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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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UC Davis biosci major wins Hughes fellowship for grad school

Congratulations to Brenda Marin-Rodriguez, an undergraduate student in the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences, who has been awarded one of nine Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The fellowships provide $46,500 per year for …
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UC Davis Physics, Milton Gardner and the President of China

Wednesday afternoon I joined a delegation of Chinese journalists, including the China News Service and People’s Daily, visiting UC Davis as they met with faculty and students of the Physics Department. Earlier, the group had lunch with Winston Ko, dean …
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Ithaca school robotics team builds augmented reality sandbox on UC Davis design

A high school robotics team in Ithaca, New York has built their own augmented reality sandbox, based on the model built by Oliver Kreylos and colleagues at UC Davis’s Keck Center for Active Visualization in Earth Sciences (KeckCAVES). A video …
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UC Davis tech incubator admits three new startups

Three new UC Davis startup companies working in clean hydrogen production, chip-scale magnetic sensors and tissue engineering have been admitted to the Engineering Translational Technology Center at the College of Engineering. Woodall Tech, Inc. Founded by Jerry Woodall, a distinguished …
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Triassic “Jaws” found

We’re going to need a bigger boat: palaeontologists including UC Davis postdoc Lars Schmitz have described a 30-foot long ichthyosaur — an air-breathing, dolphin-like marine reptile — with five-inch long razor teeth that was likely the top predator in the …
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His “hoot-dash” brings all the girls to the yard

Anyone who’s spent time near male peacocks knows that they can be noisy birds. At the height of his courtship dance, the male gives a distinct two-part whoop before leaping on the female. “Peacocks have a number of different courtship …
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