Nontraditional

A rich tradition of non-traditional thinking

The art of conversation (with your computer)

Can we teach computers to understand what we really mean? UC Santa Cruz researchers are working to make that a reality, with help from linguistic cues culled from the online world, say Pranav Anand, associate professor of linguistics, and Marilyn...

The gold standard

Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, professor and chair of astronomy and astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz, has a sure-fire recipe for gold. All you have to do is get the densest stars in the universe—neutron stars—to fuse. Neutron stars in binaries will orbit each...

Gaming the system

With popular games such as Doom and Call of Duty: Black Ops III grabbing headlines, it doesn’t seem as if video games could have a deeper purpose or be socially relevant. But UC Santa Cruz researchers are proving those perceptions false. Erin...