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Fearsome Sharks of Today Evolved When Ancient Oceans Got Hot

The New York Times |
UCR biologists Tim Higham and Phil Sternes conducted research showing that when the ocean got very hot approximately 122 million years ago, some sharks abandoned their habitat on the seafloor and moved up into the open ocean. That ascent may have altered their fin and body structure, which led to changes in their size and ability to swim.
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Ancient Californian tree that has lived for 13,000 years and survived the Ice Age is now in grave danger due to modern-day crisis

The Daily Mail UK |
UCR's Andy Sanders shares his thoughts on an ancient Californian tree that has lived for 13,000 years and survived the Ice Age.
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How Science Is Helping Us Understand Human Sacrifice

The Wall Street Journal |
UCR anthropologist Nawa Sugiyama weighs in on a new study that considers ancient human sacrifice among the Maya of Central America.
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Stunning trilobite fossils include soft tissues never seen before

Science News |
Says Nigel Hughes about exquisitely preserved trilobite fossils, “The clarity of the preservation is astonishing and is of fundamental importance.”
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Greenhouse gases can help us find advanced alien civilisations, scientists say

The Independent UK |
UCR astrobiologist Eddie Schwieterman led a study showing how scientists could use certain artificial greenhouse gases to identify a faraway planet inhabited by intelligent life. 
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Why Is It So Hard to Get a Basic Question Answered About My IUD?

Slate |
Resarch by Chikako Takeshita, associate professor with the Department of Society, Environment, and Health Equity, is included in this Slate article about the IUD.
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Bizarre alien activity could now be spotted by James Webb telescope

BBC Science Focus |
Our search for extraterrestrial life might have just got a whole lot easier. Now, if aliens so much as modify a planet in their solar system to make it warmer, we would be able to tell. That's thanks to a new study led by UCR astrobiologist Eddie Schwieterman, which has identified the artificial greenhouse gases that would be obvious giveaways of a terraformed planet (one that has been artificially modified to be hospitable for life).
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Iowa’s water needs protection from aquifer raiders

Article cites University of California-Riverside researcher Shaolei Ren, who estimates that ChatGPT uses up to 500 milliliters of water (about a 16-ounce water bottle) every time it’s asked a series of five-50 prompts or questions. That’s a lot of water down the drain.