Science & Tech

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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California Health Department Bans Crabs Due to Toxic Algal Blooms

Crab season is getting a late start this year due to high levels of domoic acid (DA) present in Dungeness and rock crab off of most of the West Coast. From Ventura County to the Oregon border, State F...
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Incidences of poisoning due to the neurotoxin domoic acid from toxic algal blooms have stalled crab season, affecting fisheries, recreation and restaurants.

First Summit Addressing UC Carbon Neutrality

Janet Napolitano announced the goal that all University of California campuses must be carbon neutral by 2025. Carbon neutrality implies that the campuses would have a net zero carbon footprint — th...
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UC Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2025

University of California president Janet Napolitano announced the goal of carbon neutrality at all nine universities by 2025. The Carbon Neutrality Initiative aims to reduce the amount of greenhouse g...
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Hofmann shows an organism significantly affected by acidifying oceans: the sea urchin.
The giant swallowtail butterfly has a wingspan measuring 4 – 6.25 centimeters.

Giant Insect Species are Santa Barbara Newbies

Two species of giant insects have broadened their migration patterns and found their way to Santa Barbara this past week. The giant swallowtail butterfly, Papilio cresphontes, and the giant sphinx mot...
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Promoting Gender Equity in S.T.E.M. Academia

UCSB is one of four California universities recently chosen to split a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This grant is part of the NSF’s ADVANCE program, which was implement...
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Researchers stained the Drosophila melanogaster eye with antibodies that recognize the components of interest, TRP (purple) and anti-XPORT (green).

Study Shines Light on Photosensation

Light perception begins with activation of a light sensitive protein, called rhodopsin. One class of photoreceptor cell in humans couples activation of rhodopsin to opening of “transient receptor po...
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Commonly Abused Drugs – Ecstacy

Molly, Molly, Molly Methylenedioxyphenethylamine (MDMA), commonly known as “Ecstasy” or “Molly,” is one of the most popular recreational tablets that has been hitting the dance and party scene...
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Commonly Abused Drugs – Adderall

Adderall: Proceed with Caution Most commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), Adderall has gained popularity in recent years as a “study tool” among college students du...
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Commonly Abused Drugs – Heroin

Not So Heroic, Heroin First synthesized in 1895 by Heinrich Dreser, who worked for the Bayer Company in Germany, heroin was originally marketed as treatment for a variety of illnesses, such as asthma,...
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Commonly Abused Drugs – Cocaine

Although not a new trend, cocaine use has been portrayed in media — from soap operas to trap music — as an increasingly glamorized lifestyle. Cocaine has had a tumultuous history and continues to ...
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The Genetic ID Card — A Simple Medical Solution

Imagine that you have developed Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), and your entire body is under attack. It starts with just a fever, a cough and red eyes, so you don’t really think anything of it. But...
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Although the Great White Shark (shown above) has not changed its migratory pattern due to El Nino, other shark species have been following their prey and moving closer to the California coastlines.

A California Sharktober

With the increased amount of shark encounters that have occurred this past year due to the warming of the marine climate, surfers and beachgoers must be much more vigilant when out in open ocean. The ...
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Four-Year California Drought Leaves Trees Thirsty

  For the last four years, California has been in a severe drought resulting in record-high temperatures and record-low snow packs. Our state is lacking an alarming amount of water and our trees ...
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Craig Montell, Pioneer Award recipient aims to decrease diseases caused by insects.

UCSB Professor Receives Pioneer Award for Initiative to Decrease Dengue Fever

UCSB Professor of Neuroscience and Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology Craig Montell has been awarded the Pioneer Award, which includes $2.5 million for research allotted over a five-year period...
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