Last week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced a new National Microbiome Initiative, a coordinated effort to better understand microbiomes—communities of microorganisms that live on and in people, plants, soil, oceans and the atmosphere—and to develop tools to protect and restore healthy microbiome function. OSTP launched the initiative with a combined federal agency investment of more than $121 million.
Two months before the historic climate agreement in Paris, where representatives from nearly 200 countries pledged to reduce greenhouse emissions, a smaller group of climate experts and politicians gathered at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Physicists understand fairly well what happened after the Big Bang and the laws of physics that govern the universe. It’s what the universe looked like immediately after the event—a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second after—that is still a mystery. A new observatory in Chile’s Atacama Desert could be the key to understanding that instance.
Researchers at the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind at UC San Diego have developed a technique for imaging brain activity in a freely walking fruit fly. Working with one of the most common model organisms in science, the team shows for the first time what goes on in the brain of the fly during courtship – when it’s unrestrained.
UC San Diego’s Big Pixel Initiative is taking full advantage of a partnership with DigitalGlobe—and the latest Google technology—to sponsor cutting-edge, innovative research. But the applications aren’t just for the researcher. Students across campus are being taught to understand the technology that affects our lives, every single day. And in the process, they’ll graduate more prepared for jobs that have the potential to make positive, real-world change.
UC San Diego alumna Tanya Menendez is revolutionizing manufacturing. The online company Maker’s Row, founded in 2012 by Menendez and partner Matthew Burnett, quickly became a go-to source for the maker movement, connecting DIY artists to professional manufacturers throughout the United States. Design, materials, samples, production, packaging … Maker’s Row includes it all, giving entrepreneurs—like Menendez herself—a safe place to start.
Local philanthropists Gary and Mary West have provided $11.8 million to the University of California San Diego to create a state-of-the-art senior emergency care unit to be housed within the Emergency Department at…
An international team of astronomers composed of UC San Diego astrophysicists has discovered three Earth-sized planets orbiting near the “habitable zone” of an ultracool dwarf star, the first planets ever discovered around such a tiny and dim star.
Tom K. Wong almost didn’t graduate from high school. Wong was 16 when his parents first told him that he was an undocumented immigrant, and the news shattered him.
While many microbiologists build entire research careers around studies of a single microorganism, Rachel Dutton has taken her career in the other direction—examining collections of microbes, but with an unusual twist. She studies what grows on cheese.