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robot

Robots Do Some Heaving Lifting at Annual Robotics Competition

She was about to drop out of an engineering design class that culminates in a robotics competition. But Shushoma Sravostee’s classmates stepped in to...
DNA Replication

Close-Up View of DNA Replication Yields Surprises

Almost all life on earth is based on DNA being copied, or replicated, and understanding how this process works could lead to a wide...
Artificial Cartilage

Artificial Cartilage Under Tension as Strong as Natural

Biomedical engineers at the University of California, Davis, have created a lab-grown tissue similar to natural cartilage by giving it a bit of a...
plants

Researchers Find Crucial Clue to Manipulating Reproduction in Plants

A team of researchers, led by a plant cell biologist at the University of California, Riverside, has for the first time identified a small...
foraminiferavideo

Tiny Shells Indicate Big Changes to Global Carbon Cycle

Experiments with tiny, shelled organisms in the ocean suggest big changes to the global carbon cycle are underway, according to a study from the...
Botryllus schlosseri

Star Power

At first glance, Botryllus schlosseri is pretty nondescript. The small, transparent marine organism, abundant along California’s coast, spends its life colonizing submerged surfaces — boats,...
Dickinsonia

Study Sheds Light on Earth’s First Animals

More than 550 million years ago, the oceans were teeming with flat, soft-bodied creatures that fed on microbes and algae and could grow as...
soft robotvideo

3-D-Printed, Soft, Four Legged Robot Can Walk on Sand and Stone

Researchers led by Michael Tolley, a mechanical engineering professor at the University of California San Diego, will present the robot at the IEEE International...
post-traumatic stress disorder

Study Expands Understanding of How the Brain Encodes Fear Memory

Research published by scientists at the University of California, Riverside on "fear memory" could lead to the development of therapies that reduce the effects...
biodiversityvideo

As Continents Continue Moving, Study Suggests Effects on Biodiversity

Continental drift and plate tectonics — the notion that large chunks of Earth’s crust slowly but inexorably shift positions — was proposed in 1912...
fish

Nearly Half of California’s Native Salmon, Steelhead and Trout on Track...

The University of California, Davis, and nonprofit California Trout provided key results from an in-depth report today detailing the status of 32 types of...
climate change

Climate Change Will Cut Cereal Yields, Model Predicts

Climate change will likely cause wheat and barley yields to decline by 17 to 33 percent by the end of the century, predicts a...
retinal disorders

New Light-sensing Molecule Discovered in the Fruit Fly Brain

Six biological pigments called rhodopsins play well-established roles in light-sensing in the fruit fly eye. Three of them also have light-independent roles in temperature...
Drone Racing

Georgia Tech Wins First-Ever Collegiate Drone Racing National Championship

Three engineering students took home the top trophy at the Collegiate Drone Racing National Championship held at Purdue University on April 15th. It is...
climate changevideo

Experts Come up with Surprising Solutions to Climate Change in New...

“Climate Lab,” a new six-episode video series produced by the University of California and the news website Vox, will explore global climate change and...
language acquisition

Articles of Faith

If you have the chance, listen to a toddler use the words “a” and “the” before a noun. Can you detect a pattern? Is...
environment

Human Illness Can Demonstrably Harm the Environment

For decades, scientists have known that unhealthy surroundings induce human illness. Now, research suggests that communities of very sick people may damage the environment,...
biosensorsvideo

‘Lab-on-a-Glove’ Could Bring Nerve-agent Detection to a Wearer’s Fingertips

There's a reason why farmers wear protective gear when applying organophosphate pesticides. The substances are very effective at getting rid of unwanted bugs, but...
pregnancy

Infections During Pregnancy May Interfere with Key Genes Associated with Autism...

It’s important to underscore that the increase in risk is really small.. Nevertheless, the biological cascade triggered by this effect is not well understood,...
climate change

Rapid Decline of Arctic Sea Ice a Combination of Climate Change...

Arctic sea ice in recent decades has declined even faster than predicted by most models of climate change. Many scientists have suspected that the...