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California’s wildflowers losing diversity in face of warmer, drier winters

By Kat Kerlin Native wildflowers in California are losing species diversity after multiple years of drier winters, according to a study from the University of California, Davis, which provides the first direct evidence of climate change impacts in the state’s …
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Death in the tide pools: Rapid die-off of urchins and sea stars a grim warning of climate change

By Kat Kerlin In August 2011, scientists at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory walked into their labs to a strange, disturbing sight: Thousands of purple sea urchins and other marine invertebrates were dead in their tanks, which are fed …
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Help fund koala microbiome study

The koala might be the world’s cutest animal. It also has a strange and toxic diet, and koalas are threatened by chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease. How are these things related? Koalas live on eucalyptus leaves, which are so full …
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UC Davis reactor gets a role in Mars mission

By Jocelyn Anderson As NASA prepares for manned missions into deep space, UC Davis’ McClellan Nuclear Research Center is playing an integral role in the groundwork. The center recently helped develop a technique for performing neutron radiography on a breakable …
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Hybrid “super mosquito” resistant to insecticide-treated bed nets

Interbreeding of two malaria mosquito species in the West African country of Mali has resulted in a “super mosquito” hybrid that’s resistant to insecticide-treated bed nets. “It’s ‘super’ with respect to its ability to survive exposure to the insecticides on …
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Three students win EPA fellowships

Three UC Davis graduate students are among 105 to receive Science To Achieve Results (STAR) fellowships from the Environmental Protection Agency. The STAR fellows will receive a maximum funding of $42,000 a year for up to two years for doctoral …
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Honda releases plans for energy-efficient smart home

The Honda Smart Home at UC Davis’ West Village has got lots of attention since it was opened earlier this year. (For the latest, see this photospread in Dwell magazine). Now Honda is making detailed plans and information about fixtures …
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Social or Stinky? New study reveals how animal defenses evolve

When people see a skunk, the reaction usually is “Eww,” but when they see a group of meerkats peering around, they often think “Aww.” Why some animals use noxious scents while others live in social groups to defend themselves against …
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Probing the surface, and just below

Contributed by Lynn Yarris, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab “The interface is the device,” Nobel laureate Herbert Kroemer famously observed, referring to the remarkable properties to be found at the junctures where layers of different materials meet. In today’s burgeoning world …
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Balancing act: How UC Davis contributes to nation’s largest marine protected area network

If one were to set aside an area of the ocean that was off limits for fishing, how would that affect the population of, say, abalone, rockfish or some other fish species? How much catch would be lost or gained …
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