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The Health Benefits of Tea

Tea is one of the most popular drinks in the world—second only to water—and it can be a healthy addition to your diet. Without added sugars or milk, …

Health

Startups find success on UC campuses, report finds

<i>Update 8/22/16: This article has been updated to reflect new information from a university spokesperson.</i><p>In 2007, when Brett Wilson started TubeMogul, …

Making medicine more precise, accessible

Health care leaders trying to fix bottleneck that keeps increasingly individualized laboratory discoveries from reaching patients.

San Diego

How a robot lover pioneered the driverless car, and why he's selling his latest to Uber

Self-driving vehicles have been developed in many places, over many years, but few people have as strong a claim as Anthony Levandowski to being considered their inventor. And it all started with a phone call from his mother.<p>“My mom called me up and said, there’s this robot race it would be …

Google

Maker Movement Turns Scientists into Tinkerers

To do science, scientists need money—and usually a lot of it because specialized equipment and tools don’t come cheap. That means researchers often …

Arduino

University of California athletes made a splash in the 2016 Summer Olympics, winning 31 medals — including 18 gold medals, more than all but four nations.<p>Along with all that gold, UC-affiliated athletes brought home five silver medals and eight bronze medals from the Rio Olympics.<p>Over the course of …

UC Berkeley

Knuckle-cracking is actually good for you

<b>(CNN) —</b> For the past 15 years, Tanya Johnson has been driving her boss nuts.<p>It's not her job skills -- Dr. Robert Szabo says Johnson is an excellent nurse -- but rather her incessant knuckle-cracking that makes him want to strangle her.<p>"I kept telling her to stop, that it was bad for her," Szabo …

University of Alberta

UC leads Zika carrier research

<b>The UC Mosquito Research Laboratory in Parlier is the epicenter of California research on the Aedes aegypti mosquito, a tiny, black and white mosquito that can spread the Zika virus.</b><p>Aedes aegypti were first identified in California in June 2013, when they were found in the San Joaquin Valley …

Research

Eat.Think.Design at UC Berkeley

By onAugust 12, 2016 in Fall Harvest 2016<p>How would you get more people who aren’t eating butter to eat butter?”<p>Sixty-five UC Berkeley grad students …

Berkeley

Distilling The Story Of California Wine, One Label At A Time

For the first half of the 20th century, nobody would have ever compared the wines of California's Napa Valley to the great wines of France.<p>"It's amazing when you think about it," says Amy Azzarito, online strategist at the University of California, Davis, library. "California wines were a joke for …

Drinking

Largest university solar power project pushes UC toward carbon neutrality

<b>A ribbon-cutting in Fresno County today (Aug. 18) marks the opening of the Five Points Solar Park, a 60-megawatt solar power installation built to supply renewable energy to the University of California. The power supplied by the new solar farm represents roughly 14 percent of the total UC system’s</b> …

Energy

Warming world may put most cities off-limits for summer Olympics

Health and safety of Olympians has been an ongoing story at Summer Olympic games. In 2008, air quality raised concerns in Beijing, while 2016 has been dogged with questions about polluted water and the Zika virus. Now, a new commentary co-written by UC Berkeley professor Kirk Smith says the future …

Climate Change

The rise of UC's startup culture

From the legend of Jobs and Woz launching Apple from their Silicon Valley garage to the hundreds of startup incubators spanning the state today, California has a reputation for bold entrepreneurial spirit.<p>A study released Aug. 17 by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute reflects just how …

Silicon Valley

Meet The Four Start-Ups Helping Ford Develop A Robo-Taxi By 2021

Ford Motor says it is skipping over semi-autonomous cars and going straight to fully self-driving ones, with no steering wheel or pedals, by 2021. Ford shares Google’s view, which is that it’s too difficult to safely hand over control from a semi-autonomous car to a human driver in an emergency …

Autonomous Tech

Why sharks need a new soundtrack

Humans have long been sharks’ greatest danger, but a new study reveals a surprisingly potent threat against them — background music.<p>University of California, San Diego visiting assistant researcher Andrew Nosal (UC San Diego, Ph.D. '13) and Harvard marketing professor Elizabeth Keenan (UC San …

