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December 5th, 2017

Who killed the human-driven car?

With new federal and state regulations looming, and companies like Waymo and General Motors testing automated vehicles on the streets of Phoenix and San Francisco, driverless cars could be on roads across California by the middle of next year. USC experts discuss the long road to taking our hands off the steering wheel, and what […]

November 21st, 2017

Does Black Friday still matter?

The holiday shopping season moves into high gear this week with an earlier-than-usual Black Friday. The mad dash for holiday deals may never go away, but the importance of a single day devoted to those deals appears to be waning, while the types of gifts that are popular also continue to evolve. USC experts in business, retail, technology and policy discuss the shopping trends that are shaping the 2017 holidays.

October 4th, 2017

The final stretch: MLB postseason puts players’ endurance to the test

The 2017 Major League Baseball season was a study in pure athletic prowess — players broke the 2000 record for the number of home runs in a single season, and teams racked up enviable winning streaks. As players shift gears to the highly competitive postseason playoffs, maximizing performance, avoiding injuries and maintaining endurance will be […]

September 21st, 2017

Driving out the dreamers: The end of DACA

The threat of deportation looms closer for 800,000 young immigrants after President Trump ordered an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals  program in the next six months. USC experts talk about the political, racial and legal forces behind immigrant policy changes, the fears of DACA recipientsand the potential costs of ending the program […]

September 12th, 2017

What to expect when you’re expecting the new Apple iPhone

Apple will officially unveiled the iPhone 8, iPhone 8S and iPhone X, the 15th iteration of the little personal computing device that changed the world. USC experts discuss whether it is indeed just another minor iteration in Apple’s incremental but successful corporate philosophy under CEO Tim Cook, or a release that finds a way to transform our collective relationship with technology like it did 10 years ago.

September 1st, 2017

Is the Alzheimer’s gene the ring leader or the sidekick?

The notorious genetic marker of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, ApoE4, may not be a lone wolf.

Researchers from USC and the University of Manchester have found that another gene, TOMM40, complicates the picture. Although ApoE4 plays a greater role in some types of aging-related memory ability, TOMM40 may pose an even greater risk for other types.

August 30th, 2017

One in 10 people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined — more than 93,500 people in the United States in 2014, according to the latest federal health data available. September is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Expect a boost in activism on Sept. 21, World Alzheimer’s Day, when people are encouraged to speak up about […]

August 29th, 2017

The truth about Alzheimer’s and women

White women whose genetic makeup puts them at higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease are more likely than white men to develop the disease during a critical 10-year span in their lives, according to a study headed by Keck School of Medicine of USC researchers.

August 22nd, 2017

How to counter antisemitic and racist movements

Where do we go from here? USC experts can sift through the heated rhetoric of the recent marches in Charlottesville, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Boston and Atlanta to help better understand what happened, why it happened, and more importantly, how to counter acts of hatred in the future. The university is home to USC Shoah Foundation, whose 55,000 testimonies of survivors and witnesses to the Holocaust and other genocides provide a compelling voice for education and action.

August 15th, 2017

‘The Great American Eclipse’

Monday, Aug. 21, will mark the first coast-to-coast total eclipse in the United States in 99 years, and the first total eclipse that can be seen only from American soil in the history of the United States, prompting some to call the event “The Great American Eclipse.” USC experts discuss how best to enjoy this […]