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for June 26 to July 2, 2010

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DOE Sees Long Road Ahead for Algae Fuels
The New York Times
, June 29 -- Biofuels squeezed from the cells of purpose-grown algae hold promise to help meet the country's need for non-petroleum fuels, but the technology is at an early stage and will require years of development to reach commercialization, the Energy Department said in a report finalized yesterday. DOE also announced yesterday the award of $24 million for biofuels work at three new public-private consortia. The Consortium for Algal Biofuels Commercialization, to be based in San Diego and spearheaded by UC San Diego will receive up to $9 million for work on algae feedstock. More

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Older Folks Watch Way More TV Than Young People, Yet Like It Far Less
NPR
, July 1 -- Researchers from UC San Diego have found that people over 65 watch three times more TV than younger adults. Yet older people enjoy their viewing far less. Younger people said watching TV helped them relieve stress, but that relaxing effect seemed to decrease with age. More

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U.S. News & World Report

The Idea Incubator Goes to Campus
The New York Times
, June 28 --  “Proof-of-concept centers” are among a number of new approaches to commercializing university research in more efficient and purposeful ways — and to preventing good ideas from dying quietly. The first proof-of-concept center, the William J. von Liebig Center, was established in 2001 at UC San Diego. More

Universities Bank on Stem-Cell Research
The Wall Street Journal
, July 1 -- Bay Area universities and research groups are betting they can spawn a new generation of medical breakthroughs and the next growth engine for the region's biotechnology industry. (Quotes Lawrence Goldstein, a professor and stem-cell researcher at UC San Diego) More

China Cools Growth Despite Market Worry
The Wall Street Journal
, June 30 -- Premier Wen Jiabao made clear that China will press ahead with economic policies that many analysts expect will lead to slower growth in coming months as the property market cools, an outcome that is unnerving global markets. (Quotes Barry Naughton, professor of Chinese economy at UC San Diego) More

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The Australian

On A No-Drama Day, A Debate Actually Breaks Out
NPR
, June 28  -- At the opening of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings Monday, Elena Kagan's own words continued to come back to haunt, or — depending on one's viewpoint — encourage her. (Quotes Michal Belknap of UC San Diego) More

Medical Claims for Marijuana Just Blowing Smoke?
U.S. News & World Report
, June 30 -- As far as the federal government is concerned, marijuana has no place in medicine. The Drug Enforcement Administration considers marijuana—like heroin and LSD—a schedule I controlled substance. Schedule I drugs are likely candidates for abuse, with no recognized therapeutic benefits. (Mentions research at UC San Diego) More

Is a Hospital Visit in July Bad for Your Well-being?
USA Today
, July 2 -- Do hospitals, like resort hotels, have an offseason? If they do, the month of July might be it. The so-called July effect has long been suspected. It's based on the fact that new U.S. doctors start their residencies (in-hospital training) each July 1 in thousands of "teaching hospitals" nationwide. (Mentions research at UC San Diego) More

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Black Freshmen Numbers Up at UC San Diego
Despite 'Compton Cookout' Controversy
Los Angeles Times
, June 29 -- Despite much-publicized racial tensions on the campus last semester, UC San Diego has managed to slightly raise its still small numbers of African American freshman for the fall, according to statistics released by the campus Tuesday. More

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UCSD Shatters Record With $1 Billion for Research
San Diego Union-Tribune
, July 1 -- UC San Diego raised a record $1 billion over the past year for research during a boom that's likely to create scores of jobs and deepen scientist's understanding of everything from climate change to sickle cell anemia. More

 

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