UC San Diego's Einstein Robot Has 'Emotional Intelligence'

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Albert Einstein may have written his last scientific theory more than half a century ago, but he's still honing his emotional intelligence in a laboratory at the University of California, San Diego. Scientists at UC San Diego's California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) have equipped a robot modeled after the famed theoretical physicist with specialized software that allows it to interact with humans in a relatively natural, conversational way.

Safer Nanoparticle Spotlight Tumors, Deliver Drugs

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Small is promising when it comes to illuminating tiny tumors or precisely delivering drugs, but many worry about the safety of nano-scale materials. Now, a team of scientists has created miniscule flakes of silicon that glow brightly, last long enough to slowly release cancer drugs, then break down into harmless byproducts.

UC San Diego Engineers Bring Down the House

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Recent simulated earthquake tests conducted by UC San Diego engineers are expected to lead to retrofit schemes that make historic buildings safer. The structural engineers tested a structure similar to those that were built in California in the 1920s that have masonry-infilled walls and reinforced concrete frames.

Promoting sustainable transportation options: Bicycle Master Planning at UC San Diego

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Senior Project focused on bicycle planning on university campuses. Three case studies focused on UC Davis, UC Berkeley and UC San Diego and their bicycle plans. The data collected helped determine the needs of the different campuses and the reasons for their bicycle plans and how they affected sustainability. Research was conducted through surveys, interviews, direct observations and review of scholarly literature. Findings include a need for an updated Bicycle Master Plan at UC San Diego...

Welcome to Next-Generation Sequencing 2008 Conference

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Calit2's Center for Algorithmic and Systems Biology (CASB) recently hosted the UC San Diego Next-Generation Sequencing and Informatics Symposium. The Nov. 9-10 meeting provided an introduction to next-generation sequencing techniques, along with reports on the latest data analysis algorithms and tools. The first day focused on resequencing and de novo sequencing, and the algorithmic developments that are driving the increase in data quality and volume in this field. On day two, the focus...

Genomic association study (CHIP-Seq) of Liver X receptors beta in combination with gene expression analysis

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Genomic association study (CHIP-Seq) of Liver X receptors beta in combination with gene expression analysis presented by Lana Garmire, Bioengineering, UC San Diego

Assembling Short and error-Prone DNA Reads

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Assembling Short and error-Prone DNA Reads presented by Pavel Pevzner, University of California, San Diego

A Model of Genetic Variation in Human Social Network

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Social networks influence the evolution of cooperation and they exhibit strikingly systematic patterns across a wide range of human contexts. Both of these facts suggest that variation in the topological attributes of human social networks might have a genetic basis. While genetic variation accounts for a significant portion of the variation in many complex social behaviors, the heritability of egocentric social network attributes is unknown. Here we show that three of these attributes...

Setting the Stage: Mobilizing the Metagenomics Community

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About 250 leaders in the emerging science of metagenomics converged at the UC San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) earlier this month for the third Annual International Conference on Metagenomics. The conference was a week-long opportunity to share data and discuss the latest research, explore how advances in computing and sequencing technologies might be of benefit, and build or strengthen collaborations in the field.

Summary of Subgroup Discussions for Metagenomics 2008

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John Wooley of UC San Diego makes Closing Remarks for the Metagenomics 2008 Conference