Friday Five for August 18th, 2017

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 at 9:59

MX Conference Gathers Researchers, Technologists


Registration is now open for UCLA’s Mobile Experience Conference (MX Conference), a unique mobile technology event that will convene a community of mobile tech experts, faculty, researchers, and students at UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) on October 12. The daylong conference, presented by Office of Information Technology’s Mobile and Web Strategy, Education and Research Team, will showcase experts in a variety of mobile technologies:


  • Wearable sensors
  • Augmented reality
  • Virtual reality
  • Personalized mobile apps


Sessions throughout the day will explore how students, researchers, and faculty can use these immersive technologies to rethink how they collect data, visualize information, and tell engaging stories. At the conclusion of the day, UCLA’s fourth annual Code for the Mission (CFTM) competition will unveil the winning teams of its app design contest at an awards ceremony.


This inaugural conference will be an important event for researchers, faculty, technologists, and students to connect with experts who can help them explore the use of these emerging technologies. The event is sponsored by UCLA and space is limited; to register for the conference visit the Mobile Experience Conference website.  


Zinc-air Batteries: Three-stage Method Could Revolutionize Rechargeability


University of Sydney researchers have found a solution for one of the biggest stumbling blocks preventing zinc-air batteries from overtaking conventional lithium-ion batteries as the power source of choice in electronic devices.


Zinc-air batteries are batteries powered by zinc metal and oxygen from the air. Due to the global abundance of zinc metal, these batteries are much cheaper to produce than lithium-ion batteries, and they can also store more energy (theoretically five times more than Li-ion batteries), are much safer, and are more environmentally friendly.


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Cheaper and better batteries!


Tiny Robots Crawl Through Mouse's Stomach to Heal Ulcers


Tiny robotic drug deliveries could soon be treating diseases inside your body. For the first time, micromotors -- autonomous vehicles the width of a human hair -- have cured bacterial infections in the stomachs of mice, using bubbles to power the transport of antibiotics.


"The movement itself improves the retention of antibiotics on the stomach lining where the bacteria are concentrated," says Joseph Wang at UCSD, who led the research with Liangfang Zhang.


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Tiny Robots, Bubbles, and Antibiotics.


Oxford University Develops New 3D Bioprinter to Build Organs and Tissues


University of Oxford scientists have developed a new method for 3D-printing laboratory-grown cells to form living structures.


The new method enables the production of complex tissues and cartilage that can potentially support, repair, or augment diseased and damaged areas of the body. The research, published int he journal Scientific Reports, demonstrates how human and animal cells can be 3D printed into high-resolution tissue constructs.


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After tissues... organs!


Secret Chips in Replacement Parts can Completely Hijack Your Phone's Security


People with cracked touch screens or similar smartphone maladies have a new headache to consider: the possibility the replacement parts installed by repair shops contain secret hardware that completely hijacks the security of the device.


The concern arises from research that shows how replacement screens -- one put into a Huawei Nexus 6P and the other into an LG G Pad 7.0 --can be used to surreptitiously log keyboard input and patterns, install malicious apps, and take pictures and mail them to the attacker. The booby-trapped screens also exploited operating system vulnerabilities that bypassed key security protections built into the phones.


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Brave new world...