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Exploiting male-killing bacteria to control insects

A team of scientists have discovered a key mechanism that drives a bacteria that kills male insects, a development that could potentially be exploited to control insect pest species in the future.<p>Numerous insects, including beetles, wasps and butterflies, harbor types of bacteria that are …

Insects

How to Talk About Climate Change So People Will Act

Photo by Andrew Parker iStock by Getty Images<p>What can you do about climate change? The better question might be: What can <i>we</i> do about climate change? …

Climate Change

Former Cyber Security Grad Students Seal $3 Million Deal for Drone Security Venture

Grant Jordan and Paul Wicks (M.S. ’14) are former students in the Master's program in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of …

Manufacturing Matchmaker

Tanya Menendez (right) graduated from UC San Diego's Division of Social Sciences in 2009. Photos courtesy Maker's Row<p>Alumna co-founds Maker's Row to …

Inadequate financial savings tied to childhood health risks

The connection between a family’s income and childhood health has been well-established, with lower income linked to poorer health and a greater likelihood of more chronic conditions. Now a new study by UCLA researchers shows that the size of the paycheck is not all that matters when it comes to …

Health

We are not alone - there are germs in space, too

A biological detection system developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists that has found more than a dozen applications soon will be used in tests reaching a new frontier — outer space.<p>The Lawrence Livermore Microbial Detection Array (LLMDA) is a versatile tool that has …

Biology

A horse is a horse, of course, but what do they think on Kentucky Derby day?

It was the biggest race before the Kentucky Derby, and undefeated colt Nyquist was leading as he headed into the homestretch at the Florida Derby.<p>Jockey Mario Gutierrez decided to employ a different tactic. He asked the horse to run wide, losing ground, so his chief rival, undefeated Mohaymen, …

Kentucky Derby

Prince’s first manager reflects on the early days

When the news broke that Prince Rogers Nelson had died on April 21, it hit UCLA Extension instructor Owen Husney especially hard. “I was in shock,” he said.<p>Many millions of fans had a similar reaction to the legendary musician’s death — but very few of them had ever had Prince play them a song …

Entertainment Industry

Living Dangerously: Tracking Tigers in the Rain Forest

Matthew Luskin is a conservation biologist, wildlife ecologist, and National Geographic grantee. He spent a year in the rain forest of Indonesia tracking tigers through the remaining three largest national parks—and it was seriously dangerous. “When there’s a tiger around you can’t sleep. You can …

Camera Traps

Cheaters never win, new study finds

Cheating to get ahead is likely to reduce your level of happiness. That’s according to a new study by University of California, Riverside sociology professor Jan E. Stets. The study, titled “Happiness and Identities,” was published in the journal Social Science Research.<p>In the study, Stets examined …

UC Berkeley

Wrapping up multiple sclerosis at UCSF

Alexandra Solal’s 47th year was remarkable by any measure: She climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, ran two half-marathons, completed a half-Ironman, and started a CrossFit gym habit before work with a friend. It was also the year she woke up half paralyzed. Determined not to alarm her son, she …

Health

‘Ultracool’ dwarf star hosts three potentially habitable planets

The search for Earth-like planets – and life – beyond the solar system has long been the stuff of science fiction and fantasy. But today’s ground and space telescopes, high-precision instruments and advanced analysis techniques have made this search an active area of real scientific research. …

Physics

Can a 40-ish new mom go to art school? Rachel Smith has but one answer: Yes, she can

Getting to know<p>Rachel Smith<p>Age: 42<p>Family: Husband Colin is a civil engineer. “We went to high school together. He sat behind me in math class, …

Children trust ‘smart’ characters on television

Children are more likely to learn from educational television programming if two things occur: 1) If the children believe the character on the program is knowledgeable, and 2) they are reminded to think about what they have seen on television for ideas of how to solve a problem. This is according …

UC Berkeley

UC campuses rank highly on world reputation list

World Reputation Rankings<b>Rank</b><b>Campus</b>6UC Berkeley13UCLA35 (tie)UC San Diego42UC San Francisco45 (tie)UC Davis71-80UC Santa Barbara<p>The newly released Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings of 2016 feature six University of California campuses among the top 100 universities in the world.<p>UC …

