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Here's how members of the burgeoning digital workforce are protecting themselves from exploitation

Today, there’s a technology for practically every need. But many people don’t realize how much human work it takes the keep these technologies humming — and how much of that work is not done by highly paid app designers and software engineers.

Understanding and combating terrorist groups: Is it all a matter of economics?

It’s easily drowned out by daily reports of military actions against extremist militant groups around the world, but there’s one weapon that’s being quietly deployed to counter organized religious violence: research.

Understanding Autism: Researchers use stem cells to hunt for new treatments

Researchers at UC San Diego are looking at autism in an entirely new way. By using stem cells to create a human cellular model of this pervasive condition, they hope to unlock its mysteries and develop new treatments.   

Delivering Charity Directly to the Hands of the Needy

Paul Niehaus is part of a quiet revolution in charitable giving.

Exploring the Ocean to Understand the Planet

The ocean plays a crucial role in the world’s ecology. Half the oxygen we breathe is produced by tiny ocean plants known as phytoplankton. The ocean removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and is home to a stunning range of marine ecosystems. 

Approach with caution: taking a critical look at vaping and e-cigarette trends

Cigarette smoking among teenagers and young adults has dropped, but e-cigarettes and a rise in hookah smoking pose a threat to these health gains. UC San Diego professor of epidemiology Wael Al-Delaimy is examining trends in e-cigarette and hookah use, aiming to increase public education about their dangers and urging lawmakers to regulate their sales.

In a serious drought, new methods emerge for water management

We may not, as the old saw goes, be able to do anything about the weather. But research is providing the tools to show us what nature has in store so that we can better manage our water supplies, mitigate floods and protect our ecosystem.

Climate change and world hunger: disparate problems with interrelated solutions

Figuring out how to deal with global climate change is only one part of what Jennifer Burney does. As if that weren’t enough to keep her busy, she’s also fighting world hunger.

Surviving the next population boom with resistant crops and biofuels

Over the next 35 years, the earth’s population is expected to grow from 7 billion to 9.5 billion. One crucial question we must answer is: How can we feed all of those people, as well as supply fuel to power our world?

An urban farm and education center blooms in a formerly blighted San Diego lot

For years, a vacant lot in a low-income section of San Diego had been collecting abandoned cars and more than its share of trash. Now it’s being transformed into an oasis of organically grown greens and a food forest complete with orange, olive, peach, apple, loquat and fig trees.

Changing medicine with 3-D bioprinting, where organs can be synthesized by technology

Human tissue engineering might sound like a fictional concept straight out of a sci-fi novel, but it’s for real.

Using aerospace engineering concepts to improve treatment of cardiovascular disease

Her background is in aeronautical engineering, and she earned her doctorate from Stanford University after writing her dissertation on aerodynamic noise control by optimal shape design.

Studying the ingenuity of border neighborhoods to inspire new models of housing and local economy

To box Teddy Cruz into a single discipline would be a difficult — if not impossible — task. Cruz, renowned by many architects and activists for his innovative approaches to urban design, currently teaches in the visual arts department at UC San Diego.

Designing more efficient programs to combat global poverty and disease

Evaluating anti-poverty programs to determine what doesn’t work is just as important as celebrating those programs when they do work.

When it comes to preventing big computer hacks, it's all about patching the holes

It’s time to sit up and pay attention. Increasingly bold and sophisticated cyberattacks are becoming commonplace, leaving millions of people at risk — from everyday consumers to top-level corporate employees.

WIFIRE program aims to predict wildfire behavior, share information with firefighters

Researchers at UC San Diego are hot on the trail of a solution to unpredictable wildfires. WIFIRE — a portmonteau of “Wi-Fi” and “fire” — is a National Science Foundation-funded program that uses data from satellites, sensors and an extensive computer network to create simulations that predict fire behavior.

Cybersecurity expert cuts off spammers', scammers' cash flow

The first thing to consider about cybersecurity is this: It’s all about the money. Just ask Stefan Savage, a cybersecurity expert and computer science and engineering professor at UC San Diego. He says the best defense against computer worms, viruses and malware is to go on the counterattack and make it harder for cybercriminals to collect their ill-gotten gains.

Looking at big data to find patterns and minimize human conflict

When it comes to managing conflict, the human race has, to put it mildly, a spotty record. No matter our myriad similarities, society has always managed to split people along the same lines — religious, ethnic, economic, linguistic — since the dawn of civilization. The patterns of violence and conflict just keep repeating, with no solutions or understanding in sight.

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