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Always having had a passion for inventing, Senese attended UCSB with the intention of majoring in computer science. However, Senese switched majors looking for flexibility, but his passion for building never faded. Courtesy of qualcomm.com
Always having had a passion for inventing, Senese attended UCSB with the intention of majoring in computer science. However, Senese switched majors looking for flexibility, but his passion for building never faded. Courtesy of qualcomm.com

Competition Begets Life-Saving Innovation

UCSB alumnus participates in a competition with the goal of inventing a device that relays danger.
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Initially showing Earth, Cosmic Watch allows the user to view constellations as well as zodiac positions. Depending on the user's location, Cosmic Watch will display the local time, but users also have the freedom to view times in other countries. Courtesy of Jeevan Ram

Cosmic Watch Brings Space Exploration to Smartphones

The stars and planets above us may now be easier to spot with the development of a new app, Cosmic Watch, that turns your smartphone into an interactive 3D astronomical time device. Serving as a moder...
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Initially showing Earth, Cosmic Watch allows the user to view constellations as well as zodiac positions. Depending on the user's location, Cosmic Watch will display the local time, but users also have the freedom to view times in other countries. Courtesy of Jeevan Ram
While woolly mammoths are unlikely to be brought back, a more realistic option is the extinct passenger pigeon. Courtesy of abcbirds.org
While woolly mammoths are unlikely to be brought back, a more realistic option is the extinct passenger pigeon. Courtesy of abcbirds.org

De-extinction: Not Just Science Fiction Anymore

As the intriguing phenomenon of de-extinction becomes less like science fiction, UCSB ecologists have published a list of basic criteria to ensure de-extinction is as beneficial and sustainable as pos...
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As seen in the illustrated drawing by Hayden Evans, Seshadri’s graduate student in the Chemistry Department, the Raman spectroscopy displays corresponding peaks indicating the two complexes, pyrroloperylene-iodine and amylose-iodine, having the same linear polymer chains of iodine, because of the way it interacts with light. Hayden Evans, graduate student in the Chemistry Department Advisor: Ram Seshadri

Chemistry 101: The Classic Potato + Iodine = Blue/Black Experiment Finally Has an Explanation

An exciting collaboration between the Chemistry Department and the Materials Research Laboratory at UCSB has unexpectedly solved a 200 year-old chemistry enigma.
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As seen in the illustrated drawing by Hayden Evans, Seshadri’s graduate student in the Chemistry Department, the Raman spectroscopy displays corresponding peaks indicating the two complexes, pyrroloperylene-iodine and amylose-iodine, having the same linear polymer chains of iodine, because of the way it interacts with light. Hayden Evans, graduate student in the Chemistry Department Advisor: Ram Seshadri
Sciences gives you a look into the Engineering Department's 50th Anniversary.  Jenny Luo / Daily Nexus
Sciences gives you a look into the Engineering Department's 50th Anniversary.  Jenny Luo / Daily Nexus

50 Years of Education, Innovation and Technology

An interdisciplinary culture of innovation committed to developing new technology in ways that benefit the world, the UCSB College of Engineering has proven itself as one of the most successful public...
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The image above displays the preface of the Venus Table, the leftmost column, along with the first three pages of the table found in The Dresden Codex. Following the preface, the Mayans would add the pictures of gods they would honor. Courtesy of University of California, Santa Barbara

What Came First: The Venus Table or the Feathered Serpent?

Gerardo Aldana, a professor in the Chicana and Chicano Studies and Anthropology Departments at UCSB, presents a new interpretation of the Venus Table, which tracks the observable phases of the planet,...
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The image above displays the preface of the Venus Table, the leftmost column, along with the first three pages of the table found in The Dresden Codex. Following the preface, the Mayans would add the pictures of gods they would honor. Courtesy of University of California, Santa Barbara
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Socratic Application Allows Students To Post Homework Questions, Get Answers

Socratic, a website dedicated to being an "open resource" to help students learn, launched and application this year which turns one's smartphone into a digital tutor, prompting users to take a photo ...
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The diversity of herbivores is critical to the proper function of marine ecosystems. The parrotfish, seen above, removes the seaweed from coral reefs; however, it also exposes the reefs to diseases that kill off the coral. Courtesy of Burkepile Community Ecology Laboratory

