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A small team of UC Santa Cruz astronomers was the first to observe the light from the violent merger of two neutron stars.

A small team of UC Santa Cruz astronomers was the first to observe the light from the violent merger of two neutron stars.

First observations of merging neutron stars mark a new era in astronomy

Using the small Swope Telescope in Chile, the UC Santa Cruz team made the first-ever observations of a visible event linked to the detection of gravitational waves. The stunning find is already helping astronomers resolve a heated debate about the cosmic origins of gold and silver.

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California’s coastal protection on the edge

California’s coastal protection on the edge

Writing in "The Conversation," professor Gary Griggs and researcher Charles Lester look at challenges facing the state's 50 years of coastal management.

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UCSC-led team sheds light on Easter Island mysteries

UCSC-led team sheds light on Easter Island mysteries

New paleogenomic research rules out the likelihood Easter Island inhabitants intermixed with South Americans before the arrival of Europeans in 1722.

Pacific Rim Music Festival hosts historic collaboration

Pacific Rim Music Festival hosts historic collaboration

Five free public concerts of traditional Korean music and 40 world premieres will be offered, featuring the Korean National Gugak Center's orchestra.

UCSC wins $10.5 million college-preparation grant

UCSC wins $10.5 million college-preparation grant

Funding will help the Educational Partnership Center improve high school graduation and college enrollment rates for low-income, first-generation students.

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