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May 8, 2020

How AI Helps Us Understand Human Vision

Sep. 19, 2019​

How Your Brain Keeps You From Running Into Walls

The Scientist

Nov. 1, 2019 (In Nov. 2019 print issue)

Secrets in the Brains of People Who Have Committed Murder

Nov. 1, 2019 (In Nov. 2019 print issue)

Living Electrical Wires Plug into Worm Tubes for Stability

Nov. 1, 2019 (In Nov. 2019 print issue)

Martha Muñoz Uncovers the Drivers and Dampers of Biodiversity

Oct. 1, 2019 (In Oct. 2019 print issue)

Glowing Proteins Enable Stem Cell Stimulation for Stroke Recovery in Mice

Oct. 1, 2019 (In Oct. 2019 print issue)

Johannes Kohl Untangles the Neural Circuitry Behind Instinct

Sep. 6, 2019

China’s First Cloned Kitten, Garlic

Sep. 5, 2019

Scientists Study Vaping’s Harm as Second Death Reported

Sep. 4, 2019

Bar-Headed Geese Slow Their Metabolism to Soar over Everest

Aug. 28, 2019

Florida Wild Cats Struggle to Walk Due to Unknown Disorder

Aug. 26, 2019

Biased Evaluation Committees Promote Fewer Women

Aug. 26, 2019

Donald Lindberg, Former NLM Director, Dies

Aug. 23, 2019

UCSD Eye Doctor Resigns After Investigation into Ties with China

Aug. 21, 2019

Former Yale Professor Sexually Assaulted Five Students: Report

Aug. 19, 2019

HIV-1 Genome Extracted from 1966 Tissue Sample

Aug. 16, 2019

Immune Cell Bank Bets on Future CAR T Success

Aug. 16, 2019

Special Schwann Cells in Mice Play Unsung Role in Pain

Aug. 14, 2019

Invasive Carp Could Spread Across Lake Michigan on Detritus Diet

Aug. 12, 2019

Elusive Asgard Archaea Finally Cultured in Lab

Aug. 9, 2019

Questions Surround Canadian Shipment of Deadly Viruses to China

Aug. 7, 2019

Some Data Backing Novartis Gene-Therapy Approval Manipulated: FDA

Aug. 6, 2019

Mouse Genetics Shape the Gut Microbiome More than Their Environment

Aug. 5, 2019

First Human–Monkey Chimeras Developed in China

Aug. 2, 2019

Uganda Launching New Experimental Ebola Vaccine Trial

Jul. 31, 2019

Southern White Rhino Born After Artificial Insemination

Jul. 29, 2019

Pufferfish Spines Shaped by Same Genes as Feathers and Fish


Jul. 29, 2019

Geneticist Liane Russell Dies

July 25, 2019

Designer Protein Acts as a Switch for Cellular Circuitry

Jul. 23, 2019

Unhatched Gulls Shake Their Shells to Warn Siblings of Danger

Jul. 19, 2019

EPA Will Not Ban Pesticide Linked to Neurological Issues

Jul. 17, 2019

Coral Deaths Spurred by Pollutants From Land

July 15, 2019

Genetic Study Points to Metabolic Roots of Anorexia Nervosa

Science News

Jun. 27, 2019

Antioxidants may encourage the spread of lung cancer rather than prevent it

Jun. 18, 2019

Hyenas roamed the Arctic during the last ice age

Jun. 6, 2019

Worms lure two new species of hopping rats out of obscurity


BrainCraft (YouTube)

Aug. 9, 2019

What Can Body Language Actually Tell Us? (shared byline for script)

Jun. 9, 2019

Why You Can't Stop Snacking (script)

Live Science

Aug. 21, 2019

Genetic Tests for Depression Treatment Aren't Effective, Experts Say

Jul. 26, 2019

Organic Apples Have Way More Beneficial Bacteria Than Conventional Ones

Jul. 15, 2019

What Is the Ionosphere? (And Who Is Steve?)

Jul. 15, 2019

What Is Homeostasis?

Jul. 2, 2019

What Is Trypophobia?

Jun. 6, 2019

What Is Cryptography?

May 10, 2019

Sleep Paralysis: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

May 9, 2019

Fight or Flight: The Sympathetic Nervous System

Jan. 17, 2019

Lionfish: Beautiful and Dangerous Invaders

Nov. 19, 2018

What is Virotherapy?

