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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...

Study shows how epigenetic memory is passed across generations

Researchers traced markers of gene repression and showed that both sperm and eggs transmit a memory of gene repression to embryos. More...

Native vegetation makes a comeback on Santa Cruz Island

Study led by UC Santa Cruz undergrads shows native shrubs reclaiming the island on their own after removal of introduced grazers. More...

Teaching computers the nuances of human conversation

Computer scientist Marilyn Walker wants to make spoken dialogue systems more responsive to the user. More...

Study traces ecological collapse over 6,000 years of Egyptian history

Ancient Egyptian artworks helped scientists reconstruct how animal communities changed as climate became drier and human populations grew More...

Mixing in star-forming clouds explains why sibling stars look alike

New findings suggest chemical fingerprints can be used to identify stars born in the same cluster More...

Breast Cancer Breakthrough Award funds search for new treatments

Cancer researcher Seth Rubin is working toward the development of a new class of drugs for treating breast cancer. More...

Grad student unites personal passion and programming skills to help others

Computer science graduate student Lourdes Morales is working to help others with disabilities use technology. More...

Novel chip-based platform could simplify measurements of single molecules

A nanopore-gated optofluidic chip combines electrical and optical measurements of single molecules onto a single platform More...

Cancer study reveals powerful new system for classifying tumors

One in ten cancer patients would be classified differently using a new classification system based on molecular subtypes. More...

NIH awards $2 million to UCSC group for DNA sequencing research

Biomolecular engineer Mark Akeson leads efforts to develop nanopore technology for DNA sequencing. More...

Old evidence leads to new ideas about earthquake hazards in Pacific Northwest

Sediment cores collected in 1960s by geologist Gary Griggs have attracted renewed scrutiny for clues to Cascadia earthquakes. More...

Global Alliance for Genomics and Health unveils new genomics interface

The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health has released a new Application Programming Interface (API) for seamless sharing of genomic data. More...

Tidal forces gave moon its shape, according to new analysis

Most of the moon's overall shape can be explained by taking into account tidal effects acting early in the moon's history. More...