Scientists unveil fire-safe fuel
UC Riverside chemical engineers have designed a fuel that ignites only with the application of electric current. Since it doesn’t react to flames and cannot start accidental fires during storage or transport, it is a “safe” liquid fuel.
Sow good: UC Riverside Botanic Gardens turn 60
This week, UC Riverside’s Botanic Gardens celebrates a major milestone — its 60th anniversary.
Scientists uncover COVID’s weakness
New UC Riverside research has revealed COVID’s Achilles heel — its dependence on key human proteins for its replication — which can be used to prevent the virus from making people sick.
Are we right to be frightened of brain worms?
Has the news about an Australian woman with a living, wriggling roundworm in her brain got you spooked? After experiencing abdominal pain and night sweats that developed into forgetfulness and depression, the 64-year-old woman was sent to a hospital. An MRI scan did reveal something unusual in her brain, but...
Native nations and UC scientists join together in climate fight
Indigenous land-management strategies have been largely missing from modern attempts to combat the effects of worsening climate change in California. A new $7 million grant aims to change that.
Prepare for weather So Cal hasn’t seen since 1939
Given that many in this region have not experienced a storm as intense as the one forecasted in their lifetimes, we turned to an expert for guidance. Andrew Flores is director of UC Riverside’s Office of Emergency Management.
Microchip manufacturing fellowship’s decade of success
To some Inland Empire undergraduates, getting paid to learn microchip manufacturing, resume writing, and professional networking sounds like a dream. This year, UC Riverside is celebrating a decade of making this dream a reality.
Study ties fracking to another type of shaking
New UC Riverside research confirms fracking causes slow, small earthquakes or tremors, whose origin was previously a mystery to scientists.
The