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Monthly Archives: February 2007

“Proving” the impossible with statistics

Jim Kaput of the Center for Nutrigenomics sent along an interesting article from the Economist magazine, referring to a study presented at the AAAS meeting recently and also published in a medical journal. Peter Austin of the Institute for Clinical …
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Brain maps online

Digital atlases of the brains of humans, monkeys, dogs, cats, mice, birds and other animals have been created and posted online by researchers at the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience. BrainMaps.org features the highest resolution whole-brain atlases ever constructed, with …
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BitTorrent goes legal, becomes uncool

The peer-to-peer video service BitTorrent is to sell films legally under a deal with major movie studios. But that probably means that it’s going to lose its hip image, Jesse Drew of the UC Davis Technocultural Studies program tells the …
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How do we detect temperature?

A new study by Jie Zheng, assistant professor at the UC Davis School of Medicine, and colleagues shows how the body can detect small temperature changes over a wide range. “For a long time, we didnt know how temperature sensing …
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Study: Meth Use Linked To Heart Failure

A study by Khung-Keong Yeo, now a clinical fellow in the UC Davis Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, found that young people who use methamphetamine (aka meth, crank, or crystal) more than triple their risk of heart failure. Yeo led a …
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American Scientist Online: Andy Frank on Plug-in Hybrids

Professor Andy Frank has just published a comprehensive review on plug-in hybrid vehicles in American Scientist magazine. Frank, widely regarded as a pioneer in plug-in hybrid technology, goes over the history of developing these vehicles from the 1970s to the …
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ET hunt finds something…

Well, a missing laptop, anyway. The SETI @ Home project based at UC Berkeley uses idle computer time on millions of home computers to crunch data from the Arecibo radio telescope, looking for hints of extraterrestrial intelligence. Member computers check …
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Rural development won’t save biodiversity — or lift people from poverty

Trying to combine rural development with conservation in developing countries cannot make the world’s rural poor substantially better off, or protect biodiversity, argues UC Davis professor Truman Young in a recent article. In a recent issue of the Journal of …
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Bacteria Could Steady Buildings Against Earthquakes

Soil bacteria could be used to help steady buildings against earthquakes, according to researchers at UC Davis. The microbes can literally convert loose, sandy soil into rock. When a major earthquake strikes, deep, sandy soils can turn to liquid, with …
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Award for Delta levees story

Betsy Mason of the Contra Costa Times has won the David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism from the American Geophysical Union. The award is for reporting produced under deadlines of a week or less. Mason wrote a series …
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