11.20.14 EE Times
"Tiny Tattoos Sense Health: Printable sensors detect explosives"
Research into nanosensors is bearing fruit at the University of California San Diego. Researchers at the University's Center for Wearable Sensors have prototypes for several tiny, inexpensive sensors fit for the skin that target a variety of medical uses. Joe Wang, distinguished professor in UCSD's Department of Nanoengineering and faculty director of its wearables center, showcased temporary tattoos outfitted with electrochemical sensors to monitor electrolytes and metabolites in real-time.
11.19.14 The Guardian
"Hundreds Attend Second TSensor Summit"
Several hundred scientists and engineers convened for the second U.S. Trillion Sensors Summit on Nov. 12 and Nov. 13, hosted at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa. Over 30 speakers gave presentations at the convention, with topics ranging from sensor applications in medicine, security, sports and communications. The TSensor Summits were the brainchild of Dr. Janusz Bryzek and dean of the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering Albert Pisano.
11.15.14 Arch Daily
"Engineers at Stanford Develop Cost-Effective Earthquake-Resistant House"
In 1989, California's central coast was rocked by a 6.9 magnitude earthquake, destroying infrastructure and buildings in San Francisco, Oakland, and a host of coastal cities. Twenty five years later, a team of engineers at Stanford University have invented a cost-effective foundation for residential buildings capable of withstanding three times the magnitude of the catastrophic 1989 earthquake.
11.15.14 4029TV.com KHBS/KHOG-TV
"Students plan to send rocket into low orbit"
University of California, San Diego students will attempt to become the first in the country to launch a rocket into the low reaches of space. The project is being developed by student engineers hoping to turn the experience into jobs.
11.15.14 ABC 7 Chicago
"UCSD STUDENTS TRYING TO BECOME FIRST TO LAUNCH ROCKET INTO SPACE"
A group of students in California are trying to be the first in the country to launch a rocket into space. Engineer students at University of California San Diego are putting the pieces together of what would be the first student-made rocket in space. They are doing it to land an internship. They hope a successful launch could help make a name for themselves, saying the engineering job market is very competitive right now.
11.14.14 Science Magazine/sciencecareers.org
"Biosystems Nanotechnology: Big Opportunities in the Science of the Small"
The science of the very small is big business these days, as nanotechnology becomes a huge part of multiple sectors. In particular, scientists, engineers, and clinicians who endeavor to better understand how nanotechnology can impact biological systems -- through the use of biosensors, biopharmaceuticals, and biomaterials -- are finding abundant opportunities to pursue these investigations in multiple environments.
11.14.14 Fox 5 San Diego
"UCSD students shoot to send rocket into space"
A group of UC San Diego students have their sights set not only on graduating but also on making history by launching a rocket into space. The Triton Rocket Club is designing a two-stage rocket tentatively scheduled to launch from Black Rock, Nev. in March. The club's president, Nicholas Montoya, said that the motivation behind the creation is to land internships after graduation.
"Pilots Love These Navigation Apps. Too Bad They Can Be Hacked"
In-flight apps that function as live displays for weather, air traffic, and static documents like flight checklists are a cost-effective alternative to traditional devices. But according to security experts, they are also fundamentally insecure. A new study by researchers at the University of California San Diego and Johns Hopkins Hospital analyzed the security features of several popular apps for pilots, including ForeFlight and Garmin Pilot, and discovered a number of security vulnerabilities.
"Wearable Analyzes Sweat as You Exercise to Create Personalized Wellness Profile"
Electrozyme is a biosensor strip that tells the wearer when to replenish lost electrolytes, rehydrate and take a break. A person's sweat says a lot about them, and not just when they last took a shower. Sweat has over 800 unique biomarkers that can provide vital information on a person's physical state. The Electrozyme, a new fitness wearable, plans to use this data to provide users with live, accurate data on their progress and their body's needs.
11.12.14 the Wall Street Journal
"Q&A: What Crowdsourcing Means to Indonesia's Forests"
The power of the crowd has been called upon in Indonesia to suggest government ministers, find a new city logo and search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Now, a crowdsourcing platform called Tomnod is being used to pinpoint forest areas in Sumatra that are burning. The technology developed by satellite imagery provider DigitalGlobe, allows users to explore geospatial images and tag information that might be of use in various events, including natural disasters.
