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Diamonds and other treasures found in Sutter’s Mill meteorite

By Kat Kerlin Researchers digging deeper into the origins of the Sutter’s Mill meteorite, which exploded over California’s Gold Country in 2012, have found diamonds and other “treasures” that provide important new insight into the early days of our solar …
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Making oxygen before life

About one-fifth of the Earth’s atmosphere is oxygen, pumped out by green plants as a result of photosynthesis and used by most living things on the planet to keep our metabolisms running. But before the first photosynthesizing organisms appeared about …
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Reproducing deep-Earth chemistry

A new pressure cell invented by UC Davis researchers makes it possible to simulate chemical reactions deep in the Earth’s crust. The cell allows researchers to perform nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements on as little as 10 microliters of liquid …
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Chemistry Nobel for molecular dynamics

Completing this year’s science Nobels, the prize for chemistry goes to Martin Karplus, University of Strasbourg and Harvard University; Michael Levitt, Stanford University; and Arieh Warshel, University of Southern California, “for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems.” …
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Humboldt Award for work on past and future climate change

Professor Howard Spero, chair of the Department of Geology, has received a Humboldt research award from the German government. Spero will use the award of 60,000 Euros (about $78,000) towards a sabbatical in Germany next academic year. Spero studies changes …
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Tour campus museums on Super Science Saturday, Feb. 2

The day before Super Bowl Sunday, take an afternoon for some super science museums. UC Davis’s second annual Biodiversity Museum Day will take place Saturday, February 2, from 1 to 4 pm.  The event is a special opportunity to go …
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The natural beauty of Mars

The Mars Curiosity rover took this photo of Mt. Sharp, Mars on Aug. 27. It’s the cover art for the journal Astrobiology, with a note by UC Davis geologist Dawn Sumner, who is working with the Curiosity science team. You …
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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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Verosub teaches emergency response in Italy

Ken Verosub, Distinguished Professor in the geology department, spent two weeks in September in Pavia, Italy, teaching a short course on Earth Sciences and Natural Disasters in a masters program on risk and emergency management. (Photo: Verosub, center leads the …
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Nat Geo special features UC Davis Keck CAVES

A National Geographic Channel special feature, ‘X-Ray Earth,’ will air Tuesday, May 24 at 1 PM featuring work by UC Davis geophysicist Magali Billen and the Keck Center for Active Visualization in Earth Sciences. Billen and the Keck CAVES are …
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