Robert Perkins is a USC media relations specialist covering science and research. Prior to joining USC, he worked as a journalist and public information officer.
Stories by Robert Perkins:
These superconductors are just getting warmed up
Clusters of aluminum metal atoms become superconductive at surprisingly high temperatures.
Scientists reveal how to get pain relief without addiction
New technique allows researchers to ‘see’ how non-addictive painkillers bind to neuroreceptors.
Unlikely pairing — an antidepressant plus dye — yields tumor-targeting tool
Scientists combine molecules to create a drug that finds and suppresses prostate cancer in mice.
New species discovered beneath the ocean
Microbes may play an important role in the world’s carbon cycle.
What’s next in cybersecurity?
USC Viterbi researchers demonstrate the future of security at Department of Homeland Security showcase.
USC trio to be inducted into National Academy of Inventors
Khoshnevis, Willner and Thompson named as fellows by the stellar group of scientists.
Finding a new role for a familiar molecule
A protein that makes other proteins also regulates fat levels in worms and may do so in humans, USC researchers say.
Cheaper private health care prices mean more Medicare spending
Researchers find that in areas where health care providers stand to make less money from private health plans, Medicare use increases.
Scientists study the Amazon to discover effects of climate change
USC researchers find hidden secrets in river water, sediment and the fallen leaves of plants.
Despite Ebola scare, Americans keep calm and carry on
Two-thirds of Americans surveyed see Ebola as a foreign problem; less than a third think it would ever affect them or their family members.
How cancer hijacks cell biology to thrive — and how it might be stopped
Matthew Pratt receives major awards for finding clues to cancer’s strength.
How do you feel as you age? It might depend on where you live
Study of Gallup data shows great variety among how people in different countries report their own well-being.
Baby boomers will drive explosion in Alzheimer’s-related costs in coming decades, study finds
Models show that the number of patients will more than double in 40 years, and costs associated with their care will nearly quintuple.
Offshore islands won’t offer buffer from tsunami’s power
New study is inspired by a 2010 survey showing that villages in the shadow of small islets suffered some of the strongest tsunami impacts.
Small in stature, big on good health
Scientists study Ecuadoreans with a rare gene that stunts growth while apparently preventing disease.
String field theory could be the foundation of quantum mechanics
USC scientists uncover a connection that could be a huge boost to string theory.
USC co-founds nonprofit consortium to foster 3-D models of key proteins
International partnership bolsters USC’s efforts to promote biomedical research in Los Angeles.
Officials break ground on USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
Gary K. Michelson declares his support for USC’s efforts to boost biomedical research in Los Angeles.
In some corners of the world, the Internet is a sleeping giant
Measuring a network’s outages is a first step to improving its reliability, says USC researcher.
Scientists unveil interactive map of the brain
Dubbed ‘Golgi,’ the new Web app helps scientists and doctors study interaction and communication.
Memories are fleeting, but scientists see them as they happen
Nearly $10 million from the NIH enables researchers to study the brain as it forms memories.
Squeeze your glutes — and see what happens
An unexpected scientific finding speaks to the interconnected nature of our bodies and brains.
New study shows reduction in mortality among the poor
Researchers find a 64 percent drop in mortality from diseases covered by government insurance in India.
USC study links sugary beverages to memory problems
Consumption of high-fructose corn syrup leads to brain inflammation in adolescent rats.