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Monthly Archives: May 2007

Insects help convict killer

When two FBI agents and a Bakersfield detective hauled a radiator and an air filter, splattered with insects, into the Bohart Museum of Entomology, they weren’t there to contribute to the museum’s seven-million insect collection. They wanted museum director Lynn …
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Steel bridge team place second in nationals

The UC Davis Steel Bridge team, nicknamed “Chrome Ollie,” took second place overall at the 2007 National Student Bridge Competition at California State University, Northridge, May 25-26. The team qualified for the national contest earlier this month by earning their …
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Barbeque meat and cancer

Luckily I didn’t read about heterocyclic amines before I fired up the barbie on Memorial Day. Fortunately I like my steak rare, and if I’d had more time I would have marinaded it, so marks for intention. Also scallops, prawns …
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Database of clinical trials at UC Davis

The UC Davis Health System has set up a database of current clinical trials. Topics range from drug trials in cancer, to autism studies, to sociology. In fact it appears to include all research protocols that include human subjects, not …
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Drug production in eggs

Drugs for cancer and other diseases could be harvested from the eggs of genetically modified chickens, according to Mary Delany, professor of Animal Science. Delany’s work is described in a feature article in the current issue of Synthesis, the UC …
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SacBee: Delta and Dawn pick up steam in Bay

The two whales that ventured upriver as far as West Sacramento now seem to be well on their way to the ocean. They just have to pass the Richmond bridge, then it’s the Golden Gate and blue water all the …
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Mapping the action in the cosmic suburbs

Astronomers lead by Lori Lubin of the UC Davis physics department have mapped a ‘supercluster’ of galaxies about six billion light years away. The work, which was presented this past weekend at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Honolulu, helps …
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Nelson Max wins lifetime achievement award

Computer graphics pioneer Nelson Max, professor in the Department of Computer Science and the Institute for Data Analysis and Visualization, is the 2007 recipient of the Steven A. Coons Award from the Association of Computer Machinery’s Special Interest Group on …
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Windmill on Bainer Hall

No, that’s not a propellor hat on the engineering building. It is a 1-kiloWatt Bergey Excel wind turbine, used for teaching and demonstration purposes by Professor Case van Dam and the California Wind Energy Collaborative. It is used, for example, …
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Life will find a way

Fun story for the day: spacecraft can be dirty places. Astronauts on the Mir space station in the 1990s found free-floating blobs of water behind wall panels, that turned out to contain bacteria, fungi and even dust mites. Some microbes …
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