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August 16th, 2016

Scientists seeking ‘the ultimate Pokemon’ in central Africa

Zenkerella, an elusive scaly-tailed squirrel that has never been spotted alive by scientists. However, biologists recently found three newly dead specimens that hint at how the “living fossil” has evolved over the past 49 million years. Zenkerella insignis, a mysterious rodent from central Africa, is among the least studied of all living mammals, said Erik Seiffert.

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August 15th, 2016

Cancer in context: 37 years of painstakingly collected data

Prostate and lung cancer have been the No. 1 and 2 cancers among men. Stomach cancer, the third leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, has been on a steady decline among Koreans and Japanese. Black men had the highest overall rates of cancer. Thyroid cancer — which is relatively treatable — has been on the rise, and women are about three times more likely to contract it than men.

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August 11th, 2016

Move-in Day: USC welcomes its newest class of Trojans

It’s back-to-school time at the University of Southern California, and we’d like to invite you to see firsthand what it’s like to be a brand new member of the Trojan Family. Below are some of our Welcome Week events — from tips for first-generation college families to new traditions for students.

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August 11th, 2016

2 Zika proteins responsible for microcephaly identified

USC researchers have tracked down two Zika proteins potentially responsible for thousands of microcephaly cases in Brazil and elsewhere — taking one small step toward preventing Zika-infected mothers from birthing babies with abnormally small heads.

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August 8th, 2016

Clinton gains 5 points to tie Trump in post-DNC Daybreak Poll

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump are nearly tied the week after the Democratic National Convention and after a series of controversies for the Trump camp, according to the USC Dornsife/LA Times Presidential Election Daybreak Poll.

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August 5th, 2016

PRESS CALL MONDAY: The national USC Dornsife/LA Times Daybreak Poll on Election 2016

Poll experts will explain the methodology of the unique poll whose results are updated nightly and which reflect any changes in eligible voters’ opinions throughout the race: How does a daily probability poll work?; How do the Daybreak poll’s daily results differ from results released by the standard polls?; How did poll participants respond to the Republican and Democratic national conventions?; and, What are the challenges for Trump and Clinton in the final months of the campaign?

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August 2nd, 2016

Second annual USC Virtual Reality Hackathon open to international participants to win $10,000 grant for the ‘Medical Empathy Machine’

Kicking off its second annual virtual reality (VR) Hackathon, the University of Southern California (USC) Center for Body Computing (CBC) announced this year’s focus of the competition is “Medical Empathy Machine,” showcasing the potential of VR to change medicine and patient experience through emotion, compassion and empathy.

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