Science

Dating the Dinosaur Pompeii

April 16, 2021

Northeastern China is home to one of the world’s most remarkable collections of dinosaur fossils. The Jehol biota contains fossils of dinosaurs, plants, insects and fish, many of them preserved in unusual detail with traces of skin and feathers, dating back to the Early Cretaceous period 101 to 143 million years ago.

Chemistry and Physics Professors Receive NSF CAREER Awards

April 09, 2021
Two rising stars in the sciences have received prestigious CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program recognizes junior faculty who conduct outstanding research, are excellent educators and include education or community outreach in their work.

A New Natural Blue for Food Coloring

April 07, 2021
A natural brilliant blue coloring has been discovered by an international team of researchers including chemists at the University of California, Davis.

Seagrasses Turn Back the Clock on Ocean Acidification

March 31, 2021
Spanning six years and seven seagrass meadows along the California coast, a paper from the University of California, Davis, is the most extensive study yet of how seagrasses can buffer ocean acidification.

Data Science Major Coming in Fall ’22

March 23, 2021
UC Davis will debut its new interdisciplinary data science major in fall 2022, providing a career pathway for undergraduates who plan to become leaders in this cutting-edge field.

Army Awards $1.5M to Study Emergent Computation

March 19, 2021
The U.S. Department of Defense's Army Research Office has awarded $1.5 million to James Crutchfield, professor of physics in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science, and his colleagues to advance our understanding of how to predict and program emergent behavior.

Making Decisions Based on How We Feel About Memories, Not Accuracy

March 10, 2021

When we recall a memory, we retrieve specific details about it: where, when, with whom. But we often also experience a vivid feeling of remembering the event, sometimes almost reliving it. Memory researchers call these processes objective and subjective memory, respectively. A new study from the Center for Mind and Brain at UC Davis shows that objective and subjective memory can function independently, involve different parts of the brain, and that people base their decisions on subjective memory — how they feel about a memory — more than on its accuracy.

Simulations Reveal Signs of Galaxy Mergers in Milky Way Disk

March 09, 2021
Some of the Milky Way’s oldest stars have been spotted in a surprising place — the disk that is our galaxy’s youngest region. Supercomputer simulations of their orbits suggest these metal-poor stars came from a smaller galaxy that slammed into the Milky Way more than 7 billion years ago.

Grant Awarded for Training the Next Generation of Nuclear Scientists

February 18, 2021
Students from around the United States will receive education and training in nuclear science at UC Davis thanks to a $25 million grant to the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium (NSSC). UC Davis is one of 11 universities in the consortium, which is led by UC Berkeley.