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Scientists Search for Source of Creativity

Scientists Search for Source of Creativity

March 7, 2012

It takes two to tango. Two hemispheres of your brain, that is. USC researchers are working to pin down the exact source of creativity in the brain and have found that the left hemisphere of your brain, thought to be the…

USC Dornsife alumna Sarah Greene, who earned a Ph.D. in geological studies in 2011, and Rowan Martindale, a doctoral candidate in earth sciences, contributed to a recent study that looks at geological records for evidence that mass extinction events may have been caused by ocean acidification.

Earth's Past Is Warning for the Future

March 6, 2012

When the Earth’s carbon dioxide level increased at a rapid rate during the Triassic-Jurassic period 200 million years ago, nearly half the ocean’s marine life became extinct. USC Dornsife geologists contributed to…

The study of cancer survivors defined cognitive impairment as having problems in memory and thinking.

Surprising Results in USC Study of Twins

December 19, 2011

Older female cancer survivors are significantly more likely to suffer from long-term cognitive impairment after diagnosis and treatment compared to their twin sibling with no history of cancer, a USC study found. The risk…

USC Dornsife neuroscientist Alan Watts. Photo by Phil Channing.

USC Scientists Find Missing Link in Regulation of Glucose

December 16, 2011

A team led by USC neuroscientist Alan Watts identified for the first time a biochemical signal that helps regulate the amount of glucose in the blood. A better understanding of the way the body naturally deals with …

USC Dornsife sociologist Veronica Terriquez. Photo by Laurie Moore.

Unions a Catalyst for Civic Engagement, USC Study Finds

October 20, 2011

Labor union experiences lead Latino immigrants to greater civic participation, a USC Dornsife study found. The findings suggest that members independently and, without prompting from the union, draw upon their skills to bring…

Alexander Benderskii, associate professor of chemistry and senior author of the new study in <em>Nature</em>.

Water’s Surface Not All Wet

June 8, 2011

Air and water meet over most of the earth’s surface, but exactly where one ends and the other begins turns out to be a surprisingly subtle question. A new study in Nature narrows the boundary to just one quarter of…

Lead author Darby Saxbe, a psychology postdoctoral fellow in USC Dornsife.

Study Examines Stress Levels for Couples

June 2, 2011

A new study found that it isn’t enough for couples to relax together for their stress levels to fall at the end of the day. Men find it easier to chill if their wives are still busy. Women prefer hands-on help: Their…

Inside each neuron, microtubules carry dendritic and axonal proteins to the dendrite and the axon with the help of motors Myosin Va and Myosin VI. Illustration by Su Hyun Kwon.

Motors on a Mission

March 23, 2011

Within each of our bodies are billions of neurons. These cells relay chemical and electrical signals, forming vast networks that comprise the human nervous system. Within each neuron is a microscopic network of its own, a…

Break in Curveball Too Good to be True

Breaking Curveball Too Good to Be True

October 15, 2010

Curveballs curve and fastballs go really fast, but new research suggests that no pitcher can make a curveball "break" or a fastball "rise." Led by Arthur Shapiro of American University and Zhong-Lin Lu of USC College, the…

Moh El-Naggar

Microbial Hair: It's Electric

October 12, 2010

Some bacteria grow electrical hair that lets them link up in big biological circuits, according to a USC College biophysicist and his collaborators. The finding suggests that microbial colonies may survive, communicate and…