On Sunday, Sept. 24 students were invited to “Meet the Beach,” an annual event hosted by Recreation to introduce new Tritons to the ocean adventures that await just a short walk from the campus. Activities ranged from surfing lessons and aerial silks to a “muscle beach” with weights and kayak tours.
A composite movie showing the phase contrast of a single spore (top left) to visualize the dormant state. A movie (top right) shows the color-coded electrochemical potential of the same spore. The plot (bottom left) shows the corresponding time trace of the electrochemical potential values changing over time. Finally, a corresponding bar plot (bottom right) visualizes the jumps towards the threshold for returning to life.
UC San Diego researchers developed soft devices containing algae that glow in the dark when experiencing mechanical stress, such as being squished, stretched, twisted or bent. The devices do not need electronics to produce light, making them ideal for building soft robots for exploring the deep sea and other dark environments.
A massive new simulator brings 36,000 gallons of seawater into the laboratory to create the world’s most sophisticated replica ocean. The Scripps Ocean-Atmosphere Research Simulator (SOARS) at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography gives scientists the ability to replicate what takes place in the ocean while controlling conditions. SOARS can mimic polar to tropical conditions, create near-hurricane force winds, and enable study of microscopic ocean life. With SOARS, scientists can observe present-day conditions and determine how our ocean and atmosphere will respond to a changing climate.
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