Tech

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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UCSB professor receives NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

Michael Beyeler, the director of UC Santa Barbara’s Bionic Vision Lab and assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, was one of 103 people awarded the prestigious National Institutes...
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UCSB students join latest efforts in search for life on Mars

For decades, scientists have been searching for an answer to the age-old question: Are we alone in the universe? Many of them have turned their attention to the planet Mars, including a team involving...
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MethaneMapper: A new effective AI-based tool for methane detection

From erratic weather patterns to increasing occurrences of hurricanes, the climate crisis is worsening by the minute. The main component of climate change is greenhouse gas emissions, with methane in ...
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UCSB students unveil original video games at campus showcase

On Jan. 25, UC Santa Barbara undergraduate students from the ECE 194M Intro to Video Game Development class had the chance to show off their original video game designs to the public. The students’ ...
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Firefly’s Alpha rocket reaches orbit on second attempt

The Texas-based rocket company Firefly Aerospace successfully reached orbit last Saturday, Oct. 1, in its sophomore launch attempt out of Santa Barbara County’s Vandenberg Space Force Base.
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UCSB’s Young Lab Pioneers New Method of Inducing Superconducting State

For the UCSB researchers, having a superconducting ground state allowed them to subject the sample to a battery of experimental conditions without destroying the sample.
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NASA and SpaceX Launch Mission to Crash Spacecraft Into Asteroid From California Coast

Next October, after nearly a year of coasting, DART will intersect with a pair of asteroids in interplanetary space.
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Los Ingenieros Engineers a Space for Underrepresented Students in S.T.E.M.

For decades, Los Ingenieros has sought to create a community for underrepresented students in the College of Engineering.
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Mechanical Engineering Professor Receives $1.8 Million NSF Grant

“The grant will provide opportunities for training students in how to incorporate biological circuits and elements into designer materials and then the deployment of those materials in useful device...
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Professor Mostofi Uses WiFi Signals for Crowd Counting

Since 2009, UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Yasamin Mostofi and her lab have pioneered groundbreaking sensing methods using everyday radio frequency ...
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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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