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2013-06-10 10:38:00

Over the years ecologists have shown how biological diversity benefits the health of small, natural communities. New analysis by ecologists at UC Santa Cruz demonstrates that even higher levels of biological diversity are necessary to maintain ecosystem health in larger landscapes over long periods of time. Think of it as patches on a quilt, says Erika Zavaleta, UCSC associate professor of environmental studies. Each patch may be a diverse habitat of plants, animals, and insects but it is...

Habitat Fragmentation Impacts On Santa Cruz Mountain Pumas
2013-04-19 05:26:38

[ Watch the Video: Mountain Lion Habitat Fragmentation Study ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For three years, University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) researchers have been tracking mountain lions through the Santa Cruz Mountains to document how human development affects the predators' habits. UCSC associate professor of environmental studies Chris Wilmers and colleagues at the UC Santa Cruz Puma Project reported the findings of their study in the online...

$4 Million Adaptive Optics Fund Completed By Keck Observatory
2013-03-05 12:21:50

W. M. Keck Observatory The W. M. Keck Observatory has successfully completed a $4 million campaign that will give astronomers the most detailed Adaptive Optics images of the cosmos ever created by mankind. Furthermore, the campaign was funded entirely by private philanthropy. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the W. M. Keck Foundation and The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation awarded three grants totaling $3.7 million to significantly upgrade the Keck II Laser Guide Star Adaptive...

Marriage Traditions And Benevolent Sexism
2013-01-17 06:29:19

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A recent study completed by scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) discovered that females and male tend to stick to traditional views of marriage proposals. The team of investigators delved into the question on personal preferences for marriage traditions and found an overwhelming number of young adults, both males and females, stated that they preferred that the man in the relationship ask for the...

Keck Week 2013 Celebrates W.M. Keck Observatory's 20th Anniversary
2012-12-12 09:52:03

W. M. Keck Observatory This Spring, the W. M. Keck Observatory is throwing a weeklong party called Keck Week 2013, to celebrate the observatory´s first twenty years of high-impact, game-changing astronomical discoveries from the venerable twin-domes on the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii. The festivities will take place in several Kohala Coast resort venues as well as in the town of Kamuela and will mark a distinctive confluence of the brightest minds in astronomy alongside our...


Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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