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Thermo Fisher Scientific, UC San Diego Announce Duane Roth Innovation Grant 9/17/14
Thermo Fisher Scientific, UC San Diego Announce Duane Roth Innovation Grant
Thermo Fisher Scientific and the UC San Diego Office of Research Affairs have established the Duane Roth Innovation Grant, which provides scientific investigators at UC San Diego with a $50,000 annual funding opportunity for sponsored research that supports proof-of-concept and technology-applications studies.
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Engineers develop algorithms that allow you to switch out and recharge battery modules in electric cars 9/15/14
Engineers develop algorithms that allow you to switch out and recharge battery modules in electric cars
Imagine being able to switch out the batteries in electric cars just like you switch out batteries in a photo camera or flashlight. A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, are trying to accomplish just that, in partnership with a local San Diego engineering company.
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UC San Diego Researchers Build First 500 GHz Photon Switch 9/10/14
UC San Diego Researchers Build First 500 GHz Photon Switch
Electrical engineers at UC San Diego have built the first 500 Gigahertz (GHz) photon switch. “Our switch is more than an order of magnitude faster than any previously published result to date,” said UC San Diego electrical and computer engineering professor Stojan Radic. “That exceeds the speed of the fastest lightwave information channels in use today.”
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Benefunder to Launch New Funding Channel for Higher Education Research 9/10/14
Benefunder to Launch New Funding Channel for Higher Education Research
UC San Diego electrical engineering professor Gert Lanckriet is a co-founder of Benefunder, a San Diego-based philanthropic research funding platform for higher education institutions.  
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Lasers could make hard drives faster, simpler and higher density 9/9/14
Lasers could make hard drives faster, simpler and higher density
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have discovered that for a wide range of ferromagnetic materials the direction of magnetization can be completely controlled by polarized light without the need for magnetic fields, a finding that could significantly affect the data memory and storage industries that produce hard disks and magnetic random access memories. Their research, published Aug. 21 in the journal Science Express, focused on materials currently being developed for high-density storage applications.
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Computer scientists launch Kickstarter for video game that teaches kids how to code 9/9/14
Computer scientists launch Kickstarter for video game that teaches kids how to code

Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego have successfully funded on Kickstarter a new and improved version of CodeSpells, a first-person player game they developed that teaches players how to code. 
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The mystartupXX Program Receives $50,000 Grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration 9/5/14
The mystartupXX Program Receives $50,000 Grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration
The mystartupXX program, a collaboration of the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego and the von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering is pleased to announce it has been chosen as the recipient of a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA). The announcement was made at the Rady School by SBA Administrator, and Obama Administration Cabinet member, Maria Contreras-Sweet. “There is so much innovation and job creation in San Diego and I believe the economic leadership at UC San Diego is extraordinary,” said Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. “I am pleased to announce the first winner of the grant based in California, mystartupXX. The mystartupXX program is doing something special and is a great contribution to America and to women.”
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Scientists sequence complete genome of E. coli Strain responsible for food poisoning 8/29/14
Scientists sequence complete genome of E. coli Strain responsible for food poisoning
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have produced the first complete genome sequencing of a strain of E. coli that is a common cause of outbreaks of food poisoning in the United States. Although the E. coli strain EDL933 was first isolated in the 1980s, it gained national attention in 1993 when it was linked to an outbreak of food poisoning from Jack-in-the-Box restaurants in the western United States. Their paper published online Aug. 14 in the journal Genome Announcements reports the full, complete sequence with no gaps. Their analysis includes so-called jumping genes that can move around the same genome, sometimes causing damage to individual genes or enabling antibiotic resistance.
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