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It’s a Beautiful Day in the Agrihood

American builders have a long history of bulldozing farms to make way for housing developments. Now developers are starting farms to sell homes. …

Farming

A Sprinter's Fight to Prove She's a Woman

In a matter of two months, Dutee Chand went from being hailed as India's "sure shot Olympic medalist" to studying to become a train ticket collector.

It all began last summer, a few days before a team of more than 200 Indian athletes was set to leave for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, …

India

Recruiting retired physicians to help solve a looming doctor shortage

By Leonard W. Glass March 5 at 11:55 AM

An online program created in collaboration with the UC San Diego School of Medicine faculty aims to help …

Medicine

Minimum wage hike hits booming Oakland dining scene

The 36 percent uptick that lifted Oakland’s minimum wage to $12.25 an hour this week is already transforming the city’s booming restaurant scene — but not in the way that politicians, activists and restaurateurs anticipated.

The wage increase puts more money in the pockets of most restaurant …

Restaurant

Lack of Snow Leaves California's 'Water Tower' Running Low

Rising temperatures and declining snowpack in the mountains mean that the drought across the western U.S. is about to get even worse.

Snowpack—which essentially serves as a water tower for the western United States—produces vital meltwater that flows off the mountains each spring. Like a …

Water

UC Berkeley Unveils 9-Foot-Tall Pavilion, the Largest Powder

3D printing has been contributing to the fabrication of a lot of large objects as of late. Just a few years ago, if you could 3D print something the …

UC Berkeley

5 Lessons Education Research Taught Us In 2014

Studies, research papers, doctoral dissertations, conference presentations — each year academia churns out thousands of pieces of research on education. And for many of them, that's the end of it. They gather dust in the university library or languish in some forgotten corner of the Internet.

A few, …

Education

Inmates writing their own obits reveal regrets, failed dreams - Los Angeles Times

In the wrong writer's hands, an obituary can be a dull collection of biographical facts, the type of article that journalism professor William Drummond calls the "lowest common denominator" of newspaper writing.

But on this day, he hoped for something more profound from his students, even if his …

California

Pens Filled with High-Tech Inks for Do It Yourself Sensors

A new simple tool developed by nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego, is opening the door to an era when anyone will be able to …

Glucose

Pens filled with high-tech inks for DIY sensors

A new simple tool developed by nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego, is opening the door to an era when anyone will be able to build sensors, anywhere, including physicians in the clinic, patients in their home and soldiers in the field.

The team from the University of …

DIY

Three-legged dog to get 3-D-printed limb from UC Davis students

Hobbes the terrier mix can do a lot, for a dog with three legs. He can climb stairs, graze the backyard and jump roughly 4 feet in the air – more …

Dogs

Stem cells: A weapon for Huntington's disease?

Huntington's is a deadly, inherited disease that affects about 30,000 Americans. 150,000 more are at risk. Until now, there has been no hope for …

Huntington

7 Delicious Reasons To Be An Aggie!

Take a college tour of a different kind… A tasty tour of Ag Nation! Are you ready to take a bite out of Davis eats? Follow your taste buds, @Hinamoeats is taking you on a delicious ride!

Thai Fries | Uncle Vito’s

Uncle Vito’s doesn’t just specialize in pizza… Let me introduce you to fry-dreamland. …

Food

Green Jeans? UC Berkeley Researchers Working On Environmentally-Friendly Indigo Dye

BERKELEY (CBS SF) – Not far from where jeans were first made, researchers at the University of California at Berkeley are reportedly working on dyes …

UC Berkeley

When Food Is Too Good To Waste, College Kids Pick Up The Scraps

Back in 2011 when I was a student at the University of Maryland in College Park I once noticed a massive pile of trash in front of a dining hall. A closer look revealed that it was mostly food — a half-eaten sandwich, a browning apple and what appeared to be the remains of the day's lunch …

Food

Cork Versus Screw Cap: Which Preserves The Flavor Of Wine Better?

In recent years, a growing number of wine makers are using screw caps rather than natural corks. The trend worries natural cork producers who have …

Wine

Pregnancy Odor Reveals Unborn Baby's Sex

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Gallery

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Dads often get a bad rap in the animal kingdom, but …

Pregnancy

The Benefit of Curiosity

We forget most of the countless things we learn about and experience on any given day, which is largely a good thing, since most information is not …

The Brain

Are Horses Smart or Not, or Good or Bad?

Dr. Nancy Diehl weighs in how to tell if a horse is intelligent, or whether he's inherently good or bad.

Horses

UC leads nation in NIH biomedical research funds

By the numbersHere is a UC campus/location breakdown of National Institutes of Health funding for 2014:• UC Berkeley: $122.5M
• UC Davis: $189.3M
• UC Irvine: $105.3M
• UCLA: $373.1M
• UC Merced: $4M
• UC Riverside: $15.4M
• UC San Diego: $398.7M
• UCSF: $546.6M
• UC Santa Barbara: $18M
• UC Santa Cruz: $30.1M
• UC Office of the …

Research

Transcending borders through education

UC San Diego is one of several U.S. and Mexican institutions of higher education to join together and launch the CaliBaja Consortium for Higher Education with the goal of becoming a leader in cross-border education by 2020.

“We are committed to expanding college access and helping Mexican students …

Education

Florentine 'patient' gets high-tech physical

Late last year, two University of California, San Diego students set out for Florence, Italy, to diagnose a patient that had no prior medical record, couldn’t be poked or prodded in any way, and hadn’t been in prime condition for more than 800 years.

The "patient" in question is the Baptistery of …

Florentine

Robot developed by WowWee and UCSD Robotics in the spotlight after New York Toy Fair

It's been quite a week for MiPosaur, a robot born of the collaboration between toymaker WowWee and UCSD Robotics. It was featured on ABC World News …

Robots

Obama picks UCSD grad as data chief

Dhanurjay (DJ) Patil will focus on personalized medicine initiative.

UCSD

'Workshop On Wheels' Gives Valley Hmong Farmers Insight Into Bay Area Markets

Many small farmers have success selling their produce at farmers markets, but selling to larger food distributors can be difficult. FM89’s Ezra …

Farmers

Best friends forever: Separated in China, 2 girls reunite in U.S.

Mae and Mai spent the first years of their lives in the same orphanage in southern China, before they were adopted by families on opposite coasts of the United States.

They were inseparable in China. As close as sisters. They ate together and played together, and even after they were moved to …

China

9 Ways To Fall Asleep Faster (Without Counting Sheep)

If you feel wide awake when your head hits the pillow at night, you're not alone. Approximately 60 million Americans report having experienced insomnia in any given year, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Even worse, 40 million Americans suffer from long-term …

Sleep

New medical technology developed in California could bolster chemotherapy

Chemotherapy helps save the lives of thousands of cancer patients each year. But now, researchers at the Lawrence Livermore Lab and UC Davis believe …

Medicine

Healers Once Prescribed Chocolate Like Aspirin

Chocolate—it makes miracle pills go down easier. Miracle Max probably wasn't thinking of the Aztecs when he used a chocolate-coated pill to revive …

Chocolate

When memory misses a beat, music can offer dementia patients new meaning

Editor’s note: The NewsHour incorrectly identified one of the men in this story. His name is Irwin Rosenstein, not Ira Rosenstein. We regret the error

Dementia