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Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences in the news
September 27, 2017

"High-resolution earth imagery sources represent rich, underutilized troves of information about marine and terrestrial wildlife populations."

September 26, 2017
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UCSB researchers compare the performance of human subjects versus deep neural networks in visual searches

September 21, 2017
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The old adage also applies to residents of Southern California, where earthquakes are a regular occurrence

September 18, 2017

What many drivers call 'zoning out' is a phenomenon known in scientific circles as 'mind wandering,' and contrary to what many truckers believe, it may not be relieved by listening to the radio, singing or any other activity. Moreover, it can occur during a monotonous task, such as driving on a dark, empty highway, or during an engaging activity such as watching an exciting movie or reading a suspenseful book.


Divisional announcements and opportunities

Biochemist Alison Butler receives the Alfred Bader Award for “elucidating the bioinorganic chemistry of the marine environment.”

What do the smallest particles locked up in protons have to tell us about how the universe began and how it will end? This week, physics Nobel laureate David Gross will present three public lectures at ETH Zurich on the theme “A Century of Quantum Physics – from Nuclear Physics to String Theory and Beyond”.

With research and technologies holding a higher impact on society, scholars and practitioners note innovation solutions combined with knowledge management are the key to improving global health care and human wellbeing.

Developmental biologist and Otis Williams Postdoctoral Fellow Georgina Stooke-Vaughan to investigate the mechanical development of the eye