Stories by Ian Chaffee:
Methanol: A planet-friendly energy source?
USC scientists aim to generate cells that move cars, warm houses and help produce food.
Drones deliver packages and back up Lady Gaga. What’s next?
USC experts discuss how unmanned machines in the sky are shaping ethics, privacy, public safety, flight and storytelling.
Deepak Chopra named USC 2017 baccalaureate speaker
The medical pioneer and best-selling author will deliver the keynote at the nondenominational interfaith celebration.
Empathy, tech combine to improve autism awareness and research
April marks National Autism Awareness Month, and USC experts weigh in with the latest developments in research, treatment and more.
USC announces six honorary degree recipients for 2017 commencement
Recipients include a social work visionary, a leading researcher in the fight against AIDS, a spinal surgery innovator, an award-winning actress, the chairman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and a popular comedy star.
A future with robots as companions could be closer than you think
A USC professor studies how robots can assist emotional, physical and social rehabilitation. Will the next two decades see them become the best managers of our well-being?
Comedy star Will Ferrell tapped as USC’s 2017 commencement speaker
Actor, producer, internet pioneer and USC alum returns to his ‘old school’ to regale this year’s graduating class.
An IPO like no other: USC experts look at Snap and its future
The L.A.-based parent company of Snapchat is going public this week — sort of.
Looking for the next boost in rechargeable batteries
The next wave of batteries packs a big charge in a small size.
Men are from Clash of Clans, women are from Candy Crush
Who spends hundreds of real dollars on their phone for power-ups and virtual coins? USC researchers analyzed millions of app purchases to find out.
We’ll all be watching the Super Bowl, but why? USC experts weigh in
Sunday’s big game between Atlanta and New England will surely generate super ratings. Politics and spectacle play a big role, and so do some deflated footballs.
USC experts look at the Oscar nominations and the state of the film industry
Film, music, media and marketing pros discuss the issues surrounding Hollywood’s annual celebration of itself.
Coliseum meets ‘zero waste’ goal
USC-managed stadium is the largest in the NFL and the second-largest college field to achieve the remarkable goal, repurposing over 90 percent of waste created by over 1 million fans.
Who’s to blame for fake news and what can be done about it?
USC experts weigh in on the internet-driven phenomenon that has quickly changed the way we look at just about everything.
From Black Friday to Cyber Monday and beyond: What you need to know
USC experts have timely advice on online shopping, cybersecurity and this year’s hottest high-tech gifts: drones and virtual reality devices.
Catch a ‘bird’s-eye view’ of virtual climate change at Santa Monica Pier
USC, Geological Survey and city of Santa Monica team up on a virtual reality installation that shows rising sea levels.
Real or not? USC study finds many political tweets come from fake accounts
A deep scientific analysis of political tweets this #Election reveals bots are swaying the discourse, according to scientists at the USC Information Sciences Institute.
Gaming’s biggest independent festival, IndieCade, settles in at USC
The internationally famous game event, which attracts designers from around the globe, makes its debut on the University Park Campus.