Time Travel Science

A Nostalgic Gaucho Contemplates Time Travel

Writing my final Gaucho’s Guide column fills me with musings on the passage of time. As such, it’s only fitting that today we talk about time travel. Time travel logic is notoriously difficult to get right, and in fact, most writers don’t even try. The movie “Looper,” for instance, has a scene in which Bruce […]

Theoretical Physicist Expounds on Potential For String Theory To Explain Mechanics of Universe

On Monday evening, UCSB Arts & Lectures hosted a lecture in Campbell Hall featuring prominent string theorist Brian Greene called “Explaining the Elegant Universe.” Greene is known for popularizing theoretical physics in his numerous written works and for his important contributions to the mathematical study of string theory. In the lecture, Greene sought to explain […]


Life Finds A Way: The Evolutionary Science Behind Jurassic Park Dinosaurs

This spring, Steven Spielberg’s dino-adventure classic “Jurassic Park” will be turning 20, and Universal will be celebrating by re-releasing the movie in 3D. That’s all in anticipation of 2014’s “Jurassic Park 4,” which may finally be hitting the big screen after more than a decade in the place filmmakers call “development hell.” With the new […]

UCSB Neuroscientists Receive New Device To Aid Genetics Research

UCSB’s Neuroscience Research Institute recently acquired an innovative gene sequencer that is capable of sequencing the human genome — a task that used to take years — in a matter of hours. A gene sequencer allows researchers to work toward advancing medical development and biological research by determining the exact order of nucleotides within a […]


“Prometheus” Steals Fire From The Gods of Crackpot Science

Last summer, “Prometheus,” the long-anticipated prequel to the “Alien” franchise, was marketed as a thought-provoking science fiction film. What we got was a classic sci-fi trope with some added references to actual scientific concepts, though some of them bordered more on pseudoscience and conspiracy theory than actual science. The film’s main premise — that extraterrestrial […]

NASA Attempts to Take the Science Fiction Out of Warp Drive

Whether or not you know anything about “Star Trek,” you’ve probably heard of the warp drive, that fictional technology that can fling a starship light-years away in mere minutes, opening up the universe to our exploration. If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ve got the hyperdrive. It sounds like strict science fiction, and it is, […]

New Campaign Launches to Promote Water Conservation Throughout Santa Barbara Area

The Santa Barbara County Water Agency, part of the Network of Santa Barbara County Water Providers is launching a new campaign, titled Water-Wise, to promote water conservation throughout the county. The centerpiece of the campaign is the newly remodeled website WaterWiseSB.org, which provides numerous tips on using water efficiently. The program also features a free […]

UCSB To Reduce Carbon Emissions With Fuel Cell Technology

UCSB is now home to project Bloom Energy Server, a new type of solid oxide fuel cell technology that dramatically increases power generation efficiency by converting fuel into electricity. Producing over 1.75 million kilowatt hours per year, the server formulates enough energy to sustain an average of 160 U.S. houses. The cell provides power to […]

Event To Highlight Engineering Projects

The College of Engineering will showcase student projects today and tomorrow during its free, annual Senior Capstone exposition. Senior engineering students in the Capstone Design class spend September through June undertaking substantial engineering projects on topics of their choice, using knowledge from other classes to find a practical application for technology. Today’s presentation will feature […]

Study Tests Cure for Alzheimer’s

Neuroscience researchers will launch a project analyzing the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease in a five-year-long study beginning next year, with research focusing primarily on prevention of the illness rather than post-diagnosis treatment. Neuroscience professor Ken Kosik will lead a team of researchers from the United States and Colombia to study the effectiveness of the new […]

LED Researchers Propose New Design to Correct for Inefficient ‘Drooping’

The UCSB Solid State Lighting and Energy Center research team, led by engineering professors Shuji Nakamura and Steven DenBaars, presented a new energy-efficient design for LED manufacturing at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics in San Jose last week. Though much more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs, LEDs experience a drop in efficiency, referred to […]

Mercury Probe Completes Orbit

The MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging) space- craft recently completed an orbital survey of the planet Mercury, con- cluding a decade-long phase of the project. MESSENGER is now on an extended mission set to last until March 2013. The results have been long-await- ed by UCSB Professor Emeritus of Physics Stanton Peale, […]

UCSB Scientists Detect Signals Between Microorganisms

UCSB researchers discovered an elaborate form of bacterial communication between Escherichia coli bacterium earlier this year, marking the first observed instance of coordination between bacterial organisms. The organisms collaborate through a chemical exchange between at least two E. coli bacteria, creating a biofilm to help anchor the microbial colony together and shield it from outside […]

UCSB Group To Aid Nepalese Village

The UCSB chapter of student-based initiative Nourish International will travel to Nepal this summer to provide basic necessities and construct new school buildings in an impoverished village. The organization, introduced to UCSB last Spring Quarter, consists of 24 chapters at various colleges and is dedicated to fighting poverty around the world. The group collaborates with […]

Faculty Member Honored as Fellow

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation named assistant professor of Chemical Engineering Michael Shell as one of its Sloan Research Fellows last week, awarding him two annual grants of $50,000 each. Shell was recognized for his use of computer simulations to analyze the formation of nanomaterials, which aims to further scientific understanding of these biological structures […]