May 20, 2019

How to Make Moon Water: Add Solar Wind, Tiny Meteorites, and Then Heat

Stanford Medicine Magazine

Mar. 11, 2019

Hitting pain’s off switch (adaptation of Science Notes piece)

UC Santa Cruz Science Notes 2018

Oct. 29, 2018

An ongoing hunt for pain's off-switch


Nov. 27, 2017

Storytelling empowers indigenous people to conserve their environments


Jan. 18, 2018 

Iron Readings Hint That Ocean Depth Influences Seabed Volcanism, AGU 2017, Eos

Jan. 17, 2018 

Rising Ocean Temperatures Threaten Carbon-Storing Sea Grass, AGU 2017, Eos  

Dec. 14, 2017 

Eyes in the Sky Look Closer at Under-Surveyed Northern Forests, AGU 2017, Eos


Conference Coverage

Nov. 8, 2017 

How to Defend Science in a Post-Truth World, WCSJ 2017, Student Newsroom 

Mar. 1, 2017

Neurotechnology in motion, AAAS 2017, National Association of Science Writers

San Jose Mercury News

Jun. 5, 2018 

Heart risk calculator due for an update

Jun. 1, 2018 

Young, brilliant and broke: Push to fund young biomedical scientists

May 11, 2018 

Call to action for cage-free farming in California​

May 4, 2018 

People are more honest on Tinder than you may think, study says

Apr. 27, 2018 

Study: Environment impacts the aging immune system

Apr. 23, 2018 

Study: Mothers’ weight linked to daughters’ early puberty

Apr. 11, 2018 

Wildfire smoke hurts heart, not just lungs, new study finds

Jan. 21, 2018 

Is San Jose winning its war on illegal dumping?

Monterey Herald

Mar. 14, 2018 

MBARI scientist to receive international award for women in sciencePrint​

Mar. 13, 2018 

When a Facebook event goes otterly badPrint​

       Mar. 13 "Otterly" in Santa Cruz Sentinel 

       Mar. 14 "Otterly" in The ReporterDaily Democrat and ChicoER

Mar. 8, 2018 

Pacific Grove rehab center teams up to help clients see ‘life through sober eyes’Print​ 

Mar. 6, 2018 

Carmel: California Wildlife Day stresses importance of conservationPrint​

Mar. 2, 2018 

Monterey County Rape Crisis Center looking for ‘compassionate’ volunteers to counsel victimsPrint​

Feb. 26, 2018

Women in ag forum coming to CSU Monterey BayPrint​

Feb. 23, 2018 

Jellies abound at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and HarborPrint​

       Feb. 24 "Jellies" in Santa Cruz Sentinel     

Feb. 21, 2018 

Monterey forum to examine importance of anchovyPrint​ 

Feb.14, 2018 

‘Building Healthy Communities’ looks to expand to PeninsulaPrint​

Feb.12, 2018 

Caltrans transfers 167 acres of rare Elkhorn Slough habitat to foundationPrint​

       Feb. 12 "Caltrans" in Santa Cruz Sentinel

Feb. 7, 2018 

Western monarch butterfly count continues to go downPrint​

        Feb. 8 "Butterfly" in Santa Cruz Sentinel and Daily Democrat

Feb. 5, 2018 

Seaside scuba diver and the oldest American remains ever discovered, Print​

       Feb. 6 "Scuba" in The Mercury News

Feb. 2, 2018

Elkhorn Slough restoration project bringing in tons of dirtPrint

       Feb. 2 "Elkhorn" in Santa Cruz Sentinel

Jan. 31, 2018 

Bill Murray on schedule to tee it up at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am next week, Print​

       Feb. 1 "Murray" in The Mercury News 

Jan. 24, 2018 

Panetta tells Dreamers he understands their urgency, Print

       Jan. 24 "Panetta" in Santa Cruz Sentinel

Jan. 22, 2018 

Ground broken for new Food Bank in Salinas, Print

Jan.17, 2018 

January has been a tough one for the blood supply businessPrint

       Jan. 19 "Blood" in Santa Cruz Sentinel      

Jan.15, 2018 

Seaside MLK event emphasizes the next generation, Print

Jan.10, 2018 

Flight simulator aims to help high school students take off, Print

Jan. 8, 2018 

Rain pounds the Central Coast with more to come, Print 


Tampa Bay Parenting

April 15, 2016 

The Science Behind Tuning Things Out

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

Asahi Shimbun GLOBE+ Column (published in Japanese)

Jan. 21, 2019

「科学」を「ダンス」で表現してみた 研究者たちのチャレンジ

(Dancing Scientists Bring Fluid Mechanics to Life - English PDF)

Dec. 25, 2018


(Your Brain is Mostly for Moving, Not Thinking - English PDF)


Press releases and web articles

Apr. 16, 2019

What Makes a Jellyfish?

