Stories by David Wagner
Think about the miles of power lines criss-crossing our modern world. Inspecting them all for signs of wear and tear can be a complicated and expensive process. That's why a group of crafty UCSD engineers built SkySweeper, an elegant little 3D printed robot that could make power line inspection a lot simpler.
Remember that episode of The Simpsons when Homer gets to design a car "for the average man," and ends up creating a slime-green monstrosity that bankrupts his half-brother's company? Well, a team of freak car builders in San Diego have recreated Homer's dream car in painstaking detail, gigantic cupholders and all.
Anti-nuclear activists celebrated when Southern California Edison announced the permanent closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station last week. But a new documentary opening in San Diego this weekend aims to crash that party. Is nuclear power humanity's best bet for getting a handle on climate change?
Researchers at the Salk Institute are making progress on a compound that they believe could potentially stop Alzheimer's disease in its tracks. To show just how promising their drug candidate is, they put it through unusually hard experiments.