University of Wisconsin

Experiencing the 6-by-9 world of solitary confinement

UC Santa Cruz psychology professor Craig Haney is a key adviser in a virtual reality form of journalism, 6x9: A virtual experience of solitary confinement, by the British newspaper The Guardian, that places viewers into a virtual prison cell.<p>The Guardian's first virtual reality project aims to …

Solitary Confinement

College campuses take on food waste

If you piled up all the perfectly edible food that Americans throw away each day, it would fill the Rose Bowl, twice. Put another way, about 40 percent of food in the United States goes uneaten – Americans toss out $165 billion worth of food each year.<p>“It’s a really huge number,” said UC Berkeley …

Food Waste

International colloquium launches Global Tea Initiative

UC Davis will launch its Global Tea Initiative with a symposium bringing together the cultural and scientific aspects of the world’s most popular prepared beverage. The colloquium, “The Basics of Tea: Tea and People,” is a first step in creating a center for the study of tea culture and science on …

UC Berkeley

College campuses take on food waste

If you piled up all the perfectly edible food that Americans throw away each day, it would fill the Rose Bowl, twice. Put another way, about 40 percent of food in the United States goes uneaten – Americans toss out $165 billion worth of food each year.<p>“It’s a really huge number,” said UC Berkeley …

Food Waste

UC president urges Arcata students to consider UC

At Arcata High School last week, 50 college-bound seniors from across Humboldt County packed into the library.<p>They had all been accepted to UC, and were full of questions about what to expect – questions answered by the premier expert on the subject: UC President Janet Napolitano.<p>“I’m really …

Students

Specialty Coffee’s Resident Scientist

A computational chemist is changing the way coffee makers think about water.<p>Wherever he goes, Christopher H. Hendon brings a homemade supply of powdery white chemicals. Made from coral-reef care sets, the little bottles and plastic bags may raise some TSA eyebrows, but they serve a perfectly …

Food Science

Is the cage-free egg trend really just a shell game?

AGRICULTURE<p>The cage-free egg trend: Is it just a shell game?<p>ANN HUI<p>CHILLIWACK, B.C. The Globe and Mail<p>Last updated:<p>RAFAL GERSZAK FOR THE GLOBE AND MAIL<p>In the social-media-fuelled world of ethical eating, feelings often trump facts, and buzzy terms like ‘free-range’ may not mean what you think. <b>Ann</b> …

Food

Quinn: The next Silicon Valley? Fremont and Berkeley drive tech scene growth

The hot new address for a tech startup these days is not on University Avenue in Palo Alto or overlooking the play structure in South Park in San …

Silicon Valley

Will 2016 Be the Year of the Soda Tax?

When Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his plans to ban oversize sodas in New York City back in 2012, the idea quickly became a laughing matter. The …

Food & Dining

Too good to be true? More food companies settling over questionable advertising claims

If a Santa Monica city attorney had taken a different route to work in July three years ago, Neurobrands LLC might have saved $500,000.<p>On that day, the lawyer noticed a company truck that had some of the drink-maker’s advertising on it, including claims that the beverages helped deliver sustained …

Advertising

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital holds prom for sick teens

It's prom season, but some students never make it to the big party because they're fighting life threatening illnesses.

Teens

UC Davis researchers breeding new strawberry varieties

PRUNEDALE – If you’re a fan of strawberries, chances are your primary considerations are size; whether the fruit has rich, red color; and how it …

UC Davis

Researchers Map Shared Neural Networks

The human brain is a living word cloud, turning spoken language into intricate neural patterns of meaning that we all appear to share, new research suggests.<p>In research reported Wednesday in Nature, neuroscientists at the University of California at Berkeley created a comprehensive atlas of these …

Life Sciences

Corona del Mar High doctors' club gets hands-on practice

After suiting up in scrubs, students of Corona del Mar High School huddled around a table Tuesday in a lab within the UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange.<p>In front of them was a slab of rubber, slits pre-sliced, its color resembling skin.<p>Tweezers and threaded needles at the ready, the students tried …

UCI

College-Specific Funds Are On The Rise -- But Are They Built To Last?

Just miles from the heart of startup mecca, Jeremy Fiance watched as his peers at UC Berkeley struggled to get launched on the startup path. A bridge and a few traffic jams away, students at Stanford were entering the tech ecosystem as managers and founders seemingly from an assembly line, a rich …

Venture Capital