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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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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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Forks in the Road Emerge in India’s Quest to Expand Renewables

The country hopes to install more than 400 gigawatts of wind and solar generation by the year 2030.
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The Physics Circus Travels To Cyberspace, a Detour Brought on by COVID-19

In response to the pandemic, the team had to rethink their methods of outreach to disseminate learning in a safer, yet still exciting and effective way. 
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Undergraduate Researcher in College of Creative Studies Wins Prestigious Churchill Scholarship

This year, Cao is the only recipient of the highly-selective scholarship from the UC system --and only the third UCSB student ever. 
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As Santa Barbara and California Pursue Decarbonization, Electrification Presents New Opportunities

“It’s easy to get stuck in the mindset that Santa Barbara is so small when, actually, we can create a lasting impact on a global scale,” Parenteau said.
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UCSB Professor Who Invented Blue LEDs Wins Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

Since 1995, Nakamura has received numerous accolades for his achievements in the field, namely his efforts to create cheap and efficient sources of light.
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The Blue Collar Iron Man: A Look At Workplace Exoskeletons

How might work evolve as humans find themselves in the company of coworkers made of metal and wires, rather than just flesh and bones? 
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The Wolf, the Dog and the Man

Four different methods were tested using the remains of domestic dogs, grey wolves, coyotes and various types of foxes.
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NASA and ESA Partner up to Launch an Oceanography Satellite from Santa Barbara County Designed to Monitor Rising Sea Levels

The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich will begin transmitting oceanography data within three months, following a series of tests and calibrations which are already underway.
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With a Winter Wave Looming Large, UCSB Enters Into COVID-19 Smartphone Exposure Notification Pilot Program

To supplement traditional means to contain the spread, such as testing and contract tracing, UCSB has entered into the California COVID Notify pilot program.
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UCSB Professor Wins NIH Award to Study Navigational Neurons in Fruit Flies

Kim specifically intends to gain an understanding of the manner in which landmarks are selected by the brain in order to establish a sense of direction. 
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Imperiled by the Pandemic, Dorm Life Finds Refuge on Cyberspace With SixFeet

Victor Cheng and Aspyn Palatnick created a social media platform which aims to provide users with a “virtual dorm.” 
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With Face-to-Face Interaction on Pause, Videoconferencing Offers Effective Behavioral Intervention Programs For Those With ASD

Led by Katerina Ford, this is the first study on utilizing videoconferencing through remote intervention within the homes of individuals with ASD.
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A Touchy Subject: UCSB Researchers Model Signals of Touch in the Human Hand

The researchers used a dimensionality reduction model to simplify the tactile signals of the hands. These were detected by sensors on an apparatus.
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