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The Science of Origami

The Science of Origami

Praying mantises, scorpions, horseflies and long-horned beetles are among the creatures that can be viewed in Robert Lang’s Alamo, California laboratory.  His lab, although based on the foundations of physics and mathematics, is better referred to as an art studio. The specimens are actually origami pieces, each uniquely designed and folded by Lang. Lang, who […]

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Developmental Discoveries

Developmental Discoveries

Can the developing brain of a fetus be adversely affected when its mother is suffering from a virus or infection? The long-held theory believed by developmental neurobiologists and researchers was that the nervous and immune systems are completely separate. The blood vessels and capillaries in the brain are protected by the blood brain barrier, which […]

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Microbial Madness

Microbial Madness

The terrifying lethal strain of E Coli that recently infected over 2300 people in Germany has the entire globe concerned about food safety and microbial hazards. According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, this has been the deadliest E Coli outbreak in modern history. Researchers at UC Davis are conducting studies in order […]

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An Eye-Opening Journey

An Eye-Opening Journey

It is not uncommon for the average American to experience a decline in vision acuity with age. Generally, a quick trip to the ophthalmologist will help to diagnose the problem, provide any necessary surgeries or treatment and rule out serious disorders. Unfortunately, 90% of the people who suffer from blindness live in developing countries, where […]

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Flower Power

Flower Power

As you scan the UC Davis Spring Course Catalogue, you can’t help but be drawn to one particular class name. Nestled right between the harsh-sounding political science classes and the systematic, detail-oriented plant science classes sits PLS 006, also known as Flower Power. Dr. Heiner Lieth gives students the opportunity to explore the application of the […]

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