The UCSB Solid State Lighting and Energy Center research team, led by engineering professors Shuji Nakamura and Steven DenBaars, presented a new energy-efficient design for LED manufacturing at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics in San Jose last week. Though much more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs, LEDs experience a [...]
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The MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging) space- craft recently completed an orbital survey of the planet Mercury, con- cluding a decade-long phase of the project. MESSENGER is now on an extended mission set to last until March 2013. The results have been long-await- ed by UCSB Professor [...]
UCSB researchers discovered an elaborate form of bacterial communication between Escherichia coli bacterium earlier this year, marking the first observed instance of coordination between bacterial organisms. The organisms collaborate through a chemical exchange between at least two E. coli bacteria, creating a biofilm to help anchor the microbial colony together [...]
The UCSB chapter of student-based initiative Nourish International will travel to Nepal this summer to provide basic necessities and construct new school buildings in an impoverished village. The organization, introduced to UCSB last Spring Quarter, consists of 24 chapters at various colleges and is dedicated to fighting poverty around the [...]
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation named assistant professor of Chemical Engineering Michael Shell as one of its Sloan Research Fellows last week, awarding him two annual grants of $50,000 each. Shell was recognized for his use of computer simulations to analyze the formation of nanomaterials, which aims to further scientific [...]