Scientists From Across the Globe Warn of Drastic Water Shortages

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In the Sierra Neveda, snowpack will shrink by 30 to 90 percent by the end of the century. On the other side of the planet, in the Himalayas, about 70 percent of glaciers are set to disappear. These changes are both caused by climate change and will lead to dramatic water shortages for hundreds of millions of people across the globe, scientists said during a press conference Wednesday at UC San Diego. http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/thisweek/2009/05/11_icemelt.asp

San Diego's Newest Green Industry: Algal Biofuels

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The San Diego region, home to more than 500 biotechnology companies, is poised to become a “Green Houston,” as world renowned geneticists, biologists, and engineers at UC San Diego, The Scripps Research Institute and other local research institutions join with their industry counterparts in a broad-scale research effort to develop advanced transportation fuels from algae. http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/thisweek/2009/05/04_algae.asp

Robotic Mouse Makes Maze Debut at UC San Diego

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An intrepid group of University of California, San Diego undergraduates has designed and build a robotic mouse from scratch. The electrical engineering and computer science undergraduates from the Jacobs School of Engineering also wrote the software to teach the robot to solve a maze. The team unveiled their mouse at the IEEE Region 6 Southwest Area Spring Meeting on Saturday, April 25th, held at UC San Diego. http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/newsrel/students/05-09MicroMouse.asp

UCSD Physician Discusses the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu Virus, Symptoms and Prevention

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Dr. Randy Taplitz, the clinical director of infectious diseases at the UCSD Medical Center, talks about what swine flu is; why it's been a cause of concern for public health officials; and how to protect yourself from this new virus.

Music Center Draws Curtain on New Era for UC San Diego

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On a recent Tuesday morning, the sound of a piano soared in the Conrad Prebys Music Center, rising along the venue’s triangular, wood-paneled walls and ceiling. Graduate student William Fried was performing "Feux d'Artifice" by French master Claude Debussy. He was one of a handful of students who got to test-drive the acoustically advanced concert hall in March before its public opening in May. http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/thisweek/2009/04/20_musiccenter.asp

Life Behind Bars

Marine biologists employ genetic barcoding in the quest to positively identify fish species

Carbonated Oceans

An overload of carbon dioxide is acidifying seawater, posing a subtle but profound threat to marine invertebrates.

Take A Nap! Change Your Life

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The benefits of napping: Next time you feel tired and sleepy during the day and want to buy some coffee, think again. UC San Diego sleep scientist Sara Mednick says you would be better off taking a nap instead.Next time you feel tired and sleepy during the day and want to buy some coffee, think again. UC San Diego sleep scientist Sara Mednick says you would be better off taking a nap instead.

Students Tout Campus Greenness in National Video Competition

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Think UC San Diego has one of the coolest sustainability programs around? Now there’s a way to let everyone know. The campus is talking part in the nationwide Chill Out competition organized by the National Wildlife Federation.

Intro to Computer Programming Gets a Makeover at UC San Diego

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UC San Diego undergrads taking an intro-to-computer programming course held a campus art show recently. The art? Glossy collages created by pairs of students as a week-four homework assignment for Beth Simon’s CSE8A class, the first programming course computer science majors take at the Jacobs School of Engineering. The students learn to program in Java by writing code to manipulate digital images and create art.