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A Sampling of Clips for Oct. 29, 2010

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Is there a Gene for Liberals?
The Washington Post, Oct. 29 -- Is there a gene for liberals? Well, not quite, but scientists say they have found the first evidence that a gene can play a role in shaping an individual's political leanings. In this case, it appears a variation of a gene known as DRD4, which had previously been linked to risk-taking behavior, also makes people more likely to be liberal. But there's a catch: That's only the case if they had a lot of friends when they were in high school. This provocative finding comes from some research by scientists at UC San Diego and Harvard University. More

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Study: Parent-Only Education Helps Children Lose Weight
TIME Magazine, Oct. 28 -- Before you even think about shipping your zaftig not-so-little ones off to fat camp, consider a new study by UC San Diego researchers published in the journal Obesity: when nutrition and exercise education was given only to parents, their children shed about the same amount of weight as kids who took part in the weight-loss classes with their parents. More

China: Our Supercomputer is Faster Than Yours!
MSNBC, Oct. 28 -- A leading Chinese research center has built the world's fastest supercomputer, an industry announcement said Thursday, underscoring the country's rise as a science and technology powerhouse. (Quotes Michael Norman, director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego) More

Running a Marathon Can Impact Heart for Months
USA Today, Oct. 27 -- Running a marathon can damage your heart, with more than half of the segments in the heart's main pumping chamber typically functioning a little under par during the race, a new study shows. (Quotes Dr. Ori Ben-Yehuda, director of the coronary care unit and a professor of medicine at UC San Diego) More

IPCC Vice-chair: Attacks on Climate Science Echo Tobacco Industry Tactics
The Guardian, U.K., Oct. 28 -- The attacks on climate science that were made ahead of the Copenhagen climate change summit were "organised" to undermine efforts to tackle global warming and mirror the earlier tactics of the tobacco industry, according to the vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). "It is a very similar process to what the tobacco industry was doing 30 or 40 years ago, when they wanted to delay legislation, and that is the result of research – not my subjective evaluation – by Prof Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway." Oreskes is a science historian at UC San Diego. More

Recession Report: UCSD
NBC San Diego, Oct. 27 – NBC San Diego examines how UC San Diego, the county's No. 3 employer is doing during difficult economic times. More

Energy Storage Key to Future of Power Grid
San Diego Union-Tribune, Oct. 28 -- Anyone who has recharged a cell phone knows you can store electricity. You charge it at night and use it during the day. But it’s not the same when you’re talking about the power needed to run a city. (Mentions UC San Diego) More

UCSD Begins Rriters’ Readings
La Jolla Light, Oct. 28 -- A new writing series at UC San Diego will present a reading by author Stuart Dybek, 4:30 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Visual Arts Facility Performance Space. More

 

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