Close Up: Economist James Hamilton on Gas Prices
Some experts are predicting that gas prices could hit $5 per gallon this summer. We decided to talk to UC San Diego economist James Hamilton, an expert in oil markets, to find out whether their predictions are going to come true. Luckily, Hamilton told us in this video Q and A that he expects to see a decrease in prices in the coming months. But over the long run, prices will remain high. So don't buy that gas-guzzling SUV just yet, he said.
Annual Sun God Festival 2011
World-famous performers, local San Diego musicians and UC San Diego's own talented student artists shared the stage at the annual Sun God Festival Friday, drawing more than 20,000 people to RIMAC Field. From hip-hop artists, alternative rock and electronic DJs, to comedians, cultural dances and acrobatic performances, the festival offered a diverse array of entertainment throughout the day.
The Call of the Arctic
For thousands of years, the native peoples living along the world's northernmost seas have forged an intimate relationship with their environment. The indigenous inhabitants of the Arctic Ocean's Chukchi and Beaufort seas view themselves as tied to the sea, ice, and other elements of the natural world—even spiritually connected to the animals they hunt and regard as offerings toward the continued subsistence of their people and way of life.
Lessons From Deepwater
In the 24-hour news cycle era, the Deepwater Horizon oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico already feels like an event from yesteryear, an event that had its 15 minutes of news domination during the summer of 2010 then made room for the next big story once the wellhead was capped.
Jewels in the Mud
William Fenical of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego knows all about such drugs in the fight against cancer. But Fenical also knows that NPI-2358, or "Plinabulin," is different.
Waves from a tsunami generated by an 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Chile's coast on Feb. 27 hadn't even reached San Diego and Bruce Appelgate was already getting calls from researchers wanting to study the event.
Childhood Viral Infection May Be a Cause of Obesity
The emerging idea that obesity may have an infectious origin gets new support in a cross-sectional study by University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers who found that children exposed to a particular strain of adenovirus were significantly more likely to be obese.
Newest UC San Diego Student Apartments: Green, Urban, Views, Amenities, Affordable
Graduate students are the worker bees of every great research university, and 450 of them this week moved into a new, uber-stylish hive with architectural style, creature comforts and conveniences with an affordable monthly rent.
California's Leadership in Tobacco Control Results in Lower Lung Cancer Rate
A study led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego shows that California's 40 year-long tobacco control program has resulted in lung cancer rates that are nearly 25 percent lower than other states.
Stem Cell Myth Buster
Larry Goldstein, director of UCSD’s Stem Cell Program, seeks to dispel myths about stem cell research in the newly released book “Stem Cells for Dummies.”
UC San Diego Wins Environmental Protection Agency 2010 Award
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded UC San Diego a 2010 Energy Star CHP Award for its high efficiency, low-emission combined heat and power plant that provides 85 percent of the campus' annual electricity needs.
NanoEngineers Print and Test Chemical Sensors on Elastic Waistbands of Underwear
San Diego, CA, June 16, 2010 -- Chemical sensors printed directly on elastic underwear waistbands retained their sensing abilities even after engineers stretched, folded and pulled at the chemical-sensing printable electrodes – sensors that could one day be incorporated into intelligent “hospital-on-a-chip” systems.
Clearing the Air
A Scripps researcher hopes to demonstrate that improving developing world cooking methods could slow global warming and improve public health along the way.
Inside the Plastic Vortex
A groundbreaking Scripps voyage led by students helps define a rising threat to the environment caused by an accumulation of plastic and other debris in the North Pacific Ocean Gyre.
Seething History
A Scripps team captures gases emitted from Iceland's volcanoes to plumb the island's geologic roots and address hot scientific debates.
Cultural Analysis -
Mark Rothko Paintings
Presentation by Jeremy Douglass, on the 287-Megapixel HIPerSpace Wall at Calit2.
Discovering Diversity
In The Tropics
Scripps researchers hunt for exotic medicine sources in Panama's diverse richness.
Fine Details
Scripps researchers tackle the holy grail of climate change modeling.
Mike Judge Speaks at All-Campus Graduation
How do you go from earning a degree in physics to becoming a successful filmmaker and the creator of cult animated TV series?
Scientists From Across the Globe Warn of Drastic Water Shortages
In the Sierra Neveda, snowpack will shrink by 30 to 90 percent by the end of the century.
Birth of an Ocean
Scripps scientists explore the Gulf of California to uncover its rich geological history and new ocean crust emerging from the seafloor.
San Diego's Newest Green Industry: Algal Biofuels
The San Diego region, home to more than 500 biotechnology companies, is poised to become a Green Houston...
Ants Marching
You might have noticed them: a plague of ants found in many gardens in the San Diego area.
