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The extraordinary life of John Wesley Gilbert, the first Black archaeologist

A new book traces the pioneering scholar’s rise to national prominence in an era when African Americans often faced obstacles in obtaining even an elementary education.


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UC San Diego takes blood cells to the final frontier

Researchers launched blood stem cells into space aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.


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The 10 best research stories of 2021

Here are this year's most fascinating discoveries, from deep space to agriculture to mental health and gender identity.


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Choose holiday children’s gifts that challenge gender stereotypes

Campbell Leaper, a UC Santa Cruz-based developmental and social psychologist with decades of experience studying gender issues, shares insights and gift-giving tips to help children benefit from a broad range of holiday toys.


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Make a color-popping Thanksgiving dessert

Try purple sweet potatoes instead of your typical sweet potato and you'll have an Instagram-worthy dessert that is as healthy as it is beautiful.


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How much wildfire smoke is infiltrating our homes?

While many of us are reducing our exposure to wildfire smoke by staying inside, keeping windows closed and running air filtration systems on smoky days, data remains limited on how well these efforts are paying off.


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UC research: Cats prefer to get free meals

When given the choice between a free meal and performing a task for a meal, cats would prefer the meal that doesn’t require much effort.


This spotted gar in the Louisiana Bayou is an ancient and native fish species.

Cultural biases impact native fish, too

From art to religion to land use, much of what is deemed valuable in the United States was shaped centuries ago by the white male perspective. Fish, it turns out, are no exception.


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Why you can’t sleep, and how to deal

UCSF sleep scientists share the reasons you're struggling to stay down, healthy habits you can count on for relief and popular myths to avoid.