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A university on the South Coast is building a new math lab. The goal is to help underrepresented students succeed.

California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks is creating a 700-square-foot Math Center inside Pearson Library.

Dr. Gabriela Cazares of Cal Lutheran says the project is being funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to increase the number of underrepresented students who earn teaching credentials.

Some high school students in Ventura County are spending part of their summer learning the science behind flying.

This aviation course teaches them how to use STEM - which stands for science, technology, engineering and math – to design and build small airplanes.

Photo by Nadav Lensky/Geological Survey of Israel

UC Santa Barbara researchers helped solve a mystery as to why large salt deposits are piling up at the bottom of the Dead Sea in the Middle East.

The Dead Sea between Israel and Jordan is 10 times as salty as the ocean. In the summer, the lake has a top layer of hot, salty water and a bottom layer of cooler, less salty water. Since the top layer is less dense, the laws of physics don’t explain how all that salt could pile up at the bottom of the lake.

There’s a new way for kids on the South Coast to learn about science. A Ventura County museum has just unveiled an interactive lab where children can delve into the earth sciences in a creative and educational approach.

“That’s cool. It’s really sparkly,” says 10-year-old Rowan Rahbar who is looking at a piece of granite through a microscope.

“Those are the different minerals. So, the pink one is called feldspar and the black one is called hornblende and the clear one is quartz,” says museum educator Erin Valenzuela who gives her a science lesson.

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More than a billion people in the developing world live off the grid, without electricity.

A professor at a Central Coast college is working to change that, with a new device to help them get power.

Taufik is an electrical engineer from Indonesia, where many people - like himself - are known by only one name.

Photo by Quality of Life Plus

Engineering students on the Central Coast created a device to improve a severely injured veteran’s life.

Navy veteran Taylor Morris has been living as a quadruple amputee since he was wounded while serving in Afghanistan in 2012.

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College students on the Central Coast are creating prosthetics for a boy who lost his fingers in a fiery car crash.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo engineering students are working on a pair of prosthetic hands for 10-year-old Julian Reynoso.

There’s a unique science program that’s being taught to some middle school students on the South Coast that involves eating insects. It may sound nasty, but they’re doing it in the name of science.

Photo by Sean Anderson

A United Nations report revealed that an enormous number of animal and plant species are in danger of extinction because of people, and a researcher says there may be some examples of that on the South Coast.

The UN report found one million species are threatened across the globe. It’s not clear how many locally, but Cal State Channel Islands Environmental Science Chair Sean Anderson cites his road kill surveys that show some animals are becoming increasingly rare, like the American badger.

A South Coast biotech company is launching a social fitness movement to support the fight against heart disease and cancer.

Amgen based in Thousand Oaks has just begun the Breakaway Challenge initiative. The idea is to urge participants to turn their walking, running or cycling into support for nonprofit organizations dedicated to heart disease and cancer research.

Some kids in the Conejo Valley are spending time at a unique business where they’re learning how to develop computer programs known as coding.

“You’re able to use coding to affect things in the real world like controlling one of these drones,” says 12-year-old Mason Tarter who comes to Code Ninjas in Thousand Oaks.

You may notice more and more people using standing desks at work. Many of them opt for standing, rather than sitting, for its health benefits.

However, a scientist on the South Coast says his research shows that standing is not as healthy as you would expect. The study found people who stand when working only burn a few more calories than those who sit.

Imagine your phone telling you if you have a bacterial infection. There’s now a tool designed for clinics, hospitals and doctor’s offices that can do just that. UC Santa Barbara researchers developed a smartphone app that allows users to detect bacteria at a low cost in under an hour, which can be life-saving.

Photo by NASA/JHUAPL/LORRI/SwRI

A Santa Barbara County researcher was part of a team of scientists who discovered small craters in the outer solar system not seen before.

Sarah Greenstreet was a scientist at Las Cumbres Observatory based in Goleta when she used photos from the New Horizons spacecraft to look at craters on Pluto and its moon, Charon.

Photo by Gareth Harris

It may be hard to believe, but the brain, nervous system and genome of a particular type of worm is similar to that of humans. And that’s why several students at a South Coast college are conducting research with these kinds of worms to better understand how humans make decisions. 

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