3.11.14 LA Times
"Missing Malaysian jet: Satellite imagery provider invites public's help "
An "amazing" number of people have been scouring through satellite images to spot possible leads in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. Satellite imagery provider DigitalGlobe said Tuesday that it was uploading more shots of the Gulf of Thailand to its Tomnod website, where anyone can scroll through images and tag what might be rafts, wreckage, oil slicks or other markers. Many people noticing the same thing in the same spot would trigger an alert on the company's end. The websi
"Innovation and Intellectual Property Are Driving the Global Economy "
State-sponsored industrial espionage and Internet raids to steal intellectual property have prompted universities and other research centers to rethink the process of value creation and how to protect it. Calit2 and INVNT/IP have organized a half-day conference focused on how academic innovation creates value, and how that drives the global economy. Co-sponsors include the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering, Rady Business School, and School of International Relations and Pacific Studies.
3.10.14 E & E Publishing, LLC
"Hotbed for microgrids grows in 'energy cul-de-sac' "
First of two stories. San Diego is at the opposite end of the country from the megacities that were walloped by Superstorm Sandy. But this surf town is becoming known as the leading laboratory for grid technologies that harden communities against blackouts and big weather. At its largest research university, in a lonely desert town and among three Navy bases, an unparalleled set of ventures is blazing new trails on microgrids.
3.6.14 San Diego Daily Transcript
"Cubic Transportation Systems promotes Newsome to senior VP"
Cubic Transportation Systems, a developer of payment systems and services for public transportation, announced that Matt Newsome has been promoted to senior vice president and general manager of CTS North and South America. He replaces Richard Wunderle who is retiring after a 37-year career with Cubic. As general manager, Newsome will be responsible for overall performance of all programs in North and South America and execution of the NextCity vision and strategic plan in these regions.
2.28.14 ComputerWelt (Germany)
"Bitcoins: Lukratives "Nebengeschaft" fur Malware-Macher"
Mit Bitcoin-Trojanern werden weltweit Computer zum Geldschürfen gezwungen. Eine Studie der Universität San Diego hat ergeben, dass der Ertrag von zehn solcher Schürfmissionen in den Jahren 2012 und 2013 zumindest 4.500 Bitcoins betrug.
2.28.14 Huffington Post
"What It Takes to Initiate Change in College"
Last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 26.5% of Americans volunteered at least once over the course of one year. For young adults in their early 20s, this statistic drops to 18.9%. This means an average college lecture hall of 150 students will contain only 28 people who volunteer. In a society that reveres outspoken upstanders such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela, why is volunteering not a cultural norm?
2.26.14 CNN Money
"See new toy robots dance and climb walls"
Toys like a remote controlled dinosaur and a dancing robot were on display at the International Toy Fair in New York.
"Best tech toys from Toy Fair 2014"
If you have fond memories of Johnny 5 then be prepared to fall in love all over again with WowWee's MiP Robot. OK MiP might not be the most exciting of acronyms (it is after-all short for Mobile Inverted Pendulum), crucially it means he is free to traverse and navigate his environment through the use of hand gestures. Clever stuff, and this is thanks to an innovation called GestureSense technology that represents the hard work of University of California at San Diego's Coordinated Robots Lab.
2.26.14 UCSD Guardian
"UCSD Engineers Partner With Toy Company to Create Self-balancing Robot"
The device's full name is Mobile Inverted Pendulum -- though it's endearingly known to the public as "MiP." Scheduled to hit the toy market in May 2014, MiP is a seven-inch-tall, battery-powered, multifunctional unit that looks like a miniature hybrid between R2-D2 from Star Wars and EVE from Pixar's "WALL-E." Not only is it able to keep itself standing upright, but it can do so while holding and balancing other objects, like a second MiP robot.
2.26.14 Bright side of news.com
"MiP Dances Into Our Hearts "
MiP was created by WowWee in coordination with the University of California San Diego Robotics lab. WowWee's Adam Fairless and Alex Mullen designed the charming character. MiP comes equipped with GestureSense from XYZ Interactive Technologies which identifies the absolute x, y, and z position of an object in space, as well as its orientation with roll, pitch, yaw. MiP can be controlled by hand gestures or by Bluetooth on an Android or iOS smartphone or tablet.
"Can a Mercedes Car be hacked"
It should be noted that no victims of car hacking have surfaced but according to an old article from Car and Driver, researchers at the Center for Automotive Embedded Systems Security (CAESS -- a joint-venture between the University of California San Diego and the University of Washington) claimed that it is possible by simply plugging a device into the car's OBD-II port.
2.26.14 TG Daily
"Using stolen computer processing cycles to mine Bitcoin"
A team of computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, has taken an unprecedented, in-depth look at how malware operators use the computers they infect to mine Bitcoin, a virtual currency whose value is highly volatile.
2.25.14 Product Design and Development
"Using Stolen Computer Processing Cycles to Mine Bitcoin"
A team of computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, has taken an unprecedented, in-depth look at how malware operators use the computers they infect to mine Bitcoin, a virtual currency whose value is highly volatile. Researchers examined more than 2,000 pieces of malware used by Bitcoin mining operations in 2012 and 2013. They were able to estimate how much money operators made off their operations and which countries were most affected.
"UCSD group plans second 3-D printed rocket engine test to gather more data"
A team of UC San Diego students said they are the first university group in the world to build a 3-D printed rocket engine. The team, part of the school's Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), spent Monday working on devices they will attach to the engine to gather more data, and a second test will take place on Saturday in the Mojave Desert.
"Youtube: Mip robot by WowWee at NY Toy Fair "
Mip is the latest robot developed by toy company WowWee. It balances on two wheels and moves based on motion from your hand that the robot detects through it.
"Toy Fair 2014: Winners of Space.com's Space Age Toy Awards"
From a build-it-yourself UFO to a robot that can balance a can of soda, 2014's Toy Fair showcased a diverse range of playthings and gadgets for kids of all ages. Each year, Space.com honors the best science- and space-themed gizmos at the four-day-long Toy Fair with the Space Age Awards.
"The 10 Coolest Tech Toys From Toy Fair 2014"
There were plenty of gems at this year's Toy Fair, the self-described "largest toy trade show in the Western Hemisphere." We saw programmer-friendly board games, smartphone-controlled paper airplanes, and, as ever, some really cool, geek-centric kits from the perennial favorite Lego.
"Fly, Shoot, and Drive: The Best Robots and RC Vehicles of Toy Fair "
Spiders, planes, and dancing robots! Here's the best of what we saw in NYC.
"Toy Fair 2014: Winners of Space.com's Space Age Toy Awards"
Each year, Space.com honors the best science- and space-themed gizmos at the four-day-long Toy Fair with the Space Age Awards. This year, the decisions were difficult, but finalists and winners were chosen in seven different categories: High-Tech Toy, Amazing Robot, Cosmic Space Toy, Sci-Fi on Earth, Little Scientists, Retro Future and Do-It-Yourself Science.
"Meet the Skysweeper!"
This new little bot will soon be cruising power lines in place of humans, inspecting and repairing them. Developed by Jacobs School of Engineering/UC San Diego's graduate student Nick Morozovsky, stay tuned as we interview him next week to find out the quirks behind this tiny safety helper.