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Like GPS, but for your sex drive

These days so many of our devices are smart. Our phones are smart. Our cars are smart. Our TVs are smart. And now, even vibrators can be smart.

That’s …

Strawberries + Pesticides: How California's Farmers are Looking for New Solutions

I remember the first time I heard Strawberry Fields by the Beatles. I imagined beautiful rolling hills of lush strawberries, adorned with butterflies, …

LLNL’s New Graphene Bio-Ink Creates MicroArchitectures Allowing for New & Sleeker Electronics that Charge Super Fast

Thanks to the power of numerous brilliant minds at LLNL, we are seeing yet another absolutely spectacular evolution in 3D printing. Teaming up with …


UC San Diego lab prints 3-D functioning liver tissue

A team led by engineers at the University of California, San Diego has 3D-printed a tissue that closely mimics the human liver’s sophisticated structure and function. The new model could be used for patient-specific drug screening and disease modeling. The work was published the week of Feb. 8 in …

San Diego

California earthquake series in 2005 linked to oilfield wastewater injections, study finds

A 2005 spate of quakes in California's Central Valley almost certainly was triggered by oilfield injection underground, a study published Thursday said, in the first such link in California between oil and gas operations and earthquakes.

Researchers at the University of California at Santa Cruz, the …


How racial segregation and political mismanagement led to Flint’s shocking water crisis

As much of the country knows by now, the water supply in Flint, Mich., is badly contaminated with lead. The water has poisoned an entire city and has probably irreparably damaged a significant share of Flint’s children. And it could have been prevented.

This is a story of political failure. The …


UC San Francisco discovery may boost in vitro fertilization outcomes

Experts in in-vitro fertilization (IVF) from UC San Francisco have discovered a pattern of protein secretion during egg maturation that they say has the possibility of leading to a new, non-invasive test to evaluate the fitness of eggs before they are fertilized in the clinic.

In studies of mouse …

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Mothers may pass brain structure linked to depression to daughters

A study of 35 families led by a UC San Francisco psychiatric researcher showed for the first time that the structure of the brain circuitry known as the corticolimbic system is more likely to be passed down from mothers to daughters than from mothers to sons or from fathers to children of either …


The journey of discovery

Long before dating sites, a pair of economists delved into the question of matchmaking, and hit upon a formula with applications far beyond …

12 San Diego Life Sciences Startups to Watch in 2016

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Cancer immunotherapy pioneer William Coley


Sirenas has technology to identify and isolate potential …

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BMI mislabels 54 million Americans as 'overweight' or 'obese,' study says

Good news for some in the high-BMI crowd: A new study from UCLA finds that some 54 million Americans who are labeled as obese or overweight according to their body mass index are, when you take a closer look, actually healthy.

The findings, published in the International Journal of Obesity, reveal …


Mercury, DDT and other contaminants in fish are at a four-decade low

Fish in today's oceans contain far lower levels of mercury, DDT and other toxic substances than at any time in the last four decades, according to a major review by scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla.

The researchers looked at nearly 2,700 studies of pollutants found …


Native plants fall behind as climate change transforms California

A UCLA-led study examining whether plant species in California have shifted to higher elevations, possibly in response to climate change, discovered that non-native plants are moving fastest, altering and potentially damaging ecosystems.

The research, led by UCLA professor Jon Christensen, also …

Climate Change

New algorithm learns to 'watch where you're going'

What if computers could recognize objects as well as the human brain could? Electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego have taken an important step toward that goal by developing a pedestrian detection system that performs in near real-time (2–4 frames per second) and with …

UC Berkeley

Cockroach inspires robot that squeezes through cracks

Our fear and disgust that cockroaches can quickly squeeze through the tiniest cracks are well justified, say UC Berkeley scientists.

Not only can they squish themselves to get into one-tenth-of-an-inch crevices, but once inside they can run at high speed even when flattened in half.

