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Giant clams reflect white by color mixing analogous to RGB-pixelation in televisions, cell phones and other electro-optical displays. As one component of this mechanism, bright blue reflects from nano-scale structures in cells of a giant clam's epithelium.
Giant clams reflect white by color mixing analogous to RGB-pixelation in televisions, cell phones and other electro-optical displays. As one component of this mechanism, bright blue reflects from nano-scale structures in cells of a giant clam's epithelium.

Clam-tastic Solar Power Technology

Giant clams contain light-reflecting cells, called iridescent cells, on their exposed epithelium that allow the giant clam to reflect incoming sunlight into vivid shades of gold, blue and green. The g...
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The Search for Dark Matter

One of the greatest mysteries in modern astrophysics is dark matter. While it makes up about 80 percent of the matter in the entire Universe, its detection has eluded physicists and scientists since i...
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The Oscar of the Marine World

In the world of science, there are few honors that are significant enough to be compared to something as prestigious as an Academy Award in the film industry. One award noteworthy of paralleling this ...
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Aptitude co-founders and former competition winners (from left), Jinpang Wang, Scott Ferguson, and Jackson Gong, applied their research into a medtech company.

Translating Research into Industry

UCSB’s Technology Management Program (TMP) is a rare and unique program that allows students of any major to complement their studies with a certificate in technology management. Essentially, it pro...
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Aptitude co-founders and former competition winners (from left), Jinpang Wang, Scott Ferguson, and Jackson Gong, applied their research into a medtech company.
McIntyre investigates Lake Vanda, Antartica.
McIntyre investigates Lake Vanda, Antartica.

What Is the Cause of Climate Change?

Global warming is often addressed as “climate change” these days, because scientists are attempting to encompass all the phenomena that accompany our planet’s steady increase in temperature. In ...
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Investigating Microbes in the Sargasso Sea

Thanks to new funding from an anonymous donor, Craig Carlson, professor and chair of UC Santa Barbara’s Ecology, Evolution, and Microbial Biology department, will now be directing a collaborative pr...
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Biologist Roland Knapp weighs the endangered frog species on site.
Biologist Roland Knapp weighs the endangered frog species on site.

Saved By the Bell

Declines in mountain yellow-legged frog (Rana muscosa and Rana sierrae) populations were first recognized in the 1970s. Since then, according to National Park Service, the population size has decrease...
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UC Santa Barbara’s Top Innovators

National Medal Of Technology Recipient, Andrew Gossard Arthur Gossard, UC Santa Barbara Research Professor and Professor Emeritus of Materials, Electrical and Computer Engineering, was recently named ...
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Emotional Theory: Getting Physical

When I arrived at his office half an hour early, the door was open. Sitting comfortably at his neatly paper-laden desk was UCSB Researcher and Sociology professor, Dr. Thomas Scheff (or “Doc”, as ...
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Peptoid-coated microbeads are designed to absorb chromium (darker pink beads). Knight hopes to implement this technology on a larger scale such as in the human body.

A Polymeric Future

Research in one field is oftentimes applicable in another, and for UC Santa Barbara chemist Abby Knight her research is no different. While pursuing her doctorate at UC Berkeley, Knight created a plas...
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Peptoid-coated microbeads are designed to absorb chromium (darker pink beads). Knight hopes to implement this technology on a larger scale such as in the human body.
Amrita Banerjee holds up a prototype of the insulin pill containing intestinal patches.
Amrita Banerjee holds up a prototype of the insulin pill containing intestinal patches.

Transforming Diabetes Treatment

Since the development of diabetes treatment, injections have been the only method of insulin delivery available to patients. However, diabetes patients may soon be able to replace their insulin pricks...
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Santa Barbara Allergist Suggests A Nutty Solution for Peanut Allergies

One in 50 children between the ages of five and 11 have a peanut allergy. The CDC reports that peanut allergies have risen by 50 percent between 1997 and 2011, accounting for over three million cases ...
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A mussel clings to a clay surface using adhesive proteins found on the secreted byssus threads.
A mussel clings to a clay surface using adhesive proteins found on the secreted byssus threads.

Unraveling Secrets of the Mussel Foot Protein

A multidisciplinary team of researchers and faculty at UCSB has made strides in their efforts to develop an underwater adhesive, or glue. By building upon past studies on mussel adhesion, the group ha...
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Holiday Science Lab

What is crystallization? Crystallization is a solid-liquid separation technique. An impure solid compound is completely dissolved in hot water. This solution contains the desired compound as well as i...
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Co-authors of the study from left, Peter Aziz, Won Ho Yang and Douglas Heithoff.
Co-authors of the study from left, Peter Aziz, Won Ho Yang and Douglas Heithoff.

The Science of Protein Aging

Just as humans age externally, internal physiological processes require the function of new and healthy cells containing proteins that age over time. Biomedical researchers at the Center for Nanomedic...
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