Chemical widely used in antibacterial hand soaps may impair muscle function

An antibacterial chemical in hand soap and other common hygiene products seems to weaken skeletal muscles in both humans and animals, according to a UC Davis study.

Global health fellows announced

The UC Global Health Institute announced new fellowship recipients from four UC campuses. Funded by the Fogarty International Center at the NIH, fellows will conduct research in various parts of the world.

Helping plants fight back

To protect crops from destruction researchers at UC Davis are developing a technique to exploit parasitic vines that suck water, nutrients and information from plants.

FDA aims to track food-borne bacteria's genetic codes

The FDA is teaming up with UC Davis scientists to pinpoint the genetic codes of 100,000 types of lethal food-borne bacteria so the agency can more quickly stop deadly contamination outbreaks.

Humans may be forcing an irreversible tipping point for Earth

The study by an international team of scientists, including two from UC Davis, finds severe impact on fisheries, agriculture, clean water and much of what Earth needs to sustain its inhabitants.

Most job injury costs not paid by workers' comp

Workers' compensation insurance is not used nearly as much as it should be to cover the multi-billion-dollar price tag for workplace illnesses and injuries in the U.S., finds a UC Davis study.

Study: Prepare grad students for work beyond academia

Universities need to work more closely with business, nonprofit and government sectors to better prepare graduate students for careers beyond academia, according to a report for a national project that a UC Davis dean helped guide.

Entomologist gains notice with online answer to question bugging humans

'Should I kill it and put it out of its misery?' This question about insects garnered a burst of celebrity for a UC Davis graduate student.

Learning algebra too early may harm some students, study says

Learning about all those x's, y's and quadratic equations too early in life may do more harm than good for some students, finds a UC Davis study.

'Robosquirrel' deployed to research relationship with rattlesnakes

A lifelike robot, built by a team from UC Davis, can replicate two behaviors squirrels display when confronted by a rattlesnake. It joins a growing list of robot creatures created by the campus.

A new species in New York was croaking in plain sight

Genetic analysis to identify a new species of leopard frog was conducted in the UC Davis lab of H. Bradley Shaffer, who is now at UCLA.

A bold plan to reshape the Central Valley flood plain

A UC Davis graduate student leads an experiment that conservationists and government officials hope will provide scientific data to help guide a sweeping transformation of riverfront lands throughout the Central Valley.

Couples in the same place emotionally stay together, study says

Despite life's ups and downs, couples whose feelings are in sync consistently over time are more likely to stay together, finds a UC Davis study.

Scientists sound alarm for state research funding

UC's 10 campuses were included in a new study from the National Science Board revealing that spending on the nation's top 101 public research institutions plunged an average of 20 percent between 2002 and 2010.

How the brain routes traffic for maximum alertness

A new UC Davis study shows how the brain reconfigures its connections to minimize distractions and take best advantage of our knowledge of situations.

UC Davis to start up entrepreneur institute

The campus announced that it is launching a new institute devoted to education, research and outreach in innovation and entrepreneurship.

People eat more fast food as income rises

Consumption of fast food becomes more common as earnings increase from low to middle incomes, suggests a UC Davis study.

Student has no trouble visualizing a doctorate in chemistry

UC Davis graduate student Henry Wedler, blind from birth, sees complex chemical structures in his mind and occasionally with his hands.

Agilent joins UC Davis in center to research millimeter waves

A technology company and UC Davis will study high-frequency waves, which are used for whole-body security scanning devices at airports, medical imaging and defense applications.

SynapSense raises $16M for data center energy monitoring

A startup, cofounded by a UC Davis researcher, develops sensors that help data centers monitor and cut down energy usage. It raised another round of funds from VCs to expand

Anti-aging cosmetics give skin 'ion overload'

Scientists, including from UC Davis, discovered a mechanism that plays a role in skin physiology and temperature sensitivity. It could lead to better anti-aging cosmetics.

UC research drives climate change report

A state report on climate change and California's landscape features research from seven UC campuses and laboratories.

Transportation energy challenge solved?

UC Davis joined five other research institutions in releasing a national standard for low carbon fuel. There are high hopes that this standard will ensure fuels in the future are cleaner and cheaper and 'made in America.'

Astronaut to lead new research center at UC Davis

After retiring from NASA last month, Stephen Robinson will head a new center for research on human-vehicle interaction at UC Davis.

Fever in pregnancy ups risk of developmental delay, autism

A provocative new UC Davis study suggests untreated maternal fever during pregnancy increases the chance that the child will be developmentally delayed or autistic.

UC receives $36 million in stem cell grants

Twelve UC scientists received $36.7 million in grants from the state's stem cell agency to support projects that are in the initial stages of identifying drugs or cell types that could become disease therapies.

Faculty elected to National Academy of Sciences

Thirteen UC faculty members have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Election to the academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded to a U.S. scientist.

Soft drinks: public enemy No 1. in obesity fight?

A UC Davis nutritional biologist found that blood chemistry was out of whack in volunteers who drank a concoction with 500 calories of added sugar.

