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herbivores

Something to Chew On

Cows eat grass. It seems simple enough. But just which kind of grass cows and their vegetarian comrades munch on can influence the entire...
antibiotic resistance

Breaching the Walls

In a development that could lead to better drug delivery systems and modern antibiotics, UC Santa Barbara researchers have uncovered a novel mechanism by...
Spin Liquids

Spinning Up a Solution for Spin Liquids

For decades physicists and mathematicians have debated about the behavior of a particular kind of exotic matter. Now, a team of physicists including Xiao...
environmental problems

Market Solutions to Environmental Problems

Humanity faces an uncertain future as we decide how to respond to the myriad environmental issues that confront us. Climate change, plastic pollution, resource...
Heart Healthy Diet

Food for Thought

From the standpoint of heart health, the Tsimane are a model group. A population indigenous to the Bolivian Amazon, the Tsimane demonstrate next to...
trabecular bone

Bone Deep

Many diseases of the body are tied to changes in the structure and composition of the tissue, but often, such as with osteoporosis, the...
Giant kelp forests

Giant Killers

The frequency of ecological disturbance outweighs its severity over the long term in a giant kelp forest, say UCSB researchers Giant kelp forests — those...
mining

Damage Undone

An effort spanning more than two decades to restore a heavily polluted system of streams high in the Sierra Nevada of California has been...
shark sanctuaries

True Sanctuary

When they first set out to follow grey reef sharks around the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), Darcy Bradley and her colleagues intended...
Columbine Genome

A Surprise in the Columbine Genome

Columbines’ vivid colors and iconic spurs make them a welcome sight in gardens and mountain meadows across the northern hemisphere. For decades the pretty...
sepsis

Tracking a Killer

A major cause of human disability and death throughout the world, sepsis is a condition that begins with an infection, progresses rapidly and can...
wind farms

Windier Windfarms

You’ve probably seen them, perhaps on long roadtrips: wind turbines with enormous, hypnotic rolling blades, harnessing the clean power of wind for conversion into...
amphibian fungus

What Doesn’t Kill You

After suffering mass mortality for years due to infection with the deadly Batrachochytrium dendrobatridis fungus, or chytrid, some frog populations in El Copé, Panama, now seem...
Andromeda

Where Are They?

“Are we alone in the universe?” The question has fascinated, tantalized and even disconcerted humans for as long as we can remember.So far, it...
optical networks

Guiding Light

Where would modern life be without the internet as we know it? When the technology became mainstream in the 1990s, demand for high-speed data...
cell phone app

Smartphone, M.D.

In a potential game changer for the health care industry, a new cell phone app and lab kit now allow a smartphone to identify...
wireless transmittervideo

Crowd Counting Through Walls with WiFi

Researchers in UC Santa Barbara professor Yasamin Mostofi’s lab have given the first demonstration of crowd counting through walls using only everyday communication signals such as...
white sharks

Sniffing Out Sharks

A white shark’s acute sense of smell is legendary, allowing it to detect a potential meal several miles away — and giving pause to...
global climate

Dust, Rain and the Poles

Every year, the global climate transports billions of tons of dust around the world. These aerosols play a key role in many of Earth’s...
Aquafarmers

Aquafarmers on the Front Lines

Many of the world’s future farmers will likely be farming oceans, as aquaculture – the cultivation of fish and other aquatic species – continues...