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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Cancer and the DNA repair balancing act

Our DNA is constantly at risk of damage from chemicals or radiation, or routine processes in the cell. Sustained damage to DNA can lead to cancer, so quick and accurate repair is vital. A new study by researchers at UC …
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Talk: Mathematics and melting polar ice caps

The precipitous decline of the summer Arctic sea ice pack is probably the most visible, large scale change on Earth’s surface in recent years. Most global climate models, however, have significantly underestimated these losses. Kenneth Golden, professor of mathematics at …
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Video: Diving into past climate

These two beautifully produced videos show how UC Davis geologist Howard Spero and colleagues are using tiny marine animals to study the climate of the distant past. Sediments from the bottom of the ocean are thick with the shells of …
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UC Davis team places second, collects $1,000 in ‘chemical car’ competition

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) yesterday announced that the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez took top honors at the international Chem-E-Car competition in Minneapolis Sunday, while a team of UC Davis students placed second. The winning team’s …
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Verosub teaches emergency response in Italy

Ken Verosub, Distinguished Professor in the geology department, spent two weeks in September in Pavia, Italy, teaching a short course on Earth Sciences and Natural Disasters in a masters program on risk and emergency management. (Photo: Verosub, center leads the …
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Energy-efficient UC Davis West Village opens its doors

UC Davis West Village, the largest planned zero net energy community in the country, opened its doors to visitors and the media Saturday. The development, which includes both student, faculty and staff housing as well as commercial space, is designed …
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Video: Pumpkin science

Here at UC Davis, pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween. They are also used for research year-round. Professor Bill Lucas of the Department of Plant Biology uses pumpkins for his research on communications in plants because it is easy to tap …
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Prehistoric Kraken “fun but implausible”

Geologist Mark McMenamin from Mount Holyoke College has been getting a lot of press this week after a presentation at the Geological Society of America meeting in Minneapolis about a giant octopus-like creature that attacked and ate bus-sized ichthyosaurs and …
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Chemistry Nobel: Almost-crystals, bathroom floors and Islamic art

The 2011 Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded to Dan Shechtman of Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa for work that has a lot to do with math as well as chemistry. The Nobel committee honored Shechtman …
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Physics Nobel for “astounding” cosmic acceleration

This year’s Nobel Prize for Physics has been awarded for a “landmark in the history of human knowledge,” said Andy Albrecht, professor and chair of the physics department at UC Davis. Albrecht said he’d already emailed the recipients to congratulate …
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