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Science/Technology
Environmentally friendly ideas and products
Kelp has the potential to become the biofuel of the future. USC Dornsife researchers are currently testing a method designed to grow enough of the seaweed to transform the energy landscape. (Illustration/Dan Stiles)

Environmental ingenuity: These creative business ideas aim to be both sustainable and successful

Cars that run on kelp. Cosmetics made from waste. USC Dornsife researchers are creating new products designed to both mend the planet and make it in the marketplace.

University
Audrey Daly military family scholarship
Audrey Daly spent her childhood on military bases and wasn't sure where she wanted to attend college, until she applied for the USC Provost’s Pre-College Scholarship for Military Families. (USC Photo/Ron Mackovich)

Unique scholarship turns higher ed dream into reality for kids from military families

High school students from military families aren’t always sure what to expect from college. That’s where the USC Provost’s Pre-College Scholarship for Military Families comes in.

Science/Technology
USC earthquake research
Scientist and engineer Christine Goulet of USC Dornsife and the Southern California Earthquake Center walks closer to a fault in Kern County that shifted after two recent earthquakes. (Photo/Kenneth Hudson, UCLA)

Unshaken: After an earthquake, USC scientists race to its epicenter

Seismologists and engineers unite after a quake to quickly gather information and share it through a statewide clearinghouse that is critical for improving simulations and emergency preparedness.

Health
Study on prenatal alcohol exposure
The beautiful vineyards in Cape Town, South Africa, are home to the region‘s wine country, as well as a drinking culture that is linked to the world‘s highest prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. (Photo/iStock)

Study probes effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on brain development

Researchers have long known that babies born to mothers who drank heavily while pregnant have impairments. Now, an innovative study will test their sensory processing — in a community where drinking while pregnant is socially acceptable.