An antibacterial chemical in hand soap and other common hygiene products seems to weaken skeletal muscles in both humans and animals, according to a UC Davis study.
Overconfidence helps people gain respect, prominence and influence, according to UC Berkeley study. It also showed that overconfidence led to higher social status.
The recently retired director of the UC Pavement Research Center discusses some of the important work conducted at the facility.
A philosopher at UC Riverside will oversee a $5 million study of "immortality." The study will last three years and be scientifically rigorous, involving research projects, conferences and translations of philosophical work.
Recent improvements in imaging technologies offer a detailed look of the brain. A UCSF psychiatrist hopes these tools will help scientists better understand the cause of conditions such as post traumatic stress and sleep disorders.
Using a stop-action imaging microscope, UC Berkeley researchers described in detail for first time the 'castles' of bacteria that are often the causes of fatal infections
At the start of the International AIDS Conference, a UCSF scientist and others discuss a number of different leads that just might solve and treat the epidemic.
California's famed Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, headquartered at UC San Diego, has now all but completed the most comprehensive studies into the efficacy of pot. But its state funding is gone.
Rocky planets like Earth may form in a hurry, suggests a UC San Diego team that observed one young star.
UC Davis researchers have found that the genetic trait breeders prize for making tomatoes also contribute to making them less sweet.
Clocking in at 16.32 sustained petaflops, a supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has been named the world's fastest computing system.
There's a lot of folklore on how to treat a jellyfish sting, but UC San Diego researchers suggest your best bets may be hot water and topical painkillers, at least in North American waters
A UC Berkeley study shows that in coming years, the frequency of wildfires will increase because of climate change.
Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory say they have created a virus that generates electricity. It's a first step toward using genetically engineered viruses to build devices that convert the body's motion into electricity.
The large influx of Asian and Latino immigrants into Southern California in the past 50 years has resulted in less crime, lower joblessness and more stable property values, according to a UC Irvine study.
By using a laser microbeam technology, UC Irvine and UCLA researchers have uncovered fundamental properties of a key molecular signaling system involved with development, cancer and cardiovascular disease.
UC Santa Barbara scientists have created synthetic platelets, the blood components that prevent excessive bleeding and heal wounds.
A provocative new UC Davis study suggests untreated maternal fever during pregnancy increases the chance that the child will be developmentally delayed or autistic.
UC scientists are voicing concerns about a bill, dubbed the Genetic Information Privacy Act, which if passed, could have a costly and damaging effect on research.
Researchers at UC San Diego have genetically engineered algae to prepare a vaccine which can prevent the transmission of the parasite that causes malaria.
Art historians at the UC Riverside hope to identify people portrayed in 15th-century paintings using the same software used to spot terrorists in a crowd.
Solar-powered farm equipment, almond byproducts as biofuels and new valves to improve blood flow for newborns were just some of the projects unveiled by UC Merced engineering and management students at the Innovate to Grow competition.
'Should I kill it and put it out of its misery?' This question about insects garnered a burst of celebrity for a UC Davis graduate student.
A UCSF study found huge disparities in patients' bills. Researchers say the results aren't unique to California and illustrate a broken system.
UCLA scientists are part of the largest collaborative study of the brain to date. Using imaging technology at more than 100 centers worldwide, they have for the first time zeroed in on genes play a role in intelligence and memory.
A UC San Diego physicist was able to argue his way out of a traffic ticket by producing a four page paper arguing that it was physically impossible for him to violate the law.
A team of UCLA researchers are building an advanced scientific instrument unlike any other ever built before, with the aim to study some of the oldest galaxies in the universe.
A UC Berkeley team working to advance data science is awarded $10 million by the National Science Foundation.
Larry Smarr, a computer science professor at UC San Diego, who also directs the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, wears one wireless sensor to monitor the calories he burns and another to see how well he sleeps.
A UCSF pediatric endocrinologist believes the high amount of sugar in the American diet, much of it in processed foods, is killing us.
A UC Davis graduate student has formed a startup to turn tobacco plants into cheap biological factories for churning out bioengineered proteins for human or animal vaccines.
A UC Irvine study finds when butterflies roost together, they are better at fending off predators.
Genetic analysis to identify a new species of leopard frog was conducted in the UC Davis lab of H. Bradley Shaffer, who is now at UCLA.
An 18 month study by researchers at UC Berkeley, Davis and Irvine comes as a new state law sends thousands of lower-level offenders to local jails instead of state prisons.
UCSF scientists aren't only studying techniques for improving bone grafting, they're looking at ways to replace bone grafts with cartilage transplants.
A UC Berkeley study suggests that people who are socially and financially better off are more likely to lie, cheat, and otherwise behave unethically compared to individuals who occupy lower rungs of the socioeconomic ladder.
Scientists and UC Berkeley administrators are scrambling for money to keep a colony of 19 spotted hyenas which they have studied in the Berkeley hills for the last 27 years, or they could end up in zoos.
Sonja Lyubomirsky of UC Riverside has identified some key attributes in the inherently happy and well adjusted, and finds that imparting those approaches to others can help even some depressed people.
