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Donal Manahan and his research group have created a more accurate picture of how the metabolism of a sea urchin changes under environmental stress.

Hidden Costs

March 30, 2015

Scientists have found a way to measure the unseen toll that environmental stress places on living creatures — showing that they can rev up their metabolism to work more than twice as hard as normal to cope with…

Artist's rendering of an exploding Buckyball. USC/Holly Wilder.

Bucky-Balls Become Buckybombs

March 27, 2015

1996, a trio of scientists won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for their discovery of Buckminsterfullerene — soccer-ball-shaped spheres of 60 joined carbon atoms that exhibit special physical properties. Now, 20 years…

Shopping while hungry may lead you to spend more than 60 percent more and buy more non-food items than less hungry customers, research by Norbert Schwarz indicates.

Binder Clip, Anyone?

March 26, 2015

It’s almost lunchtime. You are hungry, but decide to stop at an office supply store before eating to pick up a few items. New research by USC Dornsife’s Norbert Schwarz, Provost Professor of Psychology and…

Alumnus and lecturer Brandon Som’s prizewinning first book of poems, <em>The Tribute Horse</em>, examines questions of identity and language. Photo by Jason Bacasa.

Som Wins Poetry Prize

March 12, 2015

Etched into the wooden walls of the former immigration station on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay, the poems tell of the hopes and fears of the Chinese immigrants once detained and interrogated there — sometimes for…

Daphna Oyserman, Dean’s Professor of Psychology at USC Dornsife and co-director of the USC Dornsife Mind and Society Center. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

When I Grow Up, I Will Be...

March 4, 2015

Devil’s Night in Detroit, the eve before Halloween when youths traditionally tear up the town, got Daphna Oyserman thinking. Oyserman had just arrived in nearby Ann Arbor for her doctoral studies at the University of…

Superconductivity is the ability to transmit electricity without resistance. Photo from <em>Mystery in Space</em>, #56.

Just Getting Warmed Up

March 3, 2015

A superconductor that works at room temperature was long thought impossible, but scientists at USC Dornsife may have discovered a family of materials that could make it reality. A team led by Vitaly Kresin, professor of…

Professor of Chemistry Vadim Cherezov and his team focused on a molecule that is structurally similar to the body’s natural ligands. Photo by Ryan Young.

Unlocking Pain Relief

February 20, 2015

“If you know how the binding physically works, you can design molecules to target the specific receptor sites and generate specific responses,” said Vadim Cherezov, professor of chemistry at USC Dornsife and…

Self-proclaimed visionary Maria Paula Acuña holds a Polaroid photograph taken by a follower purporting to show proof of the presence of the Virgin Mary. Photo by Matt Gainer.

Looking the Wrong Way

February 20, 2015

Standing amid the desolate beauty of the California desert, hundreds of people raise instamatic cameras to snap pictures of a cloudless, cerulean sky. Others drop to their knees beside their cars and pick-up trucks, yet more…

Male feminists take part in a 1980 protest. Photo by Rick Cote.

Upstream and Downstream

February 4, 2015

A slew of news stories renewed discussion about gender-based violence in the past year. From sexual assaults on college campuses to the NFL’s reaction to domestic violence, those stories suggest there is plenty of work…

Alberto Robador, postdoctoral researcher at USC Dornsife, seen here at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro aboard USC’s Miss Christi, is lead author of a paper on the new microbes published by <em>Frontiers in Microbiology</em>. Photo courtesy of Alberto Robador.

Beneath the Sea

January 15, 2015

Two miles below the surface of the ocean, researchers have discovered new microbes that “breathe” sulfate. The microbes, which have yet to be classified and named, exist in massive undersea aquifers —…