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Monthly Archives: December 2007

Benazir Bhutto blog commentary

The ImmigrationProf blog run by UC Davis law professors Kevin Johnson and Bill Hing has posted a lengthy, thoughtful and thought-provoking essay on Benazir Bhutto, Pervez Musharraf and the U.S. relationship with Pakistan, by former student Wajahat Ali. Samples: An …
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Dark secrets of the Arboretum Creek

Construction crews are dropping the water level in the Arboretum waterway before running new utilities pipes beneath it. The creek will not be drained completely, but the work is already revealing the corpses of a number of bicycles. And if …
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Expert forum on biofuels

Dan Sperling and Ron Steenblik are moderating an online forum on biofuels on the web site of the International Transport Forum. While the future is uncertain, what we can say with confidence is that it is almost definitely going to …
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Magnetic nanoparticles on video

ABC-7′s Richard Hart reports on work by Ian Kennedy’s group at UC Davis on fluorescent, magnetic nanoparticles. Kennedy has a USDA grant to work on tests for bioterror agents in food. I first wrote up this work nearly a year …
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On the bright side: Life after peak oil

UC Davis economist Greg (“A Farewell to Alms“) Clark had a forum piece in the Sacramento Bee last weekend on what life would be like in a world where oil is becoming scarce and ever more expensive, when we will …
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UC Davis at the LHC

Scientists working on the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Switzerland just finished installing the six-ton silicon tracking detector in the machine. Physicists from the U.S. built and tested 135 of the 205 square meters …
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Hey, we’ve still got one of those!

The Knight Science Journalism Tracker picks up on a New York Times story about an old cyclotron at Columbia University that is due to be cut into pieces and sold for scrap. Some are upset that the Columbia machine, which …
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Dan Sperling on NPR on energy bill, CAFE standards

Dan Sperling, director of the Institute for Transportation Studies, appeared on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” last night in a piece about the new energy bill just signed by President Bush. Despite years of automakers “kicking and screaming” about …
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Congress funds textile research

Included in the massive spending bill just approved by Congress was $1.2 million for research on fibers and fabrics for the military and first responders. The research consortium includes UC Davis. Dan Lundgren, R-Gold River, was a primary sponsor of …
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New Paths to Superconductivity

A review published in the journal Nature this week lays out an alternative explanation for high-temperature superconductivity, extending the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) theory that has dominated the field for the past 50 years. Theoretical advances described in the paper could lead …
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