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Memorial Day special: Let There Be Light

In 1945, legendary director John Huston was assigned by the US Army to make a documentary about men returning from war with “shell shock” or “psychoneurosis” — what we would now call post-traumatic stress disorder. But after the documentary, “Let …
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Dogs are from China, Cats are from Iraq

A new genetic study from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine shows that Western dog breeds are descended from animals that originated in Southeast Asia, rather than in the Middle East or Europe as previously thought. An earlier study …
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On TV: Memories of the Manhattan Project

Watch John Jungerman, professor emeritus of physics, recalling the effort to build the first atomic bomb July 8 and 9 on Davis Community Television (Channel 15 on local cable). Jungerman’s talk, which was given at UC Extension’s Osher Lifetime Learning …
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400-year old oyster shells and the history of Jamestown

The English colony at Jamestown, Va. was nearly wiped out in its early years by a severe drought. Now UC Davis geologists are helping archaeologists understand the history of the settlement by studying layers of oyster shells dumped in a …
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“Henrietta Lacks” author Rebecca Skloot to speak on campus

Rebecca Skloot, author of the new bestseller “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” will be giving a talk on campus April 23, 4-6 pm in the ARC Ballroom. Her visit to campus is being sponsored by the UC Davis Genome …
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Duelling voices: Obama vs Osama

Religious studies professor Flagg Miller was extensively quoted in this article from the New York Times Week in Review section on reaction to President Obama’s Cairo speech — especially the apparent attempt to upstage it with a new audio tape …
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Video: Rauchway on the New Deal

UC Davis historian Eric Rauchway talks with C-SPAN about the Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal. He also took phone-in questions and the whole item lasts about an hour. Before it starts, there are some short excerpts from FDR’s “fireside …
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Academic economists get a shock

At the Atlantic, UC Davis economist Greg Clark writes with some humor of the shock that academic economists have received in the past few months — going from pampered superstars no university could be without, to bemused bystanders in a …
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Letters to Darwin mark bicentenary

To mark the bicentenary of Charles Darwin’s birth, we asked some UC Davis scientists who study evolution what they would say if they had the opportunity to write a letter to the naturalist. The results are featured on the campus …
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Darwin’s World

Science News has a special web section on the Darwin bicentenary, including this essay from editor-in-chief Tom Siegfried. I think his opening is particularly interesting — setting out the state of science, circa 1809. Dalton had just recently articulated the …
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