In May 2021, the Centers for Disease Control officially recognized that SARS-CoV-2—the virus that causes COVID-19—is airborne. Now UC San Diego Professor and Endowed Chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry Rommie Amaro has modeled the delta virus inside an aerosol for the first time.
UC San Diego scientists have created a new technology that rapidly detects the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The new SENSR was developed using CRISPR gene-editing technology as a rapid diagnostic that eventually could be used in homes, airports and other locations.
Three UC San Diego faculty--Terry Hwa, Benjamin Grinstein and Suckjoon Jun--have been recognized by national physics associations for their achievements.
UC San Diego Physics Professor Tom Murphy is among five authors of an essay, appearing in the November 2021 issue of the journal Energy Research & Social Science, that cautions current levels of worldwide economic growth, energy use and resource consumption will overshoot Earth's finite limits.
UC San Diego chemists have developed a technology for monitoring the health of algae crops, one of world’s most promising sources for sustainable products being developed to counter global issues stemming from fossil fuel pollutants and product waste.
As scientific data sets become progressively larger, algorithms to process the data become more complex. Artificial Intelligence has emerged as a solution to efficiently analyze these massive data sets, and new computer processor types help speed up the work of AI algorithms.
As bandwidth demands on today’s computers reach their limit, scientists are developing systems with new materials that can match the speed and precision of animal nervous systems. UC San Diego physicists have now simulated the foundation of new types of computing devices that mimic brain functions.
Methane storage applications are a key bridging technology to carbon-free chemical fuels. A first-year grad student at UCSD has worked with an international team on a study of zeolite-templated carbon as a gas-storage material. Comet allowed faster completion of their experiments.
New visualizations of SARS-CoV-2 have allowed researchers to discover how the virus enters and infects healthy human cells. They found that glycan sugar molecules act as infection “gates” to our cell’s receptors.
When this year’s San Diego Festival of Books returns Aug. 21, UC San Diego will once again be well represented, from faculty as featured authors and professors leading key panels, to staff who have helped shape the cultural event in our region for years.