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University of California and State Leaders Work to Enhance Public University Support for Survivors of Domestic Violence

A fearful student stalked by a former partner. A faculty member suffering physical abuse from a spouse. A UC staff member sexually assaulted. Cases such as these led the University of California to expand access to support and advocacy services on our campuses. But until recently, a legal loophole …

University of California

Hang ten (decades): Walter Munk, inventor of the surf forecast, turns 100

As dawn washes over Bondi Beach, you can see the surfers beyond the break, gently rising and falling on their boards. They gather like this when the …

Science

Physician, feed thyself

<b>Spinach, eggs, tomatoes, skillets and spatulas are not typically in a health professional’s toolkit. But for some UCLA students, they eventually might be.</b><p>At UCLA Health Sciences, students are learning about nutrition and food preparation in what might seem an unlikely place — not a classroom but …

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Animations that are true to life

<b>Imagine going to see the latest Pixar movie. You’re sitting in the theater enjoying the film, when you begin to notice the astounding level of detail in the animation. On screen, water is rippling and leaves are flittering with an almost uncanny realism. It’s art imitating life with incredible</b> …

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Shining light on the social lives of viruses

Quick summary• Theories used to study animal behavior can be applied to viruses<br>• Virus social strategies include competition, cooperation and cheating<br>• Studying social behavior could lead to new vaccines, treatment strategies<p><b>Scientists know viruses are contagious and can spread quickly, but how do they</b> …

Biology

Hardcore smokers are softening over time

<b>Cigarette smokers with high levels of psychological distress are often heavy smokers, and thus identified as a “hardcore” group who are less willing or able to quit than other smokers. However, a study by UC San Francisco researchers shows that over the course of 19 years, from 1997 to 2015, this</b> …

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Avoiding Alcohol Helps the Heart Beat Better

Health

Napolitano: DACA recipients 'between a rock and a hard place'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano explained Thursday that she is suing the Trump administration over its decision to rescind a program to protect young undocumented immigrants because "these young people are really caught between a rock and a hard …

Immigration

UC leaders to Congress: Protect the nation’s Dreamers

<b>University of California officials have sent an urgent appeal to California’s congressional delegation, pressing them to take the lead in building bipartisan support for legislation to protect the nation’s Dreamers.</b><p>The lives of roughly 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States as …

Immigration

UCLA research puts wildfire risk into historic context

<b>This month’s wildfires in Northern California have been the deadliest in United States history, with more than 40 deaths, hundreds still missing and widespread mandatory evacuations. One of the conditions that contributed to the enormous fires was the growing variation in climate and rainfall from</b> …

Climate Change

Social media can increase stress during a crisis

<b>Exposure to high rates of conflicting information during an emergency is linked to increased levels of stress, and those who rely on text messages or social media reports from unofficial sources are more frequently exposed to rumors and experience greater distress, according to research led by the</b> …

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UC President Napolitano Advises UCLA Law Students

Fifteen upper-division UCLA School of Law students drew inspiration and advice for pursuing careers in public service from University of California …

Democrats

For fighting cybercrime and boosting internet security, UCSD's Stefan Savage wins a MacArthur award

Stefan Savage and his students have hacked into cars and disabled brakes, used telescopes to make illicit copies of keys from 200 feet away, and joined criminal groups selling counterfeit drugs over the internet.<p>Lucky for you, this professor of computer science and engineering at UC San Diego is on …

Cybersecurity

Researchers create molecule that could ‘kick and kill’ HIV

<b>Current anti-AIDS drugs are highly effective at making HIV undetectable and allowing people with the virus to live longer, healthier lives. The treatments, a class of medications called antiretroviral therapy, also greatly reduce the chance of transmission from person to person.</b><p>But the medications …

Medicine

How generosity in disasters flows in both directions

<b>When Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast in late August, Americans had a choice: they could share their resources or look the other way.</b><p>Although as a society, we tend to value individualism — looking out for number one before anyone else — it doesn’t always make us happy, says Emiliana …

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Erasing your fears?