The UC Pavement Research Center in Davis works on creating longer lasting, quieter and more fuel efficient pavement.
Mark Aldenderfer, dean of the UC School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, is part of a research group that will depart to the Himalayas this summer.
Part of the program calls for UC Berkeley to use a 'pre-negotiated' license term sheet for technology and ideas that can be used by nonprofits in helping poor countries.
Sugar is as toxic to the liver as alcohol and is at the root of obesity and certain types of liver disease, say a group of UCSF researchers.
UC Irvine scientists have established the existence of a disease fighting protein in human teardrops.
UC's 10 campuses were included in a new study from the National Science Board revealing that spending on the nation's top 101 public research institutions plunged an average of 20 percent between 2002 and 2010.
A UC Berkeley professor argues in a New York Times piece that the government should require free access to all published scientific results that were obtained with funds from taxpayers. A bill before Congress would prevent the NIH from requiring that all publications be freely available through the National Library of Medicine website.
UCSF infectious disease experts are on the alert for new strains of the virus, including another swine flu that's popped up in parts of the United States and a drug-resistant flu circulating in the Southern Hemisphere.
A $20 million machine called Gordon was built at the San Diego Supercomputer Center to enable scholars from across the nation to rapidly store and analyze some of the largest databases ever created.
A UC Riverside biologist writes from the tropical dry forest near Alamos, Mexico, where she is studying Callipepla quail.
UC San Diego scientists, exploring how to program cells to perform machine-like tasks such as monitoring the environment, found a way to make lowly bacteria glow, blink in unison and spell out the school's initials.
UC Berkeley scientists are looking for donations of used socks to help them study a rare mammal.
A group of UC researchers met recently at UC Merced to talk about some of the latest solar research and its potential impact.
A UC Berkeley scientist measures greenhouse gases coming up out of the peat-rich soil. She is looking for ways to reduce those gases, and that could create offsets that farmers and ranchers could sell to businesses trying to reduce their carbon footprint.
Inhaled marijuana appears to be a safe and effective treatment for chronic pain when used in addition to narcotics like morphine and oxycodone, according to a UCSF study that is the first to look at the combined effects of the two classes of drugs in humans.
Scientists at UC Riverside think they have figured out why flies like beer. That may sound a bit trivial, but in fact it could lead to new ways of combating plant and animal pests.
A land donation will allow UC to nearly double its research forests, conserving a swath of the Northern California watershed and offering academics an expanded laboratory to explore forest ecosystems.
Infants generally thrive physically and mentally if the emotional condition of their mothers, whether healthy or depressed, remains stable before and after birth, say UC Irvine researchers.
A leading UCSF stem cell scientist comments on a significant setback, particularly to patients who are hoping for the rapid translation of stem cell research into therapies.
UC Berkeley researchers studied slow motion footage of the extraordinary head movements of hummingbirds. Their findings could help engineers develop micro air vehicles that could cope with unsettled weather or even washing machines with an improved drying spin.
Researchers at UC San Diego, Davis and Berkeley are partners in an experiment to get the most out of electric vehicle batteries.
People who tend to be easily embarrassed are perceived by others as more generous, cooperative and trustworthy, according to a study by a UC Berkeley doctoral student in psychology.
Scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego dropped untethered cameras into the western Pacific to videotape large numbers of bizarre amoeba appearing to thrive 6.6 miles beneath the surface in the Mariana Trench, the deepest waters on Earth.
Elementary schools spend too little time teaching science, according to a study by researchers with the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley. More than four-fifths of teachers surveyed think the emphasis on English and math has hampered science teaching.
UC Santa Cruz received a major grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to promote research into organic agriculture.
UC San Diego researchers discuss a study that found supplements actually boost risk of disease, although the reasons are unclear.
An obstetrician and UC Berkeley doctoral student developed a solar suitcase for health practitioners in rural areas where there is no electricity.
UC Berkeley physicist Richard Muller: A scientist, suspicious of manipulated climate-change data, bucks expectations and presents the evidence for man-made global warming.
Pregnant women who live in areas with high levels of air pollution caused by heavy traffic could be at increased risk for premature births, according to a UCLA study.
Instead of being ashamed of cringeworthy moments, embrace your embarrassment; it’s a sign you are more trustworthy and more generous, according to a UC Berkeley study.
UC Santa Cruz have harnessed the power of a NASA supercomputer to create a detailed vision of galaxies like our Milky Way forming under the mysterious forces of dark matter and dark energy.
A UC San Diego engineering professor is researching how to use sensors to select songs that match your state of mind.
UC researchers are among those hoping to build a public warning system similar to the Japanese that has been credited with saving lives last March.
UC Davis graduate student Henry Wedler, blind from birth, sees complex chemical structures in his mind and occasionally with his hands.
A UC Davis study of more than 1,000 California adults found that 43 percent had at least some misgivings about telling their primary care doctor about any depression symptoms.
A UCSF program gives patients plenty of information and support to help them after they are discharged. Originally for heart failure patients 65 and older, the program is being expanded to all cardiology patients as well as to neurology patients.
