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January 2013

  • 1.28.13 — John Bissell ’08 is turning wastewater into biodegradable plastic

    Your sludge is his plastic. Bissell has developed a technology and a business around converting municipal wastewater sludge into high-performance biodegradable plastics.

  • 1.28.13 — One in, two out: Simulating more efficient solar cells

    Using an exotic form of silicon could substantially improve the efficiency of solar cells, according to computer simulations by researchers at UC Davis and in Hungary. The work was published Jan. 25 in the journal Physical Review Letters.

  • 1.25.13 — Campus turns waste water vapor to heat for Tercero 3

    UC Davis is wringing energy — and hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings — from a former waste product: the water vapor often seen as a fluffy white plume ­coming out of the campus steam plant.

  • 1.25.13 — Energy-conservation projects save campus $4.63 million

    With more than 100 energy-conservation projects completed since 2009, UC Davis tallied net savings of $4.63 million in energy costs and collected $7.65 million in PG&E rebates through 2012, according to preliminary data in a year-end report.

  • 1.24.13 — UC Davis Studies Fertilization Methods to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Nitrogen (N) fertilizers are widely used in modern agriculture. They produce high yields and play an integral role in feeding the global population. Unfortunately, their use in “fertigation” – using fertilizers dissolved in water to irrigate crops – has destructive effects on the environment.

  • 1.23.13 — The 'rebound' effect of energy-efficient cars overplayed

    The argument that those who have fuel-efficient cars drive them more and hence use more energy is overplayed and inaccurate, a UC Davis economist and his co-authors say in a comment article published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

  • 1.15.13 — Plastics double danger to marine life

    Marine creatures that ingest plastics in the ocean might suffer from a double whammy of the plastic itself and the pollutants those plastics have absorbed while floating in the open seas, according to research led by UC Davis doctoral student Chelsea Rochman.

  • 1.9.13 — Flushing Nemo: Home aquarium species a potential threat to California waters

    Well-intentioned children and aquarium hobbyists seeking to “free” their pet fish down a toilet bowl or into a local waterway may inadvertently be contributing to the threat of invasive species downstream, according to a new report from UC Davis.

  • 1.8.13 — Engineered bacteria make fuel from sunlight

    Chemists at UC Davis have engineered blue-green algae to grow chemical precursors for fuels and plastics — the first step in replacing fossil fuels as raw materials for the chemical industry.