Climate Change and Southern California Ecosystems
Climate change will disturb ecosystems found here and in rest of California, posing a challenge for managers and policy makers.
Music Center Draws Curtain on New Era for UC San Diego
On a recent Tuesday morning, the sound of a piano soared in the Conrad Prebys Music Center, rising along the venue’s triangle-shaped, wood-paneled walls and ceiling.
Take A Nap! Change Your Life
Next time you feel tired and sleepy during the day and want to buy some coffee, think again. UC San Diego sleep scientist Sara Mednick says you would be better off taking a nap instead.
Life Behind Bars
Marine biologists employ genetic barcoding in the quest to positively identify fish species...
Carbonated Oceans
Like a sinkful of hard water deposits suddenly doused with vinegar, the shells of tiny marine snails in Victoria Fabry's test tanks don't stand a chance...
A Step Ahead of the Next 'Big One'
The 1906 earthquake that devastated San Francisco marked a famous moment in history, but it was a relatively anonymous quake...
Tsien Receives Nobel Prize in Chemistry in Stockholm
The day after he received the Nobel Prize UC San Diego researcher Roger Tsien found his picture on the front page of a Swedish newspaper. The photograph showed him sitting by Princess Madeleine of Sweden.
Students Take a Walk
on the Wilder Side of Science
They learned about the biochemical mechanisms behind the research that earned UCSD scientist Roger Tsien the Nobel Prize last year. They found out how much oxygen...
Students Tout
Campus Greenness in
National Video Competition
Think UC San Diego has one of the coolest sustainability programs around? Now there’s a way to let everyone know.
Safer Nanoparticles SpotlightTumors,
Deliver Drugs
Small is promising when it comes to illuminating tiny tumors or precisely delivering drugs, but many worry about the safety of nano-scale materials.
It's All Relative: UC San Diego's Einstein Robot Has 'Emotional Intelligence'
Albert Einstein may have written his last scientific theory more than half a century ago, but he's still honing his emotional intelligence in a laboratory at UC San Diego.
Can Ultrafast Signal Processing Reach
1 Terabit Per Second?
Electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego have achieved world-record speeds for real-time signal processing in an effort to meet ambitious goals set by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)...
Green Bullet
Scientists take aim with tiny algae and their giant promise as the biofuel solution of the future.
Rising Tide
It's not the extra few feet of water that make sea level rise so dangerous. It's the extra few feet during a storm during El Niño during high tide, say researchers.
Coastal Bluff Erosion Study
The cliffs along the San Diego coastline are more than just fodder for picture postcards...
Intro to Computer Programming Gets a Makeover at UC San Diego
UC San Diego undergrads taking an intro-to-computer programming course held a campus art show recently.
Shake, Rattle & Roll: Simulated Earthquake of
the Great California Shakeout
While residents across California prepared for the “big one” during the Great California Shakeout on Thursday, campus engineers simulated their own earthquake.
King Solomon's
Mines Rediscovered?
Did the Bible’s King David and his son Solomon control the copper industry in present-day southern Jordan?
Bringing Out the
Scientist in Students
Surrounded by centrifuges, micro-pipettes and other scientific instruments, three high school students were arguing and joking. “I’m sweeter,” said Kheane Quezon, 17.
Surfing to Academic Success
Physics of surfing class introduces students to research.
Our First Sip of Seawater
Scripps researchers race to make desalination eco-friendly while there's still time.
Saving the Tijuana Estuary
The estuary stands as the last barrier between the Pacific Ocean and pollution.
Emperors of the Extreme
Emperor penguins can flourish in locales where few other animals roam. But scientists now wonder if they adapt to a new threat: climate change.
Campus Celebrates
Opening of Price Center Expansion with Launch Party
Students have more room to eat and study. They are now able to shop for groceries right on campus. New restaurants and a night club are set to open later this year.
Obesity Is ‘Socially Contagious,’ Study Finds
Finding that the obesity epidemic is spreading from person to person through close social ties.
CSE 125 Video Game Course
The goal of CSE 125 is to experience the design and implementation of a large, complex software system in large groups.
From Holy Land to Holy Land
San Diegans are getting a chance to travel back in time to the Middle East in pre-Biblical times, some 6,000 years ago.
To Lower Energy Costs, Students Install Unique Weather-Monitoring System at UCSD
UC San Diego undergraduate students have designed, built and deployed a network of five weather-monitoring stations.
Better Treatment
of Severe Blood Loss
Researchers at UC San Diego have tested a new fluid treatment that performs better than isotonic saline in resuscitation after severe blood loss.
Heading Due South
Scripps researchers gather geomagnetic signs to determine if Earth's magnetic field is currently headed toward a complete reversal.
Welcome to the New Normal
Scripps Oceanography research suggests that climate change will require a complete rethinking of water delivery systems in the West.