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The Innovator Gap

An innovator I know—let’s call him Tom—had trained for a decade at the world’s top research institution to become an expert in materials science and …

Innovation

Harvesting Clean Water from Air

Billions of people lack access to clean water for all or part of the year or must travel far to gather it. Extracting water directly from the air …

Water

Sustainable Design of Communities

In the past decade, the construction and retrofitting of individual homes to reduce energy and water use has grown explosively. Yet applying green …

Sustainability

Chronic pain linked to increased dementia risk

<b>Researchers at UC San Francisco have found that older people with persistent pain show quicker declines in memory as they age and are more likely to have dementia years later, an indication that chronic pain could somehow be related to changes in the brain that contribute to dementia.</b><p>The study, …

Pain

Providing clean water for a growing population

<b>Engineers at the University of California, Riverside have developed a new way to recover almost 100 percent of the water from highly concentrated salt solutions. The system will alleviate water shortages in arid regions and reduce concerns surrounding high salinity brine disposal, such as hydraulic</b> …

Water

A matter of rights

<b>Last year, at the abandoned Idomeni train station in Greece, I spoke with Kurdish sisters from Syria. They were living in a makeshift refugee camp on the nearby border with Macedonia. Just a week before, a small boat had carried them across the Aegean from Turkey. Back home, the women, both in</b> …

Refugees

The good news about mountain lions

<b>"Fraidy cat" isn't the way most people think of mountain lions, but when it comes to encounters with humans, perhaps they should.</b><p>New research into the behavior of these big cats indicates that they don't like encountering humans any more than we like bumping into them on hiking trails. The findings …

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Crispr May Cure All Genetic Disease—One Day

Author: Megan Molteni. Megan Molteni Business<p>Date of Publication: 06.07.17.<p>Time of Publication: 5:03 pm. 5:03 pm<p>Jennifer Doudna was sitting in her UC …

Genetics

UCLA doctors use magnetic stimulation to ‘rewire’ the brain for people with depression

<b>Americans spend billions of dollars each year on antidepressants, but the National Institutes of Health estimates that those medications work for only 60 percent to 70 percent of people who take them. In addition, the number of people with depression has increased 18 percent since 2005, according</b> …

Depression

Indiana Jones meets the sea

<b>Hidden coastlines around the world contain clues about ancient civilizations. The mysteries locked in these coastal sites where human activity once flourished are now submerged under rising seas. A trove of cultural artifacts and environmental data are waiting to be discovered.</b><p>Scripps Institution …

Archaeology

How the Sierra Nevada could become a polluter

<b>What if nature were to become a polluter, discharging millions of tons of planet-warming carbon into the atmosphere in much the same way as diesel-fueled trucks or coal-fired power plants?</b><p>This nature-as-polluter scenario might seem far-fetched, but it’s well on its way to becoming reality, …

Climate Change

UC Santa Cruz alumna blasts into Time 100 list

<b>When Natalie Batalha was 15 years old, she bounded down the stairs and announced to her startled mother that she’d decided to become a philosopher.</b><p>Thirty-five years later, that declaration would land Batalha on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people on Earth. But the ranking would …

Exoplanets

3 minutes to mindfulness

<b>You’re late and there’s traffic. Your email inbox is flooded with urgent messages. You’re caught in the middle of a tiff between good friends. You have only a couple of weeks to move out of your place and find another. Your doctor says you need to “come in for some more tests.”</b><p>Stress and upheaval …

Mindfulness

3 UC alums in NASA’s Class of 2017 launch extraordinary careers

<b>For three UC alums, the horizon now stretches into the vastness of space itself: Jessica Watkins (UCLA, Ph.D. ’15), Robb Kulin (UC San Diego, Ph.D. ‘10) and Warren “Woody” Hoburg (UC Berkeley, M.S. '11, Ph.D.'13) are among the 12 people chosen for NASA’s 2017 astronaut candidate class.</b><p>NASA received …

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Students of all races feel safer in ethnically diverse middle schools, new report says

<b>Middle school students from a range of racial and ethnic backgrounds feel safer, less lonely and less bullied if they attend schools that are more diverse, UCLA researchers report today in the journal Child Development.</b><p>The study also found that students in diverse schools — those with multiple …

Education

Pioneering a new dimension in virtual reality: The nanoscale

<b>Like many other tech entrepreneurs, UC San Diego Class of 2017 engineering grad Dennis Chiang got his start in a basement. But he and fellow classmates behind the UC San Diego startup Nanome haven’t exactly been working amid dusty garden tools and old sports equipment as they seek to establish</b> …

