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Cosmic lens splits supernova into four images

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have for the first time spotted four images of the same distant exploding star, arranged in an “Einstein’s Cross,” a cross-shape pattern created by the powerful gravity of a foreground galaxy embedded in a …
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So-called mute cicadas are not so silent

By Kathy Keatley Garvey Are “mute” cicadas really mute? If so, how do they communicate and attract mates? A team of scientists including Christian Nansen, agricultural entomologist at UC Davis, answers these questions in a new paper, “How Do ‘Mute’ …
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Core work: Iron vapor gives clues to formation of Earth and Moon

By Kat Kerlin Recreating the violent conditions of Earth’s formation, scientists are learning more about how iron vaporizes and how this iron rain affected the formation of the Earth and Moon. The study is published March 2 in Nature Geoscience. …
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UC Davis leads new effort in livestock genomics

By Pat Bailey Scientists and breeders working with poultry and livestock species will get a new set of tools from an international project that includes the University of California, Davis. The UC Davis team is led by functional genomicist Huaijun …
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Better measures of single molecule circuits

It’s nearly 50 years since Gordon Moore predicted that the density of transistors on an integrated circuit would double every two years. “Moore’s Law” has turned out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy that technologists pushed to meet, but to continue …
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Video from UC Davis/Mars symposium on innovation in food and health

Video streams from the Jan. 14 symposium on innovation in food, agriculture and health are now available online. The morning session can be found here and the afternoon, here. The complete program is available here. The morning session included a …
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Spawning success for white abalone

From Kat Kerlin Efforts to bring populations of endangered white abalone back from the brink of extinction through captive breeding appear to be working, according to scientists at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory. In 2012, UC Davis researchers achieved …
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Engineering self-assembling amyloid fibers

Nature has many examples of self-assembly, and bioengineers are interested in copying or manipulating these systems to create useful new materials or devices. Amyloid proteins, for example, can self-assemble into the tangled plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease — but similar …
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How to slow a flu epidemic: Stay home, watch it on TV

Encouraging people to stay home instead of going out, along with other “non-pharmaceutical interventions” such as handwashing and wearing facemasks, can limit the spread of influenza virus during an outbreak according to a new study published in the open access …
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Engineering students host “make-a-thon” for bats

While many Americans were enjoying a holiday weekend, biomedical engineering students at UC Davis worked straight through Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 17-18, to design and prototype a medical device…for bats. The effort was the first “Make-a-thon” organized by the UC …
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