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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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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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Math links ecological flash mobs and magnet physics

By Kat Kerlin How does an acorn know to fall when the other acorns do? What triggers insects, or disease, to suddenly break out over large areas? Why do fruit trees have boom and bust years? The question of what …
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Rice can “borrow” stronger immunity from other plant species, study shows

Like most other plants, rice is well equipped with an effective immune system that enables it to detect and fend off disease-causing microbes. But that built-in immunity can be further boosted when the rice plant receives a receptor protein from …
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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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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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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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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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