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Light-shrinking material lets ordinary microscope see in super resolution
June 1, 2021
Light-shrinking material lets ordinary microscope see in super resolution

UC San Diego engineers developed a technology that turns a conventional light microscope into what's called a super-resolution microscope. It improves the microscope's resolution (from 200 nm to 40 nm) so that it can be used to directly observe finer structures and details in living cells. Full Story


A 'self-stirring' pill enhances drug bioavailability
May 28, 2021
A 'self-stirring' pill enhances drug bioavailability

From modifying the structure of drug molecules to developing sophisticated formulation systems, researchers are exploring new and innovative ways to safely enhance drug bioavailability. UC San Diego researchers report the development of a chemically-powered microstirring pill that could enhance drug uptake in the body. Full Story


Sustainable method to 3D print steel wins big at Triton Innovation Challenge
May 26, 2021
Sustainable method to 3D print steel wins big at Triton Innovation Challenge

A startup developing a 3D printing technique that can manufacture steel cheaper than existing methods, with no carbon emissions and minimal wasted scrap metal, earned the $7,000 Grand Prize at the Triton Innovation Challenge. Full Story


Personalized sweat sensor reliably monitors blood glucose without finger pricks
May 10, 2021
Personalized sweat sensor reliably monitors blood glucose without finger pricks

UC San Diego engineers developed a device that could make it more convenient for people with diabetes to measure their blood glucose. The device can measure glucose in sweat with the touch of a fingertip, and then a personalized algorithm provides an accurate estimate of blood glucose levels. Full Story


Combining nanomaterials in 3D to build next-generation imaging devices
April 12, 2021
Combining nanomaterials in 3D to build next-generation imaging devices

UC San Diego nanoengineering professor Oscar Vazquez-Mena is taking nanomaterials to the next dimension. By integrating different nanoscale materials together in 3D, he is creating a new generation of devices for environmental monitoring, energy harvesting and biomedical applications. Vazquez-Mena recently received a CAREER Award through the NSF to develop devices that can "see" wavelengths of light that are invisible to the human eye, such as IR and UV light. He also received a DARPA Director's Fellowship to develop a material that can let ultrasound through the skull and do non-invasive imaging and stimulation of the human brain. Full Story