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June 26, 2012
Tropical coral reefs live in a close relationship with single-celled algae called dinoflagellates. The algae offer nutrients to the coral as a byproduct of photosynthesis, while the reefs provide the algae with shelter, protection from other sea life seeking to eat them, and a home that is close to...
June 25, 2012
UC Merced Assistant Professor Fred Wolf is trying to better understand the biological basis of alcoholism. To do so, Wolf and his research team are studying fruit fly brains. "Fruit flies have a brain. That's something that many people don't know," he said. "Their...
June 4, 2012
A discovery by a UC Merced biophysicist has moved science a step closer toward fine-tuning cell functions and combating certain diseases. Professor Jing Xu found that a cell's nanomotor can be activated by a cellular cue often lacking in people suffering from neurodegeneration. "What we...
May 15, 2012
Researchers at the University of California, Merced, have discovered a new way in which bone health impacts a person's immune system. The discovery could impact how scientists try to combat bone-related disease, as drugs to improve bone quality could weaken a person's immune system....
May 12, 2012
A joyous throng of 776 degree candidates of the University of California, Merced, today marched through the Beginnings Sculpture and onto the campus' South Bowl to receive their prized degrees, marking the culmination of the newest UC’s seventh academic year. UC Merced celebrated its...
May 2, 2012
UC Merced senior Jesse Anaya answered his phone one day to hear an unfamiliar voice ask, “Are you ready to change the world?” “Yes,” he replied. “Now, who is this?” A representative from the Harvard Latino Leadership Program told the Modesto native that he...
April 18, 2012
UC Merced's Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) team built its first racecar and exhibited it at a national competition last June. The student club has crafted a more advanced machine this year. The car launches from zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds — as fast as a top-of-the-line...
April 6, 2012
When Andrea Rodarte began studying physics, she first wanted to look to the stars for answers. Instead, she's finding them in nanoparticles. "The people I know who went into astrophysics only get to do an experiment once or twice a year," Rodarte said. "I can come to the lab and...

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