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This UC San Diego Professor Planned His Surgery In Virtual Reality

This UC San Diego Professor Planned His Surgery In Virtual Reality

March 9
By David Wagner

The prospect of going under the knife got one San Diego computer scientist wondering: If 3D graphics are being used to bring video games to life, why can't they be used to help protect his life?

Uber Self-Driving Cars Are Coming Back To California Roads

Uber Self-Driving Cars Are Coming Back To California Roads

March 8
By Associated Press

Uber's self-driving cars will return to California's streets, though the ride-hailing company doesn't immediately plan to pick up passengers.

Effort To Capture Remaining Vaquita Porpoises Continues

Effort To Capture Remaining Vaquita Porpoises Continues

March 8
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

With just 30 vaquitas left, Barbara Taylor, a marine mammal expert, discusses the latest effort to keep the world’s smallest porpoise from going extinct.

First Person: High-School Robotics Leader

First Person: High-School Robotics Leader

March 6
By Michael Lipkin

Grace Engleman, 16, was the only girl on her high school’s freshman robotics team. So when a group of her classmates wanted to form an all-girls team last summer, she was the natural choice to lead.

San Diego Public Libraries Launch Bug-Themed STEAM Program

San Diego Public Libraries Launch Bug-Themed STEAM Program

March 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Brooke Ruth

San Diego public libraries are aiming to make science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts more accessible and engaging by focusing on something that gets the attention of most kids — bugs.

UC San Diego To Probe How Humans Became Aware Of Death

UC San Diego To Probe How Humans Became Aware Of Death

March 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Everything that's alive on this planet eventually dies, but it's the special lot of human beings to be the only species with an awareness of our own mortality.

San Diego Genomic Medicine Conference Kicks Off Thursday

San Diego Genomic Medicine Conference Kicks Off Thursday

March 1
By David Wagner

Scientists and doctors will gather in La Jolla this week for a conference about advances in genomics and how they could change medicine.

Which San Diego Mushrooms Are Poisonous?

Which San Diego Mushrooms Are Poisonous?

March 1
By Claire Trageser

The heavy rainfall in San Diego County this winter has brought an unusual site: lots of mushrooms. Local experts are excited, but also warn that some are not safe to eat.

UC San Diego Scientists Unearth Mysterious Maya Artifact

UC San Diego Scientists Unearth Mysterious Maya Artifact

Feb. 27
By David Wagner

How did a large jade pendant fit for a king end up in the hinterlands of the Maya civilization, and what might it tell us about how they dealt with a changing climate?

San Diego Astronomer Finds More Earth-Sized Planets That Might Supp...

San Diego Astronomer Finds More Earth-Sized Planets That Might Support Life

Feb. 22
By Michael Lipkin

Astronomers at NASA say they’ve found seven planets roughly the size of Earth all orbiting the same tiny star that could have liquid water on their surfaces.