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2015 Butterfly hunt is on!

Not the best day for it, but Prof. Art Shapiro is once again launching his “Beer for Butterfly” challenge. Find the first live Cabbage white butterfly in Sacramento, Yolo or Solano County and Shapiro will stand you a pitcher of …
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Stress increases sociality in zebra finches

A new study shows that young birds raised under stressful conditions leave home earlier and develop a wider social network. The paper co-authored by Damien Farine, now a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California, Davis, anthropology department, Neeltje Boogert, …
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Baby desert tortoises get a headstart in the Mojave

A baby desert tortoise lies on its back atop a scale inside a new building at Mojave National Preserve. It wriggles—slowly­—its arms and feet like an infant on a changing table. The site, the Ivanpah Desert Tortoise Research Facility, is …
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African wildlife declines could set off rodent-borne disease

Removing large wildlife from the African savanna sets off a boom in rodents and increases the risk to humans from rodent-borne disease, according to research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The project was lead …
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New anthrax-killing virus from Africa is unusually large

From a zebra carcass on the plains of Namibia in Southern Africa, an international team of researchers has discovered a new, unusually large virus (or bacteriophage) that infects the bacterium that causes anthrax. The novel bacteriophage could eventually open up …
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Tour campus museums on Super Science Saturday, Feb. 2

The day before Super Bowl Sunday, take an afternoon for some super science museums. UC Davis’s second annual Biodiversity Museum Day will take place Saturday, February 2, from 1 to 4 pm.  The event is a special opportunity to go …
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New Frog species found in exotic habitat…New York

It’s not every day that science adds a new vertebrate species, and you might think the likely place to find undiscovered animals would be a remote rainforest or island. But researchers from UC, Rutgers and the University of Alabama have …
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The Pentagon on campus, Gorilla health, fixing California: All in UC Davis Magazine

The Fall issue of UC Davis Magazine is now online with some great feature articles. There’s my story on the role of the Defense Department in funding research on campus — from breast cancer to electrical engineering. Clifton Parker talks …
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The eyes have it: Dinosaurs hunted by night

UC Davis scientists can now determine whether a dinosaur was active by day, by night or around the clock — if they can find a fossil with well-preserved eyebones. The research by geology professor Ryosuke Motani and Lars Schmitz, a …
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Hunting linked to lead in birds

Two new UC Davis studies add scientific evidence that hunters’ lead ammunition often finds its way into carrion-eating birds, such as eagles and turkey vultures.These scavenger species often take advantage of animal remains left behind when a hunter cleans a …
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