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University Of California Santa Cruz Acquires Powerful New Astrophysics Supercomputer System
2013-08-01 09:46:35

University Of California Santa Cruz NSF-funded "Hyades" supercomputer is paired with a Huawei UDS petabyte storage system for data archiving and sharing State-of-the-art computer systems have been instrumental in making UC Santa Cruz one of the world's leading centers for computational astrophysics and planetary science. A new supercomputer recently installed on campus provides an order of magnitude improvement in the ability of researchers to address fundamental questions in cosmology...

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...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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