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Monthly Archives: January 2007

Genes, ancestry and women’s health

Michael Seldin and colleagues at the UC Davis School of Medicine have been awarded a grant by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to look at the role of ancestry in women’s health, especially heart disease, breast and colorectal …
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Click and Clack and the Car of the Future

So yesterday afternoon I went over to Bainer Hall check up on a crew we’d heard about filming a documentary for PBS. They were interviewing Professor Andy Frank about his work on plug-in hybrid vehicles. I was talking to the …
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Organic or conventional food? Trade-offs either way

It’s premature to conclude that foods produced through either organic or conventional farming are superior to each other, according to a review by Carl Winter, director of the FoodSafe Program, and Sarah Davis of the Institute of Food Technologists. People …
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UC Davis business school #1 in organizational behavior

The Financial Times ranks the UC Davis Graduate School of Management first in the world in “Organizational Behavior.” The London-based business paper ranks UC Davis’s MBA program at 76 in the world, 47th in the United States, according to rankings …
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SF Chronicle: Dan Sperling on the Governor’s energy plan

Saturday’s San Francisco Chronicle includes a Q&A with UC Davis transportation expert Dan Sperling on how Governor Schwarzenegger’s plan to cut carbon emissions from California vehicles could be implemented. Sperling should know, as he will lead the committee that will …
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Where’s the fog?

You aren’t imagining it: the legendary Central Valley fog is not so thick this year. In fact, it has been almost absent so far this winter. One reason for that is that rainfall has been low so far this winter. …
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“Bump Hunting” for the Higgs Boson

Writing on the Cosmic Variance blog, John Conway describes “bump hunting” in the search for the Higgs Boson, the particle that explains the existence of mass. Part 2 is here. The piece gives some insight into what experimental particle physics …
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The most exciting phrase in science…

…according to Isaac Asimov, is not ‘Eureka!’ but “hmm… that’s funny…” Which is brought to mind by Tom Siegfried’s report in Science on the American Astronomical Society meeting earlier this month. Researchers with NASA’s COSMOS survey published the first results …
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An uncooperative experimental subject

A sloth called Mats has been retired to a zoo after failing to cooperate with research in animal motion for the past three years. Scientists at the University of Jena, Germany had been trying to coax Mats into climbing up …
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The Art of Physics

A series of artworks based on experiments in particle physics will get its first showing in a public lecture at UC Davis, Feb. 6. “In Search of Meaning,” by Lylie Fisher, explores how both art and science address fundamental questions …
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