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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 Scientists Find Data Brewing In Local Fermentation Culture

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Whether it's craft beer or kimchi, fermented foods and drinks are making a comeback. San Diego researchers are sampling local fermentation fanatics to find out how fermented foods can change our gut microbes.

Why A San Diego Scientist Swabbed His Newborn Daughter With Bacteria

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We’re all born naked, but we’re not all born with the same coat of microbes — and that may have a lasting impact on health.

Wireless Devices Did Not Cut Health Care Costs In San Diego Study

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Patients in San Diego used small medical devices, synced with an iPhone, to keep tabs on their chronic diseases. Their reliance on hospitals, emergency rooms and doctor visits did not go down.

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: Dry In San Diego, Stormy Up North

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After an early burst of El Niño-driven storms, San Diego has stayed pretty dry. But recent storms in Northern California have kept rain and snow levels climbing steadily.

Apple Buys San Diego Emotion-Recognition Startup

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If the founders of Emotient were to use their emotion-recognition software on themselves this week, their mood would probably register as "joy."

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: El Niño Storms Into San Diego

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But, the latest update from the KPBS Drought Tracker shows the rest of California is still on track for a relatively average wet season.

No Results Yet In San Diego Ebola Drug Trial

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Nearly a year and a half after the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp reportedly "saved" the lives of two American aid workers, experts still can't say whether the San Diego-made drug actually works in humans.

Border Biometrics Take Deeper Look At Otay Mesa Crossers

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San Diego border agents are now testing new biometric scanners on people walking across the border. Civil liberties advocates say they're also testing the limits of privacy.

Your Safe Ride Guide To New Year's In San Diego

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After you've popped the champagne and had a glass (or 10), how will you get home?

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: 'At Least It's Been Normal'

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In San Diego, the holidays have been chilly and spotted with rain. But the KPBS Drought Tracker shows precipitation throughout California has been just middling so far this wet season.

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