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Stories by David Wagner

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.

Why Many Will March For Science In San Diego (And Why Some Won't)

Why Many Will March For Science In San Diego (And Why Some Won't)

April 21
By David Wagner

Science advocates are gearing up for marches around the world, including one in San Diego. While many scientists will be marching, some say the demonstration could backfire politically.

San Diego Computer Scientists Help Google Crack Down On Fake Listings

San Diego Computer Scientists Help Google Crack Down On Fake Listings

April 12
By David Wagner

Scammers were getting their businesses listed on Google Maps using fake addresses. A new study co-written by UC San Diego researchers is helping Google identify and fix the problem.

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: Some Sierra Snow Melts Away

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: Some Sierra Snow Melts Away

March 21
By David Wagner

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

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

March 16
By David Wagner

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

How Stem Cells Could Help Scientists Study Eating Disorders

March 14
By David Wagner

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

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

March 10
By David Wagner

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

This UC San Diego Professor Planned His Surgery In Virtual Reality

March 9
By David Wagner

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

San Diego Genomic Medicine Conference Kicks Off Thursday

March 1
By David Wagner

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

UC San Diego Scientists Unearth Mysterious Maya Artifact

Feb. 27
By David Wagner

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 Ev...

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: Record-Breaking Winter About To Get Even Wetter

Feb. 17
By David Wagner

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

San Diego Academics Encouraged By Decision To Keep Travel Ban On Hold

Feb. 10
By David Wagner

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

San Diego Scientist Studies The Moon By Way Of A Nuclear Test Site

Feb. 8
By David Wagner

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.

What San Diego's High-Tech Industry Is (And Isn't) Saying About Tru...

What San Diego's High-Tech Industry Is (And Isn't) Saying About Trump's Immigration Order

Feb. 1
By David Wagner

While some San Diego companies are expressing concern about President Trump's executive orders on immigration, others are staying silent.

San Diego Scientist Says Trump's Immigration Order Will Affect His ...

San Diego Scientist Says Trump's Immigration Order Will Affect His Work, Family

Jan. 30
By David Wagner

UC San Diego global health professor Wael Al-Delaimy was born in Iraq. He's avoiding travel out of concern that he won't be let back in the country.

San Diego Lab Creates Partially Human Pig Embryos

San Diego Lab Creates Partially Human Pig Embryos

Jan. 26
By David Wagner

The human elements of the pig embryos were limited, but experts say this study represents a significant first step toward the goal of one day growing human organs in animals.

Swarm Of Robot 'Minions' Helps San Diego Scientists Study Complex O...

Swarm Of Robot 'Minions' Helps San Diego Scientists Study Complex Ocean Dynamics

Jan. 24
By David Wagner

Local researchers built an armada of bright yellow underwater robots to mimic the movement of plankton in internal waves. But these autonomous robots could also prove useful for other ocean research projects.

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: California Nearing Full Season's Worth...

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: California Nearing Full Season's Worth Of Rain, Snow

Jan. 19
By David Wagner

California's wet season is far from over. But already, the state is nearing a full wet season's worth of rain and snow.

San Diego Study: Even Short, Moderate Workouts Impart Health Benefits

San Diego Study: Even Short, Moderate Workouts Impart Health Benefits

Jan. 16
By David Wagner

Workouts don't have to be exhausting or time-consuming to improve your health, according to a recent UC San Diego School of Medicine study.

San Diego Scientists Bring Back First Footage Of Colorful Seadragon

San Diego Scientists Bring Back First Footage Of Colorful Seadragon

Jan. 12
By David Wagner

After discovering a new species of seadragon by analyzing specimens held in museums, a team of San Diego scientists has spotted the colorful creature in the wild and brought back the first glimpses of it captured on film.

San Diego-Based Illumina Says The $100 Genome Is Only A Few Years A...

San Diego-Based Illumina Says The $100 Genome Is Only A Few Years Away

Jan. 10
By David Wagner

Genetic sequencing company Illumina says within three to 10 years, their new machines will bring down the baseline cost of sequencing a human genome from about $1,000 to $100.

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: Weekend Storms Deliver Substantial Snow

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: Weekend Storms Deliver Substantial Snow

Jan. 9
By David Wagner

Storms that caused flooding in Northern California over the weekend also contributed to major growth in the Sierra snowpack.

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: Halfway Through Wet Season, Where Does...

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: Halfway Through Wet Season, Where Does CA Stand?

Dec. 26
By David Wagner

After a week that brought rain and snow to San Diego County, an update from the KPBS Drought Tracker shows statewide rain totals growing at a steady pace, but the Sierra snowpack struggling to keep up.

San Diego Company’s Parkinson’s Drug Shows Promise For Alzheimer's

San Diego Company’s Parkinson’s Drug Shows Promise For Alzheimer's

Dec. 26
By David Wagner

Acadia Pharmaceuticals recently reported new study results suggesting their Parkinson's drug may also be effective at warding off hallucinations and delusions in Alzheimer’s patients.

Regulation Of Stem Cell Treatments Uncertain In Era Of Political Ch...

Regulation Of Stem Cell Treatments Uncertain In Era Of Political Change

Dec. 21
By David Wagner

As Trump prepares to take office, experts say it's unclear whether the FDA will push forward with proposed regulations of unproven and expensive stem cell treatments.

Salk Researchers Work Toward Growing More Realistic 3D Mini-Brains

Salk Researchers Work Toward Growing More Realistic 3D Mini-Brains

Dec. 20
By David Wagner

The hope is that one day, researchers could use these tiny models of the human brain to better understand how disorders like schizophrenia and autism take root during early brain development.

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: Warm Temps Keeping Snowpack Thin

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: Warm Temps Keeping Snowpack Thin

Dec. 15
By David Wagner

An update from the newly relaunched KPBS Drought Tracker shows Thursday night's storm coming in the midst of a wet season that has so far brought California increased rain — but paltry snow — compared to previous drought years.

Salk Scientists Reverse Signs Of Aging In Mice

Salk Scientists Reverse Signs Of Aging In Mice

Dec. 15
By David Wagner

The research may not have direct applications in humans yet, but experts say it shows that aging may be a more malleable process than many people think.

Biotech Company’s Stock Rises After Premature Data Release At San D...

Biotech Company’s Stock Rises After Premature Data Release At San Diego Conference

Dec. 9
By David Wagner

Reporters were asked to withhold coverage of results from an Alzheimer's disease drug study until the company's presentation at a San Diego conference on Friday morning. But word of the positive data spread ahead of time.

Study: Gene Testing Didn't Encourage Healthier Habits

Study: Gene Testing Didn't Encourage Healthier Habits

Dec. 6
By David Wagner

If you knew your genetic risk of developing a disease, would you adopt healthier habits to keep that disease at bay? If you're anything like the participants of a recently published study, you probably wouldn't.

Amid Lawsuit, San Diego Stem Cell Company Pushes Back On Proposed R...

Amid Lawsuit, San Diego Stem Cell Company Pushes Back On Proposed Regulations

Dec. 5
By David Wagner

La Jolla-based Stemgenex wants patients to have access to what the company calls "life-altering" stem cell treatments. But patients currently suing the company say they paid thousands of dollars for treatments that didn't work.

San Diego Study Explores The Brain's Memory, Navigation Centers

San Diego Study Explores The Brain's Memory, Navigation Centers

Nov. 29
By David Wagner

Patients with damage to a part of the brain crucial for long-term memory formation could still find their way around using a map, a new study finds.

Salk Scientists' New Gene Editing Technique Gives Vision To Blind Rats

Salk Scientists' New Gene Editing Technique Gives Vision To Blind Rats

Nov. 17
By David Wagner

The rats didn't regain crystal-clear vision, but the study shows for the first time that scientists can insert beneficial genes into fully developed, non-dividing cells.

World's Largest Neuroscience Convention Coming To San Diego

World's Largest Neuroscience Convention Coming To San Diego

Nov. 11
By David Wagner

The annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience is expected to draw about 30,000 attendants to the San Diego Convention Center.

San Diego Scientists Help Develop New Twist On In Vitro Fertilization

San Diego Scientists Help Develop New Twist On In Vitro Fertilization

Nov. 10
By David Wagner

"This method could help parents who want to have their own child disease-free," said a Salk Institute scientist who co-led the study.

San Diego Climate Scientists Are Not Optimistic About A Trump Presi...

San Diego Climate Scientists Are Not Optimistic About A Trump Presidency

Nov. 9
By David Wagner

They're worried about the effects his administration could have on international climate agreements and the future of global warming research in the U.S.

San Diego Scientists Add Color To Black-And-White Electron Microsco...

San Diego Scientists Add Color To Black-And-White Electron Microscopes

Nov. 3
By David Wagner

Like Dorothy stepping into Oz, UC San Diego researchers have brought color to the highly detailed images produced by electron microscopes.

San Diego Scientists Create Electronics Material That Can Heal Itself

San Diego Scientists Create Electronics Material That Can Heal Itself

Nov. 2
By David Wagner

A team of researchers at UC San Diego says its self-healing material could be useful in designing new kinds of wearable electronic devices.

$47B Deal Could Help Qualcomm Move From Phones To Cars

$47B Deal Could Help Qualcomm Move From Phones To Cars

Oct. 27
By David Wagner

In the largest deal in the company's history, Qualcomm will acquire Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors.

Will This San Diego Company's Robot Take Jobs From Janitors?

Will This San Diego Company's Robot Take Jobs From Janitors?

Oct. 26
By David Wagner

San Diego-based Brain Corp is rolling out an automated vehicle that can clean floors without a human driver.

Genetic Testing Can Explain Some Sudden Deaths (But Not All)

Genetic Testing Can Explain Some Sudden Deaths (But Not All)

Oct. 11
By David Wagner

In a new study, San Diego scientists show that gene sequencing can often give families answers when a loved one suddenly dies. But in many cases, unexplained deaths can't be linked with DNA at all.

San Diego Company Aims To Create 3-D Printed Liver Transplants

San Diego Company Aims To Create 3-D Printed Liver Transplants

Oct. 5
By David Wagner

One in five Americans in need of a liver transplant dies on the wait list. San Diego-based Organovo hopes to change that by creating transplantable liver tissue in the lab.

Two Scientists With San Diego Ties Receive 'Genius Grants'

Two Scientists With San Diego Ties Receive 'Genius Grants'

Sept. 22
By David Wagner

Jin-Quan Yu, a chemist at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, and Victoria Orphan, a Caltech geobiologist who grew up in San Diego, are among those receiving MacArthur fellowships this year.

A Closer Look At A San Diego Stem Cell Company’s Leadership

A Closer Look At A San Diego Stem Cell Company’s Leadership

Sept. 21
By David Wagner

A stroke patient who pursued stem cell treatments abroad says he trusted San Diego-based Stemedica based on its leaders’ credentials. But those credentials don’t always hold up to scrutiny.

Patients Turn To San Diego Stem Cell Companies For Costly, Unproven...

Patients Turn To San Diego Stem Cell Companies For Costly, Unproven Treatments

Sept. 20
By David Wagner

Jim Gass contacted San Diego-based Stemedica with the hope of recovering from a debilitating stroke. After following its referral to a Tijuana doctor, he got worse.

San Diego Scientists Find Zika May Infect Adult Brains Too

San Diego Scientists Find Zika May Infect Adult Brains Too

Aug. 18
By David Wagner

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

San Diego Scientist Discovers Ancient Mexicans May Have Raised Rabbits

Aug. 17
By David Wagner

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

The Battle Over One Of The Most Studied Brains In Science

Aug. 9
By David Wagner, Michael Lipkin

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

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

Aug. 5
By David Wagner

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

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