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Porcupines give you 30,000 reasons to back off

April 09, 2019

Porcupines may be adorable, but their quills are designed to impale and next to impossible to remove. Now researchers are designing new surgical staples that mimic the quill's shape to better close wounds.

KQED 

NPR Health Shots version

Painted wolves: The colorful carnivores of the African wild

February 28, 2019

A pack of long-legged, big-eared mammals chirps its way to one of the highest known hunting success rates. Yet, the painted wolves' hunting strategy brings them into areas that threaten their very existence.

Live Science

Unintentionally engineered worlds reveal the keys to survival in extreme conditions

January 07, 2019

Researchers dive deep to explore how microbial communities live in the harsh environment of fracking wells. These microbes are like contestants on a survival game show, whisked away to a foreign land.

EMSL's Molecular Bond

Cloud or no cloud, that is the question

December 12, 2018

Deep learning, a type of machine learning, is bringing automatic cloud detection to new heights. (STORY & VIDEO)

PNNL News

Two-dimensional materials skip the energy barrier by growing one row at a time

December 06, 2018

A new study dives into how some materials can self-assemble and helps uphold a theory that has remained unproven for over a century. (PRESS RELEASE)

PNNL News

Thinking outside the body

October 28, 2018

On a mission to help researchers grow cells in 3-dimensional structures, a materials scientist is making connections in cell biology. (STORY & PODCAST)

UCSC Science Notes

Redesigning poplar trees to take the drought... and the salt and the heat

September 28, 2018

When it's hotter, drier, and saltier, can you take it? Researchers on a multi-institutional team are redesigning poplar plants that can.

EMSL's Molecular Bond

Treating genetic disease: Is a cure a cut away?

June 24, 2018

On the cusp of moving from the lab to patients, genetic surgery offers new hope to those suffering from debilitating disorders. (VIDEO)

The Mercury News

Student-run program sends SJSU rocket club to new heights

June 11, 2018

Finals are over, but two dozen students head to a quiet San Jose State University campus two evenings a week. Their mission? To design a rocket that will reach an altitude of 100,000 feet. (STORY & PHOTOS)

The Mercury News

Playing their way into the geosciences

April 16, 2018

Childhood play experiences, like playing with construction-based toys, help explain gender disparity and more in undergraduate students’ spatial abilities.

Eos.org

Bees are back buzzing at Happy Hollow

April 11, 2018

Throw on a bee suit and check out the newly rebuilt apiary located behind-the-scenes at Happy Hollow Zoo & Park in San Jose. (VIDEO)

The Mercury News

UC Berkeley research shows squirrel behavior is not so nutty

April 09, 2018

UC Berkeley research shows that the furry critters display sophisticated problem-solving skills in determining what to eat -- and when to eat it.

The Mercury News

Oil spill response knowledge grows, but new risks emerge

April 03, 2018

An oil spill expert discusses lessons learned from Deepwater Horizon, dangers of aging infrastructure and atomized dispersants, and a Russian plan that imperils Arctic waters.

Eos.org

Some caves remove methane from the atmosphere, new tests reveal

March 05, 2018

Caves may be dark and eerie, but now they are a little less mysterious. That is, at least, when it comes to what happens to the atmospheric methane entering them.

Eos.org

Damage assessment by laser could focus postearthquake response

February 06, 2018

Airborne lidar surveys taken before and after a powerful earthquake in Japan revealed the potential for such surveys to identify hard-hit buildings quickly.

Eos.org

Researchers develop model that could reduce wave-induced injuries to Delaware beachgoers

January 03, 2018

Being pummeled by a large wave can quickly ruin a perfect beach day. But researchers are developing a model to predict the likelihood of such injuries.

GeoSpace

Building the ultimate ultimate disc

January 02, 2018

Five siblings team up to reinvent the one piece of equipment you need to play the play previously known as "Ultimate Frisbee."

Scientific American

Promising new wildfire behavior model may aid fire managers in near real-time

December 22, 2017

A new big-data solution for predicting wildfire spread is heating up, and it may become a useful tool in the firefighters’ arsenal.

GeoSpace

Organic aerosols in remote areas have shorter lives than scientists assumed

December 21, 2017

Ambient aerosols play important roles in Earth’s climate, so much so that scientists are heading to remote locations to better understand them.

GeoSpace

Did air pollution cause a deadly Chinese landslide?

December 12, 2017

Researchers now think they have found an unanticipated risk from air pollution that can kill instantly: landslides.

Science

Second whale entanglement since start of Dungeness crab season spotted Wednesday

December 08, 2017

A response team prepares to rescue a entangled whale, the second one spotted within three weeks.

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Monterey Bay advocates ready to fight marine sanctuaries executive order

December 04, 2017

Californians are gearing up to defend the national marine sanctuaries that they fought so hard for years ago. (FRONT PAGE SUNDAY EDITION)

Santa Cruz Sentinel

The curious case of the phantom hippo teeth

December 04, 2017

Think of the illegal wildlife trade, and elephant tusks and rhino horns come to mind. But another of the world’s largest mammals is slipping under the radar.

Mongabay

Moonstruck: New study proves more wildlife-vehicle collisions occur during full moon

December 01, 2017

The brightness of a full moon has a dark side: an increased risk of wildlife-vehicle collisions.

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Following the science: How to chase stories across borders

November 08, 2017

Panelists at a session on cross-border journalism at the World Conference of Science Journalists spill their tips on how to work beyond a journalist's national borders.

WCSJ2017

UC Santa Cruz chancellor inspires Pajaro Valley students

October 25, 2017

Chancellor Blumenthal finds ways to connect with high school students while delivering his message that college education is achievable.

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Aptos library launches community-wide book club

October 23, 2017

A new community-reading program is starting at the Aptos Library.  Several books were considered for 2018.

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Watsonville residents take skills to Texas disaster relief efforts

October 14, 2017

A local food bank sent one employee and one volunteer to food banks in Texas to help with the relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey.

Santa Cruz Sentinel

UC Santa Cruz raises more than $335 million

October 08, 2017

The Campaign for UC Santa Cruz exceeded its goal in its first comprehensive fundraising campaign. Donors were able to specify where the funds will be used.

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Turtle patrol on the Cobourg Peninsula

April 01, 2013

Patrolling the beach for nesting marine turtles near the top of Australia is no easy feat. Is that sweat from the heat or fear?

Go Camping Australia

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