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Monthly Archives: March 2010

LHC Begins Big Science

 It’s a big day for Big Science: The Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland, the largest and most complex science experiment ever built, began colliding particles at an energy of 7 Tera electron-volts (TeV) just after 1 p.m. local …
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Bill Gates Recommends “Tomorrow’s Table”

Bill Gates writes on his blog that he has been reading “Tomorrow’s Table” by UC Davis plant pathology professor Pam Ronald and her husband, organic farmer Raoul Adamchak. In the book and the blog of the same name, Ronald and …
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UC Davis supporting City of Davis bid for Google Fiber

UC Davis is supporting the City of Davis’s application to become a Google “Fiber for Communities” test site. What does that mean? Google is presently soliciting applications from communities across the nation to take part in Google’s “Fiber for Communities” …
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UC Davis Daylight Harvesting Technology Licensed

The University of California, Davis, has signed a co-exclusive license agreement with Convergence Wireless, Inc. of San Juan Capistrano, Calif. to commercialize inventions that reduce the cost and increase the reliability of daylight harvesting systems. The license agreement covers a …
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Friday Physics II: Deep Science

Symmetry magazine has an article about the big science plans for the former Homestake gold mine in South Dakota. The 8,000 foot-deep mine could be home to the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL), if funding is approved. It …
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Rick Grosberg wins a big prize and gets into Science on the same day

It’s a good day for evolution and ecology professor Rick Grosberg. This morning Chancellor Linda Katehi interrupted his class to announce that he has won the 2010 UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement. The prize includes a …
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Friday Physics: Relativity passes a big test

A new study based on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey’s observations of distant galaxies confirms that Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity holds up on the scale of galaxies and clusters of galaxies. But some alternative theories of gravity are not …
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Hella News Roundup

Physics student Austin Sendek’s campaign to get “hella” designated as an official SI prefix (for 10 to the power 27) might be the media hit of the year so far. On Monday, the Sacramento Bee ran a story, followed by …
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Astronomy and wine glasses

A group of astronomers and physicists including UC Davis’ Chris Fassnacht have used a gravitational lens to measure the Hubble Constant for the first time. Edwin Hubble came up with the constant in 1929, after observing that distant galaxies were …
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