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How well do wet masks contain droplets?

How well do wet masks contain droplets?

November 22, 2021

A team of international researchers modeled what happens to respiratory droplets when they come in contact with wet masks; their results show that damp masks are still effective at stopping these droplets from escaping the mask and being atomized into smaller, easier-to-spread aerosolized particles.  Full Story


Making Space Travel Inclusive for All

Making Space Travel Inclusive for All

October 28, 2021

In a weightless, microgravity environment like space, what do ability and disability look like? How can someone with partial sight or impaired mobility navigate in a confined space like the space station? UC San Diego researchers were part of a team that aimed to answer these questions by launching a group of 12 disabled scientists, veterans, students, athletes and artists into a zero-gravity environment as part of Mission AstroAccess. Full Story


Using ultrasound to activate ion channels in brain cells

Using ultrasound to activate ion channels in brain cells

October 19, 2021

Researchers have discovered the mechanism that causes ion channels in brain cells to switch open after the cells are exposed to ultrasound waves. The discovery could have applications in the development of non-invasive, non-pharmacological treatments of neurological conditions.    Full Story


Studies highlight benefit of spatial visualization app in bridging critical STEM education gap

Studies highlight benefit of spatial visualization app in bridging critical STEM education gap

August 30, 2021

Software developed by engineering professors at UC San Diego has improved spatial visualization—a critical skill in STEM careers—in students in high school and college courses, both in person and remotely.    Full Story


Researchers develop first steerable catheter for brain surgery

Researchers develop first steerable catheter for brain surgery

August 18, 2021

A team of engineers and physicians has developed a steerable catheter that for the first time will give neurosurgeons the ability to steer the device in any direction they want while navigating the brain’s arteries and blood vessels. The device was inspired by nature, specifically insect legs and flagella--tail-like structures that allow microscopic organisms such as bacteria to swim.     Full Story


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