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  • Synthetic Membranes Created to Mimic Properties of Living Cells

    Biochemists at the University of California San Diego have developed artificial cell membranes that grow and remodel themselves in a manner similar to that of living mammalian cells.

  • In Memoriam: William Loomis, Distinguished Professor of Biology, 1940-2016

    William F. Loomis, an emeritus distinguished professor of biology who spent 50 years as a faculty member at UC San Diego, died June 30 from cardiac arrest in his campus office while working on a manuscript. A resident of Del Mar, CA, he was 76.

  • X-Ray Snapshot of Butterfly Wings Reveals Underlying Physics of Color

    A team of physicists that visualized the internal nanostructure of an intact butterfly wing has discovered two physical attributes that make those structures so bright and colorful.

  • Scientists Design Energy-Carrying Particles Called ‘Topological Plexcitons’

    Scientists at UC San Diego, MIT and Harvard University have engineered “topological plexcitons,” energy-carrying particles that could help make possible the design of new kinds of solar cells and miniaturized optical circuitry.

  • Neal Devaraj Named Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar

    Neal Devaraj, an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UC San Diego, has been named a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, one of 13 faculty members nationwide to receive the honor.

  • Slime Mold Reveals Clues to Immune Cells’ Directional Abilities

    How white blood cells in our immune systems home in on and engulf bacterial invaders—like humans following the scent of oven-fresh pizza—has long been a mystery to scientists. But biologists from UC San Diego and the University of Groningen in the Netherlands have uncovered important clues about…

  • UC San Diego’s Algae Biofuels Program Ranked Best in Nation

    The U.S. Department of Energy has ranked UC San Diego’s algae biofuels research effort the number one program in the nation for the fourth consecutive year.

  • $40 Million Observatory to Search for Signals from Early Universe

    In an effort to probe the first few moments of time after the Big Bang some 13.8 billion years ago, a consortium of researchers, including astrophysicists from the University of California San Diego, is planning a new observatory in Chile’s Atacama Desert to measure the cosmic microwave background,…

  • Researchers Develop New Way to Explore Mathematical Universe

    An international group of mathematicians at UC San Diego and other institutions has produced a new kind of online resource to help discover uncharted mathematical worlds.