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Researchers labeled sensory neurons that are found in the skin. Green indicates protein receptors involved in cold sensation, those involved with pain are in red, and GFRα3, involved in heightening cold sensitization, is marked by blue. Photomicrograph courtesy of David McKemy.

Biology researchers find single gatekeeper guarding path to cold-induced pain

April 8, 2016

Cold can hurt. The onset of inflammation following an injury or as a result of disease can heighten pain response to cold, just as it can for pressure and heat sensitivity. Researchers at USC Dornsife have found that…

Functional MRI scanners provide maps of signals in the brain, but scientists know these maps may be slightly inaccurate. Photo by Janne Moren.

Rare eye condition gives scientists a chance to improve brain scan studies

March 3, 2016

There is an elephant in the room each time scientists conduct a brain scan study. Functional MRI scans provide colorful maps of signals in the brain, but scientists know these maps may be slightly inaccurate. That’s…

Richard Brutchey of chemistry and his colleagues have created a parallel reactor to improve the manufacture of nanoparticles. Image courtesy of Richard Brutchey.

Researchers find way to produce nanomaterials on a larger scale

March 1, 2016

Nanoparticles — tiny particles 100,000 times smaller than the width of a strand of hair — can be found in everything from drug delivery formulations to pollution controls on cars to high-definition TV sets. With…

In Quantum Chess, pieces can be in two places at once (quantum superposition) if the player chooses a quantum move.

‘Anyone Can Quantum’ — just ask graduate student Chris Cantwell

February 12, 2016

What started as a simple project for one graduate student’s elective class may well change the way you play a centuries-old board game. Since its debut in Caltech’s Anyone Can Quantum video, Quantum Chess —…

Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Ben Carson represent liberal and conservative views. Photo collage by USC Staff.

Purity: It both unites us and keeps us apart

February 2, 2016

Purity is the moral foundation that drives people apart — and a glue that keeps them together, a new study shows. The study, led by USC Dornsife researchers, combined computer science, moral psychology and sociology of…

According to political experts, clicking “like” and signing online petitions will not supplant showing up in efforts to address issues such as gay rights and gun control.

Is the Internet fueling social change or giving license to engage in lazy activism?

December 22, 2015

In 2011, political uprisings were rampant throughout the world — from the Arab Spring that started in Tunisia and swept through more than 15 other Arab countries — to Occupy Wall Street protesters huddled in New…

Anxiety raises risk of dementia, psychology researchers find

Anxiety raises risk of dementia, psychology researchers find

December 22, 2015

People who experienced high anxiety any time in their lives had a 48 percent higher risk of developing dementia compared to those who had not, according to a new study led by USC researchers. The findings were based on an…

USC Dornsife's Scott Kanoski studies the way the brain controls how and why we eat. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

‘Hunger hormone’ turns eating less into eating more

December 15, 2015

Looking to avoid overeating during those big holiday meals? You might want to avoid fasting in the days beforehand. Cycles of food restriction unleash a “hunger hormone” that increases the capacity to eat more…

Chinese miniature architecture created between the 10th and 13th centuries was used to provide interior ornamentation in Buddhist monasteries and temples.

Graduate student studies miniature Chinese ornaments

December 2, 2015

Many young architects nurse lofty ambitions to build bold skyscrapers that will enliven and dominate city skylines. USC Dornsife doctoral student Di Luo, who earned her master’s degree from USC School of Architecture in…

The Bridge@USC

The Bridge@USC

December 2, 2015

Learn how scientists at The Bridge@USC are building the first atomic resolution structure of man to tackle “impossible” health challenges. Read more