<b>Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have devised a method to selectively erase particular fear memories by weakening the connections between the nerve cells (neurons) involved in forming these memories.</b><p>A sight, sound, or smell we have sensed may not later trigger fear, but if the …

Neuroscience

UC Santa Cruz music alumnus lands job as head archivist of Bob Dylan Archive

<b>Five weeks ago, UC Santa Cruz alumnus Mark Davidson moved from Austin, Texas, to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to begin a new job at the Bob Dylan Archive.</b><p>His official job title is “Bob Dylan Librarian and Collections Manager.” Davidson is now the head archivist and librarian of the collection, working closely …

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Black tea may help with weight loss, too

<b>UCLA researchers have demonstrated for the first time that black tea may promote weight loss and other health benefits by changing bacteria in the gut. In a study of mice, the scientists showed that black tea alters energy metabolism in the liver by changing gut metabolites.</b><p>The research is …

Tea

Blocking the 'love hormone'

Quick summary• Oxytocin "love hormone" linked to pair bonding<br>• In mouse model of social anxiety, blocking oxytocin reduced anxiety<br>• Oxytocin can intensity positive or negative experiences by action in different brain regions<p><b>Before you shop for the “cuddle” hormone oxytocin to relieve stress and enhance</b> …

Neuroscience

Teens’ online friendships just as meaningful as face-to-face ones

<b>Many parents worry about how much time teenagers spend texting, sharing selfies and engaging in other online activities with their friends. However, according to a recent research synthesis from the University of California, Irvine, many of these digital behaviors serve the same purpose and</b> …

Teens

UC Exchange Students Pitch In to Help Mexico Quake Victims

Dozens of University of California students were in or near Mexico City when a 7.1 earthquake devastated the capital last week. After their initial …

Mexico City

UC Irvine opens expansive food pantry as more college students struggle with hunger

UC Irvine student Ernest Devin Rankin grew up in Anaheim on one meal a day as his disabled parents, who had six children, struggled to stretch food stamps and disability payments.<p>When he got to college, he could only afford the cheapest dining plan, offering 100 meals a quarter. When those meals …

Higher Education

New podcast explores people, places behind the food we eat

<b>In the mid-2000s, California beekeepers began to notice that their bees were disappearing. The technical term for the problem is “colony collapse disorder.” Scientists aren’t sure what causes the sudden drop in population, but Claire Kremen, a professor of environmental sciences, policy and</b> …

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DNA mutations found in blood predict response to immunotherapy in patients with cancer

<b>In a first-of-its-kind study, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers report that a blood sample, or liquid biopsy, can reveal which patients will respond to checkpoint inhibitor-based immunotherapies.</b><p>“We can help predict response to immunotherapy by measuring the number …

Cancer

The most detailed look yet at an animal's brain

<b>The 100 billion neurons of the human brain control our behavior, but so far there is no way to keep track of all that activity, cell by cell. Whole-brain imaging techniques like fMRI offer only a blurry view of the action, with each pixel representing tens of thousands of neurons.</b><p>To help get a …

Neuroscience

UC Berkeley alum Barry Barish wins 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics

<b>UC Berkeley alum Barry Barish, a retired Caltech physicist, has run many huge physics collaborations during his career, ranging from neutrino experiments at Fermilab to the Superconducting Supercollider, a megaproject long since killed off by the federal government.</b><p>But his most rewarding was the …

Physics

3D Orchards: UC Researcher Turns Farms Into Virtual Reality

Farmers are relying more and more on technology to help them manage their crops and often that means working with unmanned aerial systems. Using …

Virtual Reality

OPINION: UC Davis to first-gen students: “You belong here”

First-generation students at University of California, Davis. Photo: Elena Zukova, University of CaliforniaI stand in front of an auditorium of 300 …

Higher Education

Janet Napolitano: Law Must Serve the Marginalized

In today’s political climate, public interest lawyers — those working for human rights and social justice — are needed more than ever, says Janet …

Democrats

How California might look if it was 100 percent carbon neutral

This week, Gov. Jerry Brown joined several other governors at the U.S. Climate Alliance in New York, saying: “We’re all in and we’ll keep going and …

Energy