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Growing Appetites for Learning and Activism in Food Systems

Over the past three years, I have been continually inspired by the remarkable level of student enthusiasm about education and activism tied to …

Agriculture

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweighs the risks of pesticides

When you shop for groceries, do you carry a copy of the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen,” list with you? It’s a list of the 12 vegetables and fruits with the most pesticides, and some people only buy organic versions of the items on the list. It’s the companion piece to the “Clean …

Nutrition

2017 Edible Education Course Launches 1/18

UC Berkeley – in collaboration with Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Project – is offering a course entitled “Edible Education 101: The Rise and …

As Rains Soak California, Farmers Test How To Store Water Underground

Six years ago, Don Cameron, the general manager of Terranova Ranch, southwest of Fresno, Calif., did something that seemed kind of crazy.<p>He went out to a nearby river, which was running high because of recent rains, and he opened an irrigation gate. Water rushed down a canal and flooded hundreds of …

Water

Why Trump should continue DACA

Much has been said over the past several months about America and what it means to be an American.<p>Here’s what I call an American: a child who grows …

Education

Search engine: How artificial intelligence techniques are aiding the hunt for new drugs

<b>A better cure for cancer — and other illnesses — could already be in existence, hidden right under our noses.</b><p>The problem is that possible new lifesaving drugs are created much faster than scientists can study them. Millions of untested compounds wait, jumbled together in no particular order in vast …

Life Sciences

How massive was the California storm? Download the iRain app to find out

<b>Climate researchers and weather forecasters get their rain data from a network of precipitation-sensing satellites that orbit Earth. iRain, a new mobile phone app developed by engineers at the University of California, Irvine puts the same precision rainfall information into the pockets of the</b> …

UC Berkeley

Bait and switch? Study finds fish fraud runs rampant

<b>Next time you go out for sushi in Los Angeles, don’t bother ordering halibut. Chances are it’s not halibut at all.</b><p>A new study from researchers at UCLA and Loyola Marymount University checked the DNA of fish ordered at 26 Los Angeles sushi restaurants from 2012 through 2015, and found that 47 …

UC Berkeley

New technology will cut plug-in hybrid fuel consumption by one-third

<b>Engineers at the University of California, Riverside have taken inspiration from biological evolution and the energy savings garnered by birds flying in formation to improve the efficiency of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) by more than 30 percent.</b><p>Titled “Development and evaluation of an …

UC Berkeley

Exercise does a body good: 20 minutes can act as anti-inflammatory

<b>It’s well known that regular physical activity has health benefits, including weight control, strengthening the heart, bones and muscles and reducing the risk of certain diseases. Recently, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine found how just one session of</b> …

Exercise

Cultural differences may leave their mark on DNA

<b>A UC San Francisco-led study has identified signatures of ethnicity in the genome that appear to reflect an ethnic group’s shared culture and environment, rather than its common genetic ancestry.</b><p>The study examined DNA methylation — an “annotation” of DNA that alters gene expression without changing …

Genetics

Students build living machines out of engineered tissues

<b>There are many labs at UC Merced where visitors can see students huddled over microscopes and petri dishes, using tweezers to extract and examine different items. But no one at UC Merced has ever seen the likes of what’s going on in professor Kara McCloskey’s class.</b><p>The graduate and undergraduate …

Life Sciences

Meet the UC honorees of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list

<b>More than two dozen UC alums have landed on the 2017 Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, a compilation of young change makers and innovators who are transforming business, technology, finance, media and culture.</b><p>This year’s list includes people with ties to virtually every UC campus in fields that run the …

UC Berkeley

A standout among standouts

<b>The University of California was honored Tuesday as one of the world’s most innovative institutions.</b><p>In the company of multinational titans ranging from Apple to Boeing, UC was the only university honored as a 2016 Top 100 Global Innovator by Clarivate Analytics, a data and analysis company that …

Innovation

UC launches new efforts to address California’s teacher shortage

<b>California has a chronic teacher shortage, made worse by the fact that roughly one in six new teachers leave the field after just a few years.</b><p>One of the biggest reasons teachers move on? They don’t feel prepared for the demands of the job.<p>The University of California has set its sights on solving …

