Wednesday, June 29, 2011
CSE researchers Kirill Levchenko, Andreas Pitsillidis,Neha Chachra, Brandon Enright, Tristan Halvorson, Chris Kanich, He Liu, Damon McCoy, Geoffrey Voelker, Stefan Savage along with colleagues in the Computer Science Division at UC Berkeley and the International Computer Science Institute have conducted a large-scale empirical study to measure the spam value chain in an end-to-end fashion. They have used their data to offer evidence that the spammers' payment tier is the most concentrated and valuable asset in the spam ecosystem, and one for which there may be a truly effective intervention through public policy action in Western countries. Click Trajectories: End-to-End Analysis of the Spam Value Chain. Read more: New York Times, Scientific American, New York Times Editorial. Listen to: NPR, All Things Considered
Thursday, June 23, 2011
According to the Spectrum IEEE story, this work "influenced academic computer science, the design of the Pascal programming language, object-oriented programming, and graphical user interfaces. Although that work did not produce a commercial success, the story of these visionary programmers and their audacious plans offers some unique insights into how the computer industry evolved—for example, why the Apple Macintosh is what it is. It also explains how an accident of fate would later bring these ideas to the world again in the form of Java."
James Gosling, best known as the father of Java, worked on machines that ran the UCSD p-system as a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University. He used an approach he developed while working on these machines when creating Java, according to this story.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a novel method of disguising nanoparticles as red blood cells, which will enable them to evade the body’s immune system and deliver cancer-fighting drugs straight to a tumor. Their research was published this week in the online Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Teams that recently took part in a robotic mouse competition at the Jacobs School of Engineering faced a 30-second penalty if the picked up their micromouse to reboot it. Two UC San Diego teams won first and second place. Read our story about the competition to find out more.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Do you want to smell the cheesy pizza on your TV? Want to smell the perfume ad and not just take the celebrity spokesperson's word for how great it is? A two year experiment by UCSD engineers conducted in collaboration with Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) found that an odor-generating device for your TV or cell phone is a real possibility. Read the story.