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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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Recent listening: Megafish and Jellyfish

Two fishy items on KXJZ-FM’s Insight recently: UC Davis graduate Zeb Hogan, now a research professor at the University of Nevada at Reno, talked about some very big fish that live in freshwater on today’s show. As a graduate student …
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Does evolution drive ecology? And a Science twofer

It’s widely accepted that ecology drives the evolution of new traits, but is the reverse also true? In the Jan. 28 issue of the journal Science, UC Davis expert Thomas Schoener describes growing evidence that it does, and explores what …
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The Department of Flattened Wildlife

UC Davis researchers have just completed the first year of a comprehensive survey of animals killed by traffic on California’s roads. Fraser Shilling, co-director of the UC Davis Road Ecology Center, has released the first year of data for the …
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