UCSF scientists may have found a critical weakness in the parasite that causes malaria. The discovery provides a promising target for new therapies.
A satisfying sex life is closely linked with a high quality of life all the way into our 80s, according to researchers at UC San Diego.
A neurosurgeon who first dreamed of becoming a professional football player, is a pioneer in brain mapping, a technique that saves the lives and health of brain tumor patients.
A spike in radioactive sulfur from the damaged Japanese nuclear plant was detected in California in late March, but UC San Diego researchers say it posed no threat to health.
Same-sex pairs of monogamous birds are just as attached and faithful to each other as those paired with a member of the opposite sex, according to a UC Berkeley study.
A UC Berkeley study shows that the childcare industry provides over 200,000 jobs for California residents as well as increases the demand of child care suppliers, such as grocery stores, health care centers and local businesses.
A UCLA study shows that kids between the ages of 9 to 11 see fame as their number one value. Researchers say a major shift is needed to avoid a negative impact on the future goals and successes of youth.
A UC Irvine study discovered that children born to mothers who are stressed during pregnancy may become adults with prematurely aged cells.
An experimental device that delivers electrical pulses to the forehead can help control epileptic seizures, say UCLA scientists.
UC San Diego is trying to become the first university to send a zero-pressure balloon across the country, propelled only by the jet stream. It is part of a program to get students to do hands-on projects so that they can see that engineering is more than equations.
A startup, cofounded by a UC Davis researcher, develops sensors that help data centers monitor and cut down energy usage. It raised another round of funds from VCs to expand
A UCSF study tested the effectiveness of meditation for tinnitus sufferers. Previous studies of the technique with those with chronic pain have documented significant improvements in quality of life.
A novel version of a virus responsible for many illnesses in humans and animals has managed to jump from one species and spark infection in another, according to UCSF researchers.
Students and post-doctoral fellows from the three UC campuses covered by QB3 will vote online, just like American Idol, for the biotech project they believe does the most public good.
A corneal transplant by UCLA surgeons has allowed a teenager to easily read, drive and see detail well enough to pursue her new passion: photography.
UC researchers predict that there is a 64 percent chance of a catastrophic levee failure in the delta in the next 50 years.
A UC San Diego study is the first research that offers potential relief for the tens of thousands sufferers of Gulf War illness.
Exposure to chemicals early in life may raise the risks of breast cancer and lactation problems later in life, according to studies funded by the California Breast Cancer Research Program, which is administered by UC.
A UC Berkeley researcher has been lugging specially designed wind tunnels into the Amazonian rain forest to capture the movements of ants that can fly.
A UC Berkeley doctoral student in sociology and demography has published a chart on CNN Opinion showing the number of years world leaders have been in power.
Amy Morrison of UC Davis leads a medical research unit studying the spread of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne disease.
People who work near fields sprayed with pesticides face an increased risk for Parkinson's disease, a UCLA study has found.
UCLA researchers tested and helped develop two new drugs that have been found to prolong the lives of people with the deadly skin cancer.
A UC San Diego scientist is part of the CalWater project to determine why some clouds give up their moisture and others don't.
A man paralyzed from the waist down has regained several abilities as a result of an experimental treatment developed at UCLA and the University of Louisville.
A top concern for physicians about telemedicine is the risk of jeopardizing the quality of patients' care, the students found.
Researchers at UC Merced are installing wireless sensors across the American River to monitor the water level. This will help pinpoint how fast the snow is melting and when the meltwater will arrive in the reservoirs each spring.
A UC Davis study explains how fructose is a major factor in metabolic syndrome, which can increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
A UCSF study found that California hospitals in areas with large minority populations are plagued with overcrowding, which has become a major problem in the health system.
A UCSF study shows that people who get less than six hours of sleep don't have the adequate response to the standard three-dose hepatitis B vaccine. The study is the first real-world look at the link between sleep duration and immune response to vaccines.
A UC Berkeley physicist now states that the reason for global warming is due to the human emission of carbon monoxide. He argues that the warm-up began with the Industrial Revolution and has accelerated in recent years.
Researchers at UCSF are testing a procedure called electroimmunotherapy, which sends electric forces deep into the skin to eliminate melanoma tumors. A trial patient loses 4 of 6 of his lumps.
The FDA is teaming up with UC Davis scientists to pinpoint the genetic codes of 100,000 types of lethal food-borne bacteria so the agency can more quickly stop deadly contamination outbreaks.
When faced with a snap decision, people will reliably pick the first option they're given, according to UC Berkeley researchers.
A UC Berkeley researcher reports that some areas of the world, including the western United States, 'should brace themselves for more fire.'
The new center applies social science and the humanities to the design and analysis of digital information.
A UCLA researcher received a grant from the National Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration to investigate the genetic basis and adaptive significance of stripe pattern variation in zebra.
The Screaming Marmots aren't a rock band, but shrieks of the large rodents are telling UCLA scientists something about the animal nature of some music.
Use of CT scans, MRIs and other forms of advanced medical imaging has skyrocketed in recent years, according to a UCSF study.
Military body armor and vehicle and aircraft frames could be transformed by incorporating the unique structure of the club-like arm of a crustacean that looks like an armored caterpillar, according to researchers at UC Riverside.
