Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 12, 2012
Steelhead trout lose out when water is low in wine country
The competition between farmers and fish for precious water in California is intensifying in wine country, suggests a new study by UC Berkeley biologists.

Floating robots use GPS-enabled smartphones to track water flow
A fleet of 100 floating robots took a trip down the Sacramento River on May 9, in a field test organized by UC Berkeley engineers.

Sundown syndrome-like symptoms in fruit flies may be due to high dopamine levels
Researchers have discovered a mechanism involving the neurotransmitter dopamine that switches fruit fly behavior from being active during the day (diurnal) to nocturnal.

Oracle chairman Jeff Henley makes $50 million gift to UC Santa Barbara
A new philanthropic gift from Jeff Henley, chairman of the board of Oracle, and his wife, Judy, will advance the UCSB campus toward the $1-billion goal of its Campaign for UC Santa Barbara. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to