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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

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: Record-Breaking Winter About To Get Even Wetter

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An update from the KPBS Drought Tracker shows that strong storms rolling into California starting Friday are about to make the state's already wet winter even wetter.

San Diego Academics Encouraged By Decision To Keep Travel Ban On Hold

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But scientists and professors potentially affected under President Trump's executive order said there is still too much uncertainty to resume traveling outside the country.

San Diego Scientist Studies The Moon By Way Of A Nuclear Test Site

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A local scientist says the 1945 Trinity nuclear bomb test didn't just change history — it also gave scientists a perfect natural experiment for probing theories about how the Earth's moon came to be.

What San Diego's High-Tech Industry Is (And Isn't) Saying About Trump's Immigration Order

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While some San Diego companies are expressing concern about President Trump's executive orders on immigration, others are staying silent.

San Diego Scientist Says Trump's Immigration Order Will Affect His Work, Family

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UC San Diego global health professor Wael Al-Delaimy was born in Iraq. He's avoiding travel out of concern that he won't be let back in the country.

San Diego Lab Creates Partially Human Pig Embryos

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The human elements of the pig embryos were limited, but experts say this study represents a significant first step toward the goal of one day growing human organs in animals.

Swarm Of Robot 'Minions' Helps San Diego Scientists Study Complex Ocean Dynamics

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Local researchers built an armada of bright yellow underwater robots to mimic the movement of plankton in internal waves. But these autonomous robots could also prove useful for other ocean research projects.

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: California Nearing Full Season's Worth Of Rain, Snow

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California's wet season is far from over. But already, the state is nearing a full wet season's worth of rain and snow.

San Diego Study: Even Short, Moderate Workouts Impart Health Benefits

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Workouts don't have to be exhausting or time-consuming to improve your health, according to a recent UC San Diego School of Medicine study.

San Diego Scientists Bring Back First Footage Of Colorful Seadragon

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After discovering a new species of seadragon by analyzing specimens held in museums, a team of San Diego scientists has spotted the colorful creature in the wild and brought back the first glimpses of it captured on film.

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