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air pollution monitoring and babies
When air pollution levels are high, a smartphone app developed by USC researchers will suggest actions to reduce exposure levels, such as recirculating air in the car or taking a suggested alternative driving route to reduce exposures. (Illustration/iStock)

How harmful is air pollution to developing brains? New study will assess its effects

A wristband-app combination — developed by USC Viterbi and the Keck School of Medicine of USC — will monitor prenatal exposure to harmful gases and suggest strategies to keep newborn brains safe.

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AAAS fellows 2019
Stephen Bradforth, Ewa Deelman, Luis M. Chiappe and Janet Oldak, clockwise from top left, have been selected as fellows of the American Association for Advancement of Science. (Photos/Peter Zhaoyu Zhou, Karen Vaisman, Courtesy of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Phil Channing)

Four USC professors selected as fellows of renowned scientific society AAAS

The USC scientists join 36 other faculty members as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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USC research virtual human hand model
PhD candidate Bohan Wang and USC Viterbi Professor Jernej Barbic, from left, have developed a human hand model that could benefit areas like virtual reality, prosthetics and robotics. (Photo/Haotian Mai)

Through special effects and MRI scans, scientists develop realistic virtual human hand

Due to their complex musculoskeletal systems, animating human hands has been one of the biggest challenges in computer graphics. Now, a team of USC researchers has cracked the code.