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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

Meet San Diego's 'Johnny Hempseed'

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San Diego hemp booster Chris Boucher wants to sow hemp across the United States. But his seeds keep getting seized.

How To Fix Google Flu Trends

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A San Diego researcher says if Google wants to predict the spread of influenza, they'll have to work out some major kinks in Google Flu Trends.

Which Countries Drive Climate Change? Don't Ask The United Nations

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A San Diego scientist says the United Nations is letting politics get in the way of progress on climate change.

Algae Blooms In San Diego's Biotech Industry

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According to a new SANDAG study, the local algae biotech economy has doubled since 2011.

San Diego's Algae Industry Struggles To Float On Fuel Alone

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Six years ago, sustainable biofuels were the next big thing in biotech, and algae was supposed to drive the way forward. But today's energy landscape has changed dramatically, and algae companies have had to take a left turn.

San Diego Scientists Probe The Machinery Of Memory

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What actually happens inside the human brain when it forms a memory? Today, San Diego researchers report seeing that process up close, cell by cell, inside a living human brain.

Google Glass Explorer Ticketed In San Diego Featured On 'The Daily Show'

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Cecilia Abadie probably wasn't thrilled when she was issued the first-ever ticket for driving while wearing Google Glass. But she should've been. That ticket got her onto "The Daily Show."

San Diego Startups Giving Marijuana A Makeover — But They Can't Say That

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Marijuana is fully legal in two states and partially legal in many others. But businesses striving for legitimacy in the pot industry still need to stay hush-hush to avoid running afoul of the feds.

Researchers Hope To Unlock Personal Health-Tracking Data

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California researchers are hoping to unlock all the personal data stored away in health-tracking devices.

San Diego Scientists Can Turn Memories Off And On Like A Light Switch

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San Diego neuroscientists have figured out how to instill a memory in a mouse, then erase that memory, and then reactivate it.

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