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Monthly Archives: July 2007

E-voting followup: Vendors and county officials push back

Late last week, the California Secretary of State released the results of a five-week ‘Red Team’ study of three voting systems used in the state. A team lead by UC Davis professor Matt Bishop found that they could bypass all …
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Law professors’ blogs

Via Concurring Opinions, I just found a bunch of blogs run by UC Davis law professors. Kevin Johnson, Bill Hing and Jennifer Chacon are running the ImmigrationProf blog, part of the LawProfessorBlogs network. Anupam Chander has his own blog about …
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Will new rules for biotech help GM livestock to market?

The Food and Drug Administration is finally getting around to drafting regulations that would allow genetically modified meat and milk to enter the U.S. food supply, the New York Times reports. Companies and biotech researchers actually welcome the prospect of …
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Steroid medications don’t work for viral lung infections in kids

A large study by a network of pediatric hospitals, including UC Davis Medical Center, found that steroids were no more effective than placebo in treating bronchiolitis in infants admitted to hospital. Bronchiolitis can be caused by viral infections deep in …
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Rent-a-Pet

San Diego-based FlexPetz offers a “shared pet ownership experience.” For a fee or two, members can get regular visits from a dog, complete with bowl, pre-measured food and GPS-enabled collar. Then when the weekend is over and it’s time to …
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Report finds gaps in voting system security

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen has released the first set of reports from her “Top to Bottom Review” of voting systems. Part of the review was a “Red Team” exercise lead by Matt Bishop of UC Davis. The Red …
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Leave immigration to the feds, says law professor

A town ordinance in Hazleton, Pennsylvania that put restrictions on undocumented immigrants has been thrown out by a federal judge, who ruled out that towns have neither the right to interfere with federal law, nor the ability to take away …
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Itch gene found, separate pathway from pain?

Researchers at Washington University in St Louis have found a gene for itchiness in mice. Mice lacking the gene, which makes a protein found in spinal cord cells, responded normally to painful stimulation but did not respond to itchy sensations …
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Big squid back off California

A study from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute says that Humboldt squid (Dosidicus gigas) have expanded their range north into Monterey Bay, where they are eating their way through the Pacific hake fishery (also known as Pacific whiting). Humboldt …
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LA Times: Toyota, UC campuses to test plug-in hybrid cars

UC Berkeley and UC Irvine are going to test plug-in hybrid Toyota Priuses (What’s the plural of Prius? Priae? Priussies?), the LA Times reports. Andy Frank at UC Davis, of course, has been working on plug-in hybrid technology for years …
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