University of California - Santa Barbara

Smarter than a first-grader?

In Aesop's fable about the crow and the pitcher, a thirsty bird happens upon a vessel of water, but when he tries to drink from it, he finds the water level out of his reach. Not strong enough to knock over the pitcher, the ...

dateJul 24, 2014 in Plants & Animals
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Giant sea bass census

Fished nearly to extinction in the recent past, giant sea bass (Stereolepis gigas) are starting to make a comeback. But no one really knows the size of the population. So UC Santa Barbara researchers are asking recreational ...

dateJul 17, 2014 in Ecology
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Not at home on the range

A new study on parasites that infect a marine snail suggests that though hosts might expand their geographical range, the parasites don't always follow.

dateJul 09, 2014 in Ecology
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A case study of manta rays and lagoons

Douglas McCauley, a new assistant professor in UC Santa Barbara's Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, does fieldwork in one of the most isolated places in the world—Palmyra Atoll. About halfway between ...

dateJul 02, 2014 in Ecology
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Why species matter

UC Santa Barbara doctoral candidate Caitlin Fong travels to French Polynesia often but not for vacation. She goes there to study a coral reef ecosystem influenced by human impacts such as overfishing and nutrient pollution.

dateJun 17, 2014 in Environment
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Targeting tumors using silver nanoparticles

Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have designed a nanoparticle that has a couple of unique—and important—properties. Spherical in shape and silver in composition, it is encased in a shell coated with a peptide that enables ...

dateJun 08, 2014 in Bio & Medicine
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