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Baby desert tortoises get a headstart in the Mojave

A baby desert tortoise lies on its back atop a scale inside a new building at Mojave National Preserve. It wriggles—slowly­—its arms and feet like an infant on a changing table. The site, the Ivanpah Desert Tortoise Research Facility, is …
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Climate-smart agriculture requires three-pronged global research agenda

Faced with climate change and diminishing opportunities to expand productive agricultural acreage, the world needs to invest in a global research agenda addressing farm and food systems, landscape and regional issues and institutional and policy matters if it is to …
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With climate changing, Southern plants do better than Northern locals

Can plants and animals evolve to keep pace with climate change? A study published May 19 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that for at least one widely-studied plant, the European climate is changing fast …
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Rising carbon dioxide, less nutritious food?

This week’s report that the Antarctic ice sheets are in irreversible retreat grabbed headlines, but another report last week warned that rising carbon dioxide levels threaten the quality of the world’s food supply, as well. Increased malnutrition and loss of …
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African wildlife declines could set off rodent-borne disease

Removing large wildlife from the African savanna sets off a boom in rodents and increases the risk to humans from rodent-borne disease, according to research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The project was lead …
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UC Davis student team selected for national solar competition

A team of students from UC Davis has been selected to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015. As competitions go, it’s a marathon, not a sprint: the  teams will have until Fall, 2015 to design, build …
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Policy makers, scientists agree: Water to dominate natural resource issues

A survey of scientists and policy makers identifies water supply as the most pressing environmental issue facing the U.S.. The results, published Feb. 5 in the journal BioScience, come as California suffers its worst drought in nearly half a century. …
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Probing hydrogen catalyst assembly, part II

Biochemical reactions sometimes have to handle dangerous things in a safe way. New work from researchers at UC Davis and Stanford University shows how cyanide and carbon monoxide are safely bound to an iron atom to construct an enzyme that …
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Review of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard shows shifts in fuel use

The latest progress report on California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) shows a small increase in use of alternative transportation fuels, which include biofuels and electricity. Among alternative fuels, the report finds a decrease in ethanol made from corn and …
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UC Davis work leads to FDA action on antibacterial soaps

On Dec. 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration called on manufacturers of antibacterial soaps to demonstrate that the anti-microbial agents have added benefit over  washing with soap and water, and that these additives do not pose unacceptable risks. This …
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