Little Bites, Big Consequences

A UCSB marine biology professor examines the apparently detrimental relationship between parrotfish and coral.
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The diversity of herbivores is critical to the proper function of marine ecosystems. The parrotfish, seen above, removes the seaweed from coral reefs; however, it also exposes the reefs to diseases that kill off the coral. Courtesy of Burkepile Community Ecology Laboratory
In a group effort led by physics professor John Martinis with researchers from UCSB and Google, a link between quantum and classical mechanics was discovered while in the early stages of constructing a quantum computer
In a group effort led by physics professor John Martinis with researchers from UCSB and Google, a link between quantum and classical mechanics was discovered while in the early stages of constructing a quantum computer

UCSB Researchers Find Similarities in Chaos and Entanglement

Hearing the word "physics" evokes images of Isaac Newton sitting below a tree and coming up with his three laws of motion. Other images include heat transfer in thermodynamics and magnets; all things ...
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Shown above is the desalination plant before it was reconstructed. Due to abundant rainfall in the winter of 1991-1992, the desalination plant was no longer needed and was put on standby. Courtesy of santabarbaraca.gov

Desalination Plant To Reopen Next Fall

After 23 years of inactivity, Santa Barbara City Council decided to reopen the Charles E. Meyer Desalination plant in order to relieve a stage-three drought.
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Shown above is the desalination plant before it was reconstructed. Due to abundant rainfall in the winter of 1991-1992, the desalination plant was no longer needed and was put on standby. Courtesy of santabarbaraca.gov
According to physics professor Philip Lubin, we now possess the technology in order to
set up a visible signal that could eventually be seen from across the entire universe.
According to physics professor Philip Lubin, we now possess the technology in order to
set up a visible signal that could eventually be seen from across the entire universe.

Is There Anybody Out There?

Famed astronomer Carl Sagan once said “The universe is a pretty big place. If it’s just us, seems like an awful waste of space.”
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Beginning at UCSB, the Environmental Humanities Initiative is composed of members across the arts and humanities whose main goal is to focus on pressing environmental issues.

Environmental Conference Cuts Travel Emissions, Fosters Communication

The virtual conference, titled “Climate Change: Views from the Humanities,” features over 50 speakers contributing pre-recorded talks about diverse topics such as ecopsychology, art and poetry, fo...
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Beginning at UCSB, the Environmental Humanities Initiative is composed of members across the arts and humanities whose main goal is to focus on pressing environmental issues.
The team injected synthetic peptides into the tail vein of pregnant mice. Upon observation, they noticed that the peptides did not accumulate in any of the organs displayed above.  Courtesy of advances.sciencemag.org
The team injected synthetic peptides into the tail vein of pregnant mice. Upon observation, they noticed that the peptides did not accumulate in any of the organs displayed above.  Courtesy of advances.sciencemag.org

Cancer Research To Improve Pregnancy Medication

A UCSB professor is working with researchers internationally to create a drug that will assist in pregnancy placenta complications; the drug’s similarities to drugs used as cancer medication are sur...
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Airing every Tuesday morning, Yon Visell, pictured above, along with his co-host, Irene Moon (Katja Seltmann), debunk misconceptions about the scientific community. Courtesy of KCSB PRINT

Researchers Disclose ‘Unknown Territories’

A Tuesday morning KCSB radio show is steadily chipping away the many mysteries and miscommunications of science and the science community.
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Airing every Tuesday morning, Yon Visell, pictured above, along with his co-host, Irene Moon (Katja Seltmann), debunk misconceptions about the scientific community. Courtesy of KCSB PRINT
Robots Courtesy of ece.ucsb.edu-1
Robots Courtesy of ece.ucsb.edu-1

ECE Professor Interprets WiFi Signals into Vision

Associate Professor Yasamin Mostofi has designed a new technology that uses simple WiFi signals to allow unmanned vehicles to essentially “see” through walls.
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