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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

How One California Alfalfa Farmer Cut His Water Use In Half

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Alfalfa is a thirsty plant that uses more water than any other crop in the state. One farmer in the Imperial Valley managed to cut his water use in half, but he says his water-saving methods won't work for everyone.

Air Tankers Briefly Grounded After Drone Spotted Over San Bernardino Fire

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Officials say they temporarily grounded air tankers for safety reasons after a hobbyist's drone flew near a huge forest fire in the San Bernardino National Forest.

San Diego Research Institute $100M Richer Thanks To Conrad Prebys

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In his largest donation to date, San Diego billionaire Conrad Prebys is giving $100 million to the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute.

San Diego Study: Trans Fats Linked With Memory Problems

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Men under 45 who ate more trans fats did worse on a memory test, according to a new study out of UC San Diego.

Court Rules San Diego Company’s Prenatal Test Patent Invalid

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Ruling says Sequenom should not have received a patent on a test that detects fetal abnormalities using maternal blood samples.

San Diego Autism Researchers Are Testing A New Use For An Old Drug

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UC San Diego is launching a clinical trial to test a century-old drug in patients with autism.

UCSD Researchers Find Gene Mutation Causing Black-And-White Vision

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San Diego researchers have helped pinpoint a gene underlying a rare eye disorder that causes patients to see the world in black and white.

San Diego Biotech Company: Don't Call Our Crop A GMO

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Cibus is hoping to cater to a growing demand for non-GMO food, while holding on to the benefits of genetic engineering.

In Virtual Reality, San Diego Scientist Sees Tool To Help The Visually Impaired

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Virtual reality can be more than just fun and games, according to a UC San Diego doctor using a cheap new headset with patients in mind.

Six Lessons For California From A Drought Halfway Around The World

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A new study outlines how Melbourne, Australia, cut its water consumption in half during a recent drought. Here's what California could learn.

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