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  • Cell ‘Stickiness’ Could Indicate Metastatic Potential

    How strongly tumor cells adhere to surrounding tissue could indicate how likely cancer will spread to other parts of the body, according to a new study led by bioengineers at the University of California San Diego. Using a spinning disc device, the researchers found that tumor cells that adhere weakly…

  • Decoding the Genome’s Cryptic Language

    Bioengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new tool to identify RNA-DNA interactions. The tool can provide a full account of all the RNA molecules that interact with a segment of DNA, as well as the locations of all these interactions — in just a single experiment. The…

  • ‘Lossless’ Metamaterial Could Boost Efficiency of Lasers and Other Light-based Devices

    Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a material that could reduce signal losses in photonic devices. The advance has the potential to boost the efficiency of various light-based technologies including fiber optic communication systems, lasers and photovoltaics.

  • Engineers Developing Advanced Robotic Systems That Will Become Surgeon’s Right Hand

    In the operating room of the future, robots will be an integral part of the surgical team, working alongside human surgeons to make surgeries safer, faster and more precise. Engineers in Michael Yip’s lab at UC San Diego are developing advanced robotic systems to help make that vision a reality.

  • Thin, Flexible, Light-absorbent Material for Energy and Stealth Applications

    Transparent window coatings that keep buildings and cars cool on sunny days. Devices that could more than triple solar cell efficiencies. Thin, lightweight shields that block thermal detection. These are potential applications for a thin, flexible, light-absorbing material developed by engineers at the…

  • Strength of Hair Inspires New Materials for Body Armor

    In a new study, researchers at the University of California San Diego investigate why hair is incredibly strong and resistant to breaking. The findings could lead to the development of new materials for body armor and help cosmetic manufacturers create better hair care products.

  • New Laser Based on Unusual Physics Phenomenon Could Improve Telecommunications, Computing and More

    Researchers at the University of California San Diego have demonstrated the world’s first laser based on an unconventional wave physics phenomenon called bound states in the continuum. The technology could revolutionize the development of surface lasers for communications and computing applications,…

  • New Technique to Study How Proteins and Ligands Interact

    small molecules that bind to them, known as ligands, interact. The method, called Transient Induced Molecular Electronic Spectroscopy (TIMES), could be used as a tool to better understand protein chemistry and to accelerate drug discovery and development.