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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Memorial Day special: Let There Be Light

In 1945, legendary director John Huston was assigned by the US Army to make a documentary about men returning from war with “shell shock” or “psychoneurosis” — what we would now call post-traumatic stress disorder. But after the documentary, “Let …
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Don’t throw out those solar glasses; transit of Venus is June 5!

Keep those glasses from the May 20 eclipse, because you’ll need them for an even rarer celestial event: on June 5 (in North America) the planet Venus will pass across the Sun. Transits of Venus occur in pairs a few …
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More eclipse photos, video

Pulled from the comments section — a few photos compiled by the good people of the UC Davis physics department. Full set here. Photograph by Professor John Conway, taken in Marysville, CA.               Professor …
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Eclipse photos; any more?

UC Davis physicist Marusa Bradac took this fabulous timelapse of the May 20 solar eclipse from Tahoe City. Thanks Marusa for sharing!  

Talk: Forecasting to prevent the next viral storm

Nathan Wolfe, Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor of Human Biology at Stanford University and Director of the Global Viral Forecasting Network Initiative will give a public talk at UC Davis on May 24, “Before it Strikes: Forecasting the Next Viral …
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Get your solar glasses, get ready for the May 20 solar eclipse!

On May 20th, northern California will be treated to an eclipse of the Sun as the moon’s shadow sweeps across the Earth. Best views of the event will be a bit north of Davis, closer to Redding where a total …
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Public talk on the Lotus Valley meteorite — plus solar eclipse viewing!

UC Davis geology professor Qing-Zhu Yin will give a public talk, “The “Lotus Valley” Meteorite: What does it mean to science? What does it mean to our valley? What can it mean to you?” on Sunday, May 20. Where: Gold …
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Hunting meteor fragments, older than the Earth

The minivan-sized meteorite that broke up over the Sierra on Sunday, April 22 was not just any old space rock. It was one of the rarest types of meteorites to fall to Earth — a carbonaceous chondrite, the earliest solid …
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Vice Chancellor for Research elected to National Academy of Sciences

Harris Lewin, vice chancellor for research and professor of evolution and ecology at the University of California, Davis, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the …
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