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Recent research news

UC Santa Cruz offers 'Genome Browser in a Box' for local installations

New software enables scientists to quickly install the UCSC Genome Browser on their own computers to protect sensitive genomic data. More...

Novel biosensor technology could allow rapid detection of Ebola virus

Rapid detection of viruses without expensive equipment is among the potential applications of biosensor research at UC Santa Cruz. More...

Astrophysics meets theater in ‘Birth of Stars’

What does the birth and death of stars have to do with the lives of real human beings? How do we balance the joy and pain of life in a productive way? Does technology make us less than human…or something more? More...

A global surge of great earthquakes holds clues to future quakes

UC Santa Cruz seismologist Thorne Lay discusses the implications of recent studies for quake risk in Cascadia More...

Astronomers create first 3-D map of the 'adolescent' universe

Astronomers have created the first map of the ‘adolescent’ universe as it appeared 10.8 billion years ago. More...

Social Sciences Research Frontiers Day focuses on data, environment, and justice

The second annual Social Sciences Research Frontiers Day at UC Santa Cruz will take place Friday, October 24, 2014, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. with a focus on data, the environment, and justice. More...

Astronomers analyze atmosphere of planet orbiting another star

Scientists have made the most detailed global map yet of the glow from a planet orbiting another star. More...

UC Santa Cruz leads $11 million Center for Big Data in Translational Genomics

National Institutes of Health awards UC Santa Cruz funding for new research center as part of the NIH Big Data to Knowledge initiative. More...

Graduate applications, enrollment increase at UC Santa Cruz

Graduate student enrollment at UC Santa Cruz is projected to top 1,625 for fall 2014, about 9 percent of total enrollment, indicating continued strong interest in the academic programs offered. More...

UC Santa Cruz ranked first for research influence in world university rankings

Times Higher Education measured overall research influence based on the average number of citations per paper published by faculty. More...

Study of mountain lion energetics shows the power of the pounce

High-tech collars enabled scientists to track mountain lions in the wild and determine how much energy the big cats use to hunt their prey. More...

Astronomer Claire Max appointed interim director of UC Observatories

Claire Max, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz, succeeds Sandra Faber as interim director of UC Observatories. More...

UCSC Ebola genome browser now online to aid researchers' response to crisis

The UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute late Tuesday (September 30) released a new Ebola genome browser to assist global efforts to develop a vaccine and antiserum to help stop the spread of the Ebola virus. More...

Simulations reveal unusual death for ancient stars

Study led by UC Santa Cruz postdoc indicates some supernovae would leave no remnant black hole behind More...

Human genome was shaped by an evolutionary arms race with itself

A study of primate genomes reveals an ongoing battle to control "jumping genes," driving the evolution of greater genomic complexity More...

UC Santa Cruz among top five institutions seeing growth in NIH funding

UC Santa Cruz is in the top five of institutions that have seen significant increases in funding from the National Institutes of Health over the past decade. More...

UC Santa Cruz establishes Symantec Presidential Chair in Storage and Security

Computer scientist Ethan Miller has been appointed to a new endowed chair funded by a gift from Symantec and UC Presidential matching funds More...

Linguists receive $260,000 grant to study endangered Irish language

“Although we all have tongues, we are surprisingly bad at knowing precisely what they're doing or conveying that to others,” says UC Santa Cruz professor of linguistics Jaye Padgett... More...

California's sea otter numbers holding steady

California's sea otter population is slowly swimming toward recovery, according to the latest field survey. More...

Library taps specialist to explore role of technology in Humanities research

The University Library and Humanities Division have jointly awarded a two-year Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellowship supporting digital humanities scholarship to Rachel Deblinger. More...