Science & Tech

UBC professor discusses wildfire mitigation and self-protection at Bren Hall

Most people believe wildfires are a wall of flame that engulfs buildings. Renowned professor and environmental economist says otherwise. He says the culprit is ember branding, the very foundation of a...
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UCSB study finds perceived discrimination against bisexual people linked to relative social status

Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have found that, while often experiencing more discrimination than other sexual orientation minority groups, people who identify as bisexual are rarely considered to ha...
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Love advice from UCSB Human Sexuality professors

UC Santa Barbara sociology professors Janice Baldwin and John Baldwin’s love story began in an unexpected twist of fate — a blind date, or as they fondly recall it, a "fixed-up blind date."
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California Against the Sea: Rosanna Xia visits UCSB to discuss her latest book

Los Angeles Times reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Rosanna Xia, visited UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 8 to discuss how sea level rise is threatening California coastal communities from Crescent City d...
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Simply Stated: Are aphrodisiacs a hoax?

What is an aphrodisiac? An aphrodisiac is a substance or food that can provoke arousal, sexual desire, behavior and even pleasure. There are three typical usage types for aphrodisiac foods: increasing...
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Catching a wave of innovation: Central Coast company Patagonia reinvents the wetsuit

UC Santa Barbara  students can swap their lab coat for a wetsuit, trading biology lab at the university’s Marine Biotechnology Lab for catching waves at Campus Point in under five minutes. Surfing ...
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Simply Stated: What is the astronomy of Lunar New Year?

For those whose “new year, new me” plans for 2024 seem to be veering off course, look no further than Lunar New Year — a time to reset, recuperate, eat yummy food and bond with family. Long-stan...
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Research in Review: Groundwater depletion, metabolic imaging, and shark fishing

Global groundwater decline UC Santa Barbara Assistant Professors Scott Jasechko and Debra Perrone recently published a paper analyzing data from 170,000 monitoring wells and 1,693 aquifer systems acro...
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Simply Stated: How sustainable is the Stanley Cup?

A series of  TikTok videos went viral in December, showing Target shoppers aggressively running towards and grabbing Stanley’s newly-released, limited edition “Cosmo Pink” and “Target Red” ...
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Finding Focus: UCSB researchers develop customizable app to strengthen attention skills and minimize mind wandering

In an age where our attention is considered a new currency, a constant barrage of distractions make focusing on what’s important to us an endless challenge. Finding Focus, a new mobile app developed...
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Simply Stated: What caused the massive waves on the California coast?

  If you were anywhere on the California coast last month, you were likely one of millions receiving high surf warnings and coastal flooding advisories. On Dec. 28, 2023, Santa Barbara experience...
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Simply Stated: What is an El Niño year?

If you are like me, you may have heard the explanation, “because it’s an El Niño year” as a response to any questions about why it has been raining so much or why it has been so warm all of a s...
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Data sheds light on what COVID-19 is like for inmates at CDCR institutions

Due to the recent continuous drop in COVID-19 cases in CDCR institutions and the high vaccination rates among the population throughout the state’s prisons, their reopening guidelines have loosened.
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UCSB’s iCTF security competition celebrates 20 years

UC Santa Barbara’s International Capture the Flag (iCTF) hacking competition celebrated its 20th anniversary from Dec. 2-8. UCSB’s Department of Computer Science has hosted the event since 2003 an...
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Closing the Loop: UCSB’s A.S. Department of Public Worms’ sustainable solution to food waste

For most people, the moment their scraps fall and join the leftovers at the bottom of the dining commons’ green compost bins marks what they believe to be the end of the line for that food. In reali...
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