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(from left) Kip Thorne of the California Institute of Technology, France A. Cordova of the National Science Foundation, Rainer Weiss of the Massachussetts Institute of Technology, David Reitze of Caltech and Gabriela Gonzalez of Louisiana State University are important contributors to the LIGO project.
(from left) Kip Thorne of the California Institute of Technology, France A. Cordova of the National Science Foundation, Rainer Weiss of the Massachussetts Institute of Technology, David Reitze of Caltech and Gabriela Gonzalez of Louisiana State University are important contributors to the LIGO project.

Gravitational Waves Detected As Suggested by Einstein’s Theory of Relativity

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) has successfully recorded the sound of two black holes colliding billions of light years away. A faint rising tone in the recording is th...
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An infant in Poco Fundo, Brazil presents with microcephaly, a neurological disorder that can cause lifelong difficulties and is potentially linked to Zika virus infection.

Zika Virus Prompts Public Health Emergency

The Zika virus is causing international concern due to its rapid spread across the globe and potential connection to a microcephaly, a neurological birth disorder. According to World Health Organizati...
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An infant in Poco Fundo, Brazil presents with microcephaly, a neurological disorder that can cause lifelong difficulties and is potentially linked to Zika virus infection.
Through his research, Jeffrey Hunger shows that there are better and more accurate alternate indicators of health than the popularly used body mass index.
Through his research, Jeffrey Hunger shows that there are better and more accurate alternate indicators of health than the popularly used body mass index.

Fit AND Fat: The Downfall of BMI

Everyone has heard of it; some know it all too well. The Body Mass Index (BMI) has served as the go-to source for affirmation and criticism of health for too long, according to UCSB researcher and gra...
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Cantiello and his colleagues

The Force in Our Stars

Matteo Cantiello, postdoctoral fellow, Jim Fuller, a professor at California Technical University, and Lars Bildsten, the director of Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP), have been “liste...
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Laying Down the Roots of S.T.E.M. Education

“Science is more than a school subject, or the periodic table or the properties of waves. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then...
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Artists:  Dong Woog Lee and Nicholas Cadirov 
Title:  Lipid Domains 2: Invasion of the lipid domains -- Popular Vote Winner
Description:  Lipid domains in model myelin lipid bilayers obtained with fluorescence microscope. The image was post modified by ImageJ software (pseudo color, find edge). We found that the change in lipid domains may eventually lead to disintegration of myelin structure, which is the onset of Multiple Sclerosis

Science Through the Lens of an Artist

  At first glance, the whirling, shimmering zigzags of color seem like a modern tech-art combination — so distant from their roots in the detailed scientific processes that inspired them. These...
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Artists:  Dong Woog Lee and Nicholas Cadirov 
Title:  Lipid Domains 2: Invasion of the lipid domains -- Popular Vote Winner
Description:  Lipid domains in model myelin lipid bilayers obtained with fluorescence microscope. The image was post modified by ImageJ software (pseudo color, find edge). We found that the change in lipid domains may eventually lead to disintegration of myelin structure, which is the onset of Multiple Sclerosis
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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