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Glowing mud worm contains fastest catalyst

18-Dec-2017

Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego have made a discovery with potential human health impacts in a parchment tubeworm, the marine invertebrate Chaetopterus sp., that resides in muddy coastal seafloors. A new study finds that the tubeworm, ...

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Watching atoms move in hybrid perovskite crystals reveals clues to improving solar cells

23-Nov-2017

A team of researchers led by the University of California San Diego has for the first time observed nanoscale changes deep inside hybrid perovskite crystals that could offer new insights into developing low-cost, high-efficiency solar cells. Using X-ray beams and lasers, researchers studied how a ...

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SMART: Facial recognition for molecular structures

Paradigm shift in interpretation of NMR spectra

09-Nov-2017

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of California San Diego has developed a method to identify the molecular structures of natural products that is significantly faster and more accurate than existing methods. The method works like facial recognition for molecular ...

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DNA mutations shed in blood predicts response to immunotherapy in patients with cancer

04-Oct-2017

In a first-of-its-kind study, University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers report that a blood sample, or liquid biopsy, can reveal which patients will respond to checkpoint inhibitor-based immunotherapies. "We can help predict response to immunotherapy by measuring the ...

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New 3-D imaging reveals how human cell nucleus organizes DNA and chromatin of its genome

31-Jul-2017

Sixty-four years ago, James Watson and Francis Crick described the now-iconic double helix structure of DNA. A team of researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies describe development and application of new electron ...

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'Lossless' metamaterial could boost efficiency of lasers and other light-based devices

20-Feb-2017

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a material that could reduce signal losses in photonic devices. The advance has the potential to boost the efficiency of various light-based technologies including fiber optic communication systems, lasers and photovoltaics. The ...

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Using acoustic waves to move fluids at the nanoscale

17-Nov-2016

A team of mechanical engineers at the University of California San Diego has successfully used acoustic waves to move fluids through small channels at the nanoscale. The breakthrough is a first step toward the manufacturing of small, portable devices that could be used for drug discovery and ...

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X-ray snapshot of butterfly wings reveals underlying physics of color

14-Jun-2016

A team of physicists that visualized the internal nanostructure of an intact butterfly wing has discovered two physical attributes that make those structures so bright and colorful. "Over millions of years, butterflies have evolved sophisticated cellular mechanisms to grow brightly colored ...

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Imaging biomarker distinguishes prostate cancer tumor grade

Enhanced imaging tool has potential to detect, grade, stage and guide treatment options

03-Jun-2016

Physicians have long used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to detect cancer but results of a University of California San Diego School of Medicine study describe the potential use of restriction spectrum imaging (RSI) as an imaging biomarker that enhances the ability of MRI to differentiate ...

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Engineers take first step toward flexible, wearable, tricoder-like device

24-May-2016

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed the first flexible wearable device capable of monitoring both biochemical and electric signals in the human body. The Chem-Phys patch records electrocardiogram (EKG) heart signals and tracks levels of lactate, a biochemical that ...

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