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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

Sound Waves Give San Diego Neuroscientists Control Over Brain Cells

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The same kind of sound waves used in sonograms now allows researchers to change a worm's behavior.

Where Will Laid-Off Qualcomm Workers Land?

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Qualcomm handed out layoff notices to 1,314 full-time local employees this week. But industry groups believe those losing their jobs may still be able to find work in San Diego.

Study: Sierra Snowpack Hits 500-Year Low

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The Sierra Nevada snowpack hit a 500-year low this winter, according to a new study.

UCSD Files New Allegations In Alzheimer's Lawsuit

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An updated complaint alleges USC tried to poach UCSD staff by holding a "job fair" across the street from the project's La Jolla offices.

Molting Seals Boost Mercury Levels In Coastal Ecosystems

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Marine mammals don't just stink up areas like La Jolla Cove. According to a new study, they're also elevating mercury levels in these ecosystems.

Governor Appoints New Salton Sea Policy Official

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The Imperial Irrigation District's environmental manager Bruce Wilcox has a new role: assistant secretary for Salton Sea policy at California's Natural Resources Agency.

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.

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