‘Pharmaceutical’ approach boosts oil production from algae

Taking an approach similar to that used for discovering new therapeutic drugs, UC Davis chemists have found several compounds that can boost oil production by green microscopic algae, a potential source of biodiesel and other “green” fuels. Microalgae are single-celled organisms that, like green plants, use photosynthesis to capture carbon dioxide and turn it into […]

April 14, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Two weeks of kids and books

All the Yolo County Library branches will celebrate Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), a nationwide festival of children from April 20 to May 4. Children of all ages are invited to bring their families, where they can enjoy dance performances, stories, songs, crafts, face-painting and other family-friendly activities. “Día de […]

April 12, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Sutter sponsors qigong for arthritis workshop

The Chinese have an old adage: “The hinge that is used never needs oil.” So, too, our joints. Both Western and Eastern medicine agree that if we want comfortable joints as we age we need to move and work them. Western research has confirmed that gentle Chinese exercise like qigong and tai chi can help […]

April 11, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Common Grounds signs lease for new location in Oakshade Town Center

Common Grounds — the popular South Davis coffee shop that closed abruptly on March 31 after losing its lease in the Oakshade Town Center — will be reopening in a few months in a vacant storefront adjacent to its former location. Michelle Kim, co-owner of the coffee shop along with her husband Son Chong, said the […]

April 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Meeting planned to organize magazine

A Girl Scout in Davis is creating a magazine for teenage girls, written by teenagers. The idea is to address issues that teenage girls face today, but also create a fun, local magazine. An informational meeting is planned from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. […]

April 14, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

STEM for Girls Day at UC Davis hopes to grow future scientists

Local girls spent a day immersed in the wonders of science when the UC Davis College of Engineering presented STEM for Girls 2013 (science, technology, engineering and math) on Saturday. The annual event, designed to inspire young girls with the exciting possibilities of various engineering careers, hosted 60 students from four area schools: Beamer Park […]

April 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Teacher knows if you’ve done the e-reading

By David Streitfeld SAN ANTONIO — Several Texas A&M professors know something that generations of teachers could only hope to guess: whether students are reading their textbooks. They know when students are skipping pages, failing to highlight significant passages, not bothering to take notes — or simply not opening the book at all. “It’s Big […]

April 12, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Student loan rate set to rise, despite lack of support

By Tamar Lewin The interest rate on many student loans is scheduled to double on July 1, to 6.8 percent from 3.4 percent — just as it was last year, when in the midst of an election campaign, Congress voted to extend the lower rate. Again this year, no one wants the increase to happen, […]

April 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Universities get middling grades in helping poor

By Donald G. McNeil Jr. Prominent American and Canadian research universities earned mostly C’s on the first report card assessing how much their laboratories benefit the world’s poor. The top grade, an A-minus, went to the University of British Columbia. Various B’s were earned by Case Western Reserve, Johns Hopkins, UC Irvine, Harvard and Emory. […]

April 11, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bill would move last call to 4 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The last call for drinks is 2 a.m. in California, but one lawmaker believes that’s just too early to set down the shot glasses and beer steins. State Sen. Mark Leno’s proposal to let the liquor flow until 4 a.m. as a way to draw more tourists — and with them […]

April 09, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Assembly OKs bill limiting high-cost school bonds

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Lawmakers advanced a bill on Monday aimed at restricting the use of high-cost school bonds that prevent districts from paying off the debt before the bonds mature. The Assembly passed AB182 by Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo. An original co-author, Ben Hueso, moved recently from the Assembly to the Senate. The bill passed […]

April 09, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Winds wreak havoc on Davis trees, power lines

Blustery winds hit Davis with a vengeance Monday, toppling trees, knocking out electricity and shutting down a major intersection for hours while utility crews repaired a broken power pole.

More than 3,200 PG&E customers lost power at about 8:15 a.m., when a downed tree fell into a power line near the intersection of East Covell Boulevard and Pole Line Road in Northeast Davis. The impact broke one pole and damaged another with major transmission lines into West Sacramento and beyond, PG&E spokesman Paul Moreno said.

Budget discussions dominate council meeting agenda

Despite a slow but encouraging climb back from the recession that thumped the local economy in 2008, the city of Davis, like many communities across the state, continues to face a long list of tough budget decisions that stand in the way of short- and long-term fiscal sustainability. To begin to grasp the city’s still-precarious […]

April 09, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Heaven forbid we drag down the geniuses

As the Great GATE Debate continues unabated in our town, I think it’s only fair to hear from some of the program’s most ardent defenders, as expressed in op-eds, letters to the editor, online petitions and late-night phone conversations. Writes one: “We must encourage and challenge our brightest students or face an inferior population that […]

April 09, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,