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Monthly Archives: March 2007

UC Davis Magazine Spring issue out

The Spring issue of UC Davis Magazine is out and up on the web. Features for your reading delectation include Pat Bailey on E. coli contamination in spinach; Kathleen Holder on mental illness rates among college students; Teri Bachman on …
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Telemedicine video online

At the last UC Regents meeting, Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef and Tom Nesbitt, executive associate dean of the School of Medicine, presented an overview of the pioneering UC Davis telemedicine program, started by Nesbitt in 1992. As part of the presentation, …
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Events for your calendar

April 3: Miller speaks on God, Darwin and Design Kenneth R. Miller, author of “Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution” (2000), will speak on “God, Darwin, and Design: Faith and Certainty in the …
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Robots rampage this weekend

The Davis/Sacramento regional FIRST Robotics competition takes place this Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31, in the Pavilion (Rec Hall) of the Activities and Recreation Center. The event is a lot of fun and is free and open to …
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Hexagon on Saturn

Ooooo picture of the day: the Cassini space probe images a giant hexagon, four times the size of the Earth, surrounding Saturn’s north pole. The pictures were taken with an infrared camera, as the area is still in Saturn’s 15-year …
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Monster animal of the day: Toadzilla

A cane toad weighing nearly two pounds has been caught in the northern Australian city of Darwin. Video of the beast here. Cane toads are one of the most disastrous examples of an invasive species. They were introduced from Hawaii …
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Rat poison: Even a dog shouldn’t eat that

The deaths of fifteen pets that led to a mass recall of pet food now seem to be due to poisoning. The food was contaminated with aminopterin, once used as a cancer drug, sometimes used as a rodenticide outside the …
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Plate tectonics pushed back to 3.8 bn years ago

The BBC has a detailed report — complete with long words like “asthenosphere” — on the discovery of some ancient sea floor in Greenland. The significance is that this shows that plate tectonics, the process that pushes the continents around …
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Fortune magazine on nutrition, genomics and “functional foods.”

Via CNN Money, Fortune magazine has an article on the developing trend of nutritional genomics and foods marketed with specific health claims. ‘”Consumers are beginning to realize that we bring two things to the dinner table – our appetite and …
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Wikipedia is good for academia

“Wikipedia is good for academia,” declares historian Eric Rauchway in The New Republic (free registration required to read), comparing the growth of open source documents on the internet to the coffee-house intellectual culture of the 17th century. Rauchway’s article highlights …
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