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Monthly Archives: September 2009

Blogging from Antarctica

Seven weeks camping by a frozen lake in one of the most inhospitable places on Earth might not be everyone’s idea of a good time, but geology professor Dawn Sumner is excited to be on her way to Antarctica this …
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Promising results from HIV vaccine trial

There are news reports today of the first positive results from a clinical trial of an HIV vaccine. The trial was conducted in Thailand using two shots with different vaccines, neither of which had been shown to be effective on …
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First images from Planck space telescope

The Planck space telescope has returned its first images of the sky. The mission, run by the European Space Agency with participation from NASA, will map tiny differences in microwave radiation left over from the Big Bang, allowing scientists to …
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The Evolution of Flowers

Yesterday’s NY Times has a long, elegant science feature by Carl Zimmer on the evolution of flowers. Prominently quoted is UC Davis botanist James Doyle, who has appointments in both the Department of Evolution and Ecology and the Department of …
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New breast cancer scanner combines PET and CT

UC Davis physicists, biomedical engineers and radiologists have developed a machine that combines two types of body scans to image breast cancer in 3-D. The new machine could be used to develop treatments for breast tumors tailored to the specific …
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