University of Southern California

  • Science
    ​Poachers typically hunt at night, which is why drone-mounted infrared cameras are being used to spot them. The problem is, it can be difficult to tell humans from animals in the videos. Scientists from USC are making the job easier, using artificial intelligence.
  • ​Led by Dr. Denis Evseenko, scientists from the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine have developed a molecule that could be used to treat arthritis. If applied in the form of an injection at the affected joint, it might conceivably make joint replacement surgery unnecessary.
  • ​A new study suggests that if you move to a community with a high rate of obesity, it could increase your own risk of becoming obese. Accounting for other factors that could result in obesity, such as genetics or environment, the research claims that obesity could be considered a “social contagion.”
  • Scientists have updated one of the most comprehensive databases of the planet’s temperature changes over time, taking into account records from a variety of sources and stretching back to the year 1 CE – and it's very damning evidence of human-induced climate change.
  • Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) claim that a diet that mimics the effects of fasting spurs the growth of new insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreases of mice, essentially reversing type 1 and type 2 diabetes in mice.
  • ​In the hunt for a cause and cure for Alzheimer's disease, much attention has been focused on sticky proteins called beta-amyloid plaques. A new potential target has been identified by researchers however, in so called "gatekeeper" cells that control the flow of oxygen in the brain.
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    ​It's one of the basic facts of science: Heat something and it expands. But a team of scientists from LLNL have gone counterintuitive and invented a 3D-printed material that shrinks when heated.
  • ​Growing muscle for lab-based testing is a tough process, and previous attempts to do so – making use of plastic scaffolds – have failed to produce fully-formed muscle fibers. Now, a team from USC has taken a different approach, using a water-logged gel, or “hydrogel,” as a scaffold.
  • It makes sense to think that picture-taking "removes" you from a situation, changing you from being a participant to being an observer. According to a new multi-university study, however, getting snapshots can actually make you enjoy experiences more.​
  • Bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) are artificial materials made in the lab that boast superior strength and hardness to conventional metals. By tweaking this recipe just a little, researchers have been able to produce a bouncy material with the highest degree of elasticity of any BMG.
  • Architect and designer Behnaz Farahi has installed a kinetic ceiling at the University of Southern California that moves in response to the people walking beneath it.
  • US researchers claim to have created an efficient way to take carbon dioxide directly from the air and convert it into methanol - a process which could help the atmosphere and provide clean burning fuel at the same time.