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US proposes stricter regulations on sugary drinks

The war against junk food has been picking up steam in the U.S.

After a ban on partially hydrogenated oils, advertisements in San Francisco for sugary …

San Francisco Bay Area

Happiness Research: What Makes You Happy?

Emiliana Simon-Thomas, PhD, is the science director of the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Along with Dacher …

Happiness

8-Year-Old Girl Raises Money To Aid Kids At UCI Medical Center

IRVINE (CBSLA.com) — Jordan Gray is just eight years old, but she is already more than familiar with having to undergo procedures in the hospital. …

Kids

Biking the Country, Lighting the World

Last month, Professor John Bowers returned from an adventure that took him to places as vast and remote as the Great Basin Desert, the Gila …

Energy Efficiency

One Ph.D. Student’s Mission to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint - CITRIS

From App Design to a New “IT for Sustainability” Course: One Ph.D. Student’s Mission to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

Climate change is “the defining …

Carbon

MIT Tech Review Names UCSB’s Michelle O’Malley Among Its Innovators Under 35

UC Santa Barbara chemical engineering professor Michelle O’Malley was named by MIT Technology Review as one of its 2015 top Innovators Under 35. The …

Gift will launch Scripps climate center

Supporting the centerScripps Institution of Oceanography seeks additional support for programs and activities at the Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation. Learn more about giving to the center here or call (858) 822-1865.

University of California, San Diego announced on Monday (Aug. 24) …

Climate

First U.S. study of transgender youth funded by NIH

Four sites with dedicated transgender youth clinics to examine long-term treatment effects.

By Juliana Bunim, UC San Francisco

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $5.7 million for a five-year, multicenter study, which will be the first in the U.S. to evaluate the long-term outcomes of …

UC Berkeley

Farm to label: How alumnus helped bring organic labeling policy to the nation

Organic is everywhere. Since the early 1970s, the label has moved from an agricultural outlier to the American mainstream, from chain stores to the …

Agriculture

Meet Alan Chadwick, The High Priest of Hippie Horticulture

Biodynamic pioneer Alan Chadwick turned America on to radical growing methods—influencing everyone from Alice Waters to winemakers Fetzer and Frey. …

Drought costs California agriculture $1.8B, 10,100 jobs in 2015

The drought is tightening its grip on California agriculture, squeezing about 30 percent more workers and cropland out of production than in 2014, according to the latest drought impact report by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences.

In 2015, the state’s agricultural economy will lose about …

Agriculture

The drought is tightening its grip on California agriculture, squeezing about 30 percent more workers and cropland out of production than in 2014, according to the latest drought impact report by

The drought is tightening its grip on California agriculture, squeezing about 30 percent more workers and cropland out of production than in 2014, …

Agriculture

Does This Phylum Make Me Look Fat?

We would all love a simple weight-loss plan. Beyond carbs and fats, some studies have hinted that a key group of gut microbes — from the phylum Firmicutes — might be more common among people who are overweight.

Thinner people, these studies suggest, might have more bacteria from the phylum known as …

Life Sciences

How Dust Is Holding Science Back

3-D printed tiny fish do more than swim

Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego used an innovative 3-D printing technology they developed to manufacture multipurpose fish-shaped microrobots — called microfish — that swim around efficiently in liquids, are chemically powered by hydrogen peroxide and magnetically …

UC Berkeley

Two alumnae recognized as top ‘Innovators Under 35′

Two UC Berkeley alumnae who are doing potentially life-saving research and development have made MIT Technology Review’s 2015 list of “35 Innovators …

Berkeley

Is It Safe To Follow A Vegan Diet During Pregnancy?

When I was pregnant with my first child, friends and family inevitably asked about my diet.

"Are you sticking to vegan food?" they wondered, with variable admiration or anxiety.