These are just a …


UC Berkeley Sutardja Center Faculty Launches MOOC to Teach Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Culture to Latin America - UC Berkeley Sutardja Center

What makes Silicon Valley (SV) such a uniquely vibrant ecosystem for entrepreneurship and innovation? How can entrepreneurs from outside SV learn …


Cockroach inspires robot that squeezes through cracks

Our fear and disgust that cockroaches can quickly squeeze through the tiniest cracks are well justified, say UC Berkeley scientists.

Not only can they …


'Forked' Rates Restaurants On How They Treat Their Workers

Saru Jayaraman may be restaurant obsessed, but don't call her a foodie. She's the founding director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, a national organization that advocates for better wages and working conditions for restaurant workers. She's also published several studies in legal …


Great Guacamole! UC Riverside's Quest To Breed A Better Avocado

Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching. Chances are the table of party food will not only include wings and 7-layer bean dip, but also guacamole. The …


The blessing and curse of the people who never forget

A handful of people can recall almost every day of their lives in enormous accuracy – and after years of research, neuroscientists are finally beginning to understand how they do it.

For most of us, memory is a kind of scrapbook, a mess of blurred and faded snapshots of our lives. As much as we …

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'Concussion' doctor Bennet Omalu

Vince Lombardi coached the first Super Bowl-winning football team, the Green Bay Packers. And he famously said, “Football is not a contact sport; it’s a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.” A half-century on, as Super Bowl 50 is about to be played, the human toll of those jarring …


Biologists: Let's sic 'gene drive' on Zika-carrying mosquitoes - STAT

A small group of biologists is itching to use a revolutionary new genetic technique to quell the outbreak of Zika. They believe they could wipe out …

Drought hits redwood ferns hard, new study shows

The native ferns that form a lush green understory in coastal redwood forests are well adapted to dry summers and periodic droughts, but California's current prolonged drought has taken a toll on them. A comprehensive study of water relations in native ferns, conducted during one of the worst …


Sustainability through local food: Elliott Campbell Q&A

There was a great deal of buzz last spring when a farmland mapping project by a UC Merced professor indicated that “most areas of the country could feed between 80 percent and 100 percent of their populations with food grown or raised within 50 miles.”

That researcher was Elliott Campbell. His

Sustainable Agriculture

Going global: UC fellows to tackle development projects

RIFA/GDF ConferenceA conference for UC-USAID fellows will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 30 in the Chevron Auditorium of International House at UC Berkeley, 2299 Piedmont Ave., Berkeley. The conference will launch a preparation process for the newly selected fellows and provide an …

Sustainable Agriculture

Cat stem cell therapy gives humans hope

By the time Bob the cat came to the UC Davis veterinary hospital, he had used up most of his nine lives. Afflicted with a painful oral inflammatory disorder, Bob had already lost all of his teeth in an effort to treat the disease known as feline chronic gingivostomatitis, or FCGS. In a last-ditch …


Rock star

If you’re a geochronologist like UC Santa Barbara’s John Cottle, you know that what seems to be solid ground beneath your feet is actually a collection of huge floating plates of the Earth’s crust, separating, drifting and coming together in a long, slow demolition derby. In the seams between these …


Super bowl science: brains or brawn?

Ever wonder why chimpanzees don’t play football? Turns out evolution gave us a choice between swinging from the treetops and throwing a good tight spiral.

In fact, as UC San Francisco evolutionary biologist Nathan Young, PhD, and neuroscientist Philip Sabes, Ph.D., relate in this brief video the …


Successful anti-bullying program identified by UCLA

Many programs to reduce bullying in primary and secondary schools have proven ineffective, but a new UCLA-led study finds one that works very well.

The study of more than 7,000 students in 77 elementary schools in Finland found that one program greatly benefited the mental health of sixth-graders …

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Cling-On Warriors

An interdisciplinary group of researchers at UC Santa Barbara has taken strides in the development of an underwater adhesive that has the potential …