The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) was originally established as a teacher's college in 1907. In 1944, UCSB joined the University of California system and represents one of the 10 sister campuses of the UC system. UCSB has a student enrollment of 20,000 plus in the graduate and undergraduate programs. Today, five Nobel Laureates are on the faculty of UCSB. Finn E. Kydland—Economics, David J. Gross—Physics, Alan J. Heeger—Chemistry, Herbert Kroemer—Physics and Walter Kohn—Chemistry. UCSB features the Center for Biologically Inspired Nanocomposite Materials, Center for Nanotechnology for Treatment, Understanding and Monitoring of Cancer, Center for Nanotechnology in Society, The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics and approximately eight other specialized institutes for research in science. UCSB has a strong computing and technology component. Research abstracts are published on-line and further information is available through the Public External Affairs Center.
Two years ago, scientists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detected gravitational waves for the first time, proving Einstein's theory of relativity and his prediction of their existence. ...
Forests cover 31 percent of Earth's land mass—for now, anyway.
One of the biggest challenges of mitigating the danger of hurricanes is predicting where a storm will make landfall and estimating how powerful it will be when it hits. Researchers Dr. Toshiro Tanimoto and Annie Valovcin ...
About half of hydraulically fractured wells exist within 2 to 3 kilometers of domestic groundwater systems: study
How safe is the water you drink? For the 45 million Americans who get their drinking water from private groundwater wells rather than a public utility, the answer is decidedly murky. The Environmental Protection Agency regulations ...
Berry curvature may not be the most well-known scientific concept, but to many physicists, its direct measurement is something akin to a holy grail.
Researchers develop potentially low-cost, low-emissions technology that can convert methane without forming CO2
As we work to toward more sustainable ways of powering our lifestyles, there is a quest to bridge the gap between the carbon dioxide-emitting fossil fuels we rely on for our most basic needs, and the cleaner, but not yet ...
Study on impact of climate change on manufacturing in China predict substantial losses by mid-21st century
To date, most empirical evidence on climate change impacts have focused on the agricultural sector. Little is known about the effects on, say, manufacturing in, say, China, which is in many ways "the factory of the world."
UC Santa Barbara scientists are on the cusp of a major advance in topological quantum computing.
Physicists develop a device that could provide conclusive evidence for the existence (or not) of non-Abelian anyons
What kinds of 'particles' are allowed by nature? The answer lies in the theory of quantum mechanics, which describes the microscopic world.
Researchers find that two distinct ecological mechanisms may provide resilience against invasive species
Invasive species are can be hugely detrimental to marine ecosystems. Take Caulerpa taxifolia as an example.