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Piranha-Proof Fish Scales Offer Inspiration for Better Armor

October 16, 2019

Material scientists have discovered what makes the scales of the massive Amazonian freshwater fish, Arapaima gigas, resistant to breaking when a piranha bites. The answer could serve as inspiration for stronger, lightweight and flexible synthetic armors.

Electron-rich Metals Make Ceramics Tough to Crack

October 19, 2023

UC San Diego engineers have developed a recipe to make a certain class of ceramics tougher and more resistant to cracking. The newfound toughness of these ceramics paves the way for their use in extreme applications, such as spacecraft and other hypersonic vehicles.

New App Helps Businesses Navigate Biden’s Tariffs on China

May 23, 2024

A new application developed by Kyle Handley, associate professor of economics at the University of California San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS), allows users to see what products will be impacted the most from the recent tariffs the Biden administration will introduce on items imported from China.…

Power to the Batteries

May 21, 2015

…own research on battery materials. To usher in an age of inexpensive, carbon-neutral electric cars, we need higher performance and less expensive batteries, Meng explains. This includes batteries to power the cars themselves and batteries at charging stations that hold energy captured from the sun and wind. The behind-the-scenes technical…

Tough, Light and Strong: Lessons From Nature Could Lead to the Creation of New Materials

February 14, 2013

…of California, San Diego, identify three characteristics of biological materials that they believe engineers would do well to emulate in man-made materials: light weight, toughness and strength.

Sink or Swim—Concrete Canoe Team Aims to Reach the Podium at National Race

March 21, 2019

…lightweight plastic or composite materials. Building a nearly 300-pound canoe takes a lot of planning and design work to make sure it won’t sink like a stone…or, well, a block of concrete. “We use different concepts we learn in classes and critical thinking to try to make the lightest and…

Islands without structure inside metal alloys could lead to tougher materials

January 29, 2021

An international team of researchers produced islands of amorphous, non-crystalline material inside a class of new metal alloys known as high-entropy alloys. This discovery opens the door to applications in everything from landing gears, to pipelines, to automobiles.

Burbidge Visiting Professor Uses Physics of Mayonnaise to Develop Electronic Skin

February 27, 2020

…her research results to materials that would heal similar to wounds. Palacci’s contribution stems from his study of the ability of seemingly primitive building blocks to organize in complex patterns and robust machineries. The ‘squishy science’ of e-skin Soft matter—a branch of condensed matter physics—is ubiquitous and people use it…

Soft Robots, Tough Problems

May 2, 2024

Robots that can assist physicians during surgery. Robots that can swim. Robots that can grip delicate objects. These were some of the demonstrations on display at Robosoft, the biggest conference in the field of soft robotics, in San Diego this year.

UC San Diego Receives $7.5 Million to Develop Innovative Uses for Melanin

April 27, 2017

A team of scientists from UC San Diego and two other universities has received a five year, $7.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to unravel the fundamental properties of melanins, a family of natural pigments found in skin, hair, eyes and even the plumage of brightly colored…

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