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In a water-scarce West of the future, who will be hit hardest?

In a hotter, drier West, who, besides fish, will be most harmed? James Marvin Phelps/flickr, CC BY-NCDespite recent flooding in Colorado and Texas, …

Natural Resources

Sharing My Story With Patients

Her parents stare back at me and then at each other, their eyes wide and lips pursed. I repeat, “We should consider brain surgery for your child.”

The father can only stammer, “Brain surgery?”

This conversation never gets any easier. As a pediatric epilepsy specialist, I remind them of the …


Study provides evidence on vitamin B12 and acne link

A new study from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) found that vitamin B12 may alter the facial bacteria in some people with healthy skin, suggesting a link between B12 and acne.

Researchers were interested in studying whether there was a difference between gene expression of skin …

Los Angeles

UCSF starts ambitious study of LGBT health issues

UCSF on Thursday begins an ambitious study of LGBT health that will use information collected from iPhone and Internet users to build the largest database yet of the physical, mental and social issues that uniquely affect gay and transgender men and women.

Data culled from the project, called the …


Fidgeting May Benefit Children With A.D.H.D.

Instead of telling children with hyperactivity and attention problems to sit still, perhaps we should encourage them to wriggle at will, according to a new study of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or A.D.H.D. The study, in Child Neuropsychology, found that children with …


Water Saving Tips For Your Vegetable Garden

Carol Hillhouse, the Ecological Coordinator at the UC Davis student farm, says preparing your garden to survive hot dry days starts with the …


You'd Be Fine if You Ate the French Mutant Lamb

Europe has intense, even nutty, opinions about genetic modification. Distrust of the technology has spread everywhere, like butter on a warm …

Life Sciences

Four tips for healthful summer eating

Summer’s bounty of fruit and vegetables does more than tempt your taste buds; it can have a powerful impact on your health. When you have more choices, there’s a greater chance that you’ll eat more produce, and that’s likely to lead to a lower risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, most …


Aquaponic farming saves water, but can it feed the country?

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: An ancient farming technique that uses far less water than traditional agriculture is getting new …


Now there’s a cockroach-inspired robot that can squeeze into small spaces

Sometimes, inspiration comes from the strangest places. Even kitchen floors, bathtubs, and dumpsters.

Nature has gotten a lot right about design, and scientists are mimicking all sorts of animals to make better robots. They’ve already figured out how to make robots leap over hurdles, and recover …


Troubled Delta System Is California’s Water Battleground

BYRON, Calif. — Fighting over water is a tradition in California, but nowhere are the lines of dispute more sharply drawn than here in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a 720,000-acre network of islands and canals that is the hub of the state’s water system.

Giant pumps pull in water flowing to the …

Natural Resources

Science interrupted

When young investigators start their first labs, their fresh ideas blow open new territories of science. While finding funding to support their work has always been challenging, young scientists now spend considerably more time applying for grants just to keep their new labs afloat — leaving much …

UC Berkeley

California’s wildflowers losing diversity in face of warmer, drier winters

Native wildflowers in California are losing species diversity after multiple years of drier winters, according to a study from the University of California, Davis, which provides the first direct evidence of climate change impacts in the state’s grassland communities.

The study, published in the …


New technology stores solar energy for weeks, not microseconds

The materials in most of today’s residential rooftop solar panels can store energy from the sun for only a few microseconds at a time. A new technology developed by chemists at UCLA is capable of storing solar energy for up to several weeks — an advance that could change the way scientists think …

Solar Power

Surplus food for the homeless is just an app away

On-demand smartphone apps are known for addressing the whims and desires of the comfortable. It turns out they can also serve the greater good.

One …


California's Medicaid Program Fails To Ensure Access To Doctors

Terri Anderson signed up for California's Medicaid program earlier this year, hoping she'd finally get treatment for her high blood pressure. But the insurer operating her Medicaid plan assigned the 57-year-old to a doctor across town from her Riverside, Calif., home and she couldn't get there.

"It …


“Less Soda Means More Adderall”

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Thinkstock. This article originally appeared in Inside Higher Ed.Officials at one university campus think it’s …

University of California

How Buying Smaller Fruit Could Save California’s Drought-Stricken Family Farms

Second-generation organic peach grower David “Mas” Masumoto describes the difference between a farming disaster and a crisis this way: A disaster is …


The Genetic Quest to Make Strawberries Taste Great Again

Botanists are starting to unravel the insanely complicated genetics of the strawberry's delicious flavor.The post The Genetic Quest to Make …

Life Sciences

New therapies offer hope to cancer patients

Gale Kilgore, a retired medical librarian in Amador County, went to the doctor two years ago for what she suspected was a urinary tract infection. …


From Oranges to Grapes, California Drought Changes What's Grown

Water scarcity is driving farmers to plant different crops. Growers are switching to more profitable -- less thirsty fruits, vegetables and …

California Drought

Professor guides students in innovating robots that benefit society

Four years ago, Mark Riccobono strapped himself into a specialized vehicle and drove alone for the first time at the Daytona International Speedway …


Science finally explains why it's so hard to quit sugar

Stress and sugar are like peanut butter and jelly: It’s tough to have the former without reaching for the latter.

Now, a small new study in the Journal

Scientific Research

The secrets to a healthy life

They say you are what you eat. In the world of medicine, that couldn’t be more true.

What we choose to eat has a powerful impact on both our internal and external environments. When we realize that something as primal as what we choose to put in our mouths each day makes an important difference in …

Healthy Eating

Is the world’s fresh water supply running out?

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: Hundreds of millions of people around the world depend on the use of underground rock formations …

Fresh Water

Entrepreneur gives UCSF $4.5 million to combat malaria

Billionaire Silicon Valley entrepreneur Sean Parker has given money for medical research, including allergies and cancer, and now has turned his attention to malaria with a $4.5 million gift to UCSF to tackle the global health issue.

The Napster founder and former Facebook president, 35, is donating …

Sean Parker

In any language, learning to walk and talk are linked

UC Merced developmental psychologist Eric Walle recently discovered a link between walking and talking in infants. This development, however, brought up additional questions. Was the link specific to culture? Age? Native language?

Walle, a professor in the Psychological Sciences graduate group, …

Language Learning

Longevity hormone is lower in stressed and depressed women

Women under chronic stress have significantly lower levels of klotho, a hormone that regulates aging and enhances cognition, researchers at UC San Francisco have found in a study comparing mothers of children on the autism spectrum to low-stress controls.

The researchers found that the women in …


Scientists devise molecular lock and key to control GMOs

UC Berkeley researchers have developed an easy way to put bacteria under a molecular lock and key in order to contain its accidental spread. The method involves a series of genetic mutations that render the microbe inactive unless the right molecule is added to enable its viability.

The work appears …

Scientific Research

Oh Joy! Berkeley consults on Inside Out emotions

When UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner attended the Hollywood premiere of the new Pixar movie, "Inside Out" — which opens Friday (June 19) in theaters nationwide — he was thrilled to see children running around the purple (not red) carpet yelling, “I’m Fear,” “I’m Sadness” or “I want to be …