If you're stung by a jellyfish how do you treat the pain? Some emergency room docs at the UC San Diego Medical Center pored over all the scientific papers they could find to come up with answers.
A new drug for advanced prostate cancer patients has proved so effective that researchers stopped the clinical trial early to give all patients a chance to receive the life-extending medication, according to a UCSF-led study.
The number of Americans suffering from kidney stones has almost doubled since 1994, UCLA researchers report, and the obesity epidemic is the most likely reason why.
Osteoporosis patients are among those who could benefit from the findings of a UC Merced study showing how bone health could affect the immune system.
Steve Crocker was among a small group of UCLA researchers who sent the first message between the first two nodes of the ARPAnet, the U.S. Department of Defense-funded network that eventually morphed into the modern internet.
Despite being tested by long hours and frequent relocations and separations, military marriages are no more likely to end in divorce than civilian marriages, a UCLA study shows.
More than half of kids who were part of a UCSF study tested positive for secondhand smoke exposure, even though only a handful of their parents admitted to lighting up.
The Simons Foundation, which specializes in science and math research, has chosen UC Berkeley as host for an ambitious new center for computer science.
UC Santa Cruz researchers unveiled a major weapon in the war against cancer: the nation's first catalog of cancer genomes, which hold the clues to the disease's deadly secrets.
Almost 80 percent of college students admit to using a cell phone while driving, and about half send or receive text messages, according to a UC San Diego study.
The California HIV-AIDS Research Program at the UC Office of the President awarded $11.8 million in grants for prevention pill studies and efforts to get about 3,000 HIV-infected people in Southern California into treatment and keep them there.
The new School of Medicine Research Building at UC Riverside has received LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Text messaging often gets a bad rap for contributing to poor spelling and high-risk behavior such as reckless driving. But a UC Berkeley study has found an upside to texting, especially for people who feel stressed out, isolated, and alone.
A lifelike robot, built by a team from UC Davis, can replicate two behaviors squirrels display when confronted by a rattlesnake. It joins a growing list of robot creatures created by the campus.
A UCSF study is one of the first in which autism researchers are narrowing their focus into one of the few known causes of the disorder.
New research out of UC Santa Cruz shows that the moist fog air carries methylmercury, an especially toxic form of the heavy metal mercury.
UC San Diego researchers inched closer to the root causes of autism, identifying genes that appear to go haywire before a child is born, preventing the brain from developing normally.
A UC Davis study has found that the rise in childhood obesity rates in California is slowing, which researchers think may be the outcome of improved nutrition and physical fitness programs in the state's public schools.
Nitrate contamination of drinking water is a pervasive problem in California's agricultural heartland and is bound to intensify in the coming years, according to a UC Davis study.
California's nearly four-year-old ban on drivers using handheld cellphones is saving lives, according to a UC Berkeley.
A UC Berkeley economist is a shy data jock who does most of his communicating by marshaling vast pools of statistics.
A UC Davis graduate student leads an experiment that conservationists and government officials hope will provide scientific data to help guide a sweeping transformation of riverfront lands throughout the Central Valley.
The UC Davis Cancer Center has a pioneering program that works with genetically designed mice to test drugs individually for each patient.
UC San Diego scientists developed and tested a new hyydrogel meant to repair tissue damage after a heart attack.
UC Riverside researchers have developed a material that could efficiently remove unwanted heat from electronic components such as computer chips or light emitting diodes.
Ever wish you could give yourself memory a jolt? A UCLA study shows it may be possible.
Some prolific UC professors have started plenty of companies, including one Berkeley chemist who has helped start 15 businesses, with five of them directly based on his laboratory's breakthroughs.
Hoping to encourage the use of conservation practices, UC has launched an organization that could potentially save farmers time and money, and reduce their impact on the environment.
A treatment for eye diseases that is derived from human embryonic stem cells might have improved the vision of two patients, bolstering the beleaguered field, UCLA researchers reported.
UCSF and UC Berkeley scientists have for the first time found evidence that liquor triggers the release of pleasure inducing endorphins in the brain, and heavy drinkers are especially influenced by those endorphins.
High quality primary care that centers on the patient and offers extended hours reduces the risk of death, according to a new national study conducted at UC Davis.
A study of Bay Area and New York police academy recruits by researchers, including at UCSF, is considered one of the first and largest studies to look at biological stress indicators before and after traumatic events.
It sounds like science fiction, but scientists, including at UC Berkeley and UCSF, are getting tantalizingly close to building the mind-controlled prosthetic arms, computer cursors and mechanical wheelchairs of the future
A UCSF palliative care specialist suggests that doctors broach the subject of probable life expectancy with their very old patients.
The global risk of catastrophic earthquakes has not risen in recent years, according to a UC San Diego study.
A UC Davis economist has found that an influx of immigrants doesn't increase the poverty rate by depressing the wages of low-income, native-born Americans and can actually decrease poverty when higher-skilled immigrants enter the workforce.
Physicists, including at UC San Diego, are closer than ever to hunting down the elusive Higgs boson particle, the missing piece of the governing theory of the universe's tiniest building blocks.
