UC San Diego's Geisel Library at night

UC tops Washington Monthly campus rankings

UC San Diego ranks first for the fifth consecutive year, and UC campuses take four of top 5 spots in assessment of how universities serve public interest.
girls with cell phones

In our digital world, are young people losing the ability to read emotions?

Children’s social skills may be declining as they spend less time in face-to-face interaction due to their increased use of phones and other digital media.

On Calif. coast, biotoxins cause deadly sea lion seizures, seafood scare

An outbreak of algae-produced biotoxins that attack animals'€™ brains also poses a grave risk to humans.

Why earthquakes make Napa wine taste so good

The soil that makes Napa Valley grapes so special also makes the region vulnerable to seismic activity.
Turceni Power Station, Romania

Existing power plants will spew 300 billion more tons of carbon dioxide during use

Study is the first to quantify how quickly these “committed” emissions are growing — by about 4 percent per year — as more fossil fuel-burning power plants are built.

Professor, poet Robert Hass receives Wallace Stevens Award

UC Berkeley English professor Robert Hass has received the Wallace Stevens Prize from the Academy of American Poets, adding to his honors that already include a Pulitzer Prize and serving as the U.S. Poet Laureate from 1995 to 1997.

Potential treatments for multiple sclerosis

Team led by UC San Francisco scientists has identified eight drugs, including antihistamine, that may stimulate nervous system repair in multiple sclerosis.

10-second warning for Napa quake

Scientists at the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory were alerted moments before Sunday morning's 6.0 magnitude temblor, courtesy of the ShakeAlert earthquake early-warning system.

Police often provoke protest violence, UC researchers find

The violence that turns a small-town protest into a fiery national spectacle like the one that has played out this month in Missouri is often unwittingly provoked by police, according to researchers at UC Berkeley.
GPS station, Inyo Mountains

Surprising byproduct of West's severe drought

The western U.S. is rising — literally — as water dwindles away. Scientists are using GPS technology to track the uplift from massive loss of water, estimated at 62 trillion gallons.

Attack of the invasive species

California will gain a new invasive species every 60 days. UC Riverside's Center for Invasive Species Research says some of these could lead to economic losses to the state of about $3 billion each year.
smartphones

How did a professor hack a smartphone? Through an app that's probably on yours.

Weakness in the Android operating system was exploited through a very common app. Windows, iOS may be vulnerable too.
UCSD professor Hovav Shacham with body scanner

Slip weapons past security? No problem

UC San Diego and other researchers find several loopholes in full-body X-ray scanners once used by the TSA and still used in courthouses, jails, and other government security checkpoints around the country.

Alum, postdoc among game-changing young innovators

MIT Technology Review's 35 Innovators Under 35 recognizes professor, telecom developer with ties to UC Santa Barbara and UC Berkeley.
Chelsea Arnold

Drying Sierra meadows could worsen California drought

Weather-related changes threaten key natural regulator of the region's water flow.
VE-HuNT screenshot

Virtual reality guides those whose memory is failing

Navigation system helps diagnose, monitor and train patients with cognitive decline.
Asian parents and children

What makes a happy parent?

Are parents really less happy than non-parents, as many recent books and studies suggest? New research finds that the truth is surprising and complicated.
Irrigation in Stanislaus County

California has given away rights to far more water than it has

Researchers reveal state is overextended and is using complicated and outdated water policies.
Lourdes Morales

Grad student unites personal passion, programming skills to help others

Undaunted by her own impaired vision, Lourdes Morales is developing computer software to help blind people format documents.
Michele Roberts, NBA union exec. director

Smashing a ceiling and a lot of egos

Michele Roberts, N.B.A. union’s new leader and a Boalt Hall alum, confronts gender barriers.