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Monthly Archives: March 2008

Lyme disease bacteria can persist after antibiotics

A new study by Stephen Barthold and colleagues at UC Davis shows that Borrelia burgdorferii, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, can persist in mice after antibiotic treatment. There was no sign that these persistent bacteria were causing disease, however. …
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HighFire Day for the LSST

I spent the weekend in Tucson, Arizona where the main mirrors for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope are being made. The primary mirror is 8.4 meters in diameter and is being cast at the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory Mirror …
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A wet winter, but maybe not enough

The Sierra snowpack is “average” this year after last year’s dry conditions, but the state water supply still faces challenges this year. That’s partly because an averagely-wet winter doesn’t quite make up for a dry year, and also because less …
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More on combined PET and MRI scans

A group from the University of Tübingen, Germany has published a paper in Nature Medicine this week, describing a scanner that combines positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) capabilities. Earlier this month, Simon Cherry and colleagues from …
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Video gaming not end of society. Phew.

Children use technology to display social skills and develop higher planning, according to studies by UC Davis education professor Cynthia Carter Ching and her colleague at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, X. Christine Wang. “There is a lot of hemming …
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Will Lake Tahoe Turn Green?

Geoff Schladow, director of the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, recently presented results showing that Lake Tahoe could abruptly change from blue to green as soon as 2019. The lake’s waters have been warming as the climate warms, and …
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Five Years

UC Davis historian Eric Rauchway joined a discussion on “Five years in Iraq” on Minnesota Public Radio yesterday. Listen online here.

Particle Physics and Cosmology Converge

The Spring 2008 issue of UC Davis Magazine is out, with my cover story on the Large Hadron Collider, physics and cosmology. This was an interesting story to write…if hard to get one’s brain around some of the concepts. I …
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Are Ski Park Jumps Too Risky?

Last year, a Washington jury awarded $14 million in damages to a man paralyzed in a ski accident. Kenny Salvini attempted a jump at the Summit at Snoqualmie terrain park, flew high, missed the landing field and crashed on compact …
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Read and Chat About Cat Genetics

Today’s Washington Post has a feature article about the work on the genetics of domestic cats by Leslie Lyons, Monica Lipinski and colleagues at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. They recently confirmed that modern cats originated in the …
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