A team led by astronomers at UC Berkeley has found the biggest black holes known to exist, each one 10 billion times the size of our sun.
UCSF and UCLA researchers discuss keys to managing the disease for the foreseeable future. Using treatment as prevention in healthy people may be an important way to do that.
The center opened in 2008 to "do for olives and olive oil what UC Davis did for wine."
Researchers, including scientists at UC Irvine, have invented a new material that is so lightweight it can sit atop a fluffy dandelion without crushing the little fuzzy seeds.
UC Berkeley plans to open a large engineering research and teaching facility in Shanghai as part of a broader plan to bolster its presence in China.
The director of the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center is among research leaders calling on lawmakers to preserve funding for cancer and biomedical research.
The brains of autistic children have far more neurons in the prefrontal cortex than the brains of kids without autism, finds a UC San Diego study that could advance research into the disorder.
A UC Davis grape breeder says some grapes would do better in warmer temperatures, but growing and marketing new varieties is a big investment.
A profile of UC Santa Barbara neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga, known for his studies, and stories, about the brain's split personality.
Understanding what makes a concrete building vulnerable in an earthquake is one of the goals of a UC Berkeley project at the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center.
Graduate students are creating a software program that uses avatars to provide physical therapy to the elderly.
Hundreds of scientists at research institutions, laboratories, universities and high-tech companies go public, Oct. 27-Nov. 3, to show adults and kids alike that the scientific world is exciting, fun and well worth exploring. The festival is the brainchild of UCSF researchers.
Obesity has a greater impact on the blood pressure of teenage girls than on teenage boys, suggests a UC Merced study.
A UC Berkeley biologist has transferred a gene from a variety of corn into a widespread, fast-growing species of the grass, and transformed it into what could become an important source of biofuel.
A profile of Susan Desmond-Hellmann, chancellor of UCSF, which is widely regarded among scientists as one of the crown jewels of biomedical research and a birthplace of biotechnology and innovation.
UC Davis researchers have turned an iPhone into a high-quality medical imaging device that could transform medicine in developing countries.
A UC Berkeley study used 10,000 tree and plant samples collected by 500 citizens between April and June this year to document a dramatic increase in the infection rate from Napa to the Carmel Valley and virtually everywhere in between.
UC Berkeley researchers were able to reconstruct YouTube videos from viewers' brain activity. It is a feat that might one day offer a glimpse into our dreams, memories and even fantasies.
The national economy is in far worse shape than it was just three months ago, but neither the U.S. nor California is expected to slip back into recession, according to UCLA researchers.
UC Berkeley scientists believe they have found a new avenue for treating an often debilitating ear and brain condition that causes people to hear a constant ringing or buzzing sound.
Violent crime would decline if cities limited the number of liquor stores and banned the sale of single-serving containers of beer and other alcoholic beverages, said UC Riverside researchers.
Tom Slezak, of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and other government researchers created an airborne pathogen early warning system that is now deployed in about 30 cities across the country.
A handheld device, developed by UCLA researchers, uses a laser instead of lenses to identify bugs in water, food or blood. Scientists hope the technology will improve health care in areas that lack sophisticated diagnostic equipment.
Pieter Abbeel of UC Berkeley, who creates robots, and Gert Lanckriet of UC San Diego, who instructs computers to classify music, were named among top young innovators whose work promises to change the world.
On a recent expedition to a remote Indonesian island, a black, insect-eating wasp as long as a pinky finger was discovered.
A high-frequency radar system was able to identify the devastating March 11 tsunami in Japan. It raises high hopes of developing an early warning system, said a UC Davis oceanographer.
UC Santa Cruz environmental studies professor Brent Haddad researches water in a place where water is often in short supply: California.
Reading the final chapter of a book first or finding plot-spoiling movie reviews online before going to the cinema could actually enhance your entertainment experience, rather than lessen it, according to a UC San Diego study.
UC Riverside engineering students dug through trash for aluminum cans and collected scrap wood to create a solar heat collector that will be used to harness attic heat and power an eco-friendly clothes dryer.
A UC San Diego study in mice suggests that the primary nutritional ingredient in cacao may have positive effects on skeletal and cardiac muscles, resulting in greater endurance.
UC Davis scientists have begun searching for ways to improve the health of honey bees, with the hope that they will solve the ongoing mystery of the drastic decline of the bee population.
A UC Santa Barbara research paper breaks new ground by including parasites in a detailed study of ecosystems.
Experiments by UC Riverside researchers showed risk taking depends on whether participants recalled a past episode of good or bad luck and whether they washed their hands before engaging in a risky decision making task.
At least half of all cases of the disease can be linked to seven major risk factors, and controlling them could sharply reduce the risk of developing the devastating illness, according to UCSF researchers.
UC San Diego historian Naomi Oreskes has become a leading voice in defense of the science underlying global warming and the scientists who are researching it.
A UCSF found that developing countries tend to suffer more death and disability by stroke than heart disease, opposite the situation in the U.S. and other countries with higher national incomes.
