The Augmented Reality Sandbox (orginally developed by researchers at UC Davis) lets users sculpt mountains, canyons and rivers, then fill them with water or even create erupting volcanoes. This version of the device at UCLA was built by Gary Glesener using off-the-shelf parts and good ol’ playground sand. Any shape made in the sandbox is … Read more UCLA's Augmented Reality Sandbox
Sugar. Everyone loves a sweet treat, but sugar has found its way into savory foods like pasta sauce and bread. On average, Americans eat nearly 66 pounds of added sugar per person per year. It’s easy to exceed the daily recommended sugar intake when a 12 oz soda has about 11 teaspoons of added sugar. But what … Read more Is Sugar in Fruit Different Than Sugar in Soda?
New research suggests that unlawful marijuana farming is diverting water sources, poisoning animals, and increasing erosion. It began with dying weasels. First one, then many, all mysteriously killed by rat poison banned in the lush Northern California forests where the animals live. Damning evidence soon pointed to a surprising culprit: illegal marijuana farms, where growers … Read more Green But Not Green: Pot & The Environment
The brave new world of coffee? Think genetics. UC Davis geneticist Juan Medrano is known for his research on the genetics of milk (and the effect it has on humans), but recently has turned his research efforts towards coffee. The goal is to understand the variability of coffee genes at the DNA level. This would … Read more Building a better cup of coffee
Why zebras have black and white stripes is a question that has intrigued scientists and spectators for centuries. A research team led by UC Davis, has now examined this riddle (in a very systematic way). Many hypotheses for zebra stripes have been proposed since Alfred Russel Wallace and Charles Darwin debated the problem 120 years … Read more The riddle of zebras’ stripes
The Mediterranean diet has become a darling of medical researchers. It’s known for its veggies and grains, limited amounts of meat, and a good helping of olive oil. Researchers believe that olive oil is the key to the superior health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. “The health benefits of olive oil are 99% related to … Read more Fake olive oil? To get the benefits of olive oil, it's got to be fresh