Researchers say efforts to track the status of coronavirus in a South Coast college community also shows a COVID-19 test they’ve developed may be an important new tool in the battle against the virus.

UC Santa Barbara biologist Carolina Arias and a team of colleagues targeted young adults at UCSB, Isla Vista, and Goleta.  More than 1800 volunteers were tested in two batches from May to June, and June to July.

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A South Coast researcher says we may be underestimating a key element in the spread of coronavirus.

UC Santa Barbara mathematician Bjorn Birnir says social distancing isn't enough, and that a new study shows that air circulation can play a key role in spreading the virus.

The coronavirus crisis has disrupted a number of popular summertime community events on the Central and South Coasts.  One of them is a free outdoor summer movie series at the Santa Barbara County courthouse.

But, the people who host it have come up with a creative alternative.  UC Santa Barbara’s Arts and Lectures is holding its free summer filmfest in a safe, socially distanced way, at a Santa Barbara drive-in.

One of the largest universities on the Central and South Coasts has announced plans for a fall schedule which will feature mostly remote classes.

UC Santa Barbara officials say they will focus on remote instruction, but that there will be some in-person offerings, and some hybrid classes.  They say all classes with 50 students or more will be offered via remote instruction.

Coronavirus crisis or not, this is a special time for tens of thousands of high school and college graduates on the Central and South Coasts.

But, one new UC Santa Barbara graduate has a very unusual story spanning two decades.  He didn’t get his degree because of a glitch, and was then sidetracked because of his career as a Major League baseball player. 

Two more universities on the Central and South Coasts have announced plans to suspend traditional classes, and move to virtual instruction in light of coronavirus concerns. Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo are making the shift.

UC Santa Barbara is moving its classes online for the last few days of the winter quarter and the first weeks of the spring quarter in response to coronavirus concerns. In a letter to the campus community, Chancellor Henry Yang says instructors are being told to use alternative arrangements to in-person classes and exams.

UC Santa Barbara researchers think they’ve made a huge breakthrough which could revolutionize the speed with which supercomputers process information.

Researchers say working with a one-of-a-kind Google computer, they were able to process information in a little over three minutes which would take the most powerful conventional computers 10,000 years to handle.

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Researchers on the South Coast are developing a unique robot that can do what other robots can’t. This vine-like robot can expand and move around obstacles to navigate its environment. It could even be life-saving in medical and disaster relief situations.

UC Santa Barbara has an impressive academic reputation, but a new survey by a college ranking organization places it number one in a less than stellar category. The latest edition of the Princeton Review says UCSB is number one in the nation for hard liquor consumption. The new version of the annual survey also puts UCSB sixth in the country for party schools.

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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.

In a classroom on the California Lutheran University campus in Thousand Oaks, some two dozen elementary school students are at summer camp. But, there’s no swimming, archery or arts and crafts here. These students are here for what’s called the Young Writer’s Camp.

Some people collect stamps.  Other collect coins.  But, for more than four decades, a UC Santa Barbara professor has collected the type of boxes you might have in your kitchen cabinet, or even on your kitchen table right now.

William Davies King says it something which started nearly four decades ago.  He was a college student, and wanted to collect something, but couldn’t afford something like baseball cards.  He stumbled across cereal boxes.

(Photo by Dr. Thomas Turner, UCSB)

It’s a science story which sounds more like a sci-fi story. A fish washed up on a South Coast beach. No big deal, right? Except this fish is seven feet wide, seven feet long, weighs hundreds of pounds, and is normally only found in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s what’s known as a Hoodwinker Sunfish.

It’s Valentine’s Day, a day when we celebrate the special people we love, and a scientist at UC Santa Barbara has been studying the science of love.

More specifically, Dr. Bianca Acevedo has been looking at how our feelings about loved ones prompt us to put their well being before our own.