Science & Tech

To the Limit: Long-Term Study Reveals How Kelp Forests Respond to Repeated Disturbances

The researchers were particularly interested in how the different layers of vegetation throughout the kelp forest would adapt to the loss of the canopy.
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With California Heating Up, UCSB Researchers Study the Future of the State’s Fires

In their most recent research, Tague and her collaborators focused on the Big Creek watershed in the southern Sierra Nevada, a region which is particularly sensitive to climate change.
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Looking Back at the Campaign to Save the West Mesa

Now, as part of Phase 2, fundraising is being done to create an endowment and restore the West Mesa.
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UC Researchers Dive Deeper Into the Nitrogen Cycle at Sedgwick Reserve

“Although it's interesting that rock is delivering nitrogen to ecosystems, at least in Sedgwick it’s not going to be a big contributor to the functioning of the system,” Chadwick said.
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Researchers Study PTSD-related Symptoms Among LGBTQ Latinx Immigrants

Researchers discovered that not even high levels of social support insulated SGM Latinx immigrants from developing symptoms. 
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With Life Cycle Assessment, Researchers Peer Into the Environmental Legacy of Products

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a way of measuring the environmental impacts in the stages of a product's life.
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UCSB Researchers Study “Collective Intelligence” In Effort to Understand Why Some Groups Fly While Others Flounder

Kim and her collaborators carried out a meta-analysis on 22 studies evaluating collective intelligence in 1,356 groups and 5,279 individuals. 
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Thinking Ahead: How Do UCSB Students Feel About Climate Change?

Julia Fine worked alongside an array of collaborators to better understand how UCSB students relate to the climate crisis.
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Fleshing Out the Meaning of Regenerative Agriculture

While regenerative agriculture is still very much a fluid concept, its momentum is steadfast.
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UCSB Researchers Uncover Pharmaceutical Potential in the Microbiota of Animal Digestive Tracts

From fungi within these animals, the researchers found a host of genes which encode for biosynthetic enzymes and in turn natural products. 
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Unlearning the “In-group Versus Out-group” Instinct

Liberman has been conducting research with the hope of understanding how parents can raise their children to avoid falling into the trap of stereotyping.
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New Evidence from Yucatán Caves Pour In, Suggesting Region Was Wetter Millennia Ago

The team learned this by examining the isotope composition of stalagmites, mounds of mineral deposits found on the floors of caves that grow upward as water drips from cave ceilings.
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Every Last Sun Drop: UCSB Researchers Increase Solar Cell Efficiency With Perovskite Crystals

“It may not be long before people are putting hybrid-perovskite-based solar cells on their roofs."
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Star Tunicate’s Vascular System Sheds Light on Future Treatments for Aging-Associated Diseases

One of the questions the researchers asked was how an old-appearing blood vessel cell is different from a young-appearing cell.
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Putting “Zoom Fatigue” On Mute: UCSB Researcher Explains Why Video Calls Can Be So Exhausting

On Zoom, exhaustion comes from the inability to distinguish between person, background and technology, according to Nadler.
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