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Article ID: 689881

Fur Real - Scientists Improve Computer Rendering of Animal Fur

University of California San Diego

The next computer-generated animals in King Kong or The Lion King could look a lot more realistic thanks to a breakthrough by computer scientists at the University of California. The researchers from UC San Diego and UC Berkeley developed a method that dramatically improves the way computers simulate fur, and more specifically, the way light bounces within an animal’s pelt.

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20-Feb-2018 5:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 689844

CENIC Recognizes Technology Projects to Combat California Wildfires

University of California San Diego

Two University of California San Diego projects, along with a complementary University of Nevada, Reno project, have been selected as recipients of the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) 2018 Innovations in Networking Award for Experimental Applications in recognition of work advancing IT and telecommunications technologies to help minimize potential damage caused by wildfires.

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20-Feb-2018 4:15 PM EST
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Article ID: 689827

UC San Diego Exhibition Features Work by 7 Leading International Women Artists

University of California San Diego

Presented together for the first time, seven internationally recognized artists are featured in the UC San Diego exhibition “Stories That We Tell: Art and Identity,” celebrating those who paved the way for greater inclusion by inventing new means to address issues of race and gender.

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20-Feb-2018 11:05 AM EST
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Arts and Humanities

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Article ID: 689728

Supercomputers Aid Discovery of New, Inexpensive Material to Make LEDs with Excellent Color Quality

University of California San Diego

Computers have helped researchers develop a new phosphor that can make LEDs cheaper and render colors more accurately. An international team led by engineers at UC San Diego first predicted the new phosphor using supercomputers and data mining algorithms, then developed a simple recipe to make it in the lab. Unlike many phosphors, this one is made of inexpensive, earth-abundant elements and can easily be made using industrial methods. As computers predicted, the new phosphor performed well in tests and in LED prototypes.

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16-Feb-2018 2:25 PM EST
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Article ID: 689746

New Algorithm Can Pinpoint Mutations Favored by Natural Selection in Large Sections of the Human Genome

University of California San Diego

A team of scientists has developed an algorithm that can accurately pinpoint, in large regions of the human genome, mutations favored by natural selection. The finding provides deeper insight into how evolution works, and ultimately could lead to better treatments for genetic disorders. For example, adaptation to chronic hypoxia at high altitude can suggest targets for cardiovascular and other ischemic diseases.

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19-Feb-2018 11:00 AM EST
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All Journal News, Cardiovascular Health, Genetics, Heart Disease, Nature (journal), Local - California

Article ID: 689581

Using Science and Humanities to Step Back in Time

University of California San Diego

A collaborative group of researchers from the University of California San Diego traveled to Turin, Italy recently to digitally map an entire portion of the city — complete with historic architecture, expansive murals and stunning works of art. Digital data will be used by students and researchers on campus to explore the site’s buildings and artifacts, ultimately recreating an interactive, virtual-reality experience.

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15-Feb-2018 7:30 AM EST
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Arts and Humanities

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Article ID: 689281

Surprise Finding Points to DNA’s Role in Shaping Cells

University of California San Diego

Scientists have found that DNA executes an unexpected architectural role in shaping the cells of bacteria. Studying bacteria, the researchers used an array of experiments and technologies to reveal that DNA, beyond serving to encode genetic information, also “pumps up” bacterial cells.

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8-Feb-2018 6:00 PM EST
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Cell Biology, Genetics, All Journal News, Cell (journal), Local - California

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Article ID: 688867

Bringing UC San Diego’s Healthy Diet and Natural Medicine Research into the Spotlight

University of California San Diego

UC San Diego celebrates the launch of the Krupp endowment at the new Centers for Integrative Health, thanks to Richard N. Krupp’s philanthropic legacy, which may be realized at over $30 million in the coming years.

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1-Feb-2018 6:05 PM EST
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Allergies, Asthma, Health Food, Healthcare, Nutrition, Local - California

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Article ID: 688666

Pictures Move People More than Words

University of California San Diego

Is a picture worth a thousand words? While new psychology research from UC San Diego doesn't quantify the truth of the adage, it does show that a single picture has the power to sway people – changing how they behave – while a single word does not. Even a picture that’s barely seen, flashed on a screen for only 10 milliseconds, seems able to alter behavior.

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30-Jan-2018 11:05 AM EST
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Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Article ID: 688578

Novel Technologies Reveal Key Information About Depleted East Pacific Green Sea Turtles

University of California San Diego

Using new technologies developed to extract information from bones, researchers are learning more about populations of green sea turtles. While their numbers remain dangerously depleted, the new data show that these turtles are spending more time offshore, increasing their risk as bycatch.

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29-Jan-2018 7:00 AM EST
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