large-scale with help from UC San Diego.

UC San Diego and Baja California Institutions Launch CaliBaja Education Consortium

Tue, 2017-06-13 09:49

The University of California San Diego and 13 institutions in Baja California announced the launch of the CaliBaja Education Consortium at the Cross-border Innovation Summit that took place on June 9, 2017 on the UC San Diego campus. The new entity will serve the entire CaliBaja region and will allow researchers and students to work together across borders. Leaders of 10 institutions signed memoranda that brought the consortium to life during the event.

Radiation Therapy Vital to Treating Brain Tumors, but It Exacts a Toll

Fri, 2017-06-09 09:13

Radiation therapy (RT) using high-energy particles is a common and critical component in successfully treating patients with brain tumors but it is also associated with significant adverse effects. In a new study, researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine report that irradiation can cause broader adverse effects, altering the structural network properties in impacted brains and perhaps contributing to delayed cognitive impairments observed in many patients following brain RT.

Engineer’s Lifelong Dream of Becoming an Astronaut Comes True

Thu, 2017-06-08 10:31

An alumnus of the University of California San Diego is part of the new class of astronauts NASA announced June 7, 2017. Robb Kulin earned his master’s and PhD degrees in materials science from UC San Diego. He made nearly every decision in his career with an eye toward going to space, according to his Ph.D. advisor, nanoengineering professor Kenneth Vecchio from the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering

SDSC Names Christopher Irving Manager of HPC Systems

Thu, 2017-06-08 10:15

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego, has appointed Christopher Irving as manager of the Center’s High-Performance Computing (HPC) systems, effective June 1, 2017.

Six Times Around the World: UC San Diego Researchers Send a Balloon Around the Globe

Thu, 2017-06-08 07:00

Somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, just above commercial air traffic, a small, hydrogen-filled balloon is reporting on its whereabouts to researchers in a UC San Diego lab who are listening intently. The balloon—called a super pressure balloon—was launched by a group of UC San Diego students and researchers about 100 days ago from campus and is on its sixth lap around the globe.

Review of Appendix Cancer Cases Finds Over Diagnosis

Wed, 2017-06-07 15:34

Lesions of the appendix are being over diagnosed as invasive cancer, report University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers in a paper published June 7 in the journal PLOS ONE.

Cancer Cells Send Signals Boosting Survival and Drug Resistance in Other Cancer Cells

Tue, 2017-06-06 12:03

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine report that cancer cells appear to communicate to other cancer cells, activating an internal mechanism that boosts resistance to common chemotherapies and promotes tumor survival.

A Glove Powered by Soft Robotics to Interact with Virtual Reality Environments

Wed, 2017-05-31 06:31

Engineers at UC San Diego are using soft robotics technology to make light, flexible gloves that allow users to feel tactile feedback when they interact with virtual reality environments. The researchers used the gloves to realistically simulate the tactile feeling of playing a virtual piano keyboard.

Do Obese Children Need to Attend Treatment to Lose Weight?

Tue, 2017-05-30 08:00

One-third of American children are overweight or obese. Family-based treatment (FBT) has been considered the best model for the treatment of obese children as it provides both parents and children with education and behavior therapy techniques but is provided mainly in a hospital setting. Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine have found that parent-based therapy (PBT) has similar outcomes to FBT and could be more cost-effective.

Losing Sleep Over Climate Change

Fri, 2017-05-26 11:00

Unusually warm nights can harm human sleep, researchers show, and the poor and the elderly are most affected. Rising temperatures could make sleep loss more severe.

Researchers Studying Century-Old Drug in Potential New Approach to Autism

Fri, 2017-05-26 00:05

In a small, randomized Phase I/II clinical trial (SAT1), researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine say a 100-year-old drug called suramin, originally developed to treat African sleeping sickness, was safely administered to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), who subsequently displayed measurable, but transient, improvement in core symptoms of autism.

Nanopore Technology Makes Leap from DNA Sequencing to Identifying Proteins

Thu, 2017-05-25 11:02

UC San Diego and University of Notre Dame scientists report in a May issue of PLOS Computational Biology that a new technique can open up the field of nanopore-based protein identification, even in complex mixtures of different types of molecules.