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12.22.14 LinkedIn
"Why Spammy Online Pharmacies Actually Have Amazing Customer Service"
A lawyer by profession, Washington, D.C. resident "John" spent far too much time behind his desk and was looking for a quick and easy way to bulk up his muscles. After researching several online bodybuilding forums, he began taking some legally questionable steroids from one of the sites recommended by the seasoned meatheads. A few months and a short regimen of gym workouts later, the bulker pills had helped add several pounds of muscle to his lean frame. But then one day in February 2010...

12.11.14 Spark Fun
"Hacking the MiP - Proto Back"
The MiP Robotic Platform is the first self-balancing robot that you get to control and with which you can play games. The MiP can drive, dance, plays games, battle with other MiPs, respond to simple hand motions and can be remotely controlled by a compatible iOS or Android device. But did you know you can hack it?

12.11.14 Spectrum IEEE
"How the Internet-Addicted World Can Survive on Poisoned Fruit"
There is no "magic bullet" for cybersecurity to ensure that hackers never steal millions of credit card numbers or cripple part of a country's power grid. The conveniences of living in an interconnected world come with inherent risks. But cybersecurity experts do have ideas for how the world can "survive on a diet of poisoned fruit" and live with its dependence upon computer systems.

12.10.14 MAC Rumors
"Apple Online Store Gains New Toys Ahead of the Holidays, Now Offering Barbie and Skylanders"
As of this week, Apple has begun offering several new toys in its online Apple Store, including a Barbie from Mattel, a Skylanders game, and a WowWee Robot. The new online-only additions come just ahead of the holiday season and mark Apple's continued efforts to bolster its products aimed at younger children.

12.9.14 San Diego Daily Transcript
"Brain Corp. aims for consumer robotics revolution in SD"
It would take hundreds of programmers with Ph.D.s in computational neuroscience thousands of hours to create a robot capable of completing one simple task on its own -- say, picking up toys off the floor -- given the complexity of coding.

12.6.14 U~T
"Inventors ride crowdfunding boom"
Is this really happening? Three guys named Daniel recently went on Kickstarter in hopes of raising $100,000 on the crowdfunding site to manufacture Hush, "smart" earplugs that block all noise except the things you want to hear. Daniel Lee, Daniel Chesong Lee and Daniel Synn felt good about their idea, which they developed as engineering students at UC San Diego. But they didn't expect what came next. Their Kickstarter campaign raised $100,000 in just five days. That dollar figure soon doubled.

12.6.14 U~T
Josh Windmiller works with sweat. His company has developed tiny disposable biosensors that monitor hydration and electrolytes so users know in real time what to drink, when and how much during exercise. That innovation won Electrozyme -- Windmiller's 10-employee startup -- a Most Innovative Product Award from Connect, a San Diego accelerator program for technology and life-science companies. Electrozyme joined seven other local firms honored Thursday evening by Connect

12.5.14 San Diego Daily Transcript
"Eight companies win innovation awards"
A system for mapping blood flow through the heart, a device that matches exercises to music, and new technologies to improve bus usage and hotel management were among the winners at Connect's 27th annual Most Innovative New Product Awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine on Thursday night.

12.4.14 AIN Online
"Study: Security of Aviation Apps Questioned"
A recently published study conducted by the University of California San Diego and Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore) claims to have identified security vulnerabilities in tablet apps and hardware used by pilots. The study examined three popular apps and hardware that provide data to these apps: ForeFlight Mobile and the Stratus 2; Garmin Pilot and the GDL 39; and WingX Pro7 and the SageTech Clarity CL01.

12.4.14 Times of San Diego
"San Diego's Most Innovative Products Shine at CONNECT"
Mayor Kevin Faulconer and San Diego's original technology accelerator on Thursday recognized the eight most innovative products of the year at CONNECT's 27th annual awards event.

12.3.14 Daily Mail UK
"At last! Smart EARPLUGS sound alarm directly into your ears"
The sound of an alarm is bad enough at the best of times, but hearing your partner's alarm - especially when you don't have to be up - can be a major source of irritation. Hush earplugs aim to solve this problem...

12.3.14 Star Tribune
"Wearables 2014: From smartwatches to earplugs"
Fitness trackers like FitBit were out in force early on, a high-tech assist to New Year's resolutions. Google Glass, that much-maligned but nifty trailblazing gadget that puts the digital world before your eyes, was released to the public in May. And there were watches, sleek timepieces from Samsung and Motorola running Android Wear, plus all the hoopla about Apple Watch (not actually available until 2015). But that's just the beginning.

11.26.14 Bioscience Technology
"Vegetable Oil Ingredient Key to Destroying Gastric Disease Bacteria"
The bacterium Helicobacter pylori is strongly associated with gastric ulcers and cancer. To combat the infection, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Jacobs School of Engineering developed LipoLLA, a therapeutic nanoparticle that contains linolenic acid, a component in vegetable oils. In mice, LipoLLA was safe and more effective against H. pylori infection than standard antibiotic treatments.

11.26.14 Huffington Post
"Smart Earplugs Aim To Improve Your Sleep Quality By Taking Noise-Blocking To The Next Level"
Good news, light sleepers! Smart earplugs now exist. Hush earplugs are wireless noise-masking earplugs that connect to your smartphone and play soothing sounds, such as white noise, ocean waves and rainfall, for more than 10 hours. Hush connects wirelessly to your smartphone, so sleeping through your alarm isn't an issue; the alarm will go off right in your ears when it's time to wake up. Invented by three University of California, San Diego students...

11.25.14 CNET
"Fund this: Smart earplugs promise a better night's sleep"
If you're familiar with noise-cancelling headphones, you might think these are more or less the same thing, just shrunk down to earplug size and set free from wires. But there's no active noise-cancellation at work here; instead, the earplugs are like a pair of tiny MP3 players preloaded with noise-masking sounds. These include not just the sounds you'd normally find in a white-noise app -- babbling brook, ocean waves, thunderstorm, and so on -- but also binaural beats

11.25.14 Gizmag
"Hush earplugs send you to sleep with soothing sounds"
Trying to get to sleep when there's unwanted noise in the background can be a fruitless and frustrating experience. You could try and block out the noise with earplugs, but sometimes that's just not enough. The new Hush earplugs are controlled by a smartphone and mask noise with soothing sounds. The Hush earplugs are designed to not only block out unwanted sound up to 70 dB, but to mask it with more pleasant, soothing noises of the user's choice if required.

11.25.14 U~T
"A piranha swam up my pants -- now what?"
UC San Diego engineering professor Marc Meyers travelled to the Brazilian Amazon to lead an expedition on the Roosevelt River, also known as the River of Doubt. If you're planning a trip to the Brazilian Amazon, know this: Anyone who ventures on to the Roosevelt River may have to deal with electric eels, piranha, pig-like tapirs that are longer than a couch, and waterfalls that can devour a kayak. It's not unusual for an inch-and-a half of rain to fall in 30 minutes.

11.24.14 Slash Gear
"Hush smart earplugs block out unwanted sounds while still letting you hear"
There are many reasons that people need earplugs, and not all of them are reasons you might expect. People need earplugs in very loud situations, such as shooting guns or at a loud racetrack for sure, but there are other reasons in the home that people use them as well when it's important that you still be able to hear sounds around you, such as sleeping. For situations like this, a new set of earplugs called Hush smart earplugs have debuted.

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.

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