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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Dogs are from China, Cats are from Iraq

A new genetic study from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine shows that Western dog breeds are descended from animals that originated in Southeast Asia, rather than in the Middle East or Europe as previously thought. An earlier study …
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Deaf sign language users pick up faster on body language

Deaf people who use sign language are quicker at recognizing both signs and other gestures than hearing non-signers, according to a new study from researchers at UC Davis and UC Irvine published online Dec. 6 in the journal Cognition. “There …
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Closing in on the ‘God particle’

Physicists are closing in on the Higgs boson, the missing piece of the Standard Model of particle physics — but they aren’t quite there yet. UC Davis physics professor Mani Tripathi said that although not yet conclusive, the results so …
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Routing brain traffic for maximum alertness

A new UC Davis study shows how the brain reconfigures its functional connections to take best advantage of our knowledge of situations and minimize distractions. “In order to behave efficiently, you want to process relevant sensory information as fast as …
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Learn about superconductivity at Emergent Universe

The online exhibit Emergent Universe has opened a new virtual wing, on ‘Superconductivity.’ Opened in 2009, Emergent Universe aims to encourage young people to learn about “emergence,” complex behaviors that arise from interactions of simple parts, and develop an “emergent …
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