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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.

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: Record-Breaking Winter About To Get Ev...

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: Record-Breaking Winter About To Get Even Wetter

Feb. 17
By David Wagner

An update from the KPBS Drought Tracker shows that strong storms rolling into California starting Friday are about to make the state's already wet winter even wetter.

Kinetic Art Moves Into Fleet Science Center

Kinetic Art Moves Into Fleet Science Center

Feb. 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Motion is the subject of a new exhibit at the Fleet Science Center, a combination of art that either moves or is about movement with educational stations explaining concepts like waves or gravity.

Salk President: Telomeres May Be Key To Staving Off Aging

Salk President: Telomeres May Be Key To Staving Off Aging

Feb. 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The word telomeres is probably not part of your everyday vocabulary, but new research suggests these regions at the end of chromosomes play a vital role in our cells' aging processes.

San Diego Academics Encouraged By Decision To Keep Travel Ban On Hold

San Diego Academics Encouraged By Decision To Keep Travel Ban On Hold

Feb. 10
By David Wagner

But scientists and professors potentially affected under President Trump's executive order said there is still too much uncertainty to resume traveling outside the country.

San Diego Scientist Studies The Moon By Way Of A Nuclear Test Site

San Diego Scientist Studies The Moon By Way Of A Nuclear Test Site

Feb. 8
By David Wagner

A local scientist says the 1945 Trinity nuclear bomb test didn't just change history — it also gave scientists a perfect natural experiment for probing theories about how the Earth's moon came to be.

Drought Increases Severity Of West Nile Epidemics

Drought Increases Severity Of West Nile Epidemics

Feb. 8
Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

Drought increases the severity of West Nile epidemics, according to a new study by researchers at UC Santa Cruz.