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Expert advice: How to help an addicted friend or family member get help

Experts understand that addiction isn’t a weakness or moral failing; it’s an illness, much like cancer or heart disease. And It often falls to family


The Queen Bee of Food Tech

HACKING FOODOn a spectacular Saturday last June, the cavernous sixth floor loft of General Assembly, the leading provider of programming classes in …


New insights into treating brain rhythm disorders

NEW YORK, When the human brain takes on intellectually challenging tasks, groups of neurons tune in to one another for a fraction of a second and …

The Brain

French venture capitalists scour America for the ‘Google of food’

The way French venture capitalist Vincent Prêtet sees it, there are 7 billion people who need to eat every day — but technology has yet to disrupt …


Touches of home help Venice clinic put young patients at ease

When Yana Barba stepped into the Venice Family Clinic's new children's health center this month, what she found was not a typical doctor's waiting room.

It smelled of cinnamon from the sweet potatoes a staff member was pulling out of an oven in the corner. A child squealed with glee as he played …


Diagnostic testing carries its own risks

If there’s a shooting pain down your leg, or a piercing ache in your ear, or your hip occasionally catches when you walk, do you pick up the phone to …


The People Who Can Perfectly Remember Every Single Day of Their Lives

We all have moments when our memory fails us. It gets to Monday morning and we can't tell a coworker where we were Friday night, or we're at a pub trivia night and for whatever reason we struggle pathetically to remember the name of the lead singer from the Cure. However, for better or for worse, …

The Brain

Do Cell Phones and Laptops Cause Nearsightedness?

Robert DiMartino, OD, Professor of Clinical Optometry and Vision Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and a board member of …

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How Driscoll’s Is Hacking the Strawberry of the Future

A few years ago, during his commute across California’s Pajaro Valley, Phil Stewart began stopping more regularly at the Burger King in Watsonville. …


The age of genetically engineered animals has arrived

Mike Nudelman/Business Insider

We're not genetically engineering humans yet. Despite some preliminary experiments to show that it's possible, the …


Thanks to This 'Smart Cap' the Days of Guessing if Milk Is Sour Could Be Over

If you’re a dairy consumer, chances are you’ve experienced the nail-biting uncertainty over whether a carton of milk in your refrigerator is still …


Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops

Water scarcity is driving California farmers to plant different crops. Growers are switching to more profitable, less-thirsty fruits, vegetables and nuts.

Nowhere is this truer than San Diego County, where water prices are some of the highest in the state.

Grapefruit trees shade the entrance to …


‘Wage Justice Is on the Menu’

This is the fourth in a series of videos about sustainable agriculture and healthy eating. The series was produced in collaboration with the Global Food Initiative at the University of California.

When I first wrote in some small detail about food workers in the United States, it was thanks in part …

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Q&A: Lucia Kaiser and Dorina Espinoza, Nutrition Researchers and Educators

“The people who indicated that stigma was a reason for not enrolling in SNAP had the highest rates of food insecurity among all respondents…those who


Store Checkout Lanes Full of Unhealthy Foods and Beverages: CSPI Report

Looking for a way to sabotage your weight-loss efforts and healthy eating goals? It's easy—just wait in line at a store checkout lane, where the …


Do Cell Phones and Laptops Cause Nearsightedness?

Robert DiMartino, OD, Professor of Clinical Optometry and Vision Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and a board member of …

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How ‘Healthy Foods’ Are Killing You

Professor Laura A. Schmidt of UC San Francisco’s School of Medicine writes about the perils of sugar—explored in the documentary That Sugar Film, in theaters and on demand July 31.

Australian film director Damon Gameau performed an experiment on himself. For 60 days, he exclusively ate what most …

Healthy Eating

Autism's costs estimated to be $500 billion, potentially $1 trillion, by 2025

UC Davis health economists have for the first time projected the total costs of caring for all people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the U.S. for the current calendar year and in 10 years if effective interventions and preventive treatments for the condition are not identified and widely …


Reshaping the solar spectrum to turn light to electricity

When it comes to installing solar cells, labor cost and the cost of the land to house them constitute the bulk of the expense. The solar cells — made often of silicon or cadmium telluride — rarely cost more than 20 percent of the total cost. Solar energy could be made cheaper if less land had to be …

Renewable Energy

Improving the work of silkworms and spiders, with yeast

In their Emeryville laboratory, Bolt Threads is developing products from protein strings that mimic the composition of spider silk, one of nature’s …

UC Berkeley

Future Cal Parent Pejman Nozad Throws Down $250K Challenge to UC Berkeley Startups

Seed-stage investment firm Pejman Mar Ventures has announced a new competition exclusively for UC Berkeley startups.

By the end of October, the firm …


Q&A: Mary Kimball, Center for Land-Based Learning

“…What’s not happening is an increased interest in all the other jobs that make agriculture successful and viable and all the other services and

Curb the algae to keep Tahoe blue

Lake Tahoe’s iconic blueness is most strongly related to algae, not clarity, according to research released today (July 23) from the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, or TERC. In the “Tahoe: State of the Lake Report 2015,” researchers found the lower the algal concentration, the bluer …

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University of California campuses dominate global rankings | University of California

All 10 University of California campuses were included on a list of the 1,000 best universities in the world, issued this month by the Center for World University Rankings.

UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego and UC San Francisco were among the top 30 in the global rankings. The list of the 1,000 top …

College & University

UC Santa Barbara is West Coast hub for photonics institute

In a bid to boost photonics manufacturing and bring more skilled, high-tech jobs to the country, as well as push the boundaries of energy efficiency and performance in computing and telecommunications, the Obama administration announced today that it has selected the American Institute for …



A new message appearing at the top of the menu at Camino, a high-end restaurant in Oakland, California, declares the end of an age-old American …


based device that reads medical diagnostic tests quickly and accurately


The new ELISA platform is created with a 3D printer and attaches to a smartphone.

Enzyme-linked immunosorbant assay, or ELISA, is a diagnostic …


‘What Oysters Reveal About Sea Change’

This is the third in a series of videos about sustainable agriculture and healthy eating. The series was produced in collaboration with the Global Food Initiative at the University of California.

This is kind of the good news/bad news department, as so many things are: The good news is that terrific …

Environmental Movement

Should I Eat Yogurt-Covered Snacks?

5/5 experts say no.

Yogurt-coated fruit sounds like a double-dosage health food. But don’t be fooled—a shell of “yogurt” contains some very un-yogurtlike things, according to all five of our experts.

“While these coatings may be called ‘yogurt,’ they are really a kind of ‘frosting’ of which yogurt is …


America's highest-paid CEO shares the moment he knew he made it big

GoPro founder and CEO Nick Woodman.

GoPro has humble beginnings as an 8-employee company that sold camera straps in 2004, but today it employs more than 800 people and has made founder Nick Woodman the highest-paid CEO in the US in 2014, according to Bloomberg.

Woodman revealed during last week's …

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