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Imagine a body having its own live feed that doctors could see and use to design truly personalized treatments. A new innovation opens the door to exactly that possibility. Scott Ferguson, a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering, and Professors Kevin Plaxco (Biochemistry) and Tom Soh (Mechanical Engineering) have developed a palm-top device that provides real-time insight into how fast a living body metabolizes drugs.

John Woolley, co-developer of The American Presidency Project and a UCSB political science professor, comments on President Obama’s vow to take executive actions to begin his economic plans in 2014 despite a “‘deadlocked’” Congress. Woolley explains that using executive powers like this is “‘nothing new,’” but that it is also “‘not as powerful as legislation.’”

New nanotechnology developed by a research team that includes UCSB’s Kevin Plaxco, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, can detect DNA mutations responsible for certain genetic diseases, including some cancers, with more efficiency than current techniques. Plaxco believes this tool will help jumpstart further nanomachine developments that “could ultimately have a major impact on many aspects of healthcare.”

UCSB Physics Professor Robert Sugar speaks about the work that he and other members of the MIMD Lattice Computation (MILC) Collaboration are doing to better understand quantum chromodynamics (QCD), a theory that “governs the interactions of quarks and glutons inside the nucleus of atoms.”

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