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Research by Norbert Schwarz has found that a fishy smell can boost our critical thinking. Photo courtesy of Norbert Schwarz.

The Smell of Suspicion

June 30, 2015

Around the world, from Lithuania to Lesotho, when anyone wants to describe something as suspicious they use a metaphor linked to smell.  And not a pleasant smell. In the English-speaking world we use the expression…

Individual populations of mosquitoes are likely to have evolved resistance to whatever local selection pressures are typical in their area. Photo by

Humans Push Mosquitoes to Adapt

June 25, 2015

Every time you put on bug spray this summer, you’re launching a strike in the ongoing war between humans and mosquitoes — one that is rapidly driving the evolution of the pests. Scientists studying mosquitoes in…

The stress of frequent exposure to family conflict takes a toll on the teenage brain, according to researchers in USC Dornsife's psychology department.

Parents’ yelling takes heavy toll on teens

June 22, 2015

Parents’ yelling is a turnoff for teens, but don’t mistake their emotional shutdown as a sign of ennui. It may be a sign of aggression. In a recent study, researchers at USC Dornsife explored how the stress of…

Valter Longo has previously shown how fasting can help starve out cancer cells while protecting immune and other cells from chemotherapy toxicity.

Fasting-type diet appears to slow aging

June 22, 2015

Want to lose abdominal fat, get smarter and live longer? New research led by USC’s Valter Longo shows that periodically adopting a diet that mimics the effects of fasting may yield a wide range of health benefits. In a…

Image of a retina produced by the OCT-angiography process, which screens for diabetic retinopathy. Photo courtesy of the Translational Imaging Center.

A Better Way to Prevent Blindness

June 12, 2015

More than 7.7 Americans suffer from diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness in American adults, according to the National Eye Institute at the National Institutes of Health. However, current diagnostic methods are…

“Kids are entering school with a significant obesity problem,” USC Dornsife researcher Ashlesha Datar notes. Photo by Adam Kuban.

Obesity Rising for Many Children

June 11, 2015

Obesity continues to increase among children, despite previous national reports that the rate flattened, according to recent analysis. Although a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention health survey last year showed that…

The study examined coverage of women’s sports by LA network affiliates and ESPN’s <em>SportsCenter</em>, seen here. Photo courtesy of

TV News Tunes Out Women’s Sports

June 10, 2015

A USC Dornsife study of TV news media has found that coverage of women’s sports has barely budged in a quarter-century, despite dramatic increases in the number of girls and women playing youth, high school, college and…

Passports at the ready: This year's Fulbright Fellowships take USC Dornsife recipients around the globe.

Meet the Fabulous Fulbrights

June 8, 2015

This year’s bumper crop of USC Dornsife Fulbright recipients includes nine alumni, four doctoral students and one undergraduate. Their fellowships enable them to span the globe, taking them to Northern Ireland, Thailand,…

Freeway collapses were among the damage from the 1994 Northridge quake, caused by a previously unknown fault. Photo courtesy of FEMA, by Robert Eplett.

Little-known Faults

June 1, 2015

Beneath Los Angeles rise peaks of staggering height — an unnamed mountain range standing nearly 2 miles tall. Though they rival the San Gabriels in stature, you can’t see them: They’re hidden beneath…

Illustration by Bryan Christie Design for <em>USC Dornsife Magazine</em>.

Layer By Layer

June 1, 2015

Part meticulous study, part eloquent homage, Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man is considered not only a seminal work of art, but the very embodiment of the boundary-breaking, outward-looking curiosity of the Renaissance…