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Help fund koala microbiome study

The koala might be the world’s cutest animal. It also has a strange and toxic diet, and koalas are threatened by chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease. How are these things related? Koalas live on eucalyptus leaves, which are so full …
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Bugs and slugs ideal houseguests for seagrass health

By Kat Kerlin Marine “bugs and slugs” make ideal houseguests for valuable seagrass ecosystems. They gobble up algae that could smother the seagrass, keeping the habitat clean and healthy. That’s according to results from an unprecedented experiment spanning the Northern …
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Wave machine links microbes and sea spray to clouds and climate

How do you catch a wave upon the sand? Put it in a machine. By Kat Kerlin In a wooden building overlooking the Pacific Ocean, 3,800 gallons of seawater are emptied into a long, clear, covered tank — a wave …
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Milk contributes $21 billion to California’s economy

Milk is California’s top agricultural commodity, and California is the biggest dairy state with an astonishing $9.4 billion of milk sold last year, according to a new report from the California Milk Advisory Board. The dairy industry contributed approximately $21 …
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UC Davis plans joint research with Brazil

FAPESP, the São Paulo Research Foundation and UC Davis announced May 12 the launch of a new program to strengthen collaborative research in physical sciences, engineering, biomedical sciences and agriculture within the framework of the cooperation agreement signed by the two …
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UC Davis/Mars Inc. team advances to finals of FDA Food Safety Challenge

A team from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and scientists from Mars, Inc. has been selected as a finalist for the Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Challenge competition. UC Davis and four other finalists will travel to …
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NSF funds NetSage to analyze, improve international data networks

Every day, thousands of researchers rely on robust data networks to share petabytes of data with their colleagues around the world. A new $5 million, five-year National Science Foundation grant, awarded to Indiana University, the University of California, Davis and …
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New study analyzes “thinspiration” images of women on social media sites

By Jeffrey Day Some of the most popular social media sites are filled with images of extremely thin women that might be harmful to those who view them — whether they are seeking them or not, according to research from …
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Cosmic collisions wake up snoozing galaxies

Galaxies are often found grouped into clusters, which contain many ‘red and dead’ members that stopped forming stars in the distant past. Now astronomers have found that when galaxy clusters collide, the resulting shockwave can “wake up” these dormant galaxies …
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First stone laid for Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)

A new map of the heavens took a big step forward last week as scientists and dignitaries, including Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, laid the first stone for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope on the 8900-foot summit of Cerro Pachón in …
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