Kenneth Kosik leads a research team to discover effects of eotaxin levels in prolonging Alzheimer's.

UCSB Researchers Find Possible Factor to Delay Onset of Alzheimer’s

Although a definitive cure for Alzheimer’s is distant at this time, researchers at UCSB have discovered a possible factor important in delaying the onset of the disease. Co-authors Dr. Kenneth Kosik, professor at UCSB and Dr. Matthew Lalli, former postdoctoral student, recently published a paper detailing the effects of the protein, eotaxin, in delaying onset […]

A New Definition of ‘Cheating’

In the scientific community it has been widely accepted that there is a large amount of cheating by members of mutualistic partnerships. According to a new study conducted by scientists at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at UCSB, there is no concrete definition scientists use to define the word “cheating.” The […]

The highly social false killer whales and bottlenose dolphins form interpecies partnerships with each other during hunts to help themselves defend and avoid predators.
In Cornwall, United Kingdon, a young Herring Gull, one of the many seabird affected by plastic waste in oceans, picks up debris

Global Plastic Pollution Threatens Seabirds

Plastic pollution has been an important global environmental concern for decades due to the rapid amount of plastic production and consumption. Until now, scientists have not been able to quantify the impact of plastic waste on the seabird population. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) estimates that […]

KeyRaider Steals Over 225,000 Apple Accounts

The largest known Apple account theft occurred this summer when over 225,000 Apple accounts were confiscated by malware software nicknamed, KeyRaider. Cydia, a software distribution and installation tool for jailbroken iOS operating systems distributed the malware. The purpose of the attack was to collect Apple Store applications by logging into the stolen accounts followed by […]

small-scale model of the asteroid, represented by basalt, is held in line of sight of the laser.

Earth Versus Asteroid: Who Will Win?

Natural disasters and the diminishing of Earth’s resources are only some of the problems that humans have to face; there is also the threat of asteroids colliding into Earth and causing a razing of the environment, its resources and terrestrial life itself. To combat this possibility, UC Santa Barbara physicist Philip Lubin and professor at […]

Battle of the Bacteria

UCSB researchers recently demonstrated how Gram-negative bacteria, such as E. coli, exploit target-cell machinery of nearby bacteria and use protein toxins to kill them. Their work furthers current understanding of contact dependent inhibition (CDI) systems and may prove to be useful in the future for antibiotics or therapies that target harmful bacteria. CDI systems, first […]

Scientists Discover Single-Celled Marine Plankton Staring Back at Them

Scientists at the University of British Columbia have identified an eye-like structure in a rare, single-celled marine plankton from the family Warnowiaceae. It is more common that multicellular organisms gain morphological complexity, but this miniature human-like ‘eye’ indicates a significant advancement from the marine plankton’s single-celled competitors. Members of the Warnowiaceae family, called warnowiids, are found […]

A New Era for Antibiotics Resistance Testing

A new study by UCSB Professor Michael Mahan and researchers shows that, for as long as they have been studied, pathogenic bacteria may not have been playing up to how they are really made to be. In the sphere of healthcare, this discovery will have a profound effect on the ways clinicians create, test and […]

A new study by UCSB Professor Michael Mahan and researchers shows that, for as long as they have been studied, pathogenic bacteria may not have been playing up to how they are really made to be.

UCSB Researcher Receives NASA Grant for Space Research on Interstellar Travel

UC Santa Barbara physics professor, Phillip Lubin, and his team from UCSB’s Experimental Cosmology Group have been awarded one of 15 proof-of-concept grants from NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts to further develop their groundbreaking space research on laser propulsion systems for possible interstellar travel. The research team will explore extremely high-speed space travel, approaching the speed […]

UCSB Professor Announced as NFL Sponsored Grant Recipient

Imagine awaking in an emergency room. A doctor assures that you have suffered a mild concussion from an early morning bike crash, and that you’ll be back attending class in no time. But a week or two later, you discover you have trouble focusing, finding the right words, and it still seems like a black […]

Scott Grafton stands in front of an MRI scanner, which may one day be able to diagnose traumatic brain injury with insights from his research. Photo credit: Spencer Bruttig

Scientists Get Nosy About the Sense of Smell

Often times, children pinch their noses when eating brussel sprouts — or any other type of food deemed unpleasant — to mitigate the terrible taste because the sense of taste is dependent on the sense of smell. The olfactory system, the sensory system for smell, is often taken for granted when an individual has sight, […]

Study Confirms Connection Between Synapses and Memory Storage

Scientists at Stanford’s Bio-X Center have proven that memories last as long as the synapses that store them. Until now, this concept has been a long-standing unproven theory in the scientific community. The team of Stanford researchers tested the theory by studying the duration of episodic memories in mice. Episodic memories are memories of specific […]

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Chasing the Solar Revolution

Scientists and environmentalists have been hopeful of a “solar revolution” in the near future where all electricity will be powered by the sun’s energy. The concept of solar energy has proved to be cost-effective, sustainable and renewable, so substantial development in this field could be very fruitful for such a large-scale initiative. Researchers at the […]

Gut Bacteria’s Influence on Your Brain

A new study from Caltech discovers a spore-forming member of the gut microbiota that regulates serotonin biosynthesis.

Gut microbes are responsible for making dietary constituents bioavailable and regulating metabolites in the body that are relevant to health and disease.

Student Resources Building Goes For The Gold

UCSB is growing a reputation in its sustainable practices, recently being named by the Princeton Review as the third-greenest campus in the country. This recognition, however, is not being made without proper measure: The institution’s commitment to green building is evidenced by their increasing cooperation with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (L.E.E.D.) program, […]