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UC hospitals ranked among best in the nation, state

<b>The University of California runs two of the nation’s top 10 hospitals and all five of its medical centers stand among California’s best, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2017–18 rankings.</b><p>The list of “best hospitals,” released by U.S. News today (Aug. 8) ranked UC San Francisco Medical …

College & University

How one UC Irvine professor beat Las Vegas and Wall Street

Las Vegas in the 1960s: It was a place run by men who ordered hits over cappuccinos and made offers nobody refused. Men who were feared, and feared …

Las Vegas

Bitten by the bug, renowned termite killer, researcher retires from University of California

BERKELEY — When Vernard Lewis was a little boy, he hunted grasshoppers and fed them to harvester ants. When he brought home bugs he’d trapped in …

UC Berkeley

Watching children learn how to lie

For the liar, telling a lie has obvious costs. Keeping track of the lies one tells and trying to maintain the plausibility of a fictional narrative …

Psychology

‘The At-Promise population’

<b>When UC Santa Barbara professor of sociology Victor Rios was in the eighth grade, he temporarily abandoned his education. Each morning, he would sling his backpack over his shoulders, wave goodbye to his mother and head to his Oakland-area middle school — or so she thought.</b><p>Instead, Rios ditched …

Education

How electric vehicles could take a bite out of the oil market

<b>When will cars powered by gas-guzzling internal combustion engines become obsolete? Not as soon as it seems, even with the latest automotive news out of Europe.</b><p>First, Volvo announced it would begin to phase out the production of cars that run solely on gasoline or diesel by 2019 by only releasing …

Electric Vehicles

Marian Diamond, known for studies of Einstein’s brain, dies at 90

<b>Marian Cleeves Diamond, one of the founders of modern neuroscience who was the first to show that the brain can change with experience and improve with enrichment, and who discovered evidence of this in the brain of Albert Einstein, died July 25 at the age of 90 at her home in Oakland.</b><p>A professor …

The Brain

Professors swim for science across Tahoe

How to donateGifts made in either of these two ways will go to the Tahoe Environmental Research Center:Use the “Giving” link on the TERC website (please designate your gift “In Honor of Jennifer Teerlink,” for tracking purposes).Contribute to the Trans-Tahoe Swim for Water Research GoFundMe …

Lake Tahoe

Happy hour: A second drink linked to staying sharp in old age, new study finds

<b>Older adults who consume alcohol moderately on a regular basis are more likely to live to the age of 85 without dementia or other cognitive impairments than non-drinkers, according to a University of California San Diego School of Medicine-led study.</b><p>The findings are published in the August issue of …

Research

Traveling to Mars will wreak havoc on our bodies — can we prevent it?

<b>As humans prepare to venture deeper into outer space, including potential trips to Mars, researchers are hard at work trying to understand and mitigate the effects of low gravity and radiation on space travelers’ bodies.</b><p>“People think of technology as the limiting factor in space flight, but it’s …

Biology

9 myths about healthy eating, busted

<b>As a nutritional epidemiologist devoted to prevention, Karin Michels has spent much of her career studying how health can be optimized through a proper diet.</b><p>“People think it all comes down to their genes, but there is so much we can control by not smoking or being overweight, eating right and …

Nutrition

Flame retardant exposure found to lower IQ in children

<b>A hazardous class of flame retardant chemicals commonly found in furniture and household products damages children’s intelligence, resulting in loss of IQ points, according to a new study by UC San Francisco researchers.</b><p>The study, published Aug. 3, 2017, in Environmental Health Perspectives, …

Research

Why your tuna could have 36 times more chemicals than others

<b>Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego found levels of persistent organic pollutants as much as 36 times higher in the muscle tissue of yellowfin tuna caught in the more industrialized areas of the northeast Pacific Ocean and northeast Atlantic</b> …

Oceans

The top 10 U.S. colleges for sociology majors

<i>This article was written by Megan Cahill and originally appeared on</i> College Factual, <i>a website that helps college students student get their best fit education for less. College Factual uses statistics to stop students from being treated like one. Its content is produced independently of</i> USA …

Education

UC is changing its hiring policy to remove barriers to opportunity

<b>UC is making a change to avoid discouraging qualified previously incarcerated people from applying to work at UC.</b><p>Under UC’s new policy, which will begin as early as October, applicants will no longer be asked to check a box on the initial employment application indicating whether they have been …