Two UC Davis researchers, who believe in the therapeutic effects of cannabis, are on a mission to make sure pot is pure.
Several science agencies that support academic researchers got some positive news last week, as a House subcommittee proposed increases for the research budgets of the NSF and NIST.
The departure of three star scientists from UC San Diego has officials worried about a possible brain drain tied to budget cuts.
John Harvey, UC Davis professor and director of the UC Pavement Research Center, discusses an eco-friendly paving option.
UCSF researchers at the VA Medical Center in San Francisco find that combat veterans with post traumatic stress disorder are also more likely to have dementia and cardiac problems as they get older.
A study by two UC San Diego sociologists found that drivers who consumed even a single drink before getting behind the wheel were more likely than sober drivers to get into car crashes.
Two patients with different forms of vision loss will soon start treatments made from embryonic stem cells as Advanced Cell Technology kicks off clinical trials at UCLA.
UCSF researchers have identified four new viruses that infect healthy honeybees, potential clues that may help them better understand why colonies are dying.
A study by UC Davis, UC Berkeley and the U.S. Forest Service found that livestock grazing is not the reason for a steep decline in the high-country amphibian.
When times get tough, top talent goes elsewhere. That truism seems to be increasingly confronting many public universities, especially flagships that have seen state support slashed.
If ET calls, UC Berkeley astronomers will be among those listening.
A report supports research at university and federal labs and concludes that industry work tied to genomics generated $3.7 billion in federal taxes during 2010 alone.
Computer scientists at UC Berkeley and San Diego looked at billions of unwanted email to find a choke point that could greatly reduce the flow of spam.
Scientists, including from UC Davis, discovered a mechanism that plays a role in skin physiology and temperature sensitivity. It could lead to better anti-aging cosmetics.
UC Merced is focused on making solar energy more affordable and efficient, and the funds from its sponsors are allowing the institute to thrive.
Bioengineers at UC San Diego made a major advance in developing a method of modeling an organism's metabolism and gene expression. This research opens up a slew of questions and ideas about the cellular impacts of gene expression and data.
Scientists at UC Berkeley have discovered new species of frogs, newts, salamanders, caecilians and are tracking them day by day, while continuing to worry about mass extinction of frogs.
Scientists at UC Santa Cruz and University of Toronto are looking in depth at the causes of the cooling trends in the past 45 million years, which have a lot to do with the chemistry of the world's oceans, not just humans.
Researchers at UC San Diego have new insight on the science behind the sunburn. Their study pinpoints the factors that trigger sunburn, which is a protective mechanism preventing damaged cells from turning into skin cancer.
UC Santa Cruz director of the Institute of Marine Sciences explains the curious reason why California will see higher than average sea level rise, while the Pacific Northwest will see a lower rise. A major earthquake could make the situation even worse.
After retiring from NASA last month, Stephen Robinson will head a new center for research on human-vehicle interaction at UC Davis.
The brown widow spider, a less-poisonous species than its cousin, the black widow spider, is making its claim in the dark recesses of Southern California trash can lids, plant pot lips and wood piles, finds a UC Riverside study.
The mysterious proteins called prions, which build up in the human brain to cause Alzheimer's and other dementias, are also linked to post-traumatic stress disorder in combat veterans and in the brain damage of athletes like football players who have suffered repeated concussions, UCSF researchers report.
UCSF has joined the growing ranks of academic institutions that are offering most, if not all, of their research free to the public, by requiring that all published scientific studies be added by their authors to a university repository.
Not getting enough shuteye can amplify the brain's anticipatory reactions, upping overall anxiety levels, according to UC Berkeley researchers.
In a fortresslike laboratory at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, scientists track subtle changes in ocean chemistry with the kind of precision that can be compared around the globe and across decades.
UC Berkeley scientists have discovered a type of stem cell that appears to lie dormant in blood vessel walls for decades before waking up and causing the arterial hardening and clogging that are associated with deadly strokes and heart attacks.
At UCSF, aggressive treatment has produced striking results over the past decade.
Workers' compensation insurance is not used nearly as much as it should be to cover the multi-billion-dollar price tag for workplace illnesses and injuries in the U.S., finds a UC Davis study.
A seaweed considered a threat to the healthy growth of coral reefs in Hawaii may possess the ability to produce substances that could one day treat human diseases, a new study led by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has revealed.
Young patients with rheumatoid arthritis may feel better after practicing yoga for just six weeks, a UCLA study shows.
Scientists at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a way to generate power using harmless viruses that convert mechanical energy into electricity.
UC Santa Barbara fluid dynamics scientists diverted from weightier subjects for a while to publish a paper on 'Walking with coffee: Why does it spill?'
A fleet of 100 robots, developed by UC Berkeley researchers, floated down the Sacramento River to demonstrate their ability to measure the pace of the river's flow and to navigate the delta's water.
Drilling deeply into ancient sediments, UC Berkeley scientists are seeking vital clues to the future of plant and animal life by investigating how changing climates have altered life in the distant past.
UC San Diego scientists have built a self-propelled 'microsubmarine' that can scoop up oil from contaminated waters and take the droplets to a collection facility.
