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Video Game Is Built to Be Prescribed to Children With A.D.H.D.

Send an avatar surfing down an icy river by tilting your computer tablet from side to side. Grab bluebirds (but not red birds) each time they appear on your screen by tapping your thumb on the surface. Zoom over flashing power stations, but steer clear of the riverbanks.

These are the challenges of …


Gratitude Is Good For The Soul And Helps The Heart, Too

As we launch into Thanksgiving week, consider this: Research shows that feeling grateful doesn't just make you feel good. It also helps — literallyhelps — the heart.

A positive mental attitude is good for your heart. It fends off depression, stress and anxiety, which can increase the risk of heart …

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The Thanksgiving Mistake Way Too Many People Make, According to UC Davis

This common error might make your guests sick.

It’s normal for your stomach to hurt a little after it’s been packed with plate after plate of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and casserole. It’s not normal to turn green — but it could happen if you commit these Thanksgiving cooking faux pas.

Most …

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My Life as a Muslim in the West’s ‘Gray Zone’

Some months ago, I gave a reading from my most recent novel in Scottsdale, Ariz. During the discussion that followed, a woman asked me to talk about my upbringing in Morocco. It’s natural for readers to be curious about a writer they’ve come to hear, I told myself. I continued to tell myself this …

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Pioneering UCSF Clinic Helps Transgender Youth Be Themselves

Clues to a transgender identity can start very early.

For Shay, who was biologically born a female, it began when he was 3- or 4-years-old, talking …


There’s at least one deadly sin we do less as we age

If you weren’t in the so-called popular crowd in high school, you may remember glancing longingly at their table in the cafeteria wishing you could be so cool and confident, instead of so awkward and unsure.

When we’re young, we often measure ourselves against our peers. Our internal monologue is a …


Congressmen Praise ‘Innovation Ecosystem’ of Campus Entrepreneurs During Visit

From left, Rep. Eric Swalwell and Rep. Scott Peters. Photos by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications

Two congressmen who know a lot about innovation …


Engineering Mosquitoes’ Genes to Resist Malaria

In a basement on the Irvine campus of the University of California, behind a series of five protective doors, two teams of biologists have created a novel breed of mosquito that they hope will help eradicate malaria from the world.

The mosquito has been engineered to carry two ingenious genetic …


Kicking an addiction? Replace it with joy, UCLA expert advises in new book

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UCLA’s Suzette Glasner-Edwards says behavioral activation therapy is effective because it combats the allure of drugs and …


UC tests new ways of funding summer study

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UC scientists create malaria-blocking mosquitoes

Using a groundbreaking gene editing technique, University of California scientists have created a strain of mosquitoes capable of rapidly introducing malaria-blocking genes into a mosquito population through its progeny, ultimately eliminating the insects’ ability to transmit the disease to …


UCLA nanoscientists develop safer, faster way to remove pollutants from water

A team of researchers from the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA has found a new way to use enzymes to remove pollutants from water that is cost- and energy-efficient, able to remove multiple pollutants at once, and minimizes risks to public health and the environment.

The advance could be an …


UCLA nanoscientists develop safer, faster way to remove pollutants from water

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UCLA’s Leonard Rome, Meng Wang, Danny Abad, Valerie Kickhoefer and Shaily Mahendra discovered that nanoscale “vaults” containing …


Peeking into the Underwater World of Leopard Seals

Scripps grad student uses Crittercam video to gain rare glimpse into an Antarctic top predator

In the pristine wilds of the Antarctic, the mysterious …


Pigeons can distinguish cancerous breast tissue from normal

If pigeons went to medical school and specialized in pathology or radiology, they’d be pretty good at distinguishing digitized microscope slides and mammograms of normal vs. cancerous breast tissue, a new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis and the University of Iowa has …

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An easy pill to swallow

An insulin pill being developed by researchers at UC Santa Barbara may in the near future give another blood sugar management option to those who suffer from diabetes. The novel drug delivery technology may also apply to a wide spectrum of other therapies.

“With diabetes, there’s a tremendous need …


UC joins campuses across the country on White House Climate Pledge

UC's commitmentAs part of its White House American Campuses Act on Climate pledge, UC committed to:• Achieve carbon neutrality by 2025
• Make carbon neutrality and sustainability part of the educational experience for students
• Expand research in carbon neutrality and climate resilience
• Invest at least $1 …

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An Easy Pill to Swallow

An insulin pill being developed by researchers at UC Santa Barbara may in the near future give another blood sugar management option to those who …


Pigeons Can Spot Breast Cancer in Medical Images

Calling someone “birdbrained” is not exactly a compliment. But a recent study demonstrates that our avian friends have a lot more smarts than we …


Color My World: Innovative Glasses Allow Colorblind to See What They've Been Missing

I had to see for myself why some users have called them “happy glasses”—through them, everything looks more vibrant, distinct and intense. The …


Gasification Projects Could Benefit the Environment, Economy

Two overlapping research projects involving UC Merced professors could have big implications for the region’s economy and effects on renewable …

Climate Change

You may look more productive skipping lunch, or eating at your desk. But you aren’t.

The hour-long lunch may be a charming relic of the past, like phone cords and typewriters, but in today’s 24-7 work culture, many of us don’t take any lunch break at all. Fewer than 20 percent of American workers regularly step away for a midday meal, and 39 percent usually eat at their desks, …


UCSF gets $177 million grant to address dementia

A billionaire philanthropist committed to giving away all his money before he dies has donated $177 million to UCSF to create a program involving people in a variety of fields from all over the world — physicians, social workers, economists, lawyers, musicians — to address the growing burden of …


Scientists find neural switch that turns dreams on and off At the flip of a switch, UC Berkeley neuroscientists can send a sleeping mouse into dreamland. The researchers inserted an optogenetic switch...

At the flip of a switch, UC Berkeley neuroscientists can send a sleeping mouse into dreamland.

The researchers inserted an optogenetic switch into a …

More women CEOs but executive suite's still a male bastion

Dig deeperVisit the UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s Advancing Women in Business Leadership website to see:• Industry-by-industry statistics
• County-by-county statistics
• UC Davis database of the 400 companies and executive compensation
• Additional resources

More women than ever before are now chief …

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A Bigger Bang at CERN

By 2025, the scientists and engineers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) hope to be able to conduct the most powerful, highest …


Why are some wild animals more tolerant to human interaction than others?

Sean Brenner

The study found that the extent to which animals tolerate humans is largely driven by the environment in which they live and their …


To feed a planet

For UC San Diego researcher Jennifer Burney, land, air, water and energy are part of a complex equation for feeding the world without frying the …

Sustainable Agriculture

Boost for augmented reality research at Berkeley

Augmented reality research at UC Berkeley got a boost with the announcement of a $100,000 grant from Microsoft — plus two of the company’s HoloLens …

Augmented Reality

Santa Cruz Students Track Working Poor with ‘Census of the Invisible’

Some days, Celia Díaz doesn’t want to get out of bed. But since she’s the major wage earner in her household, she doesn’t have much choice. Six days …