Experts push for national LED standards

It is not enough to be energy-efficient; LED lighting also must be consistently high-quality and reliable to win over consumers. That message, from the California Lighting Technology Center at UC Davis, helped prompt the California Energy Commission to include quality criteria for LED replacement lamps in its first-in-the-nation energy efficiency directive on Dec. 12. Now, […]

Earthworms contribute to climate change, study finds

Earthworms are long revered for their beneficial role in soil fertility, but with the good comes the bad: They also increase greenhouse gas emissions from soils, according to a study published Monday in Nature Climate Change by a research team that includes a UC Davis soil scientist. The team found that earthworms do not, as […]

Pets of the week

Lots of dogs and cats are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them are Leia (No. 110639), a 3-year-old spayed female black and white pit bull. Also hoping for a good home is Simon (No. 104496), a 1-year 10-month-old neutered male buff domestic short-haired […]

Wastewater option, road repairs on agenda

Learn more: What: Davis City Council meeting Where: Community Chambers at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Watch it: Live on City Government Channel 16 on Comcast and on AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 Follow: @TomSakash on Twitter The Davis City Council will take one more crack Tuesday at deciding whether to study a […]

Cabbage white butterflies collected; contest is over

Once again, noted butterfly expert Art Shapiro of UC Davis is the winner of his annual butterfly-for-beer contest, which provides a pitcher of the sudsy beverage to the first person to collect a cabbage white butterfly in the new year. Shapiro collected two butterflies — on Jan. 20 and 21. A professor of evolution and ecology, […]

Women’s History Month celebrated at Woodland luncheon

Tickets and sponsorships are available now for the 2013 Women’s History Month Luncheon, planned for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at the Woodland Community & Senior Center, 2001 East St. in Woodland. This year’s luncheon program theme, “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” will be […]

Learn CPR, first-aid at Davis trainings

The city of Davis offers several CPR and first-aid trainings, with classes starting this week. * Dog first aid: This American Red Cross class teaches participants how to be prepared for emergencies that involve their dog and how to protect themselves and their dog from further harm, injury or suffering during emergencies by teaching prompt, effective […]

Davis maps available at Chamber office

Do people still use printed maps? Indeed, they do; in an average week, the Davis Chamber of Commerce distributes about 100 maps of Davis. A new and improved street and bicycle route map of Davis, updated from the 2010 version, is available at the Chamber office, 604 Third St. in downtown Davis. Hours are 9 […]

Ask the expert: River water pollutants are not a concern

* Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of “Ask the Expert” columns that will appear in the coming days, in advance of the Measure I election, regarding various technical aspects of the city’s water utility and the proposed Woodland-Davis surface water project. The expert: Frank Loge, UC Davis professor of civil and […]

NYT bestselling author will visit Davis bookstore

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger will be at the The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis, on Saturday to discuss her new book for young adults, “Etiquette & Espionage.” Set in Carriger’s popular Parasol Protectorate universe, “Etiquette & Espionage” is the first novel in the Finishing School series for young adults. The author will […]

A million strong: Helping veterans through college

By James Dao The class was humanities, the book under discussion Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” Suddenly an alarm blared and 20 students, some calm and some not, filed out of the makeshift classroom. Kandahar Airfield in southern Afghanistan was under rocket attack, again. The students, most of them uniformed troops, repaired to a cramped bunker where […]

Tour Native American Garden at Arboretum

Local residents are invited to take a guided tour of the UC Davis Arboretum Native American Contemplative Garden to learn about traditional uses of native plants at 2 p.m. Saturday. The group will meet at the Alumni & Visitors Center on campus. The tour is free, and parking is free on the weekends and available […]

Nominees sought for Huynh civil, human rights awards

The city of Davis Human Relations Commission is seeking nominations for this year’s Thong Hy Huynh Memorial Awards, which honor individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions in addressing or improving civil and human rights issues in the community. The deadline for nominations has been extended to Thursday, April 18. The award was established […]

Market cookbooks will be signed Saturday

Thinking about a Valentine’s Day gift for your favorite home cook or Farmers Market shopper? “The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook” (Mirabelle Press, $24.95) will delight any food lover, and authors Georgeanne Brennan and Ann Evans will be at the market from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday to sign and inscribe cookbooks for that special someone. […]