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Monthly Archives: August 2009

How should Senator Kennedy’s seat be filled?

On Findlaw.com, UC Davis constitutional law expert Vikram Amar discusses the issues around filling the late Senator Kennedy’s seat. The Seventeenth Amendment permits, but does not require, state legislators to authorize governors to appoint someone to fill a vacant seat …
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The New Delta is coming, like it or not: leadership needed

A new Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta is coming, one way or another, write UC Davis water experts Jay Lund, Peter Moyle, Jeff Mount and  Richard Howitt, with Ellen Hanak from the Public Policy Institute of California in an opinion article in …
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Biological transistor created

Tiny biological transistors have been created by researchers from the Lawrence Livermore National Lab, UC Berkeley, UC Davis and UCLA. The team coated a silicon nanowire, 20-40 nanometers across, with a lipid bilayer membrane (the same kind of membrane that …
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A Big Wave after the Big Bang?

Mathematicians Blake Temple from UC Davis and Joel Smoller from the University of Michigan have published a new theory to explain why the universe appears to be expanding at an accelerating pace, without invoking “dark energy.” About a decade ago, …
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Andy Frank on the Chevy Volt: A move in the right direction

Last week GM unveiled the new Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid electric car, claiming it could get 230 mpg in typical use. The Volt is expected to hit the market in 2010. Like the Toyota Prius, the Volt will have an …
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Can health care make Americans healthy?

The US spends a lot of money on health care, but does badly on measures like life expectancy, childhood illness and maternal mortality compared to other developed countries. Will reforming the health care system make Americans healthier? Probably not much, …
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