The University of California at San Diego or UCSD is one of the ten campuses of the University of California. UCSD was founded in 1960s in the San Diego County area and has steadily grown into a prime location for the study of climate change, oceanography (Scripps Institute), School of Medicine and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. University ranking panels place UCSD in the Top 10 for public universities and best values for public education. Faculty of UCSD have been awarded over 7 Nobel Prizes and recently researcher Roger Tsien of UCSD was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2008 for his discovery of the Green Fluorescent Protein and seminal work to design and and create fluorescent molecules that enter the cells and light up their inner workings. At the center of his work is the jellyfish and coral reefs which he discovered produces the Green Fluorescent Protein. UCSD has a large student body in both the graduate and undergraduate programs. The public and media are offered access to research and news via the UCSD web site.
Search for extraterrestrial intelligence extends to new realms
Astronomers have expanded the search for extraterrestrial intelligence into a new realm with detectors tuned to infrared light. Their new instrument has just begun to scour the sky for messages from other worlds.
3-D enzyme model provides new tool for anti-inflammatory drug development
Phospholipase A2 (PLA2) enzymes are known to play a role in many inflammatory diseases, including asthma, arthritis and atherosclerosis. It then stands to reason that PLA2 inhibitors could represent a new class of anti-inflammatory ...
Genome-wide analysis reveals genetic similarities among friends
If you consider your friends family, you may be on to something. A study from the University of California, San Diego, and Yale University finds that friends who are not biologically related still resemble each other genetically.
Researchers find security flaws in backscatter X-ray scanners
A team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego, the University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins University have discovered several security vulnerabilities in full-body backscatter X-ray scanners deployed ...
No need for extrasolar delivery by comet: Nitrogen fingerprint in biomolecules could be from early Sun
Chemical fingerprints of the element nitrogen vary by extremes in materials from the molecules of life to the solar wind to interstellar dust. Ideas for how this great variety came about have included alien molecules shuttled ...
SDSC researchers win NVIDIA's 2015 Global Impact Award
Researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, are the recipient of NVIDIA's 2015 Global Impact Award for their collaborative work in developing an accelerated GPU (graphics ...
Superconductivity could form at high temperatures in layered 2D crystals
An elusive state of matter called superconductivity could be realized in stacks of sheetlike crystals just a few atoms thick, a trio of physicists has determined.
SDSC's 'Comet' supercomputer enters early operations phase
Comet, a new petascale supercomputer designed to transform advanced scientific computing by expanding access and capacity among traditional as well as non-traditional research domains, has transitioned into an early operations ...
Discovery provides insights on how plants respond to elevated CO2 levels
Biologists at UC San Diego have solved a long-standing mystery concerning the way plants reduce the numbers of their breathing pores in response to rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.
The story of a bizarre deep-sea bone worm takes an unexpected twist
The saga of the Osedax "bone-eating" worms began 12 years ago, with the first discovery of these deep-sea creatures that feast on the bones of dead animals. The Osedax story grew even stranger when researchers found that ...