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Scientists Discover 'Fascinating' Worm That Can Replace Pesticides

Newsweek |
UCR nematologist Adler Dillman's laboratory discovers a new species of tiny worm, a nematode, that can kill insects. Potentially it could be used to control crop pests in places that currently rely on pesticides. 
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New hard-to-kill bed bug species is invading the US, experts say

Daily Mail |
Chow-Yang Lee, UCR entomologist, said most bed bug control products were developed for the common bed bug, with the assumption that they would also work on the tropical bed bug. However, biological differences between the species are being discovered that have implications for the management of [the tropical bed bug.
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A Mushroom Grew in a Strange Place: The Side of a Frog

The New York Times |
A paper about a mushroom spotted growing on a frog in India is making waves. However, Sydney Glassman, a UCR fungal ecologist, isn’t convinced that the growth is a mushroom. Further evidence — obtaining a genetic sample or seeing the gills and spore color — is needed to make an identification, she said.
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Mosquito Season Isn't Here Yet, But Don't Be Surprised If You Spot A Stray One

LAist / KPCC 89.3 FM |
It's still too early in the year for most mosquito species to thrive, despite all the recent record-setting rain that the pesky insects thrive on. However, UC Riverside biologist Anandasankar Ray said he couldn't rule out the possibility that some mosquitoes are using the wet weather to breed. He offered tips to keep them away when the season fully begins in March. 
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Lakebed dust is a worry in Utah. For California’s Salton Sea, it’s a full-blown problem

KSL TV 5 Utah |
Hay bales are appearing in large numbers around the Salton Sea. Charlie Diamond, a researcher with the Salton Sea Task Force at UCR, said it’s a “dust suppression project” aimed to “break up the flow of air right at the ground level.” The goal, Diamond said, is for the hay bales to “suppress the dust production or emission," which is causing serious respiratory distress for area residents. 
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A Piece of Science Fiction Literary History Comes to the Antiquarian Book Fair

KQED |
Phoenix Alexander, Jay Kay and Doris Klein, science fiction librarian speak to KQED about the Eaton Collection’s newest acquisition, the original cover illustration of Le Guin’s “The Left Hand of Darkness.”  
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Lithium extraction project using Colorado River worries Utah residents who rely on its water

Associated Press |
A plan to extract lithium — the lustrous, white metal used in electric vehicle batteries — is adding to an anxiety familiar in the arid American West: how the project could affect water from the Colorado River. But geologists and Earth scientists including UCR geologist Michael McKibben, said it’s unclear how water-intensive direct lithium extraction really is.
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The good news, bad news on California’s water supplies, drought after record rainfall

East Bay Times |
Water experts say conditions from recent storms haven’t been ideal for bolstering the state’s water supply. That’s because so much rain fell so quickly that agencies controlling dams and reservoirs have to prioritize flood management over water recovery. That means releasing lots of water into the ocean. Agency efforts to capture more stormwater in storage and groundwater recharge basins have improved in recent years, said Medhi Nemati, an environmental policy professor at UCR who studies water infrastructure. But when parts of Los Angeles get 75% of their annual rainfall in just two days, Nemati said there’s only so much water agencies can do to keep up.