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cell phone app

Smartphone, M.D.

In a potential game changer for the health care industry, a new cell phone app and lab kit now allow a smartphone to identify...
Sea Otters

Decisive Sea Otters Distinguish Differences by Touch

Studying the hunting tactics of sea otters is difficult because wild otters stop seeking food when human divers are near. Suspecting that sea otters...
Robotic Gliders

Physicists Train Robotic Gliders to Soar like Birds

The words “fly like an eagle” are famously part of a song, but they may also be words that make some scientists scratch their...
wireless transmittervideo

Crowd Counting Through Walls with WiFi

Researchers in UC Santa Barbara professor Yasamin Mostofi’s lab have given the first demonstration of crowd counting through walls using only everyday communication signals such as...
white sharks

Sniffing Out Sharks

A white shark’s acute sense of smell is legendary, allowing it to detect a potential meal several miles away — and giving pause to...
global climate

Dust, Rain and the Poles

Every year, the global climate transports billions of tons of dust around the world. These aerosols play a key role in many of Earth’s...
lithium-ion batteries

UC San Diego Receives Award from Energy Department for Battery Research...

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $2.5 million to a team led by the University of California San Diego for battery research in...
electrogenic bacteria

Gut Bacteria’s Shocking Secret: They Produce Electricity

While bacteria that produce electricity have been found in exotic environments like mines and the bottoms of lakes, scientists have missed a source closer...
tuberculosis

New Approach to Fight Tuberculosis, a Leading Cause of Death Worldwide

Tuberculosis is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide. Nearly 2 million people die every year from this infectious disease, and an...
brain cancer glioblastoma

Researchers Unlock Secret of Deadly Brain Cancer’s “Immortality”

UC San Francisco researchers have discovered how a mutation in a gene regulator called the TERTpromoter — the third most common mutation among all human cancers...
Spinal Cord Injury Treatmentvideo

A New Spinal Cord Injury Treatment is Getting Patients Back on...

Matt Wetschler was bodysurfing at Ocean Beach in San Francisco when he went for a wave and didn’t come back up. Some other surfers...
lizards

Adaptable Lizards Illustrate Key Evolutionary Process Proposed a Century Ago

Side-blotched lizards in most of the Mojave Desert have tan and brown markings that blend in well with their desert surroundings. On the Pisgah...
Brain Cells

Innovative Technique Reveals ‘Core Identities’ of Brain Cells

The human brain is made up of about 170 billion cells, each evolved to perform specific tasks, which raises a key question: What makes...
Aquafarmers

Aquafarmers on the Front Lines

Many of the world’s future farmers will likely be farming oceans, as aquaculture – the cultivation of fish and other aquatic species – continues...
magnetic sensors

Diamond Dust Enables Low-Cost, High-Efficiency Magnetic Field Detection

UC Berkeley engineers have created a device that dramatically reduces the energy needed to power magnetic field detectors, which could revolutionize how we measure...
Optogenetics

Mutations, Drugs Drive Cancer by Blurring Growth Signals

Genetic mutations in a form of non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) may drive tumor formation by blurring cells’ perception of key growth signals, according...
embryogenesis

Careful — You Are Made of Glass

Ever wondered how groups of cells managed to build your tissues and organs while you were just an embryo? Using state-of-the-art techniques he developed, UC...
Injection Wells

Injection Wells Can Induce Earthquakes Miles Away from the Well

A study of earthquakes induced by injecting fluids deep underground has revealed surprising patterns, suggesting that current recommendations for hydraulic fracturing, wastewater disposal, and...
Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Surgery in Frail Elderly Women Linked to Poor Results

In a study appearing Aug. 29, 2018, in JAMA Surgery, UCSF researchers found that 58 percent of women who resided in a nursing home for...
Brain Tumors

Tailored Drug Cocktails Offer Hope to Kids with Aggressive Brain Tumors

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals are harnessing next-generation genomic technology to develop individualized drug cocktails in a new trial for children with a type of...