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Monthly Archives: October 2006

Chill those veggies, and bugs in the soil

On the more serious side of microbiology, “People don’t pay enough attention to refrigeration, and that’s absolutely critical with the fresh-cut produce,” food microbiologist Linda Harris tells USA Today in a follow-up article on spinach contamination with E. coli 0157. …
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Adopt A Microbe

I don’t really have a UC Davis connection for this, but too good to ignore is the Adopt A Microbe blog by an Australian medical student.

Psychiatrists talk about crime

Psychiatrists from UC Davis Health System were leading some thought-provoking discussion at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law over the weekend. Associate Professor Charles Scott led a panel discussion Friday on profiling of serial …
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$543,983,761

That’s how much money UC Davis received in external research grants in fiscal year 2005-6. Those dollars were spent on such things as salaries for research faculty and staff, equipment and lab supplies, and facilities and infrastructure to support research. …
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It helps if you died after the invention of copyrights

Kurt Cobain was getting some publicity this week for topping Forbes’ Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list. The only scientist on the list? Albert Einstein at #5. But consider that Einstein left no top 40 records (Cobain, Elvis), no movies (Marilyn Monroe), …
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Honeybee genome sequenced

Nature will publish the completed genome sequence of the honeybee tomorrow, according to reports on Reuters and the British trade mag for lab coats, The Scientist. Sergey Nuzhdin, a professor in the Section of Evolution and Ecology at UC Davis …
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Biogas, in video

Rounding up some coverage of yesterday’s biogas event, KCRA-3′s Brian Hickey was there early in the morning rummaging through the dumpster. “You’re a little too into this,” comments the anchor. KPIX-5 has a report shot earlier in the week that …
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Laser-based vehicle detection

Walking on the Engineering III side of Bainer Hall today, I noticed an area roped off for a “laser detection test.” What? It turns out that the Integrated Engineering Lab is testing a laser-based vehicle detection system for measuring traffic …
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Measuring magnetic stars

Matt Richter, a researcher in the Physics Department, tells us that TEXES, an instrument that he designed and helped build at the University of Texas, has a run of 17 nights coming up on the Gemini North telescope in Hawaii. …
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Garbage in, energy out

The new Biogas Energy Project should by now be well into its first heaping truckload of table scraps, turning them into natural gas through a digestion process invented at UC Davis by Ruihong Zhang, professor of biological and agricultural engineering. …
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