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Secrets of Skin
Our skin is remarkably resistant to tearing, and now researchers have figured out why. They used X-ray beams and electron microscopes to look at the micro-scale mechanisms at play when rabbit skin is cut and then stretched. A notch in skin does not lead to a full split, as it does in bone, because the initial tear induces structural changes in the collagen fibrils found in the top layer of skin to dissipate the stress at the tip of the cut.

4.23.15 U~T
UCSD crowdfunds small rocket
Student engineers at UC San Diego are off to a fast start in trying to raise $15,000 on Kickstarter to develop a rocket capable of soaring almost two miles into the atmosphere. The local chapter of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) has generated more than $11,600 since April 21st, the first day of their campaign to underwrite a 16-foot tall Vulcan-1 rocket that would be powered by an engine produced with 3-D printing.

4.23.15 NBC San Diego
UCSD Students Design, Print & Test 3D-Printed Rocket Engine
With a quick countdown in the middle of the desert, a group of San Diego college students accomplished a milestone -- the design, printing and testing of a 3D printed rocket engine. Over the weekend, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) from UC San Diego gathered to test the engine they had created by depositing plastic or metal alloys layer by layer through a 3D printer. The engine was secured when it was ignited. The firing lasted five seconds...

4.23.15 3D Printer and 3D Printing news
UCSD students launch Kickstarter campaign for a completely 3D printed rocked engine
As you might know, 3D printing technology is heading towards a bright future in the aerospace industry. Various major players have already incorporated high quality 3D printers in their prototyping process, while the first space-bound 3D printed parts are already being created. Just this week, NASA unveiled a 3D printed engine part they actually intend to use. So while this seems like a field for big players only, a team of students from the UCSD in California are challenging the establishment..

4.23.15 3D
3D Printed Rocket Engine Project Goes to The Next Level With Ignus Engine & Kickstarter
The students who are building the Ignus 3D printed rocket engine say it will be "bigger, better, but a completely different design compared to our original Tri-D engine." Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, or SEDS for short, are the undergraduate group at the University of California, San Diego, who designed, printed and tested a 3D printed rocket engine, and they say their latest engine will be placed into the Vulcan-1 rocket body and launched in June.

4.23.15 Digital Trends
Block the bad sounds and harness the good with Hush earplugs
This world we live in can be pretty noisy -- especially when you're trying to get some sleep. But tossing in standard earplugs to block out excess sounds, from inside and outside, can cause problems when that alarm clock rings. A new pair of "smart earplugs" called Hush aims to solve this dilemma by keeping the bad sounds out, and letting the good ones in. The earplugs combine sound-eliminating foam with a small driver that plays soothing sounds like white noise, ocean waves, and rain drops.

4.8.15 Kyodo News
WowWee's dinosaur-shaped robot toy at CES
Dinosaur-shaped robotic toys (front R) from Hong Kong's WowWee are seen on display at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Jan. 6, 2015. (Kyodo)

4.8.15 CNN
Driverless mercedes, super-fast phone chargers: Coolest tech at CES 2015
Each year tech junkies from around the world gather in Las Vegas for International CES, the Consumer Electronics Show where innovators come to show off their latest prototypes, preview products and announce new releases. Although the show is over 40 years old, this year's event, held from January 6 - 9, saw some of the most futuristic products ever, from driverless vehicles to a revolutionary battery which, according to its makers, could let you fully charge a cell phone in minutes.

4.8.15 Robotics Trends
WowWee Adds Dancing MiPosaur Robot, REV App-Controlled Cars
When you were searching for that perfect Christmas gift for the kids, did you find yourself saying, "I wish they made a dancing robot dinosaur that could follow people around"? Well, you're in luck. The folks at WowWee Robotics, creator of the popular MiP robot, have introduced MiPosaur, a robotic creature with evolving intelligence and personality that can sense its environment. It comes with gesture control technology that allows you to control it with the swipe of your hand.

