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Rover’s first sample of Martian soil comes up wet

Contributed by Kat Kerlin The Mars Rover Curiosity is all grown up and eating solids. The first solid sample ingested and analyzed by the rover revealed a high percentage of water in the soil. Water molecules bound to fine-grained soil …
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“Transformational” energy grant at UC Davis Chemistry

Engineering E. coli bacteria to turn ethylene into liquid fuel is the aim of a UC Davis project just funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), part of the U.S. Department of Energy. The project is led by Shota …
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Obituary: William J. (Bill) Knox, physicist who worked on the A-bomb

We’d like to note the passing of William Jordan Knox, professor of physics, who died in July at the age of 92. A full obituary was published in the Davis Enterprise. Born in 1921, Knox studied at UC Berkeley from …
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Taking the temperature of the universe — from the South Pole

Astronomers are getting a better grasp on the structure of the universe, the nature of neutrinos and possibly a way to see gravity waves from the Big Bang, thanks to observations from the South Pole Telescope and the Herschel Space …
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Physics gets ready for its next big machine

While there’s lots more work to be done at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Switzerland, particle physicists are already preparing for the next big particle-smashing machine. The International Linear Collider took a step forward today with the publication of …
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UC Davis to offer summer internships in physics, math to students from Mexico

Undergraduate math and physics students from Mexico will be able to take up research internships at UC Davis this summer under a new program supported by the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento. The program will add an additional place …
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Iron-platinum alloys could be new generation hard drives

Meeting the demand for more data storage in smaller volumes means using materials made up of ever-smaller magnets, or nanomagnets. One promising material for a potential new generation of recording media is an alloy of iron and platinum with an …
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Alumn judges the Big Brains on TV

UC Davis multi-alumna Christine Gulbranson is bringing her talents to a new challenge starting today, May 1: She is one of two regular judges on a new reality TV show, “Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius” which begins an eight-week run …
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Curious about the Higgs boson, dark energy, black holes? Hear from the experts

If this week’s news about the Higgs boson got your interest, don’t miss a day of public lectures set for Saturday, April 6. Four leading physicists — Nobel prizewinner Frank Wilczek (MIT), Maxwell Chertok (UC Davis), Michael S. Turner (University …
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Physicists confirm Higgs discovery

Physicists at working at CERN today announced that they the particle announced on July 4 last year is the long-sought Higgs Boson. Since the July 4 announcement, scientists at the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) and ATLAS experiments at CERN’s Large …
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