UC Berkeley

Latinos age slower than other ethnicities, UCLA study shows

A UCLA study is the first to show that Latinos age at a slower rate than other ethnic groups. The findings, published in the current issue of Genome Biology, may one day help scientists understand how to slow the aging process for everyone.<p>“Latinos live longer than Caucasians, despite experiencing …

DNA

To 'change the world,' UC researchers start writing

When UC San Francisco Professor Elizabeth Dzeng wrote about homelessness for the San Francisco Chronicle, she wasn’t just conveying her expertise on a critical social issue — she was working as part of a cohort of roughly 60 faculty members across nine UC campuses who are all committed to …

UC Berkeley

Needles not needed

<b>Unlike Type 2 diabetes, Type 1 diabetes often afflicts the young with an indifference to lifestyle and dietary habits. It begins when the immune system attacks the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Insulin is necessary for balancing blood sugar levels, and it allows the body to use these</b> …

UC Berkeley

Genome sequencing may help avert banana armageddon

Quick summary• Three fungal diseases target banana plants’ nutrients<br>• Global banana crop is at risk of destruction<br>• Discovery should help in developing hardier banana plants<p>Researchers at the University of California, Davis, and in the Netherlands have discovered how three fungal diseases have evolved …

UC Berkeley

Baby food for thought

If you want your baby to love broccoli, you better love it, too, because that tiny human is watching you to learn which foods are good and bad. That’s one of the takeaways in a new paper by a UC Santa Barbara researcher who investigated the way infants reason in socially smart ways about food.<p>“A …

UC Berkeley

UC-wide student video challenge launched for World Food Day

Students, reconnect with campus before summer is over! Grab your camera or smartphone and make a short video on UC research related to food security. Share your campus story in the World Food Day Video Challenge and win up to $1,000.<p>We’re crowdsourcing your knowledge and skills to bring deeper …

Food & Dining

Surveyed scientists debunk chemtrails conspiracy theory

<b>The world’s leading atmospheric scientists overwhelmingly deny the existence of a secret, elite-driven plot to release harmful chemicals into the air from high-flying aircraft, according to the first peer-reviewed journal paper to address the “chemtrails” conspiracy theory.</b><p>Researchers from the …

Chemtrails

UC schools rate among top universities globally

Nine UC campuses are among the best in the world, according to rankings issued Monday by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities assessed the top 500 universities based on six indicators. These include the number of award-winning staff and alumni and the …

College & University

UC Irvine physicists discover potential fifth force of nature

Recent findings indicating the possible discovery of a previously unknown subatomic particle may be evidence of a fifth fundamental force of nature, according to a paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters by theoretical physicists at the University of California, Irvine.<p>“If true, it’s …

Science

Inside the mind of Sting

What does the 1960s Beatles hit “Girl” have in common with Astor Piazolla’s evocative tango composition “Libertango”?<p>To the casual listener, probably not much. But in the mind of one famously eclectic singer-songwriter, the two songs are highly similar. That’s one of the surprising findings of an …

Life Sciences

100 years of national parks, 100 years of climate change data

<b>All scientists follow in the footsteps of earlier scientists. Steve Beissinger, Jim Patton and their colleagues at UC Berkeley’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology take this more literally than most. Since 2005, they have tried to walk exactly where their predecessors walked 100 years ago, in an attempt</b> …

World

Chance Collaboration Yields an Advance in Cancer Treatment

A collaboration between an immunologist helping his stepmother fight cancer and the oncologist who treated her led to a discovery that could help many more patients benefit from a transformative new therapy.<p>A new class of drugs called checkpoint inhibitors works by releasing a molecular brake that …

Cancer

The Chase

How fast can we roll out a Zika vaccine?<p>On a Saturday morning in April of 2014, Nenad Macesic, a thirty-one-year-old doctor-in-training, received an urgent phone call from the emergency room of Austin Hospital, just outside Melbourne, Australia. Lean and taut, with a swirl of dark hair, Macesic …

Medicine

Venture fund puts $6 million into UCSD inventions

New UCSD technologies get venture funding

San Diego

The Start-up That Watches Corn Grow, From Orbit

Descartes Labs is estimating the health of the American corn crop every week this harvest season.<p>The continental United States, from sea to shining sea and across all those purple mountains, stretches some 3.1 million square miles. About four percent of that land, some 150,000 square miles, is …

United States