A treatment for kidney disease in the making

UC Santa Barbara scientists have found a drug that may be effective in treating common kidney disease. The new drug is still being tested, but it shows promise in the laboratory.

Synthetic platelets built to treat bleeding

UC Santa Barbara scientists have created synthetic platelets, the blood components that prevent excessive bleeding and heal wounds.

Biodiversity loss ranks with climate change and pollution in terms of impacts to environment

A study published by an international research team at UC Santa Barbara has found that loss of biodiversity impacts the environment as significantly as climate change and pollution.

Researchers offer new ecological model for deep-water oil spills

On the second anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil platform blowout, UC Santa Barbara researchers provided new insight into what happened in the disaster, as well as a guide for how to deal with such events in the future.

New study reveals gene expression networks underlying age-related macular degeneration

A UC Santa Barbara study can identify people with one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide.

Decoding the brain's cacophony

A profile of UC Santa Barbara neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga, known for his studies, and stories, about the brain's split personality.

Scientists synthesize first genetically evolved semiconductor material

In the not-too-distant future, scientists may be able to use DNA to grow their own specialized materials, thanks to research by UC Santa Barbara scientists.

The physics of carrying a coffee cup without spilling

UC Santa Barbara fluid dynamics scientists diverted from weightier subjects for a while to publish a paper on 'Walking with coffee: Why does it spill?'

Faculty elected to National Academy of Sciences

Thirteen UC faculty members have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Election to the academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded to a U.S. scientist.

Researchers detect 'hypervirulent'' salmonella bacteria

A recent discovery has given UC Santa Barbara researchers a means to potentially prevent food poisoning outbreaks from powerful salmonella bacteria strains.

Fat disrupts sugar sensors causing type 2 diabetes

UC Santa Barbara researchers have identified how a high-fat diet can trigger type 2 diabetes, in experiments on mice and human tissue.

Plants previously thought to be 'stable' found to be responding to climate change

Many wild plant species thought to be stable in the face of climate change are actually responding to global warming, say researchers at UC Santa Barbara.

Experiments do not adequately predict plant responses to global climate change, researchers say

Plants may be reacting to climate change more than we think, and the uncertainty could leave us ill-prepared for the future effects of global warming, say UC Santa Barbara scientists.

Data from spacecraft reveals new insights on planet Mercury

Thanks to the MESSENGER spacecraft, UC Santa Barbara research and a mission that took more than 10 years to complete, scientists now have a good picture of the solar system's innermost planet.

Scientists sound alarm for state research funding

UC's 10 campuses were included in a new study from the National Science Board revealing that spending on the nation's top 101 public research institutions plunged an average of 20 percent between 2002 and 2010.

Parasites moving on up

A UC Santa Barbara research paper breaks new ground by including parasites in a detailed study of ecosystems.