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Monthly Archives: September 2007

Briefly: Mother of Thousands, MAGIC astronomy, Program chipping

Three brief science stories out today: How Mother of Thousands makes plantlets: The houseplant “Mother of Thousands” forms complete baby plantlets at the edge of its leaves, but cannot make viable seeds. A new study shows that the plant has …
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A seriously geeky “Life List”

The latest edition of Symmetry has a Life List of things particle physicists would like to see or do before they die. Apart from visiting some of the world’s major physics experiments at CERN, Fermilab or the South Pole, nominations …
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Hybrid salamanders thrive but confuse conservation efforts

California tiger salamanders are protected under the Endangered Species Act, to the occasional consternation of people who find them on land set for development. Another species, the barred tiger salamander, was introduced into California from Texas in 1950s. A new …
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Bluetongue virus on the march

British livestock farmers, already hit by an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease earlier this year, now face the first cases of bluetongue virus in the country. Bluetongue virus affects sheep, cattle and goats, and is carried by small biting insects. The …
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Barack Obama Q&A on law professors’ blog

The ImmigrationProf blog run by Kevin Johnson, Bill Hing and Jennifer Chacon has posted a Q&A on immigration with Presidential candidate Barack Obama. The actual interview is a bit long to re-post, but is available as a pdf here. The …
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MacArthur “Genius” Grants out

Once again I am passed over. However, three people at other UC campuses have been named in this year’s batch. They are: Cheryl Hayashi of UC Riverside, who studies spider silk and how it might be copied or used for …
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Submarines, Sonar and Whales

Marine mammal advocate Joel Reynolds will offer a free, public talk on “Lethal Sound: Submarines, Sonar and the Death of Whales” at UC Davis on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 5-6 p.m., in the AGR Room of Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. …
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Subsidizing (some) farmers

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Carolyn Lochhead had a long article in Sunday’s paper on the contradictions of federal farm subsidies. Congress recently approved over $286 billion in farm subsidies, but Lochhead points out that although California is one of the …
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Upcoming lectures: Investing, economics, Egypt, education, vaccines

There are a bunch of interesting talks coming up on campus in October. Follow the links for more information. All talks are free and open to the public. “Psychological Biases of Individual Investors,” Oct. 17, 12.10 p.m., IGA Reading Room, …
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Feathers on a velociraptor

Like most people, we at Egghead are suckers for a dinosaur story, so I have to mention a report in Science today showing that the carnivorous dinosaur and “Jurassic Park” star Velociraptor very likely had feathers on its arms, even …
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