UC Davis Driven by Curiosity News https://www.ucdavis.edu/ UC Davis Driven by Curiosity News for UC Davis en Global Food Supply-Chain Issues Call for Solutions https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/global-food-supply-chain-issues-call-solutions <p>Global supply issues related to the pandemic and war in Ukraine have highlighted yet another global vulnerability — food availability. </p> <p>While international trade allows countries to buffer against domestic food shortfalls and gain access to larger markets, what happens when supplies run short, or the global supply chain slows or even breaks down like it did during the pandemic?</p> June 27, 2022 Karen Michele Nikos-Rose https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/global-food-supply-chain-issues-call-solutions Martian Meteorite Upsets Planet Formation Theory https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/martian-meteorite-upsets-planet-formation-theory <p>A new study of an old meteorite contradicts current thinking about how rocky planets like the Earth and Mars acquire volatile elements such as hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, nitrogen and noble gases as they form. The work is published June 16 in Science. </p> June 16, 2022 Andy Fell https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/martian-meteorite-upsets-planet-formation-theory Understanding Learning by Inference https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/understanding-learning-inference <p>Both humans and other animals are good at learning by inference, using information we do have to figure out things we cannot observe directly. New research from the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis, shows how our brains achieve this by constructing cognitive maps. </p> June 16, 2022 Andy Fell https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/understanding-learning-inference Underachievers No More https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/underachievers-no-more <p>One in five students in the United States will not earn a high school diploma — and young adolescents who fall behind in school risk never catching up, leading to unemployment, poor health and poverty, research has shown.</p> June 15, 2022 Karen Michele Nikos-Rose https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/underachievers-no-more Young Adults Turn Crushes Into Love, UC Davis Study Suggests https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/young-adults-turn-crushes-love-uc-davis-study-suggests <p>The image of young adults living in a hookup culture with emotionally meaningless relationships might be a common theme in movies and daytime talk shows. But it does not seem to be the norm in real college life, suggests a new study from University of California, Davis, researchers.</p> June 01, 2022 Karen Michele Nikos-Rose https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/young-adults-turn-crushes-love-uc-davis-study-suggests Bat Brains Organized for Echolocation and Flight https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/bat-brains-organized-echolocation-and-flight <p>A new study shows how the brains of Egyptian fruit bats are highly specialized for echolocation and flight, with motor areas of the cerebral cortex that are dedicated to sonar production and wing control. The work by researchers at the University of California, Davis, and UC Berkeley was published May 25 in <a href="https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2022.04.094">Current Biology</a>.</p> May 25, 2022 Andy Fell https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/bat-brains-organized-echolocation-and-flight Industry Lobbying on WHO Overshadowing Public Health Policy, Researchers Suggest https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/industry-lobbying-who-overshadowing-public-health-policy-researchers-suggest <p>Has the World Health Organization become collateral damage in the wars over global commerce? Producers of such products as commercial milk formulas, processed foods, alcoholic beverages, pharmaceuticals and electronic gaming software have been ramping up efforts to influence United States policy toward the WHO. This, University of California, Davis, researchers suggest in a new paper, compromises a global health governance system that should be free of commercial influence.</p> May 18, 2022 Karen Michele Nikos-Rose https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/industry-lobbying-who-overshadowing-public-health-policy-researchers-suggest UC Davis Sociologist Co-Leads $2.2M Racism Study https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/uc-davis-sociologist-co-leads-22m-racism-study A National Institutes of Health-funded study that revealed new insights into teen bullying, dating violence and substance use is getting a sequel — this time looking at long-term impacts of racism. May 12, 2022 Karen Michele Nikos-Rose https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/uc-davis-sociologist-co-leads-22m-racism-study Three Elected to National Academy of Sciences https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/three-elected-national-academy-sciences <p>Three faculty members from the University of California, Davis, have been elected as members of the National Academy of Sciences. They are among <a href="http://www.nasonline.org/news-and-multimedia/news/2022-nas-election.html">120 new members</a> and 30 international members announced by the academy May 3. </p> May 04, 2022 Andy Fell https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/three-elected-national-academy-sciences Research Review Shows Self-Esteem Has Long-Term Benefits https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/research-review-shows-self-esteem-has-long-term-benefits <p>In recent years, self-esteem has fallen out of favor in the scientific literature and in the popular media as an important factor for life outcomes. But a new large research review conducted by psychologists at the University of California, Davis, and the University of