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The compassion effect: How social activism is changing everything

Here’s a question worthy of keeping a couple of college students up all night for a bull session about their futures: Can they do good and also do well? Must they choose between the two? Or can they tend to their own careers while also addressing conscience-tugging issues like income inequality or …

Activism

UC Irvine helps companies reinvent themselves for the digital age

Vijay Gurbaxani is in the business of scaring businesses.“We are facing a digital tsunami,” he warned 300 executives at a UCI conference last week. …

Union Cycliste Internationale

Approximately 10 percent of ozone pollution in California’s San Joaquin Valley is estimated to be coming from outside of the state’s borders, particularly from Asia, according to preliminary

Approximately 10 percent of ozone pollution in California’s San Joaquin Valley is estimated to be coming from outside of the state’s borders, …

California Coffee - SPONSORED CONTENT presented by University of California

Who knew coffee could grow in California? Traditionally, coffee is an equatorial crop, thriving not in Mediterranean climates like California, but in …

Coffee Beans

Can Plant Genetics Help Solve World Hunger? Science Says Yes

When it comes to the earth’s dwindling resources, climbing temperatures and burgeoning population, talk is as plentiful as it is cheap. It can also be contentious. But Dr. Pamela Ronald, professor of plant pathology at University of California, Davis, doesn’t have time for controversy. She’s too …

Agriculture

Movement to Increase McDonald’s Minimum Wage Broadens Its Tactics

ATLANTA — On a recent Friday, Kwanza Brooks, a $7.25-an-hour McDonald’s worker, climbed into a 14-person van to take a four-hour ride from Charlotte, N.C., to Atlanta.

As she and other workers headed south, Ms. Brooks, a short, fiery woman, swapped stories with her companions about unsafe conditions …

Food

Summit searches for agricultural solutions

California farmers have a lot on their plate.

Juggling soil depletions, wildlife endangerment, water crises and ever-changing government regulations, …

Environment

Medical students celebrate Match Day

For graduating medical students, Match Day is the Academy Awards without the red carpet, March Madness without the brackets. It’s a thrilling time when the nation’s future doctors learn which hospital has accepted them for residency to get advanced training in their chosen specialty.

On March 20, …

Medicine

Even in nursing, no equal pay for women90% of nurses are women, but a new study out of UCSF shows that men in the profession earn higher salaries (a pay gap that has remained constant over the past 25...

90% of nurses are women, but a new study out of UCSF shows that men in the profession earn higher salaries (a pay gap that has remained constant over …

Paralysis cluster cases linked to polio-like virus

A team of researchers led by UCSF scientists has found strong evidence that recent, alarming clusters of sudden-onset paralysis cases — most of them in California and Colorado — were caused by the same virus that was also responsible for hundreds of severe respiratory infections in U.S. children …

Viruses

UCSD studies twin astronauts

The launch of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft Friday was of particular interest to some UC San Diego researchers studying the effects of long-term space …

Space

Stereotypes persist that class and privilege determine intellect and success

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A meritocracy holds that if you work hard enough, you can succeed in life, regardless of race, religion, gender or social status. But a new …

India

How Scientists Are Engineering Algae To Fuel Your Car And Cure Cancer

In December, UC San Diego’s California Center for Algae Biotechnology Director Steve Mayfield got a call from the White House. It was the Office of Science and Technology Policy, looking for advice on improving world food security. “We hear you’re Mr. Algae,” they said.

The prominent research …

Biotechnology

The Struggle to Be First: First-Gen Students May Be Torn Between College and Home

Alina TugendWhen Gabriela Ledezma was accepted at UC Berkeley as a transfer student from Rio Hondo Community College in Whittier a few years ago, she …

How One Scientist Is Helping Plants Survive California's Worst Drought

Every living thing brings its own natural responses to stress. When critical nutrients are in short supply, our bodies, for example, find ways to maintain normal function until those nutrients are replenished. Plants do the same. In drought conditions, natural processes kick in to keep them alive …

Drought

Keeping Tiny Delta Smelt Alive in Captivity is No Small Feat

The delta smelt (Hypomesus transpacificus) may be all but extinct in the wild, but it turns out that hope is not quite lost for this controversial …

Captivity

UC Berkeley first university to house a center for Bangladesh studies

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Improving garment-industry safety, designing apps to solve social problems and gathering data on antibiotic-resistant bacteria found on …

UC Berkeley

Bakar Fellows show off their discoveries to tech entrepreneurship world

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Sixteen UC Berkeley faculty who are conducting commercially promising research supported by the Bakar Fellows Program made a recent trip to …

Entrepreneurship

Stop blaming the moon, says UCLA scientist

The moon does not influence the timing of human births or hospital admissions, a new UCLA study finds, confirming what scientists have known for …

UCLA

Qualcomm Institute Launches Industry Innovation Space on UC San Diego Campus

The second floor of Atkinson Hall will house the new Qualcomm Institute Innovation Space, initially with seven tenants and more on the way.

Working …

Innovation

A Better, Greener World

At UC Santa Barbara, the high-tech research greenhouses are more sophisticated than many smart homes. Temperature and lighting are automated to …

Environment

How Growers Gamed California’s Drought

Consuming 80 percent of California’s developed water but accounting for only 2 percent of the state’s GDP, agriculture thrives while everyone else is parched.

“I’ve been smiling all the way to the bank,” said pistachio farmer John Dean at a conference hosted this month by Paramount Farms, the …

California

Ocean pollution makes its way up the food chain

A few tiny chips of white plastic and some strings of seaweed swirl around the plastic jar that 10th-grader Jamie Ostmann is holding up for a crowd …

Plastic

An Upbeat Emotion That’s Surprisingly Good for You

This article appeared in the March 29 issue of The New York Times Magazine.

Dark moods are bad for your health. Scientists have known for decades that a wide variety of unpleasant emotions, like shame, depression and anxiety, are linked to greater rates of ills like heart disease, inflammation, …

Emotions

UCSF to study benefits of personal approach to breast cancer screening

A research team at UC San Francisco has won a five-year award of $14.1 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to investigate whether a personalized approach to breast cancer screening is as safe and effective as annual mammograms.

The project, called the WISDOM study, …

Cancer

Speaking in the vernacular

Listen to the pastUC Santa Barbara's Vernacular Wax Cylinder Recordings collection has been digitized and is available online through the library’s Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project website.

The woman’s voice is faint, low and barely audible as she identifies herself: R.C. Wombough. …

Vernacular

Greenland

Greenland is so remote and huge that much of its collapsing 25,000…

Greenland is so remote and huge that much of its collapsing 25,000-mile coast has …

Greenland

University And Biotech Firm Team Up On Colorblindness Therapy

More than 10 million Americans have trouble distinguishing red from green or blue from yellow, and there's no treatment for colorblindness.

A biotech company and two scientists hope to change that.

On Wednesday, Avalanche Biotechnologies in Menlo Park and the University of Washington in Seattle …

Color Blindness

A Top Weedkiller Could Cause Cancer. Should We Be Scared?

An international committee of cancer experts shocked the agribusiness world a few days ago when it announced that two widely used pesticides are "probably carcinogenic to humans." The well-respected International Agency for Research on Cancer published a brief explanation of its conclusions in The

Cancer

Can Patients Sue Non-Vaccinating Doctors?

News outlets were abuzz earlier this month with reports about a study in the journal Pediatrics that found some doctors are delaying vaccines when …

Medicine