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Fungus Among Us: Researchers Map Lineages of Chytrid Fungus Affecting Sierra Nevada Frogs

Not unlike the plot of a B-list horror movie, a fatal disease in frogs, chytridiomycosis, has spread all across the world on a pandemic scale in mere decades.
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UCSB Professor To Study Public Perception of NSF Synthetic Cells Projects

With ambitious goals to build synthetic neurons and lipid-free cells, many questions can emerge, including the societal significance of synthetic cells as well as the potential benefits, risks and pos...
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Convergent Evolution in Deep-Sea Fish

Last week, the Oakley lab invited Matt Davis from St. Cloud State University to speak about his research on the evolution of ray-finned fishes in the deep sea.
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Exploring the Cognitive Science of Supernatural Concepts

The class discusses the research and theory behind why beliefs of supernatural concepts have pervaded across numerous cultures and why our brains are susceptible to such notions.
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How to Improve Running Efficiency

Running is the most energy-costly mode of locomotion for humans, according to Hawkes’ study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology.
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Turning the Tide: Researchers Conduct Study of Climate Change Effects on Mexican Fisheries

UCSB researchers aimed to devise a method to evaluate climate change-driven impacts on fisheries with limited data, as well as appropriate ways to respond to anticipated changes.
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Chemical Engineering Professor Receives Grant To Study Reporter Proteins and “Dark Matter of Biology”

Mukherjee’s research lab is working to develop bioluminescent reporters able to produce light in the context of anaerobic systems that Mukherjee terms the “dark matter of biology.”
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UCSB Professor Awarded Funding To Evaluate and Rank Climate Models

With a focus on Arctic sea ice, Ding will cross-reference many different climate models to better understand how to optimize their effectiveness, and which models at present are the most efficacious i...
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New Research Sheds Light on Prehistoric Migrations of South and Central Asia

A UCSB professor has helped to paint a clearer picture of the human story of ancient migration to South and Central Asia, and the spread of language and practices which coincided with this.
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Potential Positive Impacts of Seaweed on Climate Change

A recent UCSB study examined the potential impacts of seaweed aquaculture on carbon offsetting.
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UCSB Selected to Host New Quantum Foundry

The NSF has granted UCSB $25 million over six years to advance the “discovery and control of materials that support protected quantum states with unprecedented coherence and scalable entanglement."
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Genetic Variation Can Affect Embryo Formation

Because humans and other vertebrates share a common regulatory mechanism for endoderm development with nematodes, the study’s results may have potential implications for drug therapies.
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UCSB Continues to Perform Well on 2019 Sustainable Campus Index Metrics

UCSB is among 134 institutions which have been awarded with a gold rating or higher by the AASHE, out of the 970 campuses currently registered.
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Mechanism to Develop Mineralized Skeletons Likely Evolved Independently Across Diverse Taxa

A paper from UCSB researchers details how they managed to pinpoint evidence of biomineralization in a wide variety of fossils from the Cambrian period.
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UCSB Researchers Discover Mechanism Potentially Accelerating Progression of Polycystic Kidney Disease

While researchers in the natural sciences field studying kidney stones have observed dilated tubules before, “it has not previously been recognized as an active protective mechanism,” the paper st...
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