4.8.15 Science Daily
CES 2015: Wowwee's MiPosaur is a dancing dino
WowWee has done it again with adorable, interactive robotic toys. Following up last year's [MiP], which was a self-balancing bot toy that could play games, or help you carry around a can of beer, the company is releasing MiPosaur. This new bot friend is dinosaur-shaped and has a few new tricks up its sleeve. In this video, you can see some of its adorable and amusing skills. Video provided by Popular Science

4.8.15 Space Daily
Skin tough
When weighing the pluses and minuses of your skin add this to the plus column: Your skin - like that of all vertebrates - is remarkably resistant to tearing. Now, a collaboration of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) San Diego has shown why.

4.7.15 U~T
The complex, mysterious sense of sight
Mother Nature is an incredible engineer. As you read these words, light is hitting your eyes and being absorbed by your retinas. Your brain interprets the light patterns as letters and words, which is how I'm communicating with you now. How does this happen?

4.7.15 Daily Mail UK
Why your skin is so tough: Revolting experiment reveals how collagen straightens and stretches when pulled
It is probably the most unpleasant experiment you will read about today: what happens when your skin starts to tear. Researchers have uncovered the reason why skin is so difficult to tear even when put under extreme pressures, by cutting samples of real skin and attempting to pull them apart. They found that rather than simply tearing, mammalian skin actually has sophisticated stress resistance properties that prevent holes and cuts from expanding.

4.7.15 YouTube
MiP Self Balancing Robot Friend by WowWee. Hands-On Review
Video: Today we do a full hands-on review of the brand new MiP Robot Friend from WowWee.

4.7.15 Science Blog
New methods to speed simulations in computational grand challenge
Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a new family of methods to significantly increase the speed of time-resolved numerical simulations in computational grand challenge problems. Such problems often arise from the high-resolution approximation of the partial differential equations governing complex flows of fluids or plasmas. The breakthrough could be applied to simulations that include millions or billions of variables, including turbulence simulations.

4.7.15 U~T
State reaps rewards on investment in universities
Among recent public discourse about our state's investment in the University of California, a thoughtful legislator proposed that the state add another campus to the 10-campus system. Using the example of Caltech, he suggested that a new campus focus on science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the arts. The idea is laudable -- as it was some 50 years ago, when legislators, scientists and scholars agreed to establish UC San Diego.

3.30.15 Wired.IT
Dalla medicina all'edilizia, come useremo la penna a sensori
Fate spazio nei vostri portapenne. Presto, accanto alle convenzionali biro blu e nere, potrete mettere la penna per disegnare sensori. Il meccanismo e l'estetica saranno quelli di una penna convenzionale ma nella cartuccia scorrerĂ  un inchiostro fatto di nanoparticelle biologiche. Gli ingredienti principali dell'inchiostro, infatti, sono la glucosio ossidasi- un enzima capace di rilevare i livelli di glucosio nel sangue- e la tirosinasi- un altro enzima sensibile a vari agenti inquinanti.

3.30.15 KPBS
UC San Diego Researchers Develop Next Generation Of Wearable Medical Devices
It wasn't that long ago that you had to go to your doctor's office to measure most of your vital signs. But now, you can buy wearable devices that measure your blood pressure, or even record the electrical activity of your heart. So what's next? UC San Diego's Center for Wearable Sensors offers a glimpse.

3.30.15 U.S. Department of Defense Science
Self-propelled Micromotors May Change Surgery Process
The first study of synthetic micromotors in vivo (in a living organism) is paving the way for future clinical studies, developing medical countermeasures and other lifesaving applications -- ultimately helping to prevent or aid in healing warfighters in harm's way.

3.23.15 U~T
UCSD creates its own 'Kickstarter'
"The purpose of the trip is to raise eyebrows about this technology," said de Callafon. Gert Lanckriet, a fellow UC San Diego engineering professor, is taking a different but related approach to raising money for technology and innovation. He co-founded Benefunder, a non-profit organization that will use wealth management experts to expose potential donors to the work of top scientists. The wealth managers will do such things as arrange donor visits to labs.

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