Science

Two UC Davis Teams Compete in International Biodesign Challenge

June 15, 2020

Two UC Davis student teams are taking part in the international Biodesign Challenge June 15–19. They are among 45 finalists from 12 countries who will present their projects during the virtual Biodesign Challenge Summit 2020. This is the first year UC Davis has had two teams in the competition. Five of the seven students are in the College of Letters and Science.

New Clues to Deep Earthquake Mystery

May 27, 2020
A new understanding of our planet’s deepest earthquakes could help unravel one of the most mysterious geophysical processes on Earth.

UC Davis Researchers to Track Evolution of Novel Coronavirus

May 14, 2020
To stay a step ahead of the virus, an interdisciplinary team of UC Davis researchers will use mathematics, data science and experimental biology to predict potential mutations of the novel coronavirus. The proposed research was recently funded by a $200,000 RAPID grant from the National Science Foundation.

Earliest Ichthyosaur Munched on Shellfish

May 13, 2020

The ichthyosaurs were sleek, dolphin-like marine reptiles that roamed the oceans while dinosaurs ruled on land. But the earliest known member of the group was a short, seal-like animal that could likely pull itself onto land.

Now, scanning of that animal’s skull shows that it likely fed on hard-shelled animals such as shellfish and crabs. The appearance of similar teeth in other ichthyosaurs gives insight into how these animals were evolving in the wake of the mass extinction at the end of the Permian era, 250 million years ago.

Arizona Meteorite Points to Source of LL Chondrites

April 27, 2020

The 2016 Dishchii’bikoh meteorite fall in the White Mountain Apache reservation in central Arizona has given scientists a big clue to finding out where so-called LL chondrites call home. 

New Leak Detector for Earth’s Core

April 10, 2020
Earth’s molten core may be leaking iron, according to researchers who analyzed how iron behaves inside our planet.