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Engineers develop new materials for hydrogen storage

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have created new ceramic materials that could be used to store hydrogen safely and efficiently.

April 15, 2014General, Science & Engineering

Using Stolen Computer Processing Cycles to Mine Bitcoin: Who Does It and How Much Do They Make?

A team of computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, has taken an unprecedented, in-depth look at how malware operators use the computers they infect to mine Bitcoin, a virtual currency whose value is highly volatile.

February 26, 2014General, Science & Engineering

Real-life Toy Story

The industry’s top tech reporters and bloggers, including Popular Science, Engadget and many more, as well as tens of thousands of consumers mobbed the WowWee booth for four days to get a peek at the next generation of robotic toys. This was the scene at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this month, where WowWee and their collaborators from the UC San Diego Coordinated Robotics Lab unveiled MiP, the first in a one-of-a-kind new line of self-balancing vehicles.

January 30, 2014Science & Engineering

Hipster, Surfer or Biker? Computers May Soon Be Able to Tell the Difference

Are you a hipster, surfer or biker? What is your urban tribe? Your computer may soon be able to tell. Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, are developing an algorithm that uses group pictures to determine to which of these groups, or urban tribes, you belong. So far, the algorithm is 48 percent accurate on average. That’s better than chance—which gets answers right only nine percent of the time—but researchers would like the algorithm perform at least as well as humans would.

December 10, 2013General, Science and Engineering, Science & Engineering

UC San Diego Shake Table, Robot Win Best of What’s New Award from Popular Science

The biggest outdoor shake table in the world and a robot designed to move along utility lines have received Best of What’s New awards from Popular Science, the world’s largest science and technology magazine. The two projects are featured in the magazine’s December issue, now on newsstands.

November 14, 2013General, Science and Engineering, Science & Engineering

Rocketing Ahead

On a hot Saturday afternoon in the Mojave Desert, a team of UC San Diego engineering students huddled in a small underground bunker and watched quietly as the rocket engine they had designed over the past eight months flared to life on a test platform. As a jet of rocket fuel sprang out of the engine at supersonic speed, the students cheered loudly.

October 17, 2013Science and Engineering, Science & Engineering

Computer Scientists Develop New Approach to Sort Cells Up to 38 Times Faster

A team of engineers led by computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, has developed a new approach that marries computer vision and hardware optimization to sort cells up to 38 times faster than is currently possible. The approach could be used for clinical diagnostics, stem cell characterization and other applications.

October 02, 2013General, Science and Engineering, Science & Engineering

New Miniaturized Wide-Angle Lens Captures Images in High-Definition

A new type of miniature camera system developed by engineers at the University of California, San Diego, promises to give users a big picture view without sacrificing high-resolution. The new imager achieves the optical performance of a full-size wide-angle lens in a device less than one-10th of the volume of a regular lens.

September 25, 2013General, Science and Engineering, Students, Science & Engineering, Students

iPad App Teaches Students Key Skill for Success in Math, Science, Engineering

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed an iPad app that helps students learn spatial visualization, an essential skill for doing well in science, math and engineering. They have been testing the app during a high school summer program at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, as well as on undergraduate students at the school.

September 16, 2013General, Science and Engineering, Science & Engineering

More Realistic Simulated Cloth for More Realistic Video Games and Movies

Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a new model to simulate with unprecedented accuracy on the computer the way cloth and light interact. The new model can be used in animated movies and in video games to make cloth look more realistic.

August 12, 2013Alumni, General, Science and Engineering, Science & Engineering, Alumni

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