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Blooms of Diversity

Blooms of Diversity

May 1, 2007

On the first day of Hernan Ramirez’s field research into the workplace culture of immigrant gardeners, an enraged Westwood homeowner stormed from his house, unleashed a litany of expletives and threatened to sue. His…

Natural Selection at Single Gene Demonstrated

April 24, 2006

Biologists seeking elusive proof of natural selection at the single-gene level have a powerful new tool at their disposal. Chris Toomajian, postdoctoral researcher in molecular and computational biology in USC College, led…

Marijuana and Depression

Marijuana and Depression

December 1, 2005

Marijuana smokers are less depressed than those who never smoke, purports the largest-ever study of its kind, co-authored by a USC College psychology researcher. The conclusions surprised even the study’s co-author. …

Study Challenges View on Aging Research

Study Challenges View on Aging Research

November 17, 2005

Deleting the ‘anti-aging’ gene from yeast greatly lengthens life span, say USC molecular scientists. By Carl Marziali A counterintuitive experiment has resulted in one of the longest recorded life-span…

Liars' Brains Wired Differently

Liars' Brains Wired Differently

September 29, 2005

A USC study of pathological liars shows first evidence of structural differences in the area of the brain that enables most people to feel remorse. By Usha Sutliff A USC study has found the first proof of structural…

Nitrogen in the Air Feeds the Ocean

Nitrogen in the Air Feeds the Ocean

August 1, 2005

A USC oceanographer's long-term study shows that the marine food chain depends in large part on atmospheric nitrogen. The finding also demonstrates the oceans’ massive absorption of greenhouse gas. By Carl…

Nutrition Key to Aggressive Behavior

Nutrition Key to Aggressive Behavior

November 16, 2004

Early malnutrition may lead to low IQ and later antisocial behavior, says a new USC study. The work is an important first step in identifying early risk factors for adult violence and developing programs to prevent it. By…