Science & Technology

Science & Technology
5:39 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Scientists uncover why we all make the same 'anger face'

The 'anger face' is universal because we evolved to use it, according to scientists at UCSB and Australia's Griffith University.
Credit The Current, UCSB

The next time you make an angry face, you may be comforted to know that the elements of that face are built into our genetic makeup.

Researchers at UC Santa Barbara in collaboration with Australia's Griffith University have identified the functional advantages behind the face. The findings are in the current edition of the journal Evolution and Human Behavior.

The scientists say every aspect of the angry face—from your mouth up to your eyebrows—is aimed at intimidating your subject. The look has evolved to make you look stronger.

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Science & Technology
5:23 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Bill Nye 'The Science Guy' visits Cal Poly for solar sail spacecraft testing

Bill Nye 'The Science Guy' attracted several admirers Wednesday when he visited testing of the LightSail mission on the Cal Poly campus.
Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

A team of scientists at Cal Poly worked to test elements of a kite-like, solar-powered spacecraft Wednesday on the San Luis Obispo campus.

It's called the LightSail mission and it's built using components known as CubeSats developed at Cal Poly and Stanford University.

Wednesday's test was to include a full simulation of what the spacecraft will do in space, however a communications problem between the antenna and receiver caused a glitch in the testing. Another test has been scheduled for next week. 

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Science & Technology
3:47 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

UCSB Plastic research

Broadcast date: 8/13/14

Scientists at UC Santa Barbara are on the verge of creating a plastic that repairs itself when exposed to wet conditions.  Researchers have dreamed of this self-healing technology for decades -- but it could soon become reality. KCBX News Director Randol White speaks with one of the scientists behind the technology about how it might work, and the multitude of uses it could potentially have.

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Science & Technology
6:57 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

UPDATE: Successful Atlas V rocket launch Wednesday at Vandenberg Air Force Base

The Atlas V rocket carrying DigitalGlobe's WorldView 3 satellite successfully launching at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Wednesday morning.
Credit United Launch Alliance video still

UPDATE: August 13, 2014 at 2:51 p.m.  

Another successful launch for the team at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Wednesday morning at 11:30 a.m. PDT.

The Atlas V rocket carried the WorldView 3 satellite into orbit without a hitch. It's designed to take ultra clear photos of the earth to be used by a wide array of commercial sources, Google and Microsoft maps among them.

Original Story:

Scientists at Vandenberg Air Force Base are preparing for Wednesday's launch of an Atlas V rocket.

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Science & Technology
3:40 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Red Devil 4

In our quest to link the human brain with computers, neurosurgeon Eric Leuthhardt provides a cautionary tale.

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Science & Technology
1:04 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

The Age of Radiance

In his latest book, bestselling author Craig Nelson provides the first full history of the Atomic Age.  He takes his readers through the discovery of the X-ray to the nuclear plant meltdown in Japan.

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Science & Technology
7:02 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

UCSB professors working on chemical information database for consumers, industry

Credit Flickr member Vall d'Hebron Research Institute (VHIR)

A group of professors at UCSB are working on a way to help industry and consumers keep track of potentially dangerous new chemicals.

The EPA is funding the $4.8 million initiative called the Sustainable Chemical Network. Its goal, according to the University, is to provide scientific information on some of the thousands of synthetic chemicals registered to the American Chemical Society's chemicals list each day. It will look at the possible health and environmental impacts of these new substances and give scientists the ability to quickly assess the information. 

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Science & Technology
7:24 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Cal Poly and UCSB professors team up for global fishing study

Global map of exclusive economic zones (green) and high seas (blue) oceanic areas.
Credit Crow White, Christopher Costello

A couple of Central Coast university professors are the authors of a new study that is receiving polarized reactions from within the fishing industry. The research looks at the health of our world's fish populations and how a ban on fishing the high seas could benefit coastal fisheries.

The study was published March 25 in the peer-reviewed journal, PLOS Biology.

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Science & Technology
8:35 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Photo: Successful Atlas V launch at Vandenberg AFB

An Atlas V rocket seconds after launch was initiated Thursday morning at Vandenberg AFB.
Credit United Space Alliance

An Atlas V rocket successfully left Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base Thursday morning during the 7:46 to 7:56 a.m. launch window.

This was the first launch of the year at Vandenberg and involved sending a meteorological satellite (DMSP-19) into orbit to be used by the military and other government agencies.

Weather for the launch was clear and cool, with temperatures in the mid to upper 40s. Residents of the Central Coast reported seeing the Atlas V travel into space from as far as 45 miles away.

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Science & Technology
6:47 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

UC system helping to build massive telescope in Hawaii

Artist rendering of the TMT on top of Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano.
Credit © 2010 Thirty Meter Telescope

A massive $1.4 billion telescope being built on top of Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano now has the support of the University of California system. Regents voted last week to assist with financing the project.

It's called the Thirty Meter Telescope, or TMT.

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Science & Technology
6:37 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Atlas V launch scheduled at Vandenberg AFB

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas-V rocket with the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) spacecraft onboard is seen as it launches on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Credit NASA Goddard Photo and Video

An Atlas V rocket  is scheduled for a launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Thursday, April 3. The window for launch opens at 7:46 a.m.

The rocket's payload includes a satellite for the Air Force Defense Meteorological Satellite Program. It was built by Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. United Launch Alliance builds and flies the rocket.

Col. Keith Balts, 30th Space Wing commander will be in charge of the launch decision.

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Technology
6:43 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Central Coast DMV locations experience computer glitch

Credit Calif. DMV

The California Department of Motor Vehicles computer system is back online, after a brief statewide shut down on Friday. It was actually the second consecutive day an outage occurred.

The glitch affected Central Coast offices in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Lompoc, Goleta and Santa Barbara.

The DMV's Jessica Gonzalez says the cause of the computer problem isn't yet know, but she said future problems aren't anticipated.

Gonzalez says the department's online services were not affected by the outage.

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Science
6:25 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

San Andreas ramifications following 6.9 magnitude North Coast quake

The San Andreas fault as it passes through San Luis Obispo County's Carrizo Plain.
Credit Flickr member mjambon

People as far south as the Salinas Valley say they felt Sunday night's 6.9 magnitude earthquake that hit just after 10:00 p.m. off the coast of Eureka in Humboldt County.

Despite widespread shaking and strong epicenter, there have been no reports of injuries or major damage.

The quake hit in a highly-active area where the San Andreas Fault merges with other fault systems.

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Climate Change
4:14 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Weather Anomalies

Environment writer Paul Rogers and climate scientist for the National Resources Defense Council, Dan Lashof, examine the range of possibilities that are bringing about climate change.

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