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  • Materials Processing Tricks Enable Engineers to Create New Laser Material

    By doping alumina crystals with neodymium ions, engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new laser material that is capable of emitting ultra-short, high-power pulses—a combination that could potentially yield smaller, more powerful lasers with superior thermal shock resistance,…

  • High Vinculin Levels Help Keep Aging Fruit Fly Hearts Young

    A new discovery in how heart muscles maintain their shape in fruit flies sheds light on the crucial relationship between cardiac function, metabolism, and longevity. Researchers from the University of California San Diego discovered that maintaining high levels of the protein vinculin—which sticks…

  • Biosensor Chip Detects Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Wirelessly and With Higher Sensitivity

    A team led by the University of California San Diego has developed a chip that can detect a type of genetic mutation known as a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) and wirelessly send the results in real time to an electronic device. The chip is at least 1,000 times more sensitive at detecting an SNP…

  • UC San Diego Nanoengineer Named Among MIT Technology Review’s Top Innovators Under 35

    MIT Technology Review has named Sheng Xu, a professor of nanoengineering at the University of California San Diego, as one of this year’s top innovators under 35. Xu is being recognized for inventing a clever way to make off-the-shelf electronics stretchable.

  • A Sprinkle of Platinum Nanoparticles Onto Graphene Makes Brain Probes More Sensitive

    Graphene electrodes could enable higher quality imaging of brain cell activity thanks to new research by a team of engineers and neuroscientists at the University of California San Diego. The researchers developed a technique, using platinum nanoparticles, to lower the impedance of graphene electrodes…

  • Engineer Receives Award From Energy Department to Advance Concentrating Solar Power Research

    Renkun Chen, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of California San Diego, has received a $1.18 million dollar award from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office to develop technology that can advance next-generation concentrating solar power (CSP)…

  • Cell-like Nanorobots Clear Bacteria and Toxins From Blood

    Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed tiny ultrasound-powered robots that can swim through blood, removing harmful bacteria along with the toxins they produce. These proof-of-concept nanorobots could one day offer a safe and efficient way to detoxify and decontaminate biological…

  • New Blood Test Rapidly Detects Signs of Pancreatic Cancer

    Pancreatic cancer is expected to become the second deadliest cancer in the United States by 2030. It is tough to cure because it is usually not discovered until it has reached an advanced stage. But a new diagnostic test developed by researchers at UC San Diego shows promise for detecting the disease…

  • Tiny Injectable Sensor Could Provide Unobtrusive, Long-term Alcohol Monitoring

    Engineers have developed a tiny, ultra-low power chip that could be injected just under the surface of the skin for continuous, long-term alcohol monitoring. The chip is powered wirelessly by a wearable device such as a smartwatch or patch. The goal of this work is to develop a convenient, routine monitoring…