University of California

USC dean drug scandal could take costly toll on school's legal battle with UC system

Six months after Dr. Carmen Puliafito stepped down as dean of USC’s medical school, he was called by the university to give sworn testimony as a witness in a lawsuit the institution was facing.<p>It was a sensitive matter with hundreds of millions of dollars potentially at stake, and two attorneys for …

Democrats

What Happens To Your Creativity When You Age, According To New Study

Image via Shutterstock<p><b>What happens to</b> your ability to think up novel ideas when you get older, and when does creativity truly peak?<p><b>To answer these</b> …

New York Times

Big advance against credential spear-phishing. One of the big threats we do not fight well

Last week at the 26th USENIX Security Symposium in Vancouver, BC, researchers presented a paper they'd written which really has the potential to move …

Information Security

In these states, private elementary school can cost more than most colleges

You thought college was getting too expensive? In some states, sending your kid to a private elementary school costs more than it does to send them to college, according to data from HowMuch.<p>The average private elementary-school tuition in Connecticut is a whopping $13,412 a year. That’s more than …

Education

The Showdown Over How We Define Fringe Views in America

Today in the United States, sweeping majorities of the public say they support fair housing laws and the ideal of integrated schools. Nine in 10 say they would back a black candidate for president from their own party, and the same say they approve of marriage between blacks and whites. That last …

Racism

This college freshman is worried about affirmative action — but not that it will keep him out of Harvard

Jason Fong is at the age when affirmative action programs could make a crucial difference in his life. He’s 17 and often uses social media and his blog to speak out about college admissions policies that consider race as a factor to create a diverse student body.<p>Fong, a recent graduate of Redondo …

Diversity

Everyone Will Be Taking Eclipse Photos. Most Won’t Turn Out. Here’s How to Take One That Will.

<i>This story was originally published by</i> Newsweek<i> and appears here as part of the</i> Climate Desk<i> collaboration.</i>A total solar eclipse will pass across the …

Liberal View

A bold bet on brain 'modems' to restore sight, hearing, and speech

In the Lab<p>Silicon Valley’s ambitious new bet: Brain ‘modems’ that restore sight, hearing, and speech<p>S<p>AN JOSE, Calif. — In a warehouse district here, …

Silicon Valley

Amazon just unveiled a better alternative to vending machines

For its latest service offering, Amazon is reinventing the vending machine.<p>Called Amazon Instant Pickup, the new service will allow customers to pick up items within minutes of ordering them, according to Reuters. That's faster than the hours that Amazon Prime Now requires — and much faster than …

Fortune 500

California scientists push to create massive climate-research programme

Effort backed by the state’s flagship universities comes as US President Donald Trump shrugs off global warming.<p>California has a history of going it …

Climate

Fish eat plastic in the ocean because it smells like food, scientists discover

The reason why fish eat plastic when it is dumped in the ocean has been discovered by scientists.<p>Tests on anchovies show that when plastic is mixed with salt water and begins to disintegrate it releases an odour which is similar to krill.<p>The enticing smell sets of foraging and feeding behaviour in …

Oceans

Marian C. Diamond, 90, Student of the Brain, Is Dead

Marian C. Diamond, a neuroscientist who overturned long-held beliefs by showing that environmental factors can change the structure of the brain and that the brain continues to develop throughout one’s life, died on July 25 at her home in Oakland, Calif. She was 90.<p>Her son Richard Diamond confirmed …

Obituaries

U.C. Berkeley to host former Breitbart editor

University of California, Berkeley has confirmed that former Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro will be allowed to speak in a 500-seat auditorium next month and it is preparing for the event with tight security. (Aug. 15) AP

Ben Shapiro

How Students Benefit from School Diversity

Two years ago, I published a report showing that schools in San Francisco were becoming increasingly segregated by race. In the public debate that …

Education

Amazon adds 'Instant Pickup' in US brick-and-mortar push

BERKELEY, California - Amazon.com Inc is rolling out US pickup points where shoppers can retrieve items immediately after ordering them, shortening …

Amazon

The Latest: Berkeley Republicans say Shapiro hall too costly | Miami Herald

The Latest on free speech and safety concerns for events planned in the San Francisco Bay Area (all times local):<p>6 p.m.<p>Berkeley College Republicans …

San Francisco Bay Area

Grain-free pet foods are no healthier, vets say. Focus on this nutrition issue instead.

