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A Sampling of Clips for June 30, 2011

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Smaller Salton Sea Silences Seismic Shocks
Discovery News, June 29, 2011-- In the past, the Salton Sea in Southern California periodically flooded, which may have caused small “stepover” faults beneath the Sea to trigger the much larger San Andreas Fault. The stepover faults under the Salton Sea were recently discovered by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the University of Nevada in Reno. (Quotes Scripps seismologist Debi Kilb.) More

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Adult Stem Cells Carry Their Own
Baggage: Epigenetics Guides Stem Cell Fate

Science Daily, June 30 -- Adult stem cells and progenitor cells may not come with a clean genetic slate after all. That's because a new report in the FASEB Journal shows that adult stem or progenitor cells have their own unique "epigenetic signatures," which change once a cell differentiates. "Ultimately, we hope to be able to decipher the mechanisms of how stem cells renew themselves as well as how they differentiate," said George L. Sen, Ph.D., a researcher involved in the work from the Department of Medicine, Program in Stem Cell Biology at UC San Diego. "This will in turn allow us to coax these cells to behave in ways that we want to potentially aid in the treatment of tissue degenerative disorders." More

Cuts May Force Top UCSD Faculty to Move to Other Schools
KGTV News 10, June 29 -- With the University of California system set to go through $650 million in cuts, there is concern many top UC faculty members may be looking to move on to other schools. Some are referring to it as a "brain drain," and three highly regarded UC San Diego scientists are leaving for Rice University in Houston. (Quotes physics professor Herbert Levine and Chancellor Marye Anne Fox.) More

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Your Keys Can Be Copied From a Picture Taken 200 Feet Away
Singularity Hub, June 29 -- The next time you’re grabbing a drink with your friends you might not want to set your keys down on the table, lest they get copied right under your nose. A group of computer scientists at UC San Diego have developed software that can copy keys using digital images. The technology is not new or sophisticated. Pretty much everyone has at least a cell phone camera, and the computer code, according to the UC San Diego scientists, wasn’t all that difficult to write. Dr. Stefan Savage, professor of computer science and engineering, who led the project, emphasizes a need for people to consider keys visually-sensitive information. “If you go onto a photo-sharing site such as Flickr,” he told UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering News, “you will find many photos of people’s keys that can be used easily to make duplicates. While people generally blur out the numbers on their credit cards and driver’s licenses before putting those photos online, they don’t realize that they should take the same precautions with their keys.” More

HIV Weakens Blood-Brain Barrier
Med India, June 29 -- The blood-brain barrier is disrupted by the HIV virus, according to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience. Blood-brain barrier is a network of blood vessels that keeps potentially harmful chemicals and toxins out of the brain - by overtaking a small group of supporting brain cells. The findings may help explain why some people living with HIV experience neurological complications, despite the benefits of modern drug regimens that keep them living longer. (Quotes Igor Grant, an expert who studies HIV-associated neurocognitive impairment at UC San Diego.) More

10 Hot Job Trends for College Grads
San Diego Daily Transcript, June 29 – (Article by Henry DeVries, assistant dean for external affairs at UC San Diego Extension.)Even in a tight job market, many great new jobs are being created by innovations being developed by universities like UC San Diego and San Diego State University, and research labs like the Salk Institute and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. While 14 million Americans remain unemployed, a new trend study from UCSD reveals 10 hot career niches for college graduates. More

Through the Eyes of the Wise
Ventura County Reporter, June 30 -- In many cultures around the globe, the elderly are an honored and respected group in society. Even though the trend here in America seems to bend toward youth and all the exuberance younger ages provide, the elderly play an important role within community life. According to Dilip Jeste, professor of psychiatry at UC San Diego, “Older people are less likely to respond thoughtlessly to negative emotional stimuli because their brains have slowed down.” This development is more commonly known as “wisdom.” More

America Can’t Wait for Innovation Reform
San Diego Union Tribune, June 30 -- Dr. Michael Heller of UC San Diego is a brilliant scientist who discovered a new way of synthesizing molecular structures. Eager to exploit the commercial applications of his discovery, he founded a medical technology firm and filed for a patent. He got it – 10 years later. By then, it was too late: In June 2009, Heller’s company, which had employed 89 people, filed for bankruptcy and shut its doors. Currently there are more than 1.2 million applications pending at the federal government’s Patent and Trademark Office in Virginia. The lag time is severe: Most patents take three years to be awarded. But many inventors must wait 10 years or more. At least one patent, for an ultrafast space vessel, took 27 years for approval. More

Military service inspires graduate
Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot, June 29 -- On June 12, Kevin Straight, 28, donned a cap and gown as the first graduate to earn a degree in Arabic at UC San Diego. In the fall, he plans to study international business as part of New York University's MBA program. More

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