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Parenting style affects young voles’ brains

“Nature versus Nurture” is an old debate. How much behavior do you inherit from your parents, and how much from the environment where you grow up? A new study from the University of California, Davis shows that the amount of …
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Baboons don’t just follow the leader

By Jeffrey Day Baboons live in a strongly hierarchical society, but the big guys don’t make all the decisions. A new study from the University of California, Davis, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute reveals that animals living in complex, …
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Wild bees pollinate crops, but that’s not why they should be conserved

By Kathy Keatley Garvey Wild bee diversity is declining worldwide at unprecedented rates, and steps must be taken to conserve them — and not just those that are the main pollinators of agricultural crops, declare 58 bee researchers in a …
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Brown pelicans released following Refugio oil spill

By Kat Kerlin Rehabilitated pelicans once covered in oil from last month’s Refugio oil spill in Santa Barbara County were released today (June 12) at Goleta Beach. Video: Rehabilitated pelicans returned into wild (LA Times) Wildlife responders from the UC …
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Spawning success for white abalone

From Kat Kerlin Efforts to bring populations of endangered white abalone back from the brink of extinction through captive breeding appear to be working, according to scientists at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory. In 2012, UC Davis researchers achieved …
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Engineering students host “make-a-thon” for bats

While many Americans were enjoying a holiday weekend, biomedical engineering students at UC Davis worked straight through Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 17-18, to design and prototype a medical device…for bats. The effort was the first “Make-a-thon” organized by the UC …
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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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