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Monthly Archives: August 2007

Eating our way through Africa

A collection of new studies shows ominous signs that large wildlife in Africa is disappearing not only in general, but from the national parks of all sizes. Writing in the African Journal of Ecology, Tim Caro from UC Davis and …
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Shark on show, and in the water

A young great white shark went on display at the Monterey Aquarium in this week. In what was almost certainly not a coordinated attempt by sharks to get publicity, another great white bit a surfer in Monterey Bay Tuesday morning. …
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Have high cigarette taxes lost their bite?

A new study by Peter Franks and colleagues at the UC Davis School of Medicine concludes that high cigarette taxes have lost their effect in discouraging smoking. The researchers looked at the relationship between pack price and smoking prevalence in …
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Edible films, wrapping food near you

The New York Times has a long story today about new work on edible films for food packaging. Many foods already come coated in some kind of film, such as waxes on fruit, or the glaze on confectionery. The new …
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Tree-breeding grant from USDA

The US Department of Agriculture has awarded a $6 million grant to develop faster ways to breed trees for the timber industry. They project is lead by David Neale, a forest geneticist at UC Davis. The Conifer Coordinated Agricultural Project …
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SciVee: A Youtube for scientists

SciVee is a video website developed by the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego and funded by the National Science Foundation. Leo Chalupa, professor of neurobiology, physiology and behavior at UC Davis, is co-director of the project. According …
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Scientists, Corps of Engineers argue about trees and levees

Following up on a story I posted about earlier, today’s Sacramento Bee has a report on a symposium organized by the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps thinks that trees and shrubs should …
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MAGIC finds flaw in relativity?

The MAGIC telescope collaboration last week released results that might show a gap in Einstein’s theories of relativity, and point the way to new theories that tie together gravity and other fundamental forces. From its mountaintop location in the Canary …
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Andy takes a short break…

I’m taking the next couple of weeks off. In the meantime, some of my esteemed colleagues from the News Service are going to try their hands at guest blogging on Egghead. Please be nice to them. Normal service — assuming …
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Plant growth follows the clock

A paper published this in PLoS Biology this week by Stacey Harmer and Mike Covington from Plant Biology shows that circadian rhythms have a profound influence on plant growth, through the auxin system. Auxin is the chemical messenger in plant …
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