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Monthly Archives: April 2009

California adopts low-carbon fuel standard

The California Air Resources Board this evening adopted the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The original standards were drafted by a panel of UC experts including Dan Sperling, Bryan Jenkins and Joan Ogden from UC Davis, and Alex Farrell from UC …
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What in our DNA makes us human?

Katherine Pollard of the Genome Center and Department of Statistics has a cover article in the current Scientific American on the genetic differences between humans and our closest living relatives, chimpanzees. In 2004, Pollard and colleagues used computers at UC …
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Film screening April 26: The Atom Smashers

The High Energy Physics group is hosting a public screening of “The Atom Smashers,” a documentary about the race to find the Higgs boson. The screening will be on Sunday, April 26 at 7 pm in Chem 194. After the …
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Opinion: Forensic Science under the Magnifying Glass

Contributed by David Howitt and Fred Tulleners, Forensic Science Program Earlier this year, the National Research Council, part of the National Academies of Science, released its eagerly-awaited report on the practice of forensic science in the United States. Judging from …
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The Great H1 Visa Debate

Are visas for foreign technology workers vital to America’s economy, or a way of undermining the salaries of US-born engineers? Five immigration experts, including UC Davis computer science professor Norman Matloff, have been debating the issue on the New York …
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Food safety news roundup

Some food safety news items related to UC Davis that caught my eye: Virulent E. coli strain rare in wildlife? The AP reports that a the incidence of dangerous E. coli microbes in wildlife in the central coast region appears …
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Pride, before or after a fall

Keeping up appearances — continuing to take pride, even when your circumstances are down — might seem shallow, but it has real psychological benefits, according to this article in today’s New York Times. Recent research shows that people who look …
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Olive the otter nears release

Olive, a year-old sea otter rescued from an oil spill on Sunset Beach in February, is nearing release after recuperating at the state Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) Marine Wildlife Veterinary Care and Research Center in Santa Cruz. The …
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