UC research drives climate change report

A state report on climate change and California's landscape features research from seven UC campuses and laboratories.

Scientists connect seawater chemistry with ancient climate change, evolution

Scientists at UC Santa Cruz and University of Toronto are looking in depth at the causes of the cooling trends in the past 45 million years, which have a lot to do with the chemistry of the world's oceans, not just humans.

Climate more sensitive to carbon dioxide now than in past epochs

Many studies of Earth's climate history have documented a strong correlation between global climate and atmospheric carbon dioxide: during warm periods, high concentrations persist, and colder times correspond to relatively low levels. Now, however, researchers at UC Santa Cruz have found an exception to this pattern.

Kepler Explorer app puts distant planets at your fingertips

An innovative app for iPads and iPhones, developed by a UC Santa Cruz team, provides interactive displays of newly discovered planetary systems based on Kepler data.

Coastal California fog carries toxic mercury, study finds

New research out of UC Santa Cruz shows that the moist fog air carries methylmercury, an especially toxic form of the heavy metal mercury.

'Open-source' robotic surgery platform going to top medical research labs

Robotics experts at UC Santa Cruz and the University of Washington have completed a set of seven advanced robotic surgery systems for use by major medical research laboratories throughout the U.S.

Scientists map out the universe

UC Santa Cruz have harnessed the power of a NASA supercomputer to create a detailed vision of galaxies like our Milky Way forming under the mysterious forces of dark matter and dark energy.

Why will California have higher sea level rise?

UC Santa Cruz director of the Institute of Marine Sciences explains the curious reason why California will see higher than average sea level rise, while the Pacific Northwest will see a lower rise. A major earthquake could make the situation even worse.

Social bats pay a price with new fungal disease

The impact on bat populations of a deadly fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome may depend on how gregarious the bats are during hibernation, finds a UC Santa Cruz study.

Light-induced delivery of nitric oxide eradicates drug-resistant bacteria

Researchers at UC Santa Cruz have developed a novel approach for eradicating drug-resistant bacteria from wounds and skin infections, using light to trigger the controlled release of nitric oxide.

International drilling expedition to probe Japanese fault zone

UC Santa Cruz scientists are involved in an ambitious project to measure properties of the fault that caused the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

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.

Why cleaned wastewater stays dirty in our minds

UC Santa Cruz environmental studies professor Brent Haddad researches water in a place where water is often in short supply: California.

Researchers find increase in Lyme disease mirrors drop in red fox numbers

A continued increase of Lyme disease in the U.S., once linked to a recovering deer population, may instead be explained by a decline of the red fox, UC Santa Cruz researchers suggest.

Elephant seal tracking reveals hidden lives of deep-diving animals

Researchers at UC Santa Cruz, who pioneered the use of satellite tags to monitor the migrations of elephant seals, have compiled one of the largest datasets available for any marine mammal species, revealing their movements and diving behavior at sea in unprecedented detail.

Cancer genome data center raises hope for cures

UC Santa Cruz researchers unveiled a major weapon in the war against cancer: the nation's first catalog of cancer genomes, which hold the clues to the disease's deadly secrets.

New brain connections form in clusters during learning

A UC Santa Cruz study reveals details of how brain circuits are rewired during the formation of new motor memories.

UC Santa Cruz gets $2.6 million federal grant

UC Santa Cruz received a major grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to promote research into organic agriculture.

QB3 spotlights UC science, American Idol-style

Students and post-doctoral fellows from the three UC campuses covered by QB3 will vote online, just like American Idol, for the biotech project they believe does the most public good.