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2012-02-28 10:38:28

Loss of predatory fish leads to more sea urchins, less coralline algae, and lower recruitment of juvenile corals on Kenyan reefs A study of the tropical coral reef system along the coastline of Kenya has found dramatic effects of overfishing that could threaten the long-term health of the reefs. Led by scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz, the study was published in the journal Coral Reefs (online publication January 28). The researchers found that the loss of...

2012-02-20 13:52:58

Researchers track structural changes during formation of new memories New connections between brain cells emerge in clusters in the brain as animals learn to perform a new task, according to a study published in Nature on February 19 (advance online publication). Led by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, the study reveals details of how brain circuits are rewired during the formation of new motor memories. The researchers studied mice as they learned new behaviors,...

New Nearby Dwarf Galaxy Discovered
2012-02-09 12:56:13

An astronomy team has captured images of a nearby dwarf galaxy, lying about 12.5 million light years from Earth. University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) research astronomer Michael Rich, leader of the team, said NGC 4449 may be "something of a living fossil", because it represents what most galaxies looked like shortly after the Big Bang. They found that the dwarf galaxy has a dense stream of stars in its outer regions, which could be the remains of an even smaller companion...

2012-01-18 11:47:00

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The NASA Open Government Initiative has launched a new website to expand the agency's open source software development. (Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Open source development, which invites the public access to view and improve software source code, is transforming the way software is created, improved and used. NASA uses open source code to address project and mission needs, accelerate software...

2012-01-12 21:17:51

Raven II system developed at UC Santa Cruz and University of Washington Robotics experts at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the University of Washington (UW) have completed a set of seven advanced robotic surgery systems for use by major medical research laboratories throughout the United States. After a round of final tests, five of the systems will be shipped to medical robotics researchers at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Nebraska, UC Berkeley,...

NASA's Third Rock Radio Rocks Smartphones
2012-01-11 08:36:32

NASA's Third Rock Radio just got mobile. Updates to the NASA App for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android now include a feature to listen to the agency's new online alternative rock radio station. "Now you can listen to great music in the same app that still provides all of NASA's amazing content wherever you are," said Jerry Colen, NASA App project manager at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. Third Rock - America's Space Station launched with a new...

2012-01-09 13:22:00

MELVILLE, N.Y., Jan. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Leviton, a leading global manufacturer of electrical devices, and the University of California Santa Cruz's (UCSC) Science and Engineering Library's joint project has been named a recipient of two significant awards. The university utilized Leviton's LevNet RF((TM)), a( )high-performance line of wireless occupancy sensors, switches and accessories that feature EnOcean's energy-harvesting technology, to aid in helping reduce the library's...

2011-11-28 23:07:50

Observations at submarine springs found along the coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula are giving scientists a preview of the possible fate of coral reef ecosystems in response to ocean acidification. The naturally low pH (a measure of acidity) in the water around the springs creates conditions similar to those that will result from the widespread acidification of surface waters that scientists expect to occur as the oceans absorb increasing amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere....

Pregnant Dolphins Must Overcome More Than Impending Motherhood
2011-11-25 11:50:16

A recent study, published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, finds that pregnant bottlenose dolphins - especially in the later stages - find their swimming speed almost halved and tail movement restricted, Victoria Gill Science reports for BBC Nature. Originally interested in how baby dolphins learned to swim, lead researcher Shawn Noren, from the Institute of Marine Science at the University of California Santa Cruz, was diving with the animals in Hawaii, and filming their behavior,...

2011-11-22 13:00:00

COLUMBIA, Md., Nov. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers at NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Science Center, located at NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., and operated by the Universities Space Research Association, have used the space agency's flying telescope to take the highest resolution mid-infrared image of a region of rapid, massive star formation named W40. The W40 image was taken by the Faint Object infraRed CAmera for the...