Category: Science

  • Art and Science: Understanding the Effects of Climate Change on Kelp Forests

    Southern California’s giant kelp forests, composed of rapidly growing large brown algae, are among the most productive ecosystems on the planet. These underwater forests support a diverse array of life, forming a vibrant community that thrives within them. Kelp forests anchor themselves atop rocky reefs, a place where few other plants can establish, thanks to […]

  • The Secret of the Red Tide

    Why does the stunning bioluminescence in the ocean, often described as ‘sea sparkle’ or ‘milky seas’ and known for its beautiful blue-green glow at night, appear so different during the day? Commonly referred to as red tide, the ocean water appears murky, often with a brown or red tone. In some parts of the Pacific […]

  • The Promises and Pitfalls of the Artificial Intelligence Revolution

    Artificial intelligence brings forth a wave of transformative possibilities capturing the minds and curiosities of people and industries around the world. But this evolving technology also poses challenges that demand careful consideration. At the forefront of this intersection, AI plays a pivotal role in accelerating research, unlocking insights, and propelling advancements in various biological domains. […]

  • Decoding Autism: Unraveling Early Brain Development

    As we contemplate the future of autism research, Dr. Eric Courchesne’s insights encourage a holistic understanding, transcending conventional boundaries. The journey into the intricate tapestry of autism continues, fueled by pioneering research and a commitment to enhancing the lives of those on the spectrum. The crux of Courchesne’s discussion revolves around the role of gene […]

  • Ahead of the Storm: Advancements in Disaster Preparedness Tech

    Climate change has notable impacts on the fire season in California, contributing to conditions that increase the frequency, intensity, and duration of wildfires. Historically, these events typically happened in the fall when Santa Ana winds fueled dangerous and disastrous wildfires. However, with an increase in climate change, rising temperatures are creating drier conditions, drying vegetation […]

  • Astronaut Dr. Peggy Whitson: Bridging Space and Medical Science

    In an era where the realms of space exploration and medical science are converging, few voices carry as much authority and insight as that of astronaut Dr. Peggy Whitson. Alongside her counterpart, Dr. Lisa Carnell, their dialogue at the 2023 Sanford Stem Cell Symposium exemplified the pioneering spirit driving this interdisciplinary frontier. Dr. Whitson, with […]

  • Your Eyes Can Deceive You: Exposing Deepfakes

    Have you ever seen software that allows you to take an old still photo and magically have it smile at you? Or turn your selfie into a photograph that could be found in a yearbook from the 1990s? The technology that began as simple digital video manipulation for motion pictures has moved into deepfake technology […]

  • What is ChatGPT: Exploring an Incredible Chatbot

    The development of ChatGPT represents a significant breakthrough in the field of artificial intelligence. It showcases the incredible advancements made in natural language processing and machine learning. So what exactly is this new tool that everyone’s raving about? That question and many others are answered by UC San Diego Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute Assistant Professor […]

  • 50 Years Ago The First Cell Phone Call Revolutionized How We Communicate Today

    On April 3, 1973, a Motorola engineer named Martin Cooper made the very first handheld cell phone call while standing on Sixth Avenue outside the New York City Hilton in midtown Manhattan. That historic call, with a portable phone weighing 2.5lbs, would revolutionize how we communicate with each other. But the ‘brick’ phone is very […]

  • The Shrinking Salton Sea and the Dust Storms Impacting the Imperial Valley

    Just a hundred miles to the East of San Diego, lies one of the largest inland lakes in the West. Formed by an inflow of water from the Colorado River, the Salton Sea covers 318 square miles of the Imperial Valley. However, as a result of combined human activity and climate change, the lake is […]

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