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Monthly Archives: December 2010

Reminder: No UC Davis email Dec. 26-27

The UC Davis Data Center will be shut down for essential maintenance and upgrades from 7 a.m., Dec. 26 (Sunday) for up to 48 hours. During this time, UC Davis e-mail services — incoming and outgoing — will not be …
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‘Father of the Plug-in Hybrid’ gets a Chevy Volt

UC Davis engineering professor Andy Frank has been called ‘The Father of the Plug-in Hybrid,’ and yesterday he picked up one of the first to be sold. The Chevrolet Volt made by General Motors has both an electric motor and …
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Mori Seiki to open Davis factory

Japanese machine tool manufacturer Mori Seiki is to open a factory in Davis. The plant will be next door to the company’s existing DTL subsidiary off Second Street in East Davis.  The company will invest about $50 million in the …
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Hacking Kinect for 3-D video chat, lightsaber duels

Oliver Kreylos is still working on Microsoft’s Kinect game controller, which he has already adapted to create 3-D video. In his latest videos Oliver demos using Kinect for a virtual reality video chat, and, well, for a lightsaber duel. In …
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Planck Telescope’s Map of Everything

A map of the Universe when it was just 300,000 years old is #7 on Discover magazine’s list of Top 100 Stories of 2010. The map comes from the Planck space telescope, launched by the European Space Agency in 2009 …
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Talk: Daylight into windowless office building cores

Lorne Whitehead, professor of applied physics at the University of British Columbia, will give a talk at 6 pm, Jan. 25 on the new SunCentral Core Sunlighting System, a device that harnesses daylight to illuminate the windowless cores of buildings. …
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More on Mono Lake bacteria

Following up on Friday’s post on the arsenic-eating bacteria of Mono Lake, John Roth weighed in with some sceptical comments. Roth is Distinguished Professor of Microbiology at UC Davis, and one of the nation’s leading experts on bacterial genetics. The …
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Aliens in Mono Lake? Not so fast

There was a lot of coverage yesterday of the discovery of microbes that can apparently use arsenic instead of phosphorous in their metabolism. Phosphorous is a key element for life: the backbone of DNA is made of phosphorous atoms, and …
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New approaches to earthquake forecasting

In this interview with Thompson Reuters ScienceWatch, UC Davis interdisciplinary professor John Rundle talks about the new approaches that he and his collaborators have developed to understanding earthquakes over the past 20 years or so. Rather than treating them as …
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