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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.
San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering
This month, thousands of local students, teachers and families will go crazy for science. That's because the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering is mobilizing more than 80,000 people to participate in STEM-related activities through the county. In this CBS News 8 video story, Alicia Summers has more.
3.16.15 the Conversation
Will next-generation wearable sensors make us healthier?
There is certainly no shortage of headlines on wearable sensors these days. "A contact lens measures your glucose level." "New electronic tattoos could help monitor health during normal daily activities." A "headband can read your brainwaves." Numerous wearable sensors are currently on the market that can monitor body data including activity and sleep, heart rate, galvanic skin response, and electrocardiogram (ECG). But are these wearables making any difference?
Money flows to new UCSD computer center
Sony and a handful of other well-known media and tech companies have invested $350,000 in UC San Diego's new Center for Visual Computing, which will study everything from virtual and augmented reality to object recognition. The center is led by Ravi Ramamoorthi, a nationally-known computer scientist who was recruited from UC Berkeley last year to make UC San Diego a power in the fast-growing field of computer graphics and vision.
3.16.15 10news San Diego
Local inventors ready to test modular battery
A converted 2002 Volkswagen Golf sits in a garage in Encinitas and with it the hopes and dreams of students, designers and inventors for battery technology. Like any electric car, the golf is powered by batteries, but not just any kind of battery. "These are modular in design, so anyone can pull them out and replace them," said Ray De Callafon, who is with the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering. The concept is to one day have charged modules at a convenience store, for example.
3.16.15 Fox 5 San Diego
Throttle Thursday: Modular battery systems
Raymond De Callafon joins Fox 5's Raul Martinez for Throttle Thursday to discuss modular battery systems.
3.6.15 BBC UK podcasts
China's Slowing Economy
China forecasts an official economic growth rate of 7 per cent this year; what's slowing it down? The BBC's chief business correspondent, Linda Yueh, reports from Shanghai. Also, Jeremy Leggett, chairman of the research group Carbon Tracker Initiative, and founder of the British solar energy company Solar Century, makes the financial case for energy companies to start turning their backs on fossil fuels.
3.6.15 IEEE Spectrum
Draw Biosensors on Your Skin
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) who developed the inks published their results in the 26 February issue of the journal Advanced Healthcare Materials. They revealed that the main ingredients of these inks are the enzymes glucose oxidase, which responds to blood glucose, and tyrosinase, which responds to common pollutants known as phenols. To make these bio-inks serve as electrodes, they added electrically conductive graphite powder.
UCSD creates ink sensor for glucose
Joseph Wang, chair of nanoengineering at UC San Diego, first developed temporary tattoos that check glucose then created special ink that does basically the same job.
Bio-ink draws sensors on skin
Conductive ink can be used to draw circuits onto paper, but scientists at UC San Diego have created "bio-inks" that can be used on the skin. The ink is made from different substances, based on what it's supposed to detect -- glucose levels, for example -- and is inserted into a regular pen for use. Just 1 pen could be used to make 500 glucose tests, according to the researchers. The ink has applications for other living things and has been used to measure pollutants on leaves.
3.6.15 Bangalore Mirror
Pens filled with high-tech inks can be your sensors
A new simple tool developed by nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego, is opening the door to an era when anyone will be able to build sensors, anywhere, including physicians in the clinic, patients in their home and soldiers in the field. The team from the University of California, San Diego, developed high-tech bio-inks that react with several chemicals, including glucose. They filled off-the-shelf ballpoint pens with the inks...
Bio-inks allow sensors to be drawn onto skin, leaves and other surfaces
You've probably heard about pens with conductive ink, that allow users to draw circuits onto materials such as paper. Now, researchers at the University of California, San Diego have gone a step or two farther -- they've created "bio-inks" that could be used to draw sensors onto a variety of surfaces, using an ordinary ballpoint pen. The inks are simply loaded into store-bought pens, and were initially designed as a means of measuring diabetics' glucose levels by being applied to their skin.
3.2.15 San Diego Daily Transcript
UCSD engineering school launches 'agile research centers'
Albert Pisano, dean of the University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, has held this role for less than 1½ years, but has already unveiled plans for what he calls 'agile research centers' within the school. The projects are the Center for Wearable Sensors, which is up and running; a Center of Extreme Events Research is in the works, and a Sustainable Power and Energy Center and Center for Visual Computing are in the early planning stages.
Mind-reading toy trains 'Star Wars' Jedi Masters -- with holograms
At this year's New York Toy Fair, I got a taste of how tech is transforming playtime. But you'll need a tablet or smartphone to get the most out of these new toys:
3.2.15 USA Today
See our 6 picks of the coolest things from the Toy Fair
Video: See our 6 picks of the coolest things from the Toy Fair: Features MiPosaur
3.2.15 Scientific American
6 of the Coolest Science Toys Coming Out in 2015
MiPosaur listed as one of the 6 coolest science toys coming out in 2015. The American International Toy Fair is the stuff of dreams?both childhood and adult. All the newest toys, including magnetic sand, remote-controlled pterodactyls, stuffed-animal Grumpy Cats and endless construction sets, are not only on display throughout three massive floors?they?re unboxed.
3.2.15 ABC News
How a Researcher Is Trying to Turn Tattoos Into Medical Devices
A California researcher is trying to turn "tattoos" into tiny "medical labs" -- with early prototypes able to monitor a person's workout or measure a diabetic's blood-glucose levels. A team led by Dr. Joseph Wang, chairman of nanoengineering at the University of California San Diego, first developed the fitness-tracker temporary tattoo designed to measure a key chemical on the skin that can give insight into a person's workout.
3.2.15 YAHOO! Tech
WATCH: The 7 Coolest Toys of Toy Fair 2015
MiPosaur one of the 7 coolest toys at toy fair 2015
2.24.15 Huffington Post
Interactive Toys for Kids
Technology has made its way into the playroom for years -- but scratchy sounding voice boxes and mechanics that spark noisy, grinding movements are simply not enough anymore. "Watch me" toys, which essentially just perform for kids with the push of a button, like 1996's Tickle Me Elmo, are no longer impressive to kids or their parents. But what if your toy actually understood you? What if it had more than 150 unique sounds, phrases, responses and movements? What if...
2.24.15 Fox Business
Biggest toy trends come to NYC for 2015 Toy Fair
Video: FBN's Adam Shapiro talks to Toy Industry Association's Adrienne Appell about the latest toy products and trends.