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16 March 2016
Beyond the breakers, the ocean is like the Wild West. While not completely lawless, its vastness and remoteness make it hard to observe and more difficult to manage human activity. Recently developed technology may change that. A navigational safety aid called AIS (Automatic Ship Identification...
10 March 2016
Nature has its own economy, with trading as dynamic as that of any stock exchange. To cope with nutrient deficiencies in their respective habitats, certain plants, animals and fungi have evolved partnerships by which they can swap resources. However, according to a new study by UC Santa Barbara...
22 February 2016
With forests and farmland, mountains and desert and almost 900 miles of scenic coastline, California’s vast terrain is both dramatic and varied. The newly published “Ecosystems of California” (UC Press, 2016) provides a comprehensive synthesis of this biologically diverse state examining its myriad...
17 February 2016
They’re hungry, they’re growing and they may be headed this way. Several months ago, tens of thousands of cobia, a species of fish farmed as a high-quality food source, escaped from an aquaculture facility off the coast of Ecuador. Almost mature, the fish are making their way north at the rate of...
2 February 2016
An interdisciplinary group of researchers at UC Santa Barbara has taken strides in the development of an underwater adhesive that has the potential for a variety of biomedical and non-biological applications. Areas such as tissue repair, dental adhesives and other surface adhesion applications —...
21 December 2015
A new initiative, supported by an anonymous $6 million grant, will foster collaborative research on the distinctive microbial communities that are the foundation of the ecosystem in the Sargasso Sea, an area that occupies two-thirds of the North Atlantic Ocean. Craig Carlson, chair of UC Santa...
10 December 2015
UC Santa Barbara geochemist David Valentine is among the authors of a new report about accidental spills of diluted bitumen from pipelines. The report was prepared for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. According to the investigators, diluted bitumen — a type of crude...
4 December 2015
Global climate change isn’t new — the phenomenon has been around for millions of years. But now, a core from the ocean floor in the Santa Barbara Basin provides a remarkable ultra-high-resolution record of Earth’s paleoclimate history during a brief, dynamic time hundreds of thousands of years ago...
1 December 2015
For years, scientific literature, as well as fisheries management and conservation efforts, have assumed that the survival of adult fish is relatively constant through time, and that most fluctuations in the numbers of adults come from variation in the number of young fish that are produced and...
30 November 2015
In an important step toward creating a practical underwater glue, researchers at UC Santa Barbara have designed a synthetic material that combines the key functionalities of interfacial mussel foot proteins, creating a single, low-molecular-weight, one-component adhesive. Their findings appear in...

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