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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…

This Leiopathes coral is estimated to be more than 4,200 years old.

Oceanic fossils suggest current climate models misrepresent El Niño

December 17, 2015

An analysis of fossil corals and mollusk shells from the Pacific Ocean reveals there is no link between the strength of seasonal differences and El Niño, a complex but irregular climate pattern with large impacts on…

Alarming or exciting moments are known as “emotionally arousing” events, and they can enhance or hinder our ability to make memories.

Why we remember — or forget — details of alarming moments

December 16, 2015

When someone walks down the street and is startled by a car accident, what determines whether they clearly remember the details of what they were doing prior to the crash? Paradoxically, such alarming or exciting moments…

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…

Cancer cells proliferate at a more accelerated speed than healthy ones. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Researcher hopes to use fluorescence to target tumors

December 14, 2015

Cancer usually manifests itself in tumors that proliferate quickly. This happens because tumor cells have higher quantities of cell surface growth factors than regular ones, which causes them to develop at accelerated…

Contrasting projections of 21st century precipitation from two of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change models. The left panel shows a projection from Japan's Model for Interdisciplinary research on Climate (MIROC) and the right depicts projections from the United States' Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL). The MIROC model projects a drying over the western U.S. during the 21st century, whereas the GFDL model projects wetter conditions. Image courtesy of Lowell Stott.

El Niño and beyond: How to predict climate change

December 10, 2015

In 2014, the Pacific Ocean was primed for a strong El Niño season. Warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures across the central and eastern equatorial Pacific led scientists to believe that conditions would provide…

Red dye marks lipids in the soma of a normal worm. Photo courtesy of Sean Curran.

Procreation trumps survival — even on a cellular level

December 3, 2015

A newly discovered biological mechanism channels a mother’s available energy — in the form of fat — straight to the reproductive system during stressful times, protecting future offspring at the cost of the…

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  

#GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday

December 1, 2015

Every day USC Dornsife students, faculty and alumni are leading change on the frontlines of cutting-edge research and discovery that will transform our world and how we live in it. The generosity of thousands of alumni,…

USC Dornsife Interim Dean Dani Byrd. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Meet USC Dornsife’s Interim Dean

December 1, 2015

Dani Byrd’s Trojan Family ties run deep. Not only has she served as a USC Dornsife faculty member for 17 years and a vice dean for more than eight years, she is also the parent of a USC freshman and the spouse of an…