Education

Butterfly for science, beer for bragging

<b>You can contribute to science and win a pitcher of beer by competing in Professor Art Shapiro’s “Beer for a Butterfly” contest, now in its 46th year. The object: Catch the first cabbage white butterfly (Pieris rapae) of the new year in Yolo, Sacramento or Solano counties.</b><p>Shapiro, distinguished …

UC Berkeley

The challenge facing libraries in an era of fake news

<b>Imagine, for a moment, the technology of 2017 had existed on Jan. 11, 1964 — the day Luther Terry, surgeon general of the United States, released “Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the United States.”</b><p>What would be some likely scenarios?<p>The social media …

Research

Mathematicians bring ocean to life for Disney’s ‘Moana’

<b>UCLA mathematics professor Joseph Teran, a Walt Disney consultant on animated movies since 2007, is under no illusion that artists want lengthy mathematics lessons, but many of them realize that the success of animated movies often depends on advanced mathematics.</b><p>“In general, the animators and …

Mathematics

Scientific reasons for keeping your New Year’s resolutions

<b>More than half of Americans make a New Year’s resolution each year, and though most people set out with the best of intentions, just a small percentage are successful in following through on their resolutions.</b><p>To give you a bit of scientific motivation, UC San Francisco gathered some of the latest …

Wellness

A Wolverine-inspired material

<b>Scientists, including several from the University of California, Riverside, have developed a transparent, self-healing, highly stretchable conductive material that can be electrically activated to power artificial muscles and could be used to improve batteries, electronic devices, and robots.</b><p>The …

Chemistry

Engineers work with Samsung on promising new memory technology

<b>Today's computers often use as many as four different kinds of memory technology, from the hard drive to the memory chips, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. A new memory technology may be poised to disrupt this landscape, however, with a unique combination of features. It goes by the</b> …

UC Berkeley

Online toolkit offers resources to improve school nutrition

More than 30 million children now get at least one meal a day from school, making the nation’s schools a vital partner in efforts to combat rising rates of obesity, diabetes and prediabetes among U.S. children.<p>With that in mind, the University of California’s Global Food Initiative has launched a …

Education

Scar-Free Healing Is Almost Here

Scientists have figured out how to make scars heal like regular skin.<p>Scars have been a persistent problem for people healing from injuries and surgery for all of human existence. But that might be about to change. New research from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, …

University of Pennsylvania

The Long, Lonely Quest to Breed the Ultimate Avocado

It’s the winter avocado harvest at the University of California’s orchard in Lindcove, and the fruit jumbled in the back of Eric Focht’s SUV are a …

Avocado

For a budding botanist, the pomegranate is a family tree

The first pomegranate that John Chater grasped bled crimson drops onto his tan suede shoes.<p>The leathery hull brimmed with dark, translucent seeds bigger than his baby teeth, and when he nibbled them they burst with a sweetness his toddler tongue had never experienced.<p>After that, no other fruit …

Agriculture

Regents to consider modest tuition increase for improved student support

Fact sheets• How UC campuses will use revenue from a tuition increase<br>• Estimated impact of a tuition adjustment on UC students and families and the role of financial aid<br>• UC has cut costs and tightened its belt<p>Across the University of California, the strains of doing more with less are starting to be …

College & University

The most viral UC research of 2016

<b>From the perils of sugar to a breakthrough treatment for paralysis to charting new planets and mapping the brain, UC research captured the public’s attention in 2016, emerging as some of the most discussed, shared and publicized science of the year.</b><p>UC research accounted for 14 of the Top 100 most …

Research

Economic impact of UC Merced rises to $2.6B

<b>Even before its unprecedented expansion through the Merced 2020 Project, the University of California, Merced, has directly contributed more than $1.4 billion to the San Joaquin Valley economy to date, and more than $2.6 billion to the state’s economy, according to the university’s annual Economic</b> …

Economics

UC Davis Veterinarians Help Paralyzed Cat Walk Again

DAVIS (CBS13) — Against all odds, a cat suffering from a rare spinal cord infection is back on all fours.<p>Just three months ago, Gray was paralyzed …

Wildlife

District partners with UCSD to study plate waste

The San Ysidro School District is keeping an eye on what students eat from their school lunch for research aimed at improving student health and …

Food