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When the Brain Can't Make Its Own Maps

People with a rare neurological condition called Developmental Topographical Disorientation, or DTD, can even get lost inside their own houses.

Even though she hates lawn ornaments, Sharon Roseman, 68, has a grinning, pink lobster outside her home in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. She calls him Louie, …

The Brain

Team members from the Oiled Wildlife Care Network at UC Davis have joined crews responding to the oil spill in Santa Barbara County. They are coordinating the wildlife response effort as part of the

Team members from the Oiled Wildlife Care Network at UC Davis have joined crews responding to the oil spill in Santa Barbara County. They are …

UC Davis

Berkeley Approves Radiation Warning for Cell Phones

Mon, May 18, 2015 -- 9:30 AM

Berkeley Approves Radiation Warning for Cell Phones

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Surviving the next population boom with resistant crops and biofuels

Over the next 35 years, the earth’s population is expected to grow from 7 billion to 9.5 billion. One crucial question we must answer is: How can we feed all of those people, as well as supply fuel to power our world?

During the Baby Boom era there was a similar population explosion. To deal with …

Biofuel

Exercise Away Your Back Pain

If you suffer from chronic low back pain, you may think that rest is the best remedy. But for most people with back pain, being active is far better. …

Exercise

Scientists Debate Harms and Benefits of GMOs

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Agriculture

Rising minimum wages put spotlight on the tip debate

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For decades, California restaurateurs have been …

California

12 dishes at UCLA that redefine ‘dorm food’ | UCLA

With recipes inspired by international cuisines and newly popular ingredients like spelt, kale and harissa, the recipes that UCLA chefs create for …

Recipes

ABC picks up TV series developed by UCR scholars

A television drama developed by Robin Russin and Reza Aslan, professors in the M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts program at the University of California, Riverside, will air on ABC this fall.

“Of Kings and Prophets” is a one-hour series based on the biblical story of …

TV

Napolitano brings college-going message to the halls of Santa Ana High

When Esmeralda Garcia received notice that she had been admitted to UCLA, she hid the letter from friends and family.

“I thought, ‘I’m not going to be able to fit in. I’m not going be able to afford it.” Garcia said. The child of immigrant parents who couldn't read or write, Garcia had applied …

Janet Napolitano

Octopus skin 'sees' without eyes

The octopus has a unique ability. It can change the color, pattern and even texture of its skin not only for purposes of camouflage but also as a means of communication. The most intelligent, most mobile and largest of all mollusks, these cephalopods use their almost humanlike eyes to send signals …

Octopuses

One Final Beer: UC Davis Students Compete For Iron Brew Title

DAVIS (CBS13) — A group of UC Davis students turned in beer for their final and it won them top honors.

Four students from UC Davis’ Food and Science …

Brewing

Gel Filled with Nanosponges Cleans up MRSA Infections

Toxin-absorbing nanoparticles are loaded into a holding gel to make a nanosponge-hydrogel, which can potentially treat local bacterial …

Infections

Training Tijuana Cops To Avoid HIV Infections From Needle-Sticks

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Tijuana police practices put officers at high risk for needle-stick injuries that can lead to HIV infections. UC San Diego …

Policing

COPD, Asthma and the Environment

Smoking is the culprit of chronic obstructive lung disease – everybody knows that. Except when it isn't. While smoking remains the major cause of …

Environment

Hazardous Pesticide Use Increases in California

The agricultural use of chlorpyrifos, a toxic insecticide linked to health problems, has increased — and activists say the state has done little to …

California

Eat Your Weeds

Get outside and forage for your food in the forests and sidewalk cracks of the East Bay. by Sascha Bos Kristen Rasmussen is a registered dietician, a …

California

How A Bigger Lunch Table At Work Can Boost Productivity

The loftlike San Francisco office of software maker Atlassian has an open central amphitheater, where all-staff gatherings and midday boot camp exercises are held.

Jay Simons, Atlassian's president, says the building was originally a book printing factory. He describes it "as a big, two-story …

Productivity

Finalists compete Thursday at 15th annual UC Davis Big Bang Business Competition - Sacramento Business Journal

Sergey Nivens

Five finalists with big startup ideas will compete Thursday for nearly $40,000 in prize… more

Five finalists will compete Thursday for …

Startups

'Farmer-preneurs' improve crops in Southern Africa

Farming is the main livelihood in Zambia, a country located in Southern Africa. But more than a third of the crops in in this country of 14.3 million people never make it to market. Lacking adequate storage silos, maize — which makes up more than 50 percent of Zambians’ food — is kept in bags in

Agriculture

Living for Tips - SPONSORED CONTENT presented by University of California

Claudia Chi Ku is a single mother of four who works as a server, food-runner, and bartender at a popular Mexican grill in Los Angeles. Like many in …

California

Moms' obesity compromises babies’ immune system at birth

Almost 60 percent of women of childbearing age in the United States are overweight or obese. Obesity is a major public health issue, and has been linked to health problems like heart disease, cancer and hypertension. It can complicate pregnancy by increasing the mother’s risk of having gestational …

Babies

Discovery paves way for homebrewed drugs, prompts call for regulation

Fans of homebrewed beer and backyard distilleries already know how to employ yeast to convert sugar into alcohol. But a research team led by UC Berkeley bioengineers has gone much further by completing key steps needed to turn sugar-fed yeast into a microbial factory for producing morphine and …

UC Berkeley

Neuroscience helps explain American households’ $12 trillion debt

Dr. Peter Whybrow is director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and the author of “The Well-Tuned Brain: Neuroscience and the Life Well Lived” (out May 18 from W.W. Norton), from which this op-ed is adapted. This op-ed appeared May 10 in the Wall Street Journal.

The …

Life Sciences

Oscar Wilde was not a plagiarist

Reciting the quote, “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life,” becomes second nature when one has studied the work of Oscar Wilde as long as veteran UCLA English professor Joseph Bristow. Yet it wasn’t until a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts seminar that Bristow began to reconsider …

Playwrights

Youth dance classes score low in physical activity

For parents who send their kids to dance classes to get some exercise, a new study from researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine suggests most youth dance classes provide only limited amounts of physical activity.

The study, published online May 18 in the journal …

Exercise

Alcoholism drug appears to work for meth addiction

A new study by UCLA researchers has found that Naltrexone, a drug used to treat alcoholism, may also be a promising treatment for addiction to methamphetamine.

“The results were about as good as you could hope for,” said Lara Ray, a UCLA associate professor of psychology, director of the UCLA …

Addiction

UC Scientists Discover Drug Makes Brains, Bodies Young Again

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Aging

How climate change is making California’s epic drought worse

California is undergoing a record-setting drought that began in 2012, the worst in at least 1,200 years. It can be seen in many ways: Most of the freshwater reservoirs are drying up, crops are wilting in the fields and groundwater is rapidly depleting.

Whatever definition is used for drought, based …

Climate

Awe promotes altruistic behavior

Inducing a sense of awe in people can promote altruistic, helpful and positive social behavior, according to new research led by UC Irvine psychologist Paul Piff.

“Our investigation indicates that awe, although often fleeting and hard to describe, serves a vital social function. By diminishing the …

Psychology