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South and Central Coast researchers say they created a model that they hope develops the ocean in a sustainable way. 

Several industries utilize the ocean, such as fisheries, offshore wind farms and aquaculture, which is the farming of seafood.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo biology professor Crow White worked with UC Santa Barbara researchers to develop a model so that these different marine industries can most effectively and sustainably use the ocean.

Photo by NASA, ESA, and Patrick Kelly (University of Minnesota)

A South Coast scientist is among an international group of researchers that discovered the farthest star ever seen. 

Dr. Curtis McCully, an astrophysicist at Las Cumbres Observatory in Goleta, played a part in the discovery of an enormous blue star nicknamed Icarus that’s located nine billion lightyears away.

Sea turtles are threatened with extinction. One of the biggest threats to their survival is illegal poaching of their eggs in Latin America. But, an innovative technological solution created by a wildlife conservation group on the South Coast is fighting illegal poaching of sea turtle eggs.

Poisons had long been used to protect levees and dams from rodents. But, now, Ventura County has turned to a more environmentally friendly approach. A South Coast Boy Scout troop is helping the county attract birds of prey to do the work that poisons once did.

Minority children across the South and Central Coasts are being encouraged to pursue science careers. A youth summit in Ventura County targeted minority students with the hope that they would get excited about STEAM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Photo by California Lutheran University

A South Coast university will be building a $30 million science center. 

California Lutheran University will be breaking ground on its Thousand Oaks campus later this month on what will become a three-story, 47,000-square-foot facility featuring 30 flexible science labs.

There’s a computer science course on the South Coast that’s teaching kids how to develop computer programs, which is known as coding. These children are attending a weekly class at a local library to become code-savvy.

This is the Coding Club which brings young people to Santa Barbara Central Library’s Tech Lab. These kids are having fun, but they’re also learning skills that can turn them into the next generation of computer programmers.

There’s a little known type of library that’s sprouting up throughout California. It promotes gardening, biodiversity and access to healthy food. On the South Coast, a library allows patrons to check out seeds just like checking out books.

Photo by Dave Keeling

Scientists on the Central Coast are finding just how much birds suffer as a result of noise pollution from human activity.

Clint Francis, an assistant professor in biological sciences at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, joined researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder and the Florida Museum of Natural History to take a closer look at how noise from oil and gas operations impacts birds.

The study found that noise hinders the birds’ reproduction, causing the chicks growth to be stunted.

Photo by NASA

South and Central Coast residents are in for a rare astronomical treat this week.

On Wednesday between 5 am and 6 am, there will be a “Super Blue Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse.”

Green waste – like tree limbs and grass – can produce an enormous amount of methane if left in a landfill. The methane emits greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. But, there’s a company based in the South Coast that’s working to reduce the effects of climate change by taking green waste and putting it back in the ground.

(Image courtesy Raw Science Film Festival)

It sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie.

UC Santa Barbara researchers are talking about using laser propelled microchips as tiny spacecraft, to explore the closest stars. The research is one of the projects being highlighted at a unique South Coast film festival this weekend.

Photo by Kerri Frangioso

A researcher on the Central Coast is leading an international group of scientists to help prevent the global problem of dying forests.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Richard Cobb says forests worldwide are dying at an accelerated pace mostly due to drought and heat from climate change. So, he collaborated with 20 researchers around the world to develop a framework to help minimize future forest mortality rates.

Photo by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

A central coast university is teaming up with a major tech company to try to find technological solutions to problems that organizations face.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Amazon Web Services have created the Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub where they’re helping government, education and nonprofit sectors.

More than 100 high school students pulled an all-nighter this weekend to do computer coding.

The Ventura County Office of Education hosted its first Hackathon By the Sea at its conference center in Camarillo where students did coding projects that included creating websites, apps and games.

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