Bern suggests that high self-esteem can have a positive influence in many areas of people’s lives. </p> April 15, 2022 Andy Fell https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/research-review-shows-self-esteem-has-long-term-benefits A Growing Political Influence: Puerto Ricans in Florida Supportive of Immigration, UC Davis Research Suggests https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/growing-political-influence-puerto-ricans-florida-supportive-immigration-uc-davis-research Puerto Ricans living in Florida, the largest swing state in the country, are mostly supportive of undocumented immigrants April 07, 2022 Karen Michele Nikos-Rose https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/growing-political-influence-puerto-ricans-florida-supportive-immigration-uc-davis-research VIDEO ADDED: ‘UC Davis LIVE’ on the Importance of Biodiversity Museums https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/media-advisory-uc-davis-live-importance-biodiversity-museums <p> </p> March 31, 2022 Andy Fell https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/media-advisory-uc-davis-live-importance-biodiversity-museums Study Shows Gaps in How STEM Organizations Collect Demographic Information https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/STEM-organizations-demographic-information <p>Professional organizations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields could more effectively collect data on underrepresented groups in their fields, according to a new survey published March 31 in Science. With more robust information, STEM organizations could better target efforts to recruit and retain a more diverse membership. </p> March 31, 2022 Andy Fell https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/STEM-organizations-demographic-information UC Davis Historians Bring Women’s Stories to National Parks of the Pacific, West https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/uc-davis-historians-bring-womens-stories-national-parks-pacific-west <p>Visit most national parks, and you’ll see, read or hear about explorers, labor leaders or even some of the Native people whose homelands are part of park regions. But few of these stories, monuments or even trail signs feature women, especially Native women or other women of color, despite the roles women played in shaping the landscape and its uses. </p> March 28, 2022 Karen Michele Nikos-Rose https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/uc-davis-historians-bring-womens-stories-national-parks-pacific-west On Icy Enceladus, Expansion Cracks Let Inner Ocean Boil Out https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/icy-enceladus-expansion-cracks-let-inner-ocean-boil-out <p>In 2006, the Cassini spacecraft recorded geyser curtains shooting forth from “<a href="https://news.agu.org/press-release/icequakes-likely-rumble-along-geyser-spitting-fractures-in-saturns-icy-moon-enceladus/">tiger stripe</a>” fissures near the south pole of Saturn’s moon Enceladus — sometimes as much as 200 kilograms of water per second. March 23, 2022 Andy Fell https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/icy-enceladus-expansion-cracks-let-inner-ocean-boil-out Lettuce Could Protect Astronauts’ Bones on Mars Trip https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/lettuce-could-protect-astronauts-bones-mars-trip <p>Astronauts might one day grow and eat genetically modified plants to ward off disease associated with long spaceflights. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, College of Engineering have developed a transgenic, or genetically modified, lettuce producing a drug to protect against bone density loss in microgravity. The work will be presented March 22 at the spring meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego. </p> March 22, 2022 Andy Fell https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/lettuce-could-protect-astronauts-bones-mars-trip How the Transition to Agriculture Affects Populations in the Present Day https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/how-transition-agriculture-affects-populations-present-day <p>The transition of human societies from hunter-gatherers to farmers and pastoralists is a more nuanced process than generally thought, according to a new study of peoples living in the highlands of southwest Ethiopia. The work was published March 9 in <a href="https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2022.02.050">Current Biology</a>. </p> March 09, 2022 Andy Fell https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/how-transition-agriculture-affects-populations-present-day No Time to Nap in Nature https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/no-time-nap-nature <p>The first study ever to examine sleeping behavior in a wild group of primates has challenged a central tenet of sleep science: that we must make up for lost sleep. Even after sleeping poorly, wild baboons still spent time on other priorities, such as socializing with group-mates or looking out for predators, rather than catching up on lost sleep. March 02, 2022 Andy Fell https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/no-time-nap-nature Did a Tough Environment Shape the Evolution of Human Creativity? https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/did-tough-environment-shape-evolution-human-creativity <p>Between the time when early modern humans emerged in Africa and when they spread around the globe, they developed complex behaviors that enabled them — and us — to adapt and thrive in new environments. </p> February 28, 2022 Andy Fell https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/did-tough-environment-shape-evolution-human-creativity VIDEO ADDED: ‘UC Davis LIVE’ on the Science of Romance and Relationships https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/media-advisory-uc-davis-live-science-romance-and-relationships <p> </p> February 10, 2022 Andy Fell https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/media-advisory-uc-davis-live-science-romance-and-relationships