Losing weight is tough. It would be easier if a benevolent someone concerned about your health controlled exactly how much you ate and how often you exercised, right? That’s the situation for most dogs and cats in the United States, and yet the majority are overweight or obese.<p>As with our own …

News (U.S.)

Microsoft Teaches Autonomous Gliders to Make Decisions on the Fly

HAWTHORNE, Nev. — As the glider turned and flew south, four men gave chase in a sport utility vehicle below, rolling through the Nevada desert.<p>From the front seats, two of the men tracked the glider by sight. In the back, the other two followed the flight on their laptops, eyeballing data sent from …

Business

Abortion after-care costs driven up by scarcity of nearby clinics

(Reuters Health) - The absence of a nearby abortion clinic drives up healthcare costs, a study of California's poor has found.<p>Women who seek follow-up care but who don’t have a local clinic often feel compelled go to an emergency room to confirm that their pregnancy is over, a practice that …

Women's News

11 Things Every Parent Should Know About Kids and Sleep

Turns out, those Zzs are super important.<p>Experts Do Offer Recommendations for How Much Sleep Kids Should Get<p>And that number changes as they get …

Sleep

One-fifth of Americans find workplace hostile or threatening

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American workplace is grueling, stressful and surprisingly hostile.<p>So concludes an in-depth study of 3,066 U.S. workers by the Rand Corp., Harvard Medical School and the University of California, Los Angeles. Among the findings:<p>— Nearly one in five workers — a share the study …

The Workplace

Artificial intelligence systems learning to accept human guidance

SAN FRANCISCO—At OpenAI, the artificial intelligence lab founded by Tesla’s chief executive, Elon Musk, machines are teaching themselves to behave …

Artificial Intelligence

Maternal Inflammation Can Affect Fetal Brain Development

New research shows that increased levels of inflammatory markers during pregnancy can lead to changes in fetal brain development which, in turn, may …

Neuroscience

What It’s Going to Take to End Racial Preferences

The Friday Cover<p>The Friday Cover is POLITICO Magazine's email of the week's best, delivered to your inbox every Friday morning.<p>The Department of Justice is looking into affirmative action in college admissions, but I believe voters will end up making the most impact.<p>Over 20 years ago, California …

Politics

The Downside of Full Pay Transparency

It seems like such a feel-good, modern idea: Allow everyone in a company to know what everyone else in the company is paid.<p>Such pay transparency has many proponents, who argue that it can help motivate employees, close the gender pay gap, and attract new talent by providing a clear picture of how …

Employment

Roger Lee: Bay Area’s modern architect for the common man

The pioneering East Bay architect showed regional modernism could be affordable, too<p>In postwar California, if you lived in the East Bay with modest means and midcentury dreams, Roger Lee may have been your best bet for building the home you always wanted. A pioneering Chinese-American architect, …

5 Ways You Sabotage Your Own Happiness

When comes to your happiness, you're the boss.<p>Happiness is more than just feeling good. There’s actually a wide range of benefits of being happy. These benefits include making us healthier, strengthening relationships, and increasing productivity. Being happy also encourages us to make more …

Happiness

Forcing a Positive Attitude Can Backfire

A new series of studies suggests ignoring negative emotions to remain optimistic may not be the best approach in the long run.University of …

Psychology

After affirmative action

IT IS no mystery why university entrance policies generate so much angst in America. Space at elite colleges is limited, and the degrees they confer …

Education

Affirmative Action Has Been Under Fire For 40 Years. Here's Why Diversity Always Wins

When the Justice Department announced last week that it was lining up behind a lawsuit against Harvard University over its consideration of race in …

Good News