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Experiments in Happiness

02/28/2014 12:06:49 PM

Being happy isn’t always easy.  Humans are complicated creatures and although our brains might be capable of performing wildly complex tasks, they can also sabotage our well-being. “Not everyone is going to be naturally happy all the time,” ...

Fake olive oil? To get the benefits of olive oil, it’s got to be fresh

02/27/2014 15:25:18 PM

The Mediterranean diet has become a darling of medical researchers.  It’s known for its veggies and grains, limited amounts of meat, and a good helping of olive oil. Researchers believe that olive oil is the key to the superior health benefits ...

The science of love …and why some couples last for life.

02/26/2014 13:32:02 PM

[Listen to Robert Levenson's full interview with Science Today.] Love can be a battlefield. So what makes a successful relationship? Psychologist Robert Levenson (known for his work on the “marry me” gene) and his team at UC Berkeley had ...

Happiness hyped, ethnic competition and power poses

02/10/2014 12:27:36 PM

Aiming for happiness can stress you out. White and Asian students feel at a disadvantage in college admissions. And striking powerful poses before a job interview (hands on hips, feet spread, chin up) can make you come across as more hirable. ...

Scientists Call for Screening Mammography Every Two Years for Most Women

02/03/2014 12:25:24 PM

Adoption of new guidelines recommending screening mammography every two years for women ages 50 to 74 would result in breast cancer screening that is equally effective, while saving the United States $4.3 billion a year in health care costs, ...

What do lizard tails have to do with robotics?

10/15/2013 17:42:12 PM

Researchers at UC Berkeley are studying the way lizards use their tails for balance.  They’re using this information to develop better robots that could be used in search and rescue missions. See how “Tailbot” works →

Into the Wildfire

09/26/2013 18:21:09 PM

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratories and elsewhere are investigating other aspects of fire propagation, like how big fires create their own weather — a process that has contributed to some of the most devastating fires in recent ...

A whole new meaning to “Deadhead”

09/17/2013 17:35:26 PM

Above is a representation of former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart’s brain.  It will be used on his upcoming tour as both a visual and as a way for his mind to power the stage’s lighting.  Hart explains: “I was just looking at it ...

Can a video game rejuvenate an elderly brain?

09/16/2013 10:00:26 AM

Although there are a lot of video games out there that claim to help your brain, most have not been evaluated for this purpose.  A new study at UCSF finds that playing a brain training game for one month can rejuvenate cognitive control for ...

Eat. Think. And be wary.

09/12/2013 13:36:01 PM

Bologna dropped on a kitchen floor can bear an unsettling resemblance to Petri dishes containing Salmonella bacteria. Eat. Think. And be wary. Most folks know the “five-second rule,” an unwritten convention that says if you drop a food item ...

A new model of leukemia development

09/11/2013 13:34:32 PM

Stem cell researchers at UC San Francisco have discovered how leukemia cells create a hostile environment for normal immune cells in bone marrow and inhibit the development of healthy cells. Below is our interview with lead researcher for the ...

The Rim Fire and forest management research

09/10/2013 16:47:59 PM

A view from above of the rim fire near Yosemite. With it 80 percent contained, scientists who study wild fires say the event is valuable for studying the effects of forest management techniques. (via University of California Instagram)

The Science of Balancing on a Bike

09/06/2013 13:20:36 PM

“Every time I show the film — whether it’s to film students at USC or UCLA or I’m going to a festival — that’s always the first question: How did Kermit ride the bicycle? And my stock answer is: I put him on a three-wheeler until ...

From the Field: David and Goliath

09/04/2013 18:38:54 PM

Octavio Aburto, a Scripps Oceanography research scientist, traveled to a marine reserve in Mexico and took this stunning photo of bigeye jacks swirling like a tornado in front of David Castro, a local naturalist. (And in case you think it’s ...

Treatments for TV’s most compellingly mental characters

08/14/2013 17:03:45 PM

UCLA-affiliated psychiatrist Paul Puri diagnoses and prescribe treatments for TV’s most compellingly mental characters. Louie Character Name: Louie Diagnosis: Mild depression, compartmentalization, self-sabotaging tendencies. Symptoms: Suppressing ...