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David Wagner

Science & Technology Reporter

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David Wagner covers the science and technology beat for KPBS. Before arriving in San Diego, he wrote a research column for The Atlantic magazine's sister site The Atlantic Wire. Other positions found him producing web content for NPR's Arts & Life channel and writing features for the San Francisco Chronicle. He holds English and Political Science B.A.s from UC Berkeley.

Recent Stories

San Diego Engineers Design Mouthguard To Wirelessly Monitor Saliva

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You may already be using a smartphone to track your steps, calories and sleep. A team of San Diego engineers hopes one day you'll also be able to track your saliva.

Community Biology Lab Opens In La Jolla Library

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Patrons of a local public library can check out more than books — a new community lab now lets them check out DNA too.

New San Diego Research Center Plans Deeper Dive On Climate Change

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The Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation aims to address how humans will live with rising sea levels, climbing temperatures and other effects of greenhouse gas emissions.

San Diego Company Reports Building Proteins Not Found In Nature

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Synthorx claims success at using synthetic DNA to create proteins assembled with unnatural building blocks.

San Diego Gene-Sequencing Giant Illumina Launches Consumer-Focused Company

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Helix aims to help consumers better understand their DNA by bringing together a range of gene-analysis services from third-party partners.

San Diego Scientist Helps Capture Picture Of A 'Young Jupiter'

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Scientists have a new way of finding planets outside our own solar system, and their first discovery is a big, hot ball of gas that looks a lot like a young Jupiter.

Qualcomm Plays Up Graphics In Upcoming Smartphone Chip

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Qualcomm unveiled the first details about its upcoming smartphone chip Wednesday. Analysts say the company's focus on improving graphics could lure back lost customers.

Gov. Brown Commends San Diego On Water Conservation

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Gov. Jerry Brown came to San Diego Tuesday to commend local leaders on hitting state-mandated water cuts in recent months.

$259,000 Drug Hard To Swallow For Some Patients

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A new drug discovered in San Diego is giving hope to some patients with cystic fibrosis. It's giving others a severe case of sticker shock.

Legal Battle Highlights USC's Plans To Expand Into San Diego Science

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UC San Diego officials say they had to sue to prevent a prominent Alzheimer's scientist from hijacking a major national research project.

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