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Obama transition: expectations, pressures and pitfalls

(Contributed by Clifton Parker) President-elect Barack Obama will inherit an agenda of staggering uncertainty as the nation struggles with a fading economy while stuck in two wars overseas. His success, UC┬áDavis scholars say, depends in large measure on temperament and …
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Octopuses prefer HDTV

At last a reason to buy a High-Definition TV: your octopus will enjoy it. Researcher Renata Pronk at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia has been using HD screens to study octopus behavior. Apparently the octopus eye is so sophisticated that …
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SacBee Delta feature

Sacbee.com has a major feature online and in print about the San Joaquin Delta, an issue Egghead has followed for some time, of course. Among the experts quoted are UC Davis professors Jeff Mount and Peter Moyle. (Fisheries biologist) Moyle …
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How a brain enhancing drug works

A new study published in Science this week by researchers from UC Davis neuroscientists shows how the attention-enhancing drug modafinil works. Psychiatry professors Michael Minzenberg, Cameron Carter and colleagues used fMRI to observe brain activity in volunteers carrying out a …
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Aggie astronaut tapped for fourth shuttle mission

Astronaut and UC Davis alumnus Steve Robinson will make his fourth flight on the Space Shuttle next December, NASA has announced. Robinson has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and aeronautical engineering from UC Davis. Robinson last flew on the shuttle …
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Polluted Bay, deformed fish

A new study from UC Davis researchers shows that baby striped bass hatched from female fish collected from San Franciso Bay contain pollutants including flame retardants, industrial chemicals and pesticides passed on from their mothers. The hatchlings had damaged brains …
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PET/MRI combo is #6 on Top Innovations list

A scanner that combines PET (positron emission tomography) with MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is one of The Scientist magazine’s Top Innovations of the year in life sciences. Simon Cherry and colleagues in the Department of Biomedical Engineering have been working …
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Nationalize Detroit, put Andy Frank in charge?

So says Huffington Post columnist Edward Humes. Calling Chrysler the weakest of the three U.S. automakers, he says: Let’s buy its manufacturing capacity, parts supply network and manpower and turn it into the National Electric Car Company. Clean house at …
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Mouse study of breast cancer vaccine

Researchers lead by Michael DeGregorio and Greg Wurz at the UC Davis Cancer Center are beginning a study of a vaccine against breast cancer. Stimuvax, developed by Merck, targets MUC1, a molecule found in 90 percent of breast cancers. Working …
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Costs of war: three to 15 cents a gallon

The costs of U.S. military action in 2004 amounted to between three and 15 cents per gallon of gasoline or diesel used by Americans, according to a study by UC Davis transportation researcher Mark Delucchi and James Murphy, a former …
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