A UC Davis nutritional biologist found that blood chemistry was out of whack in volunteers who drank a concoction with 500 calories of added sugar.
A UCSF neurosurgeon and an electrical engineer say they now understand how the 'cocktail party' effect works, a finding that resolves a mystery that has plagued psychologists for more than a century.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists report that after years of experiments, they have moved closer to reproducing the blazing energy of the sun's interior in the laboratory.
A mother's weight and metabolic conditions during pregnancy are not just potentially harmful to herself. New UC Davis research suggests these factors can play a key role in her child's development as well.
The National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory opened its doors to their control room for CBS 'Sunday Morning' to witness a laser shot for tests that may change how the U.S. may someday get its energy.
Although chocolate contains more calories than many other foods, those who eat it regularly have less body fat than those who don't, a UC San Diego study shows.
The Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Berkeley helps impoverished people around the world by bringing together academics and entrepreneurs to develop technological innovations.
Trauma and post-traumatic stress syndrome are closely tied both to the risk of becoming infected with HIV and lower rates of successful treatment, according to two recent UCSF studies.
In experiments seeking to understand the root causes of human addiction, UCSF scientists have discovered that male fruit flies turn to alcohol when female flies reject their sexual advances.
A commentary in the New York Times cites a recent study UC San Diego that found that individuals with a higher degree of bilingualism were more resistant than others to the onset of dementia and other symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
UC Irvine scientists are searching for solutions or modifications to a pending crush of memory impaired seniors.
PBS NewsHour highlights efforts at UCSF to harness and understand the impact of music therapy on the brain.
Patients with advanced heart failure and type 2 diabetes showed improvement after three months of consuming epicatechin enriched cocoa, UC San Diego researchers found.
Researchers have long believed that cognitive activity could help strengthen the brain's defenses against the devastating neurological disease. But a new UC Berkeley study shows for the first time how that might work.
A UCSF study suggests colic might just be an early sign that a baby will grow up to have migraines.
A subset of fine atmospheric particles, which kill an estimated 50,000 Americans each year, may be more dangerous than previously thought, according to a UC Irvine study.
A June 5 ballot initiative designed to boost the tax on cigarettes by $1 a pack could create 12,000 new permanent jobs right away and add nearly $2 billion in economic activity in the Golden State annually, according to a UCSF study.
In a small study that might sound like science fiction, UC Berkeley researchers could predict what people were hearing based on their brain activity.
Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory has chosen to build its new research facility on the Richmond shoreline, a move that could rank the city with Livermore and Berkeley as a new hub for scientific innovation.
Scientists at the UC San Diego School of Medicine helped launch a landmark international clinical study to identify early symptoms and better understand the neurodegenerative disease.
UCSF researchers have identified 16 assessment scales with 'moderate' to 'very good' abilities to determine the likelihood of death within six months to five years in various older populations.
Scientists from UCSF said applying a levy on sweetened beverages would prevent nearly 100,000 cases of heart disease and 8,000 strokes over the next decade. They estimated this would save 26,000 lives.
A woman's sexual satisfaction does not require high levels of sexual desire, and in fact, does not require sexual activity at all, according to a UC San Diego study.
Random acts of kindness can snowball into more positive mood overall, according a UC Riverside study.
UC Riverside researchers released a natural enemy of a bug that has been infesting citrus trees throughout California in hopes of protecting the state's $1.1 billion citrus industry.
The noise of some of the most popular Christmas toys can be as loud as a chainsaw and risk permanently damaging the hearing of young children, finds a UC Irvine study.
A UCSF researcher pushed to test the potential of antiviral drugs as a way to protect healthy, uninfected people from acquiring the virus.
UC and Stanford continue to be fertile breeding grounds for breakthrough technologies, generating many millions of dollars in annual income for two schools that have played a central role in building Silicon Valley.
Scientists from UC Riverside recently rediscovered the rarest species of bumblebee in the U.S., last seen 55 years ago living in the White Mountains of south-central New Mexico.
With the goal of giving people precious seconds to run for their lives before the Big One hits, three West Coast universities will share a $6 million grant to improve an earthquake early warning system already being tested.
A UC Berkeley showed that children in Madagascar who ate more wildlife were less likely to suffer from iron deficiency anemia than other kids.
Memory researchers at UC Irvine are developing a large collection of remarkable research subjects, who themselves maintain a remarkably large collection of memories.
A UC San Diego researcher is trying to engineer an advance in nanomedicine, an emerging field in which scientists work at the molecular scale to do such things as create drug delivery systems.
The campus announced that it is launching a new institute devoted to education, research and outreach in innovation and entrepreneurship.
A joint UC San Diego and San Diego State program studies how people learn math and science and then use that research to develop more effective K-12 and college curricula.
Consumption of fast food becomes more common as earnings increase from low to middle incomes, suggests a UC Davis study.
The human undead have nothing on the creepiness of some insects, which routinely do things too grotesque even for horror movies, writes UC Riverside biologist Marlene Zuk.