College & University

The Class of 2017 marches on

<b>As the strains of “Pomp of Circumstance” ring out over auditoriums and quads this spring, roughly 67,000 new University of California graduates will join 1.8 million alumni in going forth to make their mark on their world.</b><p>Here are a few members of the Class of 2017 who took advantage of the wealth …

College & University

Using seaweed to kill California's least favorite ant

<b>Scientists at the University of California, Riverside have developed an inexpensive, biodegradable, seaweed-based ant bait that can help homeowners and farmers control invasive Argentine ant populations.</b><p>The researchers found the “hydrogel” baits, which look like liquid gel pills but have a …

UC Berkeley

How climate change makes us all lose sleep

<b>Climate change may keep you awake — and not just metaphorically. Nights that are warmer than normal can harm human sleep, researchers show in a new paper, with the poor and elderly most affected. According to their findings, if climate change is not addressed, temperatures in 2050 could cost people</b> …

Climate Change

A new baldness treatment?

<b>In experiments in mice, UC San Francisco researchers have discovered that regulatory T cells (Tregs; pronounced “tee-regs”), a type of immune cell generally associated with controlling inflammation, directly trigger stem cells in the skin to promote healthy hair growth. Without these immune cells</b> …

UC Berkeley

UC Merced launches countywide food and ag exchange

<b>UC Merced is taking steps to fight hunger and tackle food waste on campus and across Merced County.</b><p>The campus has launched CropMobster Merced County, an online food and agricultural exchange and community engagement program to help address issues ranging from food waste and growing local food …

Agriculture

Binge-watching: Healthy diversion or waste of time?

<b>Joe Smith (not his real name) cheated on his wife. Up late one night alone, he watched half a season of “Game of Thrones” without her. Not cool, Joe.</b><p>Turns out Joe is not alone, though. In a recent Netflix survey, 46 percent of all respondents admit to such infidelity. Worse, 81 percent admit to …

Netflix

The work ethic of birds

<b>Humans are not the only species to show a strong work ethic and scruples. UC Berkeley researchers have found evidence of conscientiousness in insects, reptiles, birds, fish and other critters.</b><p>Tailorbirds gather leaf edges, plant fibers and spiderwebs to construct a sturdy nest.<p>In reviewing nearly …

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How to beat jet lag (according to science)

<b>Your long-awaited vacation is right around the corner. As the calendar days peel away and you compile your to-do checklist, the issue of jet lag looms if your getaway involves crossing multiple time zones.</b><p>“Anyone who has ever suffered jet lag knows firsthand that our bodies are persistent in how …

Sleep

Five myths about beer

Summer for Americans is a time of backyard barbecues, baseball and beer. Memorial Day weekend is a perfect chance to sit outside with the season’s first sixer, and the varieties of beer you can pick up at the local grocer have multiplied. “This is a golden age for beer lovers,” as The Washington …

Craft Beer

From student to modern-day abolitionist

<b>Even at UC Santa Cruz, a campus known for its idealism, sociology major Jesse Abrams set an ambitious goal: build a community of student abolitionists to help bring men, women and children in India from slavery to freedom.</b><p>Abrams founded an organization called the Freedom Coalition, which is working …

UC Berkeley

Century-old drug could provide new approach to autism

<b>In a small, randomized Phase I/II clinical trial (SAT1), researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine say a 100-year-old drug called suramin, originally developed to treat African sleeping sickness, was safely administered to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), who</b> …

Medicine

Bicycling's huge costs in America

<b>Bicycle use has skyrocketed in popularity, but it’s also led to more accidents, with medical costs from non-fatal bike crashes climbing steadily by $789 million annually, according to a new study by UC San Francisco.</b><p>Over a 17-year period, medical costs of bicycle injuries to adults in the United …

Cycling

Play piano with this virtual reality glove

<b>Engineers at UC San Diego are using soft robotics technology to make light, flexible gloves that allow users to feel tactile feedback when they interact with virtual reality environments. The researchers used the gloves to realistically simulate the tactile feeling of playing a virtual piano</b> …

Robotics

Born in the Summer of Love: The Haight Ashbury Free Clinic transformed drug addiction treatment

<b>As a straight-laced zoology student at UC Berkeley in the 1950s, David Smith never imagined himself as a drug expert giving free medical care to ailing hippies in the middle of the Summer of Love.</b><p>His role in founding the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic was a world away from Oklahoma, where his …

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