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Humboldt research award for synchrotron expert

Professor Stephen P. Cramer of the UC Davis Department of Chemistry, an expert in synchrotron spectroscopy, has received a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and may now spend up to one year cooperating closely with a …
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A new look at heat transfer: Entransy

Is there a different way to think about heat transfer? For about 150 years, scientists and engineers have used the concept of entropy to understand transfer of heat into mechanical work or between materials systems. Now a UC Davis professor …
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Physics Nobel for Higgs boson: How UC Davis contributed

The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to theorists Peter Higgs of the University of Edinburgh, U.K. and Francois Englert of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium, for developing the theory of what is now known as …
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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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