A prominent UC Berkeley physicist and skeptic of global warming spent two years trying to find out if mainstream climate scientists were wrong. In the end, he determined they were right: Temperatures really are rising rapidly.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists and international collaborators have developed a new tool that will help scientists better represent the clouds observed in the sky in climate models.
Steroids given to premature babies to help them breathe and maintain normal blood pressure may impair the development of a part of their brains, a UCSF study shows.
More than half of women who are screened annually for breast cancer will get a false positive result within 10 years of their first mammogram, according to a UCSF study that throws more fuel on the controversy over when, and how often, women should be tested.
A review of studies by UC San Diego scientists suggests that young and middle-aged people with slightly elevated blood pressure are nonetheless at much greater risk for stroke than those in the normal range.
UC Davis researchers are hot on the trail of an invasive species that may be threatening the lake.
Researchers were awarded a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a revolutionary network for tracking the Sierra snowpack as the climate warms.
Tobacco companies knew that cigarettes contained a substance called polonium-210, but hid that knowledge from the public for over four decades, a UCLA study of historical documents revealed.
A group of four psychologists, including professors from UC San Diego and UCLA, have reviewed historical data and say there is little scientific evidence to support the learning-styles theory.
A new study by a UC Irvine graduate student in neurobiology and behavior shows that taking birth control pills can affect women's memory.
UC Riverside researchers are developing a new way to boost fuel efficiency by as much as 30 percent. Their secret? Changing our behavior so we are more attuned to maximizing mileage while behind the wheel.
The studies funded by the UC-administered California Breast Cancer Research Program looked at the fundamental mechanisms of how normal breast cells behave when exposed to BPA or methylparaben.
In an Los Angeles Times opinion piece, James Bullock, UC Irvine professor of physics and astronomy, notes that the Hubble Space Telescope has helped place the U.S. as a science leader, and if we don't replace it, we'll fall behind other nations in research.
A study by UC Berkeley and Italian researchers may have solved a decades-long mystery behind the source of a tree-killing fungus that affected six of the world's seven continents.
Igor Grant of UC San Diego and Donald Abrams are among scientists interviewed by PBS about the therapeutic effects of marijuana.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have created a device that will dramatically cut time in identifying dangerous diseases using; it could change doctor visits and crime scenes drastically.
UC San Diego researchers have uncovered a thermal camera which can be mounted on ATMs and is able to read PINs through heat detection.
UC Santa Barbara researchers have identified how a high-fat diet can trigger type 2 diabetes, in experiments on mice and human tissue.
A UC Irvine researcher has created a gaming therapy system, which combines an electric golf cart and an arcade-style video game, for people such as quadriplegics.
A technology company and UC Davis will study high-frequency waves, which are used for whole-body security scanning devices at airports, medical imaging and defense applications.
Diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking cigarettes and being overweight or obese were associated with a more rapid decline in brain volume, a UC Davis study found.
A UCSF researcher, who studies biological variations among races, weighs in on debate about whether race has scientific validity in modern DNA-based medicine.
Increasing waves of severe fires fed by climate change could shift much of the iconic forests of Yellowstone to scrub or grasslands by the end of this century, UC Merced scientists say.
UC Davis scientists have found a potential cause for a number of otherwise unexplained cases of male infertility: the absence of a protein that coats sperm and allows them to reach an egg more easily.
A UC San Diego professor says he found using thermal imaging that a building ceiling could be cooler during the day under solar panels, and at night the panels help hold in heat..
UC Berkeley researchers are part of the largest experiment ever conducted in the wild on a promising preventive treatment for sudden oak death.
UC Berkeley laundry-folding robot is cited prominently in this piece about development of highly intelligent robots.
The Bay Area, home to Tesla Motors, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and two dozen battery startups, has emerged as one of the leading hubs of battery innovation in the nation.
Environmental factors play a more important role in causing autism than previously assumed and, surprisingly, an even larger role than genetics, according to a new study out of UCSF and Stanford.
The sea east of San Diego is a deceptively dangerous backwater, hiding faults that repeatedly produce powerful earthquakes that jolt all of Southern California, says a new study by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
The bacteria behind food poisoning, the mighty E.coli, could be turned into a commercially available biofuel in five years, said Jay Keasling of UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
After years of controversy, a therapy based on human embryonic stem cells is finally being tested in humans, and Hans Keirstead of UC Irvine follows the clinical trial closely.
Scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography have been methodically measuring the southern waters of the current for 62 years, and their data series is touted as the most extensive of its kind in the world.
A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory chemist was part of a team that discovered two new elements.
UCSF researchers oversee a study in which patients participate from their homes using computers and smartphones rather than visiting a clinic.
Research at UC Irvine is redefining the field of hydrology, which has grown more critical as climate change and population growth draw down fresh water supplies.
A UC Berkeley observation of an explosion of a huge star near the edge of the observable universe may be the most distant single object yet spied by a telescope.
Magma sloshes beneath the crust of Jupiter's moon Io, and that's why active volcanoes erupt all over its surface, a UCLA study suggests.
A UC Davis study of 6.6 million California children found children conceived in winter had a greater risk of autism.
Tests made possible by Nobel Prize-winning UC researchers also open debate about what genetic tests should be offered to the public.