For some, the curiosity was about cravings. One mother told me she was irresistibly (and unexpectedly) drawn to hot dogs …

Vegan Recipes

Food industry needs to step up on responsible groundwater use

Californians are all too familiar with what happens when water is not treated as the precious resource it is. But most of us are unaware of the …

Food

New breed of paramedics treats patients before emergencies occur

Paramedic Jacob Modglin parks on a palm-lined street in Oxnard and jumps out of his ambulance. He is prepared for any kind of emergency.

But his patient is standing in the driveway of a one-story house, holding a thermos, and smiling. It's time for his 8 p.m. appointment.

Modglin is part of a new …

Medicine

Farm to label: How alumnus helped bring organic labeling policy to the nation

Organic is everywhere. Since the early 1970s, the label has moved from an agricultural outlier to the American mainstream, from chain stores to the local farmers market.

Thanks in large part to UC Santa Cruz alumnus Mark Lipson (Merrill, '81, environmental studies), American consumers today can …

Organic Food

The drought's hidden victim: California's native fish

Last summer, a narrow, rock-rimmed stretch of the Sacramento River near here turned into a mass graveyard for baby salmon.

Upstream releases of water from Shasta Dam were so warm that virtually an entire generation of endangered winter-run Chinook was wiped out. The eggs never hatched, or if they …

Fish

How clean is your spinach?

Ever wonder what that the words triple-washed or pre-washed on a bag of baby spinach mean?

Not much, according to engineers at the University of California, Riverside. They discovered that small peaks and valleys in baby spinach leaves could be a key reason why there have been numerous bacterial …

Vegetables

UCI, NASA researchers find link between Amazon fire risk, devastating hurricanes

Researchers from the University of California, Irvine and NASA have uncovered a remarkably strong link between high wildfire risk in the Amazon basin and the devastating hurricanes that ravage North Atlantic shorelines. The climate scientists’ findings appear in the journal Geophysical Research …

Weather

Employing dogs to sniff out cancer

UC Davis clinicians are hoping to greatly advance cancer screenings with the innate olfactory skills of man’s best friend.

A university team of physicians, veterinarians and animal behaviorists has begun training a pair of very special canines who may represent high-tech health care on four feet in …

Cancer

Biologists discover skydiving spiders in South American forests

Arachnophobes fearful of spiders jumping, creeping or falling into their beds now have something new to worry about. Some spiders might also glide in through the window.

A group of biologists working in Panama and Peru have discovered a type of nocturnal hunting spider, about two inches across, that …

Insects

UC dominates Washington Monthly's college rankings

UC campuses ranked by Washington MonthlyRankCampus1.UC San Diego2.UC Riverside4.UC Berkeley6.UCLA14.UC Santa Barbara16.UC Davis51.UC Irvine73.UC Santa Cruz

University of California campuses are among the nation's very best when it comes to how well they serve the public interest, according to new …

College & University

New antenna design could aid interplanetary communication

When people think about antennas, they often picture old television sets with “rabbit ears” – two metal rods poking above the screen. Essentially, antennas are devices that allow the wireless transfer or reception of radio signals. They come in various sizes and shapes. For instance, it’s your …

Antenna

These Incredible Photos Prove What the American Dream Really Looks Like

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When Eunice Gonzalez graduated from UCLA in June, it was an important, odds-defying moment—and the …

Strawberries

Central Coast cities at significant tsunami risk

Few can forget the photos and videos of apocalyptic destruction a tsunami caused in 2011 in Sendai, Japan. Could Ventura and Oxnard in California be vulnerable to the effects of a local earthquake-generated tsunami? Yes, albeit on a much smaller scale than the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami, …

Tsunamis

The ‘breakthrough’ drug Jimmy Carter is taking to treat his cancer - The Washington Post

Former president Jimmy Carter on Thursday detailed an array of treatments, including radiation, that he will undergo for the melanoma doctors discovered in his liver and brain.

But he also mentioned that he had received an infusion of pembrolizumab, better known as Keytruda, which is among the first …

Cancer