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Seven-Year Study Indicates Steady and Upward Trends for Blue and Fin Whales in Southern California

A new study led by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego indicates a steady population trend for blue whales and an upward population trend for fin whales in Southern California. The study, largely supported by the Office of Naval Research, provides the first detailed view into the spatial use of Southern California waters by blue and fin whales, the two largest cetacean species in the world. Both are classified as endangered species.

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NSF Awards Simons Array Project $5 Million to Study Origins of the Universe

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $5 million grant to support the Simons Array, a new system of three powerful telescopes designed to study the origins of the universe. Led by a team of scientists from UC San Diego, UC Berkeley and the University of Colorado, the Simons Array expands the POLARBEAR project, based in Chile’s Atacama desert, to search for the signature of cosmic inflation—the rapid expansion of the early universe after the Big Bang.

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X-ray Imaging Reveals Secrets in Battery Materials

In a new study, researchers explain why one particular cathode material works well at high voltages, while most other cathodes do not. The insights, published in the journal Science, could help battery developers design rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that operate at higher voltages.

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