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Researchers develop powerful approach to protect strawberries

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One of the most valuable crops in California, strawberries are vulnerable to damage from a native pest that deforms berries and renders them unfit for the fresh-berry market. But researchers at UCSC have developed a powerful two-pronged approach that greatly reduces pesticide use and offers benefits for organic farmers, too. [More]

Wobbly polarity is key to preventing magnetic avalanches on disk drives

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New research by UCSC physics professor Joshua Deutsch and Andreas Berger is helping physicists explain why magnetic avalanches--which occur every time a computer user presses "save"--happen and why they don't run out of control, wiping disk drives clean. [More]