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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 by David Wagner

Salk Institute Gets Pushback Over Response To Gender Discrimination...

Salk Institute Gets Pushback Over Response To Gender Discrimination Lawsuits

July 19
By David Wagner

The La Jolla scientific research institution has been getting pushback from some prominent scientists over its description of the two scientists who brought forward the complaints.

SANDAG Hears Plans To Test Self-Driving Cars On San Diego Roads

SANDAG Hears Plans To Test Self-Driving Cars On San Diego Roads

July 14
By David Wagner

Soon, you might start to see self-driving cars on public roads as part of a national test planned for the San Diego region.

San Diego Scientist Says Large Iceberg That Broke From Antarctica M...

San Diego Scientist Says Large Iceberg That Broke From Antarctica May Not Be Cause For Alarm

July 14
By David Wagner

The iceberg may be the size of Delaware. But a Scripps Institution of Oceanography glaciologist said that does not mean it will cause dramatic sea level rise — or that global warming was responsible.

This 'Smart Glove' Can Translate Sign Language

This 'Smart Glove' Can Translate Sign Language

July 12
By David Wagner

You have heard of smartphones and smart watches. Now, UC San Diego researchers have built a "smart glove" that can translate sign language gestures into text displayed on a mobile device — all for less than $100.

California Adds Monsanto Weed Killer To List Of Cancer-Causing Chem...

California Adds Monsanto Weed Killer To List Of Cancer-Causing Chemicals

July 7
By David Wagner

Some local governments, including the city of Encinitas, have already implemented municipal bans on the weed-killing chemical glyphosate.

Judge Rules FTC Antitrust Case Against Qualcomm Can Move Forward

Judge Rules FTC Antitrust Case Against Qualcomm Can Move Forward

June 28
By David Wagner

A federal judge has decided that an antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm can move forward.

Ancient California Indians May Have Been Sickened By Water Bottles

Ancient California Indians May Have Been Sickened By Water Bottles

June 27
By David Wagner

Researchers now think petroleum-coated water bottles fashioned by ancient California Indians may have been a hazard to human health.

UCSD Alum Talks About Becoming The First Person To Sequence DNA In ...

UCSD Alum Talks About Becoming The First Person To Sequence DNA In Space

June 22
By David Wagner

Before she was breaking new ground in low-gravity research, Kate Rubins was earning her bachelor's degree in molecular biology at UC San Diego and doing undergraduate research on HIV at the Salk Institute.

San Diego Company Creates Fatty Algae That Could One Day Help Fight...

San Diego Company Creates Fatty Algae That Could One Day Help Fight Climate Change

June 20
By David Wagner

San Diego-based Synthetic Genomics and oil giant Exxon Mobil said they have created a genetically modified strain of algae that takes a step closer toward making renewable, carbon-neutral fuel grown in algae ponds a reality.

San Diego Archaeologists Are Going Underwater For A Deeper Look At ...

San Diego Archaeologists Are Going Underwater For A Deeper Look At Humanity's Past

June 16
By David Wagner

A number of local researchers are launching new efforts in the field of marine archaeology. They want to learn how ancient people adapted to changing coastlines — especially now that humanity faces rising sea levels again.

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