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Airbnb rent increase research
USC researchers found that areas with an increase in Airbnb listings also had a small increase in rental rates and housing prices. The impact may be worse in cities like Los Angeles with a high demand for housing and limited rental availabilities. (Photo/Ryan Kim, Airbnb)

How much does Airbnb really affect rents and housing prices?

Research indicates that Airbnb is increasing rent and housing prices in certain areas, including Los Angeles. USC professors weigh in on how cities — and the company itself — can set rules that will benefit local communities.

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.