11.12.14 NBC San Diego
"Pilot Apps Are Vulnerable to Hacking: UC San Diego Study"
Inexpensive wireless devices used by private pilots for GPS, weather information and more are susceptible to hacking or spoofing, which could lead to catastrophic outcomes, a team of researchers recently revealed. Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego and Johns Hopkins University presented their findings Nov. 5 at a conference in Arizona to increase awareness among pilots who use the devices.
11.12.14 EE Times
"Trillion-Sensor Vision, Results Shared: UCSD researchers show latest efforts"
Saving the planet one sensor at a time, the backers of the Trillion Sensor Summit here shared their visions and some research working toward a fully instrumented world. "I believe in a world with abundance -- a world without hunger, with medical care for all, with clean energy for all, no pollution," said Janusz Bryzek, chairmen and CEO of the event.
"Startup seeks $100,000 to make 'smart' earplugs"
Three current and former UC San Diego students -- all of them named Daniel -- will go on Kickstarter Wednesday to try to raise $100,000 to begin manufacturing Hush, a "smart" earplug that lets in some sounds while blocking others. Hush is primarily designed for people who want to shut out noise so they can sleep, but hear selected sounds, such as an alarm clock. The earplugs connect wirelessly to smartphones, which send alarms and alerts to Hush.
11.11.14 Ghana Broadcasting Corporation
"Wireless devices used by pilots vulnerable to hacking, computer scientists find"
A new class of apps and wireless devices used by private pilots during flights for everything from GPS information to data about nearby aircraft is vulnerable to a wide range of security attacks, which in some scenarios could lead to catastrophic outcomes, according to computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego and Johns Hopkins University. They presented their findings Nov. 5 at the 21st ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security in Scottsdale, Ariz.
11.11.14 DNA India
"Wireless devices, apps used by private pilots susceptible to security attacks, says study"
Scientists say that wireless devices and apps used by private pilots during flights are susceptible to a range of security attacks. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego and John Hopkins University presented their findings Nov. 5 at the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security in Scottsdale, Ariz.
11.11.14 the Gulf Today
"Pilot's wireless devices can be hacked, endanger flight"
Apps and wireless devices which private airline pilots use while flying are vulnerable to a wide range of security attacks. To access in-flight information, from GPS to data about nearby aircraft, private pilots use the same devices that casual pilots have access to, found researchers from the University of California - San Diego (UC-SD) and Johns Hopkins University in the US.
11.11.14 Business Standard
"Pilot's wireles devices can be hacked, endanger flight"
Apps and wireless devices which private airline pilots use while flying are vulnerable to a wide range of security attacks. "When you attack these devices, you do not have control over the aircraft but you have control over the information the pilot sees which could lead to catastrophic outcomes," said lead researcher Kirill Levchenko from UC.
11.10.14 e-Commerce Times
"Phishers' Attacks Pay Off Nicely: Report"
When it comes to phishing, don't trust and always verify is a good rule of thumb. Social engineering is remarkably effective in separating targets from their bank accounts, a recent Google study has found. Phishers are especially active during the holidays, so 'tis the season to be especially on guard. One approach that has proven effective in protecting consumers is two-factor authentication.
"Using sweat to monitor your health"
Wrap your mind around this: Human sweat might provide the energy needed to power tiny body sensors that hawkishly monitor your health. It's one of many ideas that will get a deep look Wednesday and Thursday in La Jolla, when hundreds of the nation's top engineers and scientists explore how sensors can be used in an ever-more connected world, especially in health care and medicine. The Trillion Sensors Summit was organized, in part, by Al Pisano, dean of UC San Diego's Jacobs School.
"CNET Top 5: Coolest remote-controlled toys of 2014"
Whether you're holiday shopping for a kid or a tech loving adult stuck in the state of perpetual adolescence a remote control toy is a sure fire hit. I'm Donald Bell and this top five I'm counting down is my favorite remote control toys that are new for the 2014 holiday season. Starting things off at number five, the Hexbug Vex Series. I think these qualify as an educational toy. At least, you could spin it that way.