Looking up at the night sky—expansive and seemingly endless, stars and constellations blinking and glimmering like jewels just out of reach—it's impossible not to wonder: Are we alone?
Team proves that basic collider concepts from particle physics can be transferred to solid-state research
In the early 1900s, Ernest Rutherford shot alpha particles onto gold foils and concluded from their scattering properties that atoms contain their mass in a very small nucleus. A hundred years later, modern scientists took ...
If using a single atom to capture high-resolution images of nanoscale material sounds like science fiction, think again.
Rare Earth atoms see the light: Promising route for combined optical, solid state-based quantum information processing
Tiny units of matter and chemistry that they are, atoms constitute the entire universe. Some rare atoms can store quantum information, an important phenomenon for scientists in their ongoing quest for a quantum Internet.
Researchers identify specific defects in LED diodes that lead to less efficient solid state lighting
Using state-of-the-art theoretical methods, UCSB researchers have identified a specific type of defect in the atomic structure of a light-emitting diode (LED) that results in less efficient performance. The characterization ...
Team documents some of the first steps in the process by which a stem cell transforms into different cell types
How do neurons become neurons? They all begin as stem cells, undifferentiated and with the potential to become any cell in the body.
Gold mining in California in the 19th century was a boon for the state's economy but not so much for the environment. Mining left a protracted legacy that impacts the natural landscape even today. Mercury, used in the gold ...
Evolution of hermaphroditic nematode proves deterministic maternal effects can give offspring head start in life
Thank your mothers: A research collaboration between UC Santa Barbara and L'École Normale Supérieure in Paris has proven that deterministic maternal effects can give offspring a better start on life.
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.
Study shows shame allows humans to anticipate social devaluation and adjust intensity of defensive response
Shame is a painful emotion we do our best to avoid. And yet it is universal among cultures. Why would we evolve something that makes us lie, evade and worse? One prominent theory holds it's a malfunction, an ugly pathology ...