Tobacco plants turn into living vaccine factories

A UC Davis graduate student has formed a startup to turn tobacco plants into cheap biological factories for churning out bioengineered proteins for human or animal vaccines.

Report: nitrate contamination spreading

Nitrate contamination of drinking water is a pervasive problem in California's agricultural heartland and is bound to intensify in the coming years, according to a UC Davis study.

New nanoglue is thin and supersticky

Engineers at UC Davis have invented a superthin 'nanoglue' that could be used in new generation microchip fabrication.

Center pinpoints cancer therapies

The UC Davis Cancer Center has a pioneering program that works with genetically designed mice to test drugs individually for each patient.

Stock values rise when companies disclose 'green' information, study finds

It pays to be green, as companies that are open about their greenhouse gas emissions and carbon reduction strategies see stock values rise, according to a UC Davis study.

Study: High-skilled immigrants decrease poverty

A UC Davis economist has found that an influx of immigrants doesn't increase the poverty rate by depressing the wages of low-income, native-born Americans and can actually decrease poverty when higher-skilled immigrants enter the workforce.

Mulling the second life of an E.V. battery

Researchers at UC San Diego, Davis and Berkeley are partners in an experiment to get the most out of electric vehicle batteries.

Climate change could mean cloudy future for Lake Tahoe

UC Davis researchers are hot on the trail of an invasive species that may be threatening the lake.

Early tsunami warning system could be possible

A high-frequency radar system was able to identify the devastating March 11 tsunami in Japan. It raises high hopes of developing an early warning system, said a UC Davis oceanographer.

Scientists still puzzled by honeybee decline

UC Davis scientists have begun searching for ways to improve the health of honey bees, with the hope that they will solve the ongoing mystery of the drastic decline of the bee population.

Lab tests safety, potency of medical marijuana

Two UC Davis researchers, who believe in the therapeutic effects of cannabis, are on a mission to make sure pot is pure.

Too much fructose sets up metabolic trouble

A UC Davis study explains how fructose is a major factor in metabolic syndrome, which can increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

UC shares $93 million in stem cell grants

UC Davis, UC Irvine and UCLA received or shared new grants from the state's stem cell agency. This money will help speed up therapies for patients suffering from diseases, including Huntington's, osteoporosis, melanoma and spinal cord injury.

Patients trust doctors but consult the Internet

Patients look up their illnesses online to become better informed and prepared to play an active role in their care, not because they mistrust their doctors, a UC Davis study suggests.

Why your tomato has no flavor

UC Davis researchers have found that the genetic trait breeders prize for making tomatoes also contribute to making them less sweet.

New TB test promises to be cheap and fast

Biomedical engineers at UC Davis have developed a microfluidic chip to test for latent tuberculosis.

California considers DNA privacy law

UC scientists are voicing concerns about a bill, dubbed the Genetic Information Privacy Act, which if passed, could have a costly and damaging effect on research.

Researcher's waste-to-energy technology moves from the lab to the marketplace

Technology invented by a UC Davis researcher that converts solid waste into renewable energy debuted as the first commercially available, high-solid anaerobic digestion system in the U.S.

Mom's pregnancy weight may increase risk of autism, developmental disorders

A mother's weight and metabolic conditions during pregnancy are not just potentially harmful to herself. New UC Davis research suggests these factors can play a key role in her child's development as well.

Rise in childhood obesity rates in California is slowing, study finds

A UC Davis study has found that the rise in childhood obesity rates in California is slowing, which researchers think may be the outcome of improved nutrition and physical fitness programs in the state's public schools.

Study endorses maximum-security inmates in lower-level California prisons

An 18 month study by researchers at UC Berkeley, Davis and Irvine comes as a new state law sends thousands of lower-level offenders to local jails instead of state prisons.

Fused genes tackle deadly disease in grapevines

A gene fusion research project led by a UC Davis plant scientist targets Pierce's disease, a deadly threat to California's wine industry.

Pounding pavement in search of a smoother drive

The UC Pavement Research Center in Davis works on creating longer lasting, quieter and more fuel efficient pavement.

Faint 'satellite galaxy' discovered

A satellite galaxy 10 billion light years from Earth is the lowest mass object ever detected at such a distance, say a UC Davis scientist, who aided in the satellite's discovery.

UC Davis Olive Center is a research leader

The center opened in 2008 to "do for olives and olive oil what UC Davis did for wine."

Climate change has vintners rethinking grapes

A UC Davis grape breeder says some grapes would do better in warmer temperatures, but growing and marketing new varieties is a big investment.

Cellphone becomes medical image device

UC Davis researchers have turned an iPhone into a high-quality medical imaging device that could transform medicine in developing countries.

UC Davis entomologist discovers predator wasp

On a recent expedition to a remote Indonesian island, a black, insect-eating wasp as long as a pinky finger was discovered.

Study links male infertility to a missing protein

UC Davis scientists have found a potential cause for a number of otherwise unexplained cases of male infertility: the absence of a protein that coats sperm and allows them to reach an egg more easily.

California next nightmare

UC researchers predict that there is a 64 percent chance of a catastrophic levee failure in the delta in the next 50 years.