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Study Shows Invasive Plants More Likely To Be Replaced By Other 'Invasives'
2013-11-20 14:16:55

University of California - Santa Barbara Among the most impressive ecological findings of the past 25 years is the ability of invasive plants to radically change ecosystem function. Yet few if any studies have examined whether ecosystem impacts of invasions persist over time, and what that means for plant communities and ecosystem restoration. UC Santa Barbara's Carla D'Antonio, Schuyler Professor of Environmental Studies, has conducted one of the only long-term studies of plant invader...

Survey Finds Frog Abnormalities Are Rare
2013-11-20 13:45:34

University of California, Davis A 10-year study shows some good news for frogs and toads on national wildlife refuges. The rate of abnormalities such as shortened or missing legs was less than 2 percent overall — indicating that the malformations first reported in the mid-1990s were rarer than feared. But much higher rates were found in local "hotspots," suggesting that where these problems occur they have local causes. The results were published Nov. 18 in the journal PLOS ONE. "We...

Building Smaller, More Powerful And Energy Efficient Batteries
2013-11-19 07:06:09

University of California, Riverside By creating nanoparticles with controlled shape, engineers believe smaller, more powerful and energy efficient batteries can be built Batteries that power electric cars have problems. They take a long time to charge. The charge doesn’t hold long enough to drive long distances. They don’t allow drivers to quickly accelerate. They are big and bulky. Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have...

2013-11-15 23:05:02

William C. Wilson, MD, former vice chairman and chief of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine at University of California, San Diego, has been named Director of Critical Care Services at UC Irvine Health system. Irvine, CA (PRWEB) November 15, 2013 William C. Wilson, MD, former vice chairman and chief of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine at University of California, San Diego, has been named Director of Critical Care Services at UC Irvine Health system. Dr. Wilson oversees the adult...

2013-11-12 23:23:14

Other honorees include SmartestK12 as “Most Promising Startup Company,” Chair Emeritus of the UCLA VC Fund Josh Green, and the inaugural UCLA VC Fund Summer Fellows. Silicon Valley, CA (PRWEB) November 12, 2013 The UCLA Venture Capital Fund announced today that Keith Leonard, president and CEO of KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:KYTH), has been presented with the 2013 UCLA Venture Capital Fund Entrepreneurial Achievement Award for his outstanding success as a UCLA-affiliated...

2013-11-11 11:09:02

A study led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine shines a new light on molecular tools our cells use to govern regulated gene expression. The study was published on line in advance of print November 10 in the journal Nature Structural and Molecular Biology. "We uncovered a novel mechanism that allows proteins that direct pre-mRNA splicing – RNA-binding proteins – to induce a regulatory effect from greater distances than was thought possible,"...

Most Complete Genome Sequences Generated From Single E. coli Cells And Individual Neurons From The Human Brain
2013-11-11 08:40:04

University of California - San Diego Researchers led by bioengineers at the University of California, San Diego have generated the most complete genome sequences from single E. coli cells and individual neurons from the human brain. The breakthrough comes from a new single-cell genome sequencing technique that confines genome amplification to fluid-filled wells with a volume of just 12 nanoliters. The study is published in the journal Nature Biotechnology on November 10, 2013. "Our...


Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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