Chili peppers: born in Mexico

The world's most widely grown spice crop likely was first domesticated in central-east Mexico, according to a new study by UC Davis plant scientists and other researchers.

How to deal with jerks (and worse)

There is now an academic definition of that paragon of obnoxiousness, thanks to UC Irvine's Aaron James. Knowing it will help you interact with them.
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Library gets digital archive of farm worker movement

Rich collection documents the work of Cesar Chavez and others in the labor struggles in Central California.

Puppy love

A UC Berkeley psychologist discusses the emotional connection between dogs and humans.
UC President Napolitano on aerial tour

President Napolitano tours California agriculture

UC President Janet Napolitano witnessed firsthand the effects of the drought and learned about the university’s efforts to help farmers increase water efficiency and improve crop yields.

Remembering lives lost

California poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera's poems honor victims of bus crash, Kansas City shootings

Historian wins Pulitzer Prize for second time

"The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia: 1771-1832" nets award for two-time winner Alan Taylor, expert on early American history.
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Lunar eclipse myths from around the world

Murderous pets and hungry jaguars are only some of the stories cultures use to explain lunar eclipses. Scientists from Lawrence Livermore Lab and elsewhere probe lunar legends in anticipation of Monday night's eclipse.
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Picnic Day is off to the races!

UC Davis hosts its 100th annual Picnic Day on Saturday. The Doxie Derby is a feature of the public event, which highlights teaching, research, service and campus life.
Kim Wilcox, UC Riverside chancellor

How one university has achieved parity in student success

Graduation rates are nearly the same for students across racial and income groups at UC Riverside. Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox discusses what works and what doesn’t for improving student success.
Chronicle of Higher Education

UC sponsors bill to close financial aid gap for undocumented students

Legislation would create an educational loan program for students who meet eligibility requirements under California state law AB 540.
Carole Lombard and Clark Gable in 'No Man of Her Own'

She loves me, she loves me not

Whether in fiction or history, women often have gotten a bad rap for being fickle. But it may just be evolution. A landmark UCLA meta-analysis suggests that ovulating women have evolved to prefer mates who display ‘sexy traits.'
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

Benioffs give hospitals $100M

Gift to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Oakland will help strengthen children's health care across the San Francisco Bay Area.
Kent Stephenson raises his leg

Spinal cord therapy helps paraplegics move their legs

Four young men who have been paralyzed for years achieved groundbreaking progress — moving their legs — as a result of epidural electrical stimulation of the spinal cord.
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Online registry aims to drive brain disease research

Project promises to cut time and cost of conducting clinical trials for brain diseases, while also helping scientists analyze and track brain functions.

Field study shows why food quality will suffer with rising CO2

Increased levels of carbon dioxide — a hallmark of climate change — impair plants' growth and yield.
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Oral histories feature Brubeck, others

Jazz legend Dave Brubeck is among notables discussing music with UC Berkeley's Regional Oral History Project.
Juan Medrano, UC Davis

Geneticist tries to build a better cup of coffee

UC Davis' Juan Medrano is keen on using genetics to plumb coffee’s taste, aroma and sustainability.
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junk food

Does a junk food diet make you lazy?

Data suggest that diet-induced obesity is a cause, rather than an effect, of laziness.

Can a transplant drug help eliminate lingering HIV infections?

A drug intended to hobble the body's defense system may actually help destroy dormant reservoirs of the virus that causes AIDS.