Mar. 28, 2019

Okinawan Sea Grapes Reveal Secrets of Plant Evolution

Mar. 26, 2019

New Report Looks at the Economic Impact of OIST on Okinawa and Japan

Mar. 20, 2019

Scientists Crack Genome of Superfood Seaweed, Ito-Mozuku

Mar. 18, 2019

Machine Learning Tracks Moving Cells

Feb. 28, 2019

Too-Tight Membrane Keeps Cells from Splitting

Feb. 18, 2019

Altered Brain Activity Patterns of Parkinson's Captured in Mice

Feb. 12, 2019

Questions in Quantum Computing: How to Move Electrons with Light

Feb. 5, 2019

Anticancer Mechanism Revealed in Yeast Experiments

Jan. 31, 2019

Fasting Ramps Up Human Metabolism, Study Shows

Jan. 29, 2019

Adaptive Models Capture Complexity of the Brain and Behavior

Jan. 22, 2019

Scientists Boost Stability of Low-Cost, Large-Area Solar Modules

Jan. 11, 2019

Bizarre “Bristle-Jaw” Creatures Finally Placed on Tree of Life

Dec. 18, 2018

Möbius Kaleidocycles: Sensational Structures with Potential Applications

Dec. 17, 2018

Protein Police Keep the Immune System in Check

Dec. 13, 2018

Tale of Two Trees: New Web Tool Estimates Gene Trees With Ease

Dec. 6, 2018

Signature Structure Grants Enzyme Superfamilies Their Power

Nov. 29, 2018

What Makes Vertebrates Special? We Can Learn from Lancelets

Nov. 12, 2018

Half Moons and Pinch Points: Same Physics, Different Energy

Nov. 9, 2018

Doing the Wave: How Stretchy Fluids React to Wavy Surfaces

Oct. 30, 2018

Anti-Cancer Virus Fits Tumor Receptor Like a “Key in a Lock”

Oct. 23, 2018

Asian Catfish Genome Decoded

Oct. 19, 2018 

Cellular “Tuning Mechanism” Builds Elegant Eyes

UC San Francisco

Jan. 14, 2019

Drug Hobbles Deadly Liver Cancer by Stifling Protein Production

Oct. 24, 2018

3D-Printed Bones are Helping Doctors Prepare for Surgeries

Oct. 19, 2018 

New Drug Could Sustain Oxygen-Starved Hearts

Sep. 24, 2018 

Newborn Jaundice Treatment May Increase Risk of Childhood Seizures

Sep. 10, 2018 

Primary Care is an Untapped Resource for Depression Screening

Sep. 6, 2018 

Innovative Technique Reveals ‘Core Identities’ of Brain Cells

Sep. 6, 2018 

Newfound Inhibitors to CRISPR Could Improve Gene Editing

Aug. 17, 2018 

Female Mice are Immune to Cognitive Damage from Space Radiation

Aug. 1, 2018 ​

New Tool Crowdsources Human Intelligence for Biological Research 

Jun. 29, 2018 

FDA Approves Landmark Marijuana-Derived Drug First Tested at UCSF

Stanford University School of Medicine

Mar. 12, 2018 

New neuroanatomy lab bridges virtual reality, operating roomStanford Medicine News Center

Mar. 8, 2018 

Stars of Stanford Medicine: “I have the best job in the world”, Scope Blog

Feb. 22, 2018 

Stars of Stanford Medicine: “I’m definitely a non-traditional student”, Scope Blog

Feb. 21, 2018 

Sepsis severity may be discernible, new study suggests, Scope Blog

Feb. 21, 2018 

Iron triggers dangerous infection in lung transplant recipientsStanford Medicine News Center

Feb. 26 

"Iron" in Inside Stanford Medicine Newspaper

Jan. 25, 2018 

A look into the causes of epilepsy with a Stanford neuroscientist, Scope Blog

Jan. 11, 2018 

Stars of Stanford Medicine: Engineering biology to solve problems, Scope Blog

Dec. 4, 2017 

Connecting the dots between common male medical condition and later disease, Scope Blog

Dec. 1, 2017

Study links common male medical condition and vascular disease, Stanford Medicine News Center

Dec. 11, 2017

"Links"in Inside Stanford Medicine Newspaper

Nov. 30, 2017 

Stars of Stanford Medicine: “Science touches every facet of the human experience”, Scope Blog

Nov. 22, 2017

Gut microbes, key guests on Turkey Day, could be used therapeutically, Scope Blog

Nov. 20, 2017

Microtia team embraces 3-D printing to improve ear surgeries, Scope Blog

Nov. 16, 2017 

Dolphin mouths house 'dark matter of the biological world', Stanford Medicine News Center 

Nov. 20, 2017

"Dolphin mouths" in Inside Stanford Medicine Newspaper

Nov. 16, 2017

Dolphins: The final frontier for new types of bacteria?, Scope Blog

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