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Everything ages, even your brain. Don’t worry so much. It’s probably not Alzheimer’s.

Your muscles age. So do your joints and bones. You recognize this, try to do what you can and adapt to what you can't change.

But when it comes to the …

The Brain

UCSD scientist awarded Japan Prize

UC San Diego researcher Theodore Friedmann was awarded the Japan Prize in Tokyo on Thursday for his pioneering efforts to find ways to alter genes to …

Japan

Science Says Chocolate Therapy Is Real

Corbis Images Pop quiz: It's 4:45 p.m. and your boss just dropped a new assignment in your lap, which means you'll miss your favorite spin class …

Chocolate

Hoop Dreams

The following script is from "Hoop Dreams" which aired on April 19, 2015. Lesley Stahl is the correspondent. Shari Finkelstein and Jennie Held,

Hoop Dreams

Antibiotics in Food Increase Obesity

Recently the FDA issued a somber report: Sales of antibiotics to use in pigs, chicken, cows and seafood rose 20% between 2009 and 2013. About 32.6

Healthy Food

Major Advance in Artificial Photosynthesis Poses Win/Win for the Environment

A major advance in artificial photosynthesis poses win/win for the environment – using sequestered CO2 for green chemistry, including renewable fuel …

Environment

Concerns of an Artificial Intelligence Pioneer

In January, the British-American computer scientist Stuart Russell drafted and became the first signatory of an open letter calling for researchers …

Artificial Intelligence

Wildfires emit more greenhouse gases than assumed in state climate targets

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A new study quantifying the amount of carbon stored and released through California forests and wildlands finds that wildfires and …

Climate

They weigh less than a nickel -- but they can fly through the harshest of weather conditions. Watch what happens when researchers at UC Berkeley put a hummingbird inside a wind tunnel.

Amazing: Watch a hummingbird fly in a wind tunnel

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Monday, April 20, 2015, 7:36 PM - Hummingbirds need to eat …

Weather

The Shocking Cost of Stingy Pay in America | Al Jazeera America

Workers’ wages have been declining in recent years. The Berkeley researchers note that from 2003-2013, inflation-adjusted wages sank for the entire bottom 70 percent of the American workforce — in other words, most of us. To add insult to injury, that same period saw a large decline in the share of …

Minimum Wage

Can UC Berkeley unseat Stanford as top entrepreneurship school? Rebecca Lynn thinks so - Bizwomen

University of California Berkeley is one of the top schools in the world for entrepreneurship. But its entrepreneurial programming and alumni are …

Entrepreneurship

Why California's drought hasn't sent food prices soaring

California plays an utterly pivotal role in American agriculture. The state produces one-third of the country's vegetables and two-thirds of its …

Cost of Living

Overnight fasting may reduce breast cancer risk

A decrease in the amount of time spent eating and an increase in overnight fasting reduces glucose levels and may reduce the risk of breast cancer among women, report University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

The …

Cancer

The fifth annual TEDxUCDavis goes beyond the conversation” this sunday (april 26), inspiring people to take action. speakers include a student who will describe an optometric device she developed with three classmates, offering a simpler, cheaper way to prescribe eyeglasses in developing

Before she graduates this summer, Rose Hong Truong will be able to say she and three classmates have a patent pending and have created an …

UC Davis

2015-04-20-fasting-may-reduce-breast-cancer-risk

TitleTag: Overnight Fasting May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk in WomenNews_release:A decrease in the amount of time spent eating and an increase in …

Fasting

Block the bad sounds and harness the good with Hush earplugs

This world we live in can be pretty noisy — especially when you’re trying to get some sleep. But tossing in standard earplugs to block out excess …

Hush

Everything I thought I knew about water in California is wrong

This piece started out as a confident prescription for California’s drought ills. But when I began writing, I kept coming across things that seemed …

Natural Resources

Shedding light on the blurry world of myopia and its meteoric global growth

The world is looking a whole lot blurrier to a growing number of people. Rates of myopia, or the inability to see objects at a distance, are rising at a staggering pace, provoking widespread discussion about what’s causing this deterioration. Its rapid increase and marked prevalence in developed …

Myopia

Falsified medicines taint global supply

When you take a medication for, say, high cholesterol, do you know that pill is really what the label says it is? Depending upon the type of medicine and where you live, the threat of falsified medications (also referred to as counterfeit, fraudulent, and substandard) can be quite real, yet the …

Medicine

Where did the Deepwater Horizon oil go? To Davy Jones' Locker at the bottom of the sea

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Where did the Deepwater Horizon oil go? To Davy Jones' Locker at the bottom of the sea

New analysis traces oil to its resting

Deep Water

It Takes a Village or 10: Collective Action Stops Harmful Social Practice

Can people change their ways? Yes. But don’t bother preaching against a culture’s conventions, or outlawing them. Neither will work – or not for …

Activism

Immunotherapy drug shows success in treating advanced lung cancer

UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer CenterDr. Edward GaronIn what is thought to be the largest study to date using immunotherapy to treat lung cancer, …

Cancer

Private Eyes in the Grocery Aisles

Mansour Samadpour makes his way through the supermarket like a detective working a crime scene, slow, watchful, up one aisle and down the next. A clerk mistakenly assumes that he needs help, but Mr. Samadpour brushes him off. He knows exactly what he’s doing.

He buys organic raspberries that might …

Food

Love at First Sight Is Real, If You Believe

The first time he saw the beautiful young woman across the crowded room, their eyes met. One week later he told he loved her. Three months later, they were married.

Does this really ever happen outside of the movies?

Scientists say we are genetically wired for the possibility of love at first sight, …

Love

Mellow Pastimes Can Be Good For Your Health, Too

This makes total sense: When you're engaged in an activity you truly enjoy, you're happy. And, when you're happy you're not dwelling on all the negative things in life, nor are you stressed about obligations or problems. Certainly this is a good thing from an emotional point of view, but it also …

Public Broadcasters

Not All Almonds Are Equal When It Comes To Water Use

It’s said that it takes 1.1 gallons of water to grow a single almond, but Joshua Viers tells us that oversimplifies the issue. …

Natural Resources

Why The World Is Becoming Near-Sighted

That’s an average overall. But if you look at data by age, you’ll notice something else, Liu says: a higher prevalence in children and young adults …

Myopia

UCSC sets record for longest granola bar

Longest Granola bar by the numbers

• 50 pounds of oatmeal

• 20 pounds of diced almond

• 15 pounds of peanuts

• 60 pounds of fresh honey

• 30 pounds of …

Should Schools Allow Unvaccinated Kids?

We posed that question to Jodi Halpern, MD, PhD, a professor of bioethics at the Joint Medical Program at the University of California, Berkeley and …

Kids

Are You at Risk of Gallstones?

An estimated 25 million American adults have gallstones, and nearly 1 million new cases are diagnosed each year. Are you at risk? That depends, …

Gallbladder