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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: Some Sierra Snow Melts Away

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New rains are coming as California's drought continues to wane thanks to a wet season that could turn out to be a record breaker — if storms leading up to April 1st bring enough rain.

How San Diego Researchers Are Reacting To Trump's Proposed Cuts

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San Diego's biomedical researchers stand to lose big if President Trump's proposed cuts to the National Institutes of Health make it through Congress. Some say the cuts could be "cataclysmic."

How Stem Cells Could Help Scientists Study Eating Disorders

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A research team led by UC San Diego scientists have created a lab-grown model of the anorexic brain using stem cells derived from patients with the eating disorder.

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: Few Patches Of Drought Left In California

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San Diego is currently back to being sunny and warm. But an update from the KPBS Drought Tracker shows this wet season is still shaping up to be a record-breaker for California.

This UC San Diego Professor Planned His Surgery In Virtual Reality

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The prospect of going under the knife got one San Diego computer scientist wondering: If 3D graphics are being used to bring video games to life, why can't they be used to help protect his life?

San Diego Genomic Medicine Conference Kicks Off Thursday

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Scientists and doctors will gather in La Jolla this week for a conference about advances in genomics and how they could change medicine.

UC San Diego Scientists Unearth Mysterious Maya Artifact

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How did a large jade pendant fit for a king end up in the hinterlands of the Maya civilization, and what might it tell us about how they dealt with a changing climate?

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.

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