UC Berkeley

Massive study launched to test personalized approach to breast cancer screening

<b>Sorting out when or whether to get mammograms can be perplexing for any woman, and a health provider’s advice may not settle the matter. That’s because even experts disagree about when screening mammography is appropriate and for whom.</b><p>That’s what Women Informed to Screen Depending on Measures of …

Cancer

UCLA study helps Californians save electricity — and money — this summer

<b>Electricity demand fluctuates each day, and consumers who want to unplug during peak times to save money and help the environment now have a new tool at their disposal. Chai Energy, a partner of the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, is making real-time energy information a reality for electricity</b> …

UC Berkeley

‘First-gen faculty’ campaign highlights professors who are the first in their families to attend college

<b>On Thursday, June 8, UC Riverside officially joined the UC-wide First-Gen Faculty campaign, meant to highlight and identify first-generation professors who can, in turn, serve as mentors for first-generation students.</b><p>This appreciation event was held at the weekly Farmer’s Market by Hinderaker Hall. …

Education

Oakland Promise Scholars head for UC

<b>University of California President Janet Napolitano today (July 27) awarded college scholarships to five UC-bound Oakland students in recognition of their academic achievements and volunteer service to their communities.</b><p>The recipients of the Oakland Promise Scholarships will each receive $4,000 per …

College & University

UC Zika research aims to ‘collapse’ mosquito populations

Zika, dengue fever and other mosquito-born illnesses have surged to public attention in recent years, with Zika afflicting thousands of people across …

Genetics

'Social Camouflage' May Lead To Underdiagnosis Of Autism In Girls

Many more boys are diagnosed with autism every year than girls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the disorder is 4.5 times more common among boys than girls. Boys appear to be more vulnerable to the disorder, but there is some evidence that the gender gap may not be as …

Autism

Study finds that storage prices are falling faster than PV and wind technologies

Energy storage projects may bring the cost per kWh of a lithium-ion battery down from $10,000/kWh in the early 1990’s to $100/kWh in 2019, according …

Batteries

Startup@BerkeleyLaw Expands Outreach to Underrepresented Entrepreneurs | Berkeley Law

Startup@BerkeleyLaw, a fast-growing initiative at Berkeley Law that helps new ventures take flight, has launched a program to help underrepresented …

Silicon Valley

Elephant seals recognize vocal rhythms to avoid bullies

Caroline Casey records the vocalizations of the alpha male elephant seal at Ano Nuevo State Park, California. Photo by Ari Friedlaender<br>We recognize …

Seals

8.3 billion metric tons of plastic ... and counting

<b>More than 8.3 billion metric tons (9.1 billion tons). That’s the amount of plastic humans have created since the large-scale production of synthetic materials began in the early 1950s. It’s enough to cover the entire country of Argentina, and most of the material now resides in landfills or in the</b> …

Recycling

Did life begin ... on land?

<b>For three years, Tara Djokic, a Ph.D. student at the University of New South Wales Sydney, scoured the forbidding landscape of the Pilbara region of Western Australia looking for clues to how ancient microbes could have produced the abundant stromatolites that were discovered there in the …

Biology

Berkeley’s Sugarlogix is engineering a sugar that’s good for you

Currently on hot desk at UC Berkeley accelerator SkyDeck, this startup is making prebiotic sugars, ones that promote good gut health.The post …

Microbiome

From UC Irvine to 'Saturday Night Live'

<b>Before “Saturday Night Live” hired him to concoct fake movie trailers, political satire and goofy music videos, Chris Kelly roamed Anteater land as a member of UC Irvine’s Live Nude People (With Clothes On). The campus improv troupe helped the 2005 drama graduate cut his comedy teeth — and the</b> …

Comedy

The science of sleep: A Q&A with neurology professor Ying-Hui Fu

<b>Ying-Hui Fu, a UCSF professor of neurology and a pioneer in the study of sleep and genetics, explains the science behind strange sleep patterns and shares why shut-eye is more important than you think.</b><p><b>Q: What ignited your interest in the genetics of sleep?</b><p>A: In 1996, I was introduced to an older …

Sleep

Brain circuits that express depression successfully altered

<b>University of California San Diego scientists have linked specific wiring in the brain to distinct behavioral symptoms of depression.</b><p>In a study published in the journal Cell, researchers in UC San Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences found brain circuits tied to feelings of despair and …

Neuroscience