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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

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.

California Drought Update: There's Good News, And Bad

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While the level of statewide drought has been improving, La Niña predictions suggest California could be in for even more dryness later this year.

San Diego-Based Arena Pharmaceuticals To Cut 3/4 Of Workforce

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The company's only drug in the market, the weight-loss medication Belviq, has struggled to reach patients.

San Diego Researchers Rally Around National 'Cancer Moonshot'

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Local cancer researchers, patients and biotech leaders gathered in La Jolla to hear Vice President Joe Biden outline plans for a national effort to end "cancer as we know it."

Is San Diego The Next Silicon Valley? No, Say Many Local Startup Workers

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If you follow news about local startups, you’ve probably heard this a lot lately: San Diego is the next Silicon Valley. Really?

San Diego Scientists Develop New Way Of Looking Deep Inside The Human Brain

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By zooming inside individual neurons from different brain regions, scientists found diversity in how different cells transcribe their DNA.

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