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6.26.15 Clapway
"Faster Fiber Optic Transmissions on the Way Thanks to Combing"
A recent study has discovered a potential way to not only increase the speed of fiber optic transmissions, but double the capacity of fiber optic circuits. The process is referred to as combing, and it could be a big deal. With our society's always increasing need for data to keep up with how we use said data, the pressure was on, as evidenced by Google being a partial supporter of the study, published in Science.

6.26.15 Popular Science
Wires are so old school. Nowadays, most of our information (whether on the Internet, TV, or phone) is communicated over fiber optic cables, long strands of material that can transmit information as light over distances. And with a new discovery, fiber optic cables could become cheaper, more efficient, and could literally cover more ground.

6.25.15 NY Times
"An Advance May Double the Capabilities of Fiber Optics"
Researchers have announced an advance that could double the capacity of fiber-optic circuits, potentially opening the way for networks to carry more data over long distances while significantly reducing their cost. Writing in the journal Science on Thursday, electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego proposed a way to extend the range that beams of laser light in fiber-optic glass wires can travel and, in theory, achieve that dramatic improvement.

6.25.15 IEEE Spectrum
"New Mode of Transmission May Double Fiber Optic Capacity"
A new approach to transmitting data signals could more than double the amount of data that optical fibers can carry, claim scientists at the University of California, San Diego. The researchers suggest their work, which was published in in the June 26 issue of the journal Science, could "completely redefine the economy on which the present data traffic rests." Data signals traveling as laser pulses through an optical fiber are vulnerable to optical distortions resulting from interference

6.25.15 Smithsonian
""Combing" Through Light May Give Us Faster, More Powerful Internet"
Fiiber optic cables make up the backbone of modern communications, carrying data and phone calls across countries and under oceans. But an ever-expanding demand for data--from streaming movies to Internet searches--is putting pressure on that network, because there are limits to how much data can be pushed through the cables before the signal degrades, and new cables are expensive to build.

6.23.15 IEEE Spectrum
"Project Will Make Clothes Cool So You Don't Need the AC"
Researchers from UC San Diego are developing a smart fabric capable of helping the wearer maintain a comfortable body temperature. The aim: reducing the need for building-level air conditioning. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, five percent of all the electricity produced in the United States is used by air conditioners. This isn't just reflected in billions of dollars, but also in hundreds of millions of tons of carbon dioxide released into the air each year.

6.8.15 Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry
"The State of Wearable Sensor Technology"
UC San Diego's recent Center for Wearable Sensors Summit showcased the latest in wearable sensors and tackled the question of what it will take to create truly effective wearable devices. The Center for Wearable Sensors Summit, held recently at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), provided a look at evolving wearable sensor technology as well as the infrastructure necessary to support truly effective wearable devices.

6.5.15 BBC News
"Harnessing the sun with the blackest paint in the world"
In a cramped laboratory on the campus of the University of California San Diego (UCSD), graduate student Lizzie Caldwell is hard at work, painting tiny squares of metal with a fine mist of black paint. As experiments go, it doesn't look terribly impressive. Yet the paint she is using is highly sophisticated - the result of intensive research. It is also probably one of the blackest materials ever created.

"Engineers Receive $2.6M to Develop 'Smart' Clothes"
A shirt that can heat or cool on demand and maintain the body at a desirable temperature sounds like something that belongs in The Jetsons. It may belong in the real world as well: engineers are developing a unique fabric capable of regulating a person's body temperature. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have received a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency -- ENERGY (ARPA-E).

6.1.15 Forbes
"Six Million Dollar Man's Bionic Eye Becomes Reality"
For those of us old enough to remember television in the '70s the epitome of cool was the Six Million Dollar Man, Col. Steve Austin and his bionic enhancements. But what was once the purview of science fiction is inching closer to becoming an everyday reality, as optics specialist Eric Tremblay unveiled a unique contact lens that provides the user with telescopic vision. The lens was revealed earlier this year at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

6.1.15 Grist
"Move over, cotton. This smart fabric could change our lives"
World peace has always been an unachievable fantasy. Until now. A group of researchers at UC San Diego just got $2.6 million from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to make clothing that could regulate body temperature and thus reduce the amount of energy we use for heating and cooling.

6.1.15 My Fox NY
"Stain-proof clothes and other advanced fabrics"
Inventors are hard at work right now making your clothes smarter and better. Imagine spilling red wine on your sleeve only to have the stain shrink and disappear. Kelby and Company says it has created a new stain-proof fabric. The company is putting it in shirts and jackets priced at about $80. Technology Expert Seth Porges says the fabric is infused with Nano-technology that creates and invisible shield that causes liquid to bead up and roll off.

5.29.15 Fox 5 San Diego
"Greg McKee: The Rise of Robotics"
Video: Greg McKee: The Rise of Robotics

5.28.15 LA Times
"Talented bacteria detect cancer, diabetes"
E. coli has come a long way from sickening people at picnics. The authors of two separate studies have reengineered the humble bacterium, shown here, to detect cancerous tumors in the liver and the spilling of sugar into urine--both without so much as a pinprick.

5.28.15 BBC News
"Bacteria sensors 'detect diabetes and cancer'"
But a team of US scientists, including researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California, San Diego, say bacteria could one day provide a good way of making new diagnostic tools. They have several advantages - bacteria are relatively cheap and easy to grow for example. In the first study US researchers used E. coli bugs harvested from a readily available pro-biotic. The bugs are able to grow on certain tumours while ignoring healthy tissue.

5.28.15 Yahoo News!
"Urine Test Could Detect Cancer One Day, As New Method Shows Promise"
Detecting diseases such as cancer could one day be done with a urine test, if a new technique demonstrated in two new studies proves to be safe and effective in people. The new method works by using genetically engineered bacteria to detect markers of disease in the body, researchers described in two new studies. With current methods, diagnosing certain diseases can be time-consuming and difficult. For example, some cancers can only be confirmed with invasive biopsies,

5.28.15 The Scientist
"Next Generation: Souped-up Probiotics Pinpoint Cancer"
Researchers at MIT and the University of California, San Diego, have programmed a probiotic Escherichia coli strain to detect cancer metastases in the liver. The team used these bacteria, described this week (May 27) in Science Translational Medicine, to detect cancer in mice. "There are so many bacteria in our own bodies," said lead author Tal Danino, a postdoc in Sangeeta Bhatia?s lab at MIT. "In some ways, they are a very natural delivery vehicle for agents for diagnosis."

5.28.15 Science Magazine
"Engineered bacteria detect cancer and diabetes in urine"
Most of us think of bacteria as the enemy, but each of our bodies harbors trillions of microbes, most of them beneficial or benign. Now, you can add two new friendlies to the list. This week, two groups of synthetic biologists seeking to re-purpose living microbes for human benefit report genetically modifying bacteria to detect cancer in mice and diabetes in humans. Clinicians have sought to exploit microbes for more than a century. Beginning in 1891, an American bone surgeon named William Cole

5.27.15 Popular Science
From sophisticated imaging tools to cancer-sniffing dogs, researchers are constantly seeking better ways to detect disease, which could lead to earlier and more effective treatment. In recent years, genetically manipulated bacteria seemed like promising indicators, but they never made it to the clinical setting because they couldn't reliably distinguish important chemical signals in complex samples. Now, two research teams have engineered E. coli bacteria...

5.27.15 U.S. News Health
"Helpful Bacteria May Help Detect Cancers That Have Spread to Liver"
In research with mice, scientists report that they've used a potentially beneficial strain of E. coli bacteria to help detect cancer in the liver that has spread from other locations. Many types of cancer -- including colon and pancreatic -- tend to spread to the liver. The earlier these tumors in the liver are detected, the better the chances of successful treatment, said the researchers, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California, San Diego.

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