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Study Casts Doubt on Mammoth-Killing Cosmic Impact

January 06, 2015
Rock soil droplets formed by heating most likely came from Stone Age house fires and not from a disastrous cosmic impact 12,900 years ago, according to new research from the University of California, Davis. The study, of soil from Syria, is the latest to discredit the controversial theory that a cosmic impact triggered the Younger Dryas cold period.

Next Napa Earthquake Could Be Much Bigger

December 18, 2014
The magnitude 6 earthquake that shook the Napa Valley in August was the strongest the region had felt in more than 20 years. But the next earthquake in the area could be much stronger, according to preliminary research from the University of California, Davis, presented at the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco.

Fossil Discovery Fills Evolutionary Gap

November 05, 2014
The first fossil of an amphibious ichthyosaur has been discovered in China by a team led by researchers at the University of California, Davis.

Interdisciplinary Institute for Social Sciences to Tap New Potential of Researchers

October 13, 2014
A new Institute for Social Sciences at UC Davis will promote interdisciplinary research in the social sciences to address challenges within a rapidly changing society. UC Davis announced the appointment of Joe Dumit, a professor of anthropology and science and technology studies at UC Davis, as its inaugural director.

Reproducing Deep-Earth Chemistry

July 11, 2014
A new pressure cell invented by UC Davis researchers makes it possible to simulate chemical reactions deep in the Earth’s crust. The cell allows researchers to perform nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements on as little as 10 microliters of liquid at pressures up to 20 kiloBar.

Sweet Smell of Sustainability: Renewable Sources for Artificial Scents

March 10, 2014
Fresh banana, a waft of flowers, blueberry: the scents in Shota Atsumi's laboratory in the UC Davis Department of Chemistry are a little sweeter than most. That's because Atsumi and his team are engineering bacteria to make esters -- molecules widely used as scents and flavorings, and also as basic feedstock for chemical processes from paints to fuels.

Teaching Prize Winner is a Gardener Who Sows Wisdom in the Classroom

February 24, 2014
Anthropologist Suad Joseph was awarded the 2014 UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement. The $45,000 prize is believed to be the largest of its kind in the country and is funded through philanthropic gifts managed by the UC Davis Foundation.

Sloan Fellowship for Designer Enzymes

February 18, 2014
Justin Siegel, a biochemist who uses computers to develop new "designer enzymes" with properties not found in nature, has been awarded a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship to support his work. 

Mount Hood Study Suggests Volcano Eruptability Is Rare

February 16, 2014
Forecasts of when a volcano is ready to erupt could be a little closer thanks to work by geologists at the University of California, Davis, and Oregon State University published online Feb. 16 in the journal Nature.

New Technique Makes "Biogasoline" from Plant Waste

February 03, 2014
Gasoline-like fuels can be made from cellulosic materials such as farm and forestry waste using a new process invented by chemists at the University of California, Davis. The process could open up new markets for plant-based fuels, beyond existing diesel substitutes.

Probing Hydrogen Catalyst Assembly

January 23, 2014
New work from researchers at UC Davis and Stanford University shows how cyanide and carbon monoxide are safely bound to an iron atom to construct an enzyme that can generate hydrogen gas.