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Books: UCSB scholar paints grim picture of emotional and physical damage caused by U.S. torture in “Kill Boxes”

SANTA BARBARA, CA, April 6, 2017 – A hooded Iraqi man stands on a box in a crucifixion-like pose at Abu Ghraib prison. Wires attached to his hands suggest the possibility of electrocution. The photo, dated 2004, became a shocking symbol of human rights violations committed during the presidency of George W. Bush — including […]

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Kelp Beats the Heat

A school of halfmoons in a giant kelp forest off southern California.Photo Credit:Ron McPeak December 13, 2016 – In early 2014, when a large-scale marine heat wave in the Pacific Ocean produced temperature anomalies greater than anything seen since recordkeeping began in the early 1900s, marine scientists saw something else, too: opportunity. Ocean researchers at […]

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Master of the Universe: ‘Star Trek’ makeup artist Michael Westmore’s work on exhibit at UC Santa Barbara

Michael Westmore works on a Borg character for “Star Trek: The Next Generation” in the 1990s. October 5, 2016 – If the Borg from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” gave you nightmares, blame Michael Westmore. Ever laugh at the Ferengi? Thank Westmore. In fact, every alien in the “Star Trek” universe from “TNG” to “Voyager” […]

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Message in a Brain Scan

Sting looks at his brain scans at McGill University’s Montreal Neurological Institute. Photo Credit: OWEN EGAN August 15, 2016 – What does the 1960s Beatles hit “Girl” have in common with Astor Piazolla’s evocative tango composition “Libertango”? To the casual listener, probably not much. But in the mind of one famously eclectic singer-songwriter, the two […]