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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

UC San Diego Researchers Find Volkswagen Isn't The Only Auto Maker ...

UC San Diego Researchers Find Volkswagen Isn't The Only Auto Maker Deceiving Regulators

May 26
By David Wagner

Computer scientists at UC San Diego found "smoking gun" software showing that Volkswagen intentionally cheated emissions tests. And they found evidence of deception in another automaker's vehicles.

San Diego Lab Takes 'Open Science' Approach To Tracking Zika's Arri...

San Diego Lab Takes 'Open Science' Approach To Tracking Zika's Arrival In US

May 24
By David Wagner

A new Zika study led by San Diego scientists is not actually all that new. The researchers have known pretty much everything in the paper for months, and they made their findings public long before the study was published in a journal.

San Diego Researcher Will Send Flies Into Space For Science

San Diego Researcher Will Send Flies Into Space For Science

May 22
By David Wagner

Curiosity about basic fruit fly biology is driving the research, but a local scientist says the findings could also turn out to be relevant for any astronaut embarking on a long-term trip to Mars.

These DNA Tests Promised To Tell Me How Well I'm Aging — My Results...

These DNA Tests Promised To Tell Me How Well I'm Aging — My Results Didn't Add Up

May 19
By David Wagner

You can now buy all kinds of genetic tests online, including tests that calculate your true biological age by measuring your telomeres. But can these tests really tell you how well you're aging?

San Diego Study Finds EpiPens Are Still Potent Long After Their Exp...

San Diego Study Finds EpiPens Are Still Potent Long After Their Expiration Date

May 9
By David Wagner

The auto-injectors can be lifesaving. But their price has more than quadrupled over the last 10 years, making them expensive to replace.

UC San Diego Engineers Build Working Bone Transplants For Mice

UC San Diego Engineers Build Working Bone Transplants For Mice

May 8
By David Wagner

For a new study, scientists at UC San Diego have created bioengineered bone tissue that acts similar to real bone when transplanted into mice.

San Diego Scientists Find Further Evidence A Club Drug Could Treat ...

San Diego Scientists Find Further Evidence A Club Drug Could Treat Depression

May 3
By David Wagner

Used both as an anesthetic and as a recreational drug, ketamine could be useful for treating depression, according to a new study out of UC San Diego.

Study: California Gun Sales Spiked After Recent Mass Shootings

Study: California Gun Sales Spiked After Recent Mass Shootings

May 1
By David Wagner

Researchers found that in the weeks after the San Bernardino and Sandy Hook shootings, many Californians rushed to buy handguns.

Mastodon Bones Found Near San Diego Freeway Rewrite History Of Huma...

Mastodon Bones Found Near San Diego Freeway Rewrite History Of Humans In North America

April 26
By David Wagner

Scientists say mastodon remains unearthed during a construction project on State Route 54 show that humans existed in present-day San Diego as far back as 130,000 years ago.

San Diegans Join Global March For Science

San Diegans Join Global March For Science

April 22
By David Wagner

The local event, which coincided with marches around the world, was pitched as a nonpartisan demonstration in support of science and against its increasing politicization.

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