Category: Science

  • Origins of Genus Homo – CARTA

    Despite discoveries of remarkable new fossils in recent years, the evolutionary events surrounding the origins of genus Homo are incompletely understood. This fascinating CARTA symposium explores evidence bearing on the emergence of our genus. What forces caused the changes in diet and body form as our predecessors evolved toward Homo. Were there forces from within […]

  • Launching The UC Climate Solutions Channel

    The news about climate change is serious. The scientific consensus is clear – it’s getting worse and if we don’t address it, our planet will suffer. Browse this collection of some of the finest voices on climate change, as the University of California continues to lead the world in researching its causes and developing best […]

  • Decoding the Microbiome

    There are on average about 110 trillion cells in the human body… and 100 trillion of those aren’t human. That’s the human microbiome, a mix of interdependent organisms living in a variety of ecosystems as diverse as guest Rob Knight puts it, “between a prairie in Kansas and a coral reef in Florida.” And that’s […]

  • Looking Beyond 2050 with Lord Martin Rees

    Cosmologist, noted author, Astronomer Royal and recipient of the 2015 Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest, Lord Martin Rees has written and spoken extensively about the problems and challenges of the 21st century, and the interfaces between science, ethics and politics. In his words, “we need to broaden our sympathies both in space […]

  • Unleash the Dragons! (Seadragons, that is.)

    It’s not often that a new species is discovered almost 100 years after it was first collected and described. But we’re in a new age of taxonomy powered by new genetic and anatomical imaging tools. While researching the two known species of seadragons as part of an effort to understand and protect the exotic and […]

  • New Programs from UCLA’s Distinguished Scholars

    The biannual Faculty Research Lecture at UCLA presents the work of the university’s most distinguished scholars. Its purpose is to recognize their superb achievements, and give the campus and the greater community an opportunity to gain a new perspective on scholarly achievements and the viewpoints of the faculty honored. Enjoy these new programs from UCLA: […]

  • In the Spirit of Sally Ride: Margaret Leinen

    Margaret Leinen, the warm and inspiring director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is the first “star” in The Constellation, a new interview series presented by Sally Ride Science@ UC San Diego featuring women enjoying successful and satisfying lives in science. Leinen describes how her early interest in rocks led to a career in protecting […]

  • Are we “good” creatures?

    Is the capacity for ethics—the proclivity to judge human actions as either right or wrong—determined by the biological nature of human beings? And, are the systems or codes of ethical norms accepted by human beings biologically determined? In this fascinating and thought-provoking presentation, Templeton prize recipient and eminent evolutionary biologist and philosopher Francisco J. Ayala […]

  • Women in Biotech

    Tina Nova is the kind of person that makes you want to get up and shout, “Hey World, look out!” As she recalls her journey from a small town in California’s Central Valley to launching multi-million dollar companies in San Diego, she inspires some 300 high school girls gathered at the Salk Institute for a […]

  • True GRIT: Research Worth Sharing from UC Santa Barbara

    Meet some of the best minds from UC Santa Barbara as they share their ground-breaking research and innovations in technology in a new series of GRIT Talks (GRIT: Groundbreaking Research/Innovative Technology). Look through walls with WiFi vision. Learn about new treatments for macular degeneration. See why even your shampoo is fascinating. Find out about ocean […]