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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 Zika May Infect Adult Brains Too

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For anyone who's seen the images of babies born with shrunken heads, the Zika virus' devastating toll on the brains of newborns is well-known. But now, local scientists are discovering that the virus could also be affecting the brains of adults.

San Diego Scientist Discovers Ancient Mexicans May Have Raised Rabbits

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When you think of ancient Mexico, you probably picture huge pyramids and colossal sculptures. A new study suggests you should also picture people tending to rabbits, hinting at an economy more complex than previously thought.

The Battle Over One Of The Most Studied Brains In Science

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Researchers interested in how the brain creates new memories studied Henry Molaison, or "patient H.M.," who became perhaps the most famous research subject in recent history. After Molaison died in 2008, his brain was moved to UC San Diego for further research. But it wouldn't stay there long.

San Diego Study Shows How Music Can Affect Public Perception Of Sharks

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Footage of sharks is often paired with ominous music, and that could harm shark conservation efforts.

San Diego Researcher Finds Millennials Less Likely To Be Sexually Active

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Millennials may be more accepting of premarital sex than any other generation, but fewer of them are actually doing it.

How San Diego Lost A Tech Unicorn

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San Diego has been called "the next Silicon Valley." But when it comes to billion-dollar tech startups, the region lags far behind the Bay Area. In fact, it lost one of the few such companies it had.

Balboa Park Is Swarming With Pokemon Go Players

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More than 5,000 people say they'll be going to Balboa Park on Saturday to catch Pokemon.

San Diego Scientists Take Coral Reef Close-Ups With New Underwater Microscope

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"When we show these to people who are experts in these areas, they think the resolution and quality of the pictures we're getting is unprecedented," said Scripps Institution of Oceanography research oceanographer Jules Jaffe.

San Ysidro Health Center To Enroll Patients In Nationwide Study

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Doctors in San Diego are working to make sure low-income patients of color are included in a long-term nationwide study on genes, lifestyles and environments and how they affect our health.

San Diego Alzheimer's Researcher Calls For More Marijuana Studies

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A recent study shows pot may help ward off Alzheimer's disease, but the results need to be confirmed in future studies. A local scientist worries those studies may not happen due to restrictions on research involving pot.

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