Computer Scientists Predict the Success of Network Interactions

In today’s increasingly connected world, information flows and spreads. Messages get retweeted, photos get reposted and videos go viral. Such online interactions can have real-world consequences, as demonstrated by protests such as Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring, in which protestors communicated and spread ideas via social media. Such information-spreading may seem unpredictable, dependent […]

UCSB Alumnus Among the First to Hack Google Glass

Google’s new Glass headset has only been available for less than a month, but some enterprising users have already figured out how to hack it. The augmented-reality device, which has been the subject of much hype and speculation, is currently available through the Glass Explorer Program, though they cost $1500 and are only available to […]

Glass is a wearable augmented-reality device from Google that acts as an extension of the user’s smartphone. The highly anticipated technology was first released to developers and participants of the Glass Explorer Program this past April.

Southern California Linux Expo Features 3D Printing, Cloud Computing, Product Demos

While most of the world’s attention was focused on Hollywood for Oscars weekend, several miles to the south the Hilton at Los Angeles International Airport was packed with over two thousand Linux users, free software enthusiasts and nerds of all general descriptions attending the 11th annual Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE for short). SCALE was […]

Copyright Law Strikes Again: Unlocking Your Cell Phone Now Illegal in US

If you recently purchased a cell phone and were planning on unlocking it, beware — unlocking a phone without the carrier’s permission has recently been declared illegal in the United States. The U.S. Copyright Office and the Library of Congress are responsible for determining exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which prohibits, among other […]

Ubuntu Phone Platform To Rival Android, iOS

Are you a phone fan who’s looking for the latest developments in mobile technology? An iOS or Android user tired of your current platform? A hipster who feels that current offerings in the mobile market are too mainstream? Or are you just interested in an innovative new smartphone operating system? If so, you may want […]

UCSB Study on Bolivian Tribe Links Competition to Testosterone Levels

A recent study conducted by anthropologists from UCSB and the University of Washington found that Tsimane men of Bolivia have a baseline testosterone level 33 percent lower than that of American men. Their findings appeared in last month’s issue of The Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The Tsimanes are an indigenous people in central […]

UCSB Physicist Receives $360,000 Air Force Grant to Study Ultracold Atoms

UCSB assistant professor of physics David Weld has received a $360,000 grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to continue his work with ultracold atoms. Weld is one of only 48 scientists and engineers — selected from a field of 220 applicants — to win grants, totaling $18 million. According to Weld, […]

UCSB Earth Science Department Receives Grant to Study Underwater Geography and Fault Lines

UCSB’s Dept. of Earth Science has received a $553,000 grant from Seismic Micro-Technology Inc. to fund research in 3-D visualization, mapping and modeling of seismic data. So far, scientists involved in the project have used this software, “KINGDOM,” to study a range of relevant topics. According to Craig Nicholson, a researcher at UCSB’s Marine Science […]

Grant Finances Web Access in Rural Africa

UCSB professors Elizabeth Belding and Lisa Parks recently received $1.2 million in grant money from the National Science Foundation as part of a project to improve Internet access in Macha, Zambia, a rural town in sub-Saharan Africa. Parks, a film and media studies professor, and Belding, a computer science professor, will receive the funding over […]