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Study finds that some animals feel regret

Animals have feelings too - or so a recent study at Duke University says.

The first study tested both chimpanzees and monkeys who traded tokens for cucumbers. The primates that noticed one of their peers was receiving a tastier treat in exchange for his tokens and reacted negatively.

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UC Davis awarded $2 million to build prototype live imaging microscope

UC Davis researchers have received a two year $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to pioneer the world's first electron microscope capable of recording biological processes in real time.

The revolutionary technology will allow scientists to image living specimens at greater resolutions that could reveal nano-scale details underlying many cellular mechanisms.

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A healthy twist on a classic summertime meal

Summertime means barbeques with the gang, picnics at the park and day parties by the pool. But don't let the weekend meal sabotage your favorite swimsuit. With all the taste, but none of the guilt, here is a healthy twist on a traditional summertime meal as prescribed by Professor Francene M. Steinberg, Dr. Emily Cena and Dr. Liz Applegate of the UC Davis department of nutrition.

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UC Davis scientist receives grant for skull fusion research

One in every 2,000 infants is born with skull abnormalities that can lead to sutures in their skulls fusing together prematurely. UC Davis researcher Kent Leach received a $300,000 grant from the Hartwell Foundation to work on creating a synthetic bone matrix that could facilitate corrective surgery.

The occurrence of skull fusion could mean an abnormally shaped head or brain damage.

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Researchers discover 47-million-year-old fossil

A remarkably complete 47-million-year-old skeleton of a creature the size of a small cat found in Germany was unveiled yesterday at New York's Museum of Natural History.

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DNA of UCD: Koen Van Rompay

When Dr. Koen Van Rompay is not researching drugs for HIV and AIDS, he is actively participating in educating people in developing countries on HIV preventative measures.

 

What is your occupation?

I'm basically a scientist. My official title is associate researcher, but I'm being promoted to full-researcher in July.

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UC Davis participates in “green” competition

Students might have more of an incentive to lower their carbon footprint if they were given cash prizes of $10,000. America's Greenest Campus competition is doing just that.

America's Greenest Campus is a nationwide competition sponsored by the organization Climate Change to get students, faculty and staff from universities across the U.S. to become more aware of their impact on the environment.

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UC Davis physicists find novel electron behavior in nanomaterial

UC Davis researchers made a surprising discovery while exploring the unusual electronic properties of a multi-layered nanoscopic structure. Depending on which way its electrons move, the material either behaves like a typical semiconductor or exhibits peculiar features unique to a single-layer carbon material that is now touted for its promising potential in electronic applications.

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New research may lead to advancements in nutrition and milk production

You know the slogan "milk does a body good." But amid new research, scientists might soon be able to tell you how and why - then produce better milk.

Researchers at UC Davis, among others around the country, published a study on Apr. 24 that marks the end of an initial 18-month scientific effort, but the beginning of what some believe might lead to healthier, cheaper and more ecologically friendly milk.

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DNA of UCD

Popular nutrition professor Liz Applegate hasn't left UC Davis since she came here as a student in the 1970s.

Born in a nunnery in South Africa, Applegate's family of nine children moved around a lot for her father's chemistry research before finally settling in the Bay Area. She attended UC Davis for both undergraduate and graduate school, received her Ph.D. in nutrition science in 1983 and started teaching right after.

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Reminders of old age may negatively impact memory

When combating memory loss, the key may be to think young.

A new study indicates that older people who believe that old age and memory loss go together may be undermining their own performance.

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UC Davis experts weigh in on swine flu H1N1 virus threat

As researchers scramble to make sense of the new H1N1 influenza virus that is spreading across the globe, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported encouraging signs last Sunday on the outbreak's severity, but kept a wary stance on how the virus will behave in the future.

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DNA of UCD: Peter Richerson

Peter Richerson has traveled the world learning about ecology and biology. Since his time as a UC Davis undergraduate and graduate student in the 1960s, he has written two books and has helped pioneer the field of cultural ecology. After returning to UC Davis as a faculty member in 1971 he has done research on topics ranging from plankton populations in Lake Tahoe to the role of culture in human evolution.

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