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Monthly Archives: October 2008

Foreclosed McMansions = Mosquito heaven

Home mortgage delinquencies in Bakersfield, Calif. increased 300 percent in 2007, while cases of West Nile virus almost tripled in the same year, according to a study by UC Davis entomologist William Reisen and colleagues. The link? Neglected swimming pools …
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Tennis and visual perception

Disputing line calls has sometimes seemed like a second sport at tennis tournaments, especially Wimbledon. Now a detailed study by UC Davis psychologist David Whitney and colleagues at the Center for Mind and Brain shows that umpires are pretty good …
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Build the Peripheral Canal, task force urges

A blue ribbon task force appointed by Gov. Schwarzenegger to look at solutions to the problems of the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta voted 6-0 last week to recommend building a peripheral canal around the Delta. The task force’s plan holds the …
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Best college town downtown?

California’s large public universities tend to be in big cities or suburbs rather than small towns, notes the California Planning and Development Report. But the state has a smattering of true college towns, writes blogger Paul Shigley. #1 on Shigley’s …
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Obama, Snapple and Rumors

What do presidential candidate Barack Obama and Snapple Iced Tea have in common? Patricia Turner, professor of African American and African studies at UC Davis, will answer that question in a presentation at the American Folklore Society in Louisville, Ky., …
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Micro blood pressure

William Ristenpart, now an assistant professor at UC Davis, and his former colleagues at Harvard have an interesting paper out this week on how red blood cells regulate blood pressure. It is know that red blood cells play a role …
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Freeman Dyson on campus and on the radio

Physicist, pacifist and all-round big thinker Freeman Dyson gives a public lecture on campus tomorrow, Tuesday Oct. 21 at 7 pm in the Alumni and Visitors Center. Professor Dyson’s topic will be, “The Individual or the Group.” Dyson, whose interests …
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Mr Green Genes is a fluorescent feline

Researchers at the Audubon Center for Research on Endangered Species in New Orleans have created a cat that glows in the dark. The six-month-old tabby, named “Mr Green Genes,” is apparently the world’s first transgenic cat, carrying the gene for …
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Sleepy seals in an MRI

An elephant seal can hold its breath for up to 80 minutes at a time while diving. How do they do that? Thomas Jue of the UC Davis Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, Paul Poganis of the Scripps Insititute …
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Rauchway on 1929 versus 2008

UC Davis historian Eric Rauchway talks to the Sacramento Bee’s Jim Downing about the parallels between the Great Depression and the current financial crisis. The Hoover administration, Rauchway says, tried to ease a credit crunch by buying up bad debt. …
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