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How the Yankees' Chewing Gum Game Could Impact the Environment

NBC Universal |
Environmental scientist Win Cowger discusses the environmental impact of chewing gum, particularly when it lands outside the trash can.
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Ancient bacteria could help astronomers find alien life, scientists say

The Independent UK |
UC Riverside astrobiologist Eddie Schwieterman helped reconstruct the biological processes in some of the Earth’s earliest life forms, an advance that could help find alien life on other planets with atmospheres similar to those on early Earth.
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How to Improve Your Happiness, According to Science

Deliberately performing random acts of kindness can make you feel happier and less depressed and anxious, according to a series of studies from psychology professor Sonja Lyubomirsky. 
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Scientists Claim Studying Evolution Of Ancient Microbes Could Help Search For Alien Life

Slashgear |
UCR astrobiologist Edward Schweiterman co-authored a study that used machine learning to reconstruct the lives of ancient bacteria. The study could provide clues for finding evidence of bacterial life on other planets whose atmospheres more closely resemble Earth from billions of years ago.
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These Plants Grew in the Dark Without Sunlight. Here's How.

The Daily Beast |
Robert Jinkerson, chemical and environmental engineer, Elizabeth Hann, botany doctoral student, and others at UCR helped create an artificial method of photosynthesis that allows plants to grow entirely in the dark. For some plants, the process is 18 times more efficient than normal photosynthesis.
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Energy vortices attract visitors around the world. Could the same happen in Desert Hot Springs?

Desert Sun |
Geophysics professor David Oglesby says that though places like the city of Desert Hot Springs are awe inspiring and fascinating from a tectonic and geophysical standpoint, the idea that it might be considered an 'energy vortex' isn't rooted in mainstream science.
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Survey of California bumble bees fails to detect 8 species historically found in the state

Hollis Woodard's laboratory led the first census of native California bumble bees in decades, and didn't find as many as they'd hoped to.
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Once-Common California Bumble Bees Have Gone Missing

Yale Environment 360 |
A UC Riverside-led census of California bumble bees failed to locate several once-common species, including the formerly abundant Western bumble bee, a key pollinator for many wild plants and crops.