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Stories by David Wagner

SDSU Greeks Suspend Social Events Following Sexual Assault Concerns

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Fraternities at San Diego State University are suspending social activities and requiring all members to undergo sexual violence training, following a weekend that highlighted concerns about the Greek system's role in sexual assault on campus.

Activists Tell SDSU To Suspend Fraternities Over Sexual Assault Concerns

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San Diego State University students marching to raise awareness about campus sexual assault say they were taunted by men at two fraternities.

What Obama's Immigration Actions Mean For Tech Workers

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In his executive orders on immigration, President Barack Obama outlined plans for drawing high-skilled workers into the country.

Detailed Picture Of ZMapp Shows Room For Improvement

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San Diego researchers have published the most detailed picture yet of the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp, and the images suggest the formula could be improved.

California Sea Stars May Be Victims Of A Virus

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Researchers have identified a virus as the most likely cause behind millions of sea star deaths along the Pacific coast.

How A San Diego Researcher Aims To Predict Military Suicides

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Researchers say a computer model they've built could help identify Army soldiers most likely to commit suicide.

San Diego Researchers Measure Ice Shelf Stress In Antarctica

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Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers made the difficult trek to Antarctica in order to study the continent's largest ice shelf.

'Tooth Fairy' Brings Insight To San Diego Autism Researchers

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San Diego researchers are using donated baby teeth to get a look inside the autistic brain.

A Look Inside San Diego's Ebola Isolation Unit

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If anyone in San Diego were to be diagnosed with Ebola, they'd come to the isolation unit at the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest.

San Diego Study Shows How To Double Charitable Giving

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People don't like paying for charity overhead. With the choice to give overhead-free, they'll donate more.

San Diego Researchers Find Down Syndrome, Alzheimer's Link

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By the age of 40, nearly everyone with Down syndrome has signs of Alzheimer's disease forming in their brain. San Diego researchers discovered one reason why in a new study.

San Diego Scientists Experiment With Crowd Funding

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Crowd funding is now a tried-and-true way to finance consumer products and art projects. But can it work for scientists?

How San Diego Hospitals Would Handle Ebola

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San Diego hospitals are stepping up patient screening and reviewing protective equipment procedures in case an Ebola patient should show up at their door.

Smartphones On Wheels: A Safer Alternative To Texting While Driving?

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Cars are becoming more like huge, rolling smartphones. Will embedding features right into the dashboard reduce driver distraction? Or make crashes more common?

San Diego Scientists Map Unseen Features Of Ocean Floor

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Scientists are just now mapping thousands of underwater mountains on the seafloor for the first time.

San Diego Climate Researchers Say 'Ditch The 2 Degree Warming Goal'

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Temperature rise isn't the best way to measure whether we're doing enough to combat climate change, San Diego scientists say.

San Diego Company Gets Approval To Use Drones For Commercial Filming

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The Federal Aviation Administration has given Aerial Mob and five other companies license to film movie and television scenes from the sky, via drone.

Minecraft Can Help Kids Learn To Code. Will Microsoft Keep It That Way?

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Inside one San Diego classroom, kids are learning the basics of computer science by playing their favorite video game: Minecraft.

San Diego Neuroscientists Find Unexpected Pathway To Depression

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San Diego neuroscientists have discovered an unusual connection leading to a part of the brain associated with depression.

Stem Cells Give San Diego Scientists Useful Portrait Of Schizophrenia

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San Diego scientists take a neurochemical fingerprint of schizophrenia. And they do it without probing the brains of lab mice.

Despite Rise Of ISIS, Isis Pharmaceuticals Will Keep Its Name

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The rise of ISIS has triggered some rebranding efforts among organizations unlucky enough to share a name with the terrorist group. But one Carlsbad-based drug company is holding off on a name change.

San Diego Biotech Lands Up To $42 Million For Ebola Drug Development

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A U.S. health agency has awarded San Diego-based Mapp Biopharmaceutical new funding to speed up work on an experimental Ebola drug.

Climate Change Could Soak Up California's Fresh Mountain Water Runoff

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A new study suggests rising temperatures could cut into California's water supply.

San Diego Company Opens Up About Experimental Ebola Drug

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After weeks of shying away from the news media, the head of a small San Diego drug company finally talked publicly about his company's experimental Ebola treatment ZMapp.

African Doctor Treated With San Diego Company's Ebola Drug Dies

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A Liberian doctor's death is the second among the six people treated with ZMapp, an experimental drug to treat Ebola made by a San Diego-based biotech.

Judging An Ebola Drug In The Middle Of A Crisis

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In most cases, Ebola is a death sentence. But most of the infected patients who've taken a San Diego company's experimental drug have lived. Does that mean it works?

San Diego Company Exhausts Supply Of Ebola Drug

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The San Diego company behind an experimental Ebola treatment given to two American health workers last week is now out of the drug. The last available samples have been donated to West Africa.

San Diego Scientist Illuminates Link Between Light And Health

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Whether it's coming from the sun or a smartphone, light is abundant. But research suggests the wrong light at the wrong time of day can disrupt the body's natural rhythms.

An Afterlife For California's Offshore Oil Rigs?

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They look ugly and lifeless from the shore. But beneath the water's surface, offshore oil rigs in California harbor rich ecosystems that some people want to want to preserve.

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.

Video Artist Cy Kuckenbaker Cuts Up Everyday Scenes Of San Diego

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Cy Kuckenbaker's videos have racked up millions of views online, but they don't scream "viral." They're built on everyday images of San Diego, reshuffled meticulously to collapse time.

Body Found In Aftermath of Carlsbad's Poinsettia Fire; Blaze 85 Percent Contained

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Firefighters discovered the body near a homeless encampment as they mopped up hot spots in the Poinsettia fire. Eight homes and two 18-unit apartment complexes were destroyed or damaged in the fire.

Saved From Auction Block, San Diego Museum Fossils Headed To Kansas

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Following protests over its initial plan to auction them off, the San Diego Natural History Museum has donated a collection of prehistoric fossils to a museum in Kansas.

Could A Smartphone App Train You To Speed Read? Not So Fast

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New tech startups promise to help readers get through entire books in a single hour. But will any of these speed reading apps actually work?

San Diego Scientists Add Two Letters To DNA Alphabet

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Scripps researchers have taken DNA's four familiar building blocks — A, T, C and G — and added two new ones: X and Y.

San Diego Researcher Discovers The Best Way To Ask For Help

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If you ever need help with something, choose your words wisely. A new study out of UC San Diego shows actions are strongly influenced by language.

SeaWorld Orcas Learn A New Dialect

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New research out of SeaWorld San Diego suggests killer whales can learn new sound patterns from orcas outside their social group.

When Computers Can Read You Like A Book

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Some computers spot the facial tics signaling emotions like joy, surprise, and disgust. Researchers can use them to spot behavior problems in kids or to know what kind of cereal you really want to buy.

E-Cigarette Overdose: How Much Liquid Nicotine Would It Take To Kill You?

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A San Diego toxicologist says some bottles of e-cigarette juice contain enough nicotine to do you in.

San Diego Research Suggests Autism Develops During Pregnancy

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By pinpointing irregularly developed patches in young autistic brains, UC San Diego researchers have found new evidence that autism begins in the womb.

Facebook Is Betting Big On Virtual Reality

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Mark Zuckerberg just paid $2 billion for Oculus VR, the makers of a virtual reality headset. But will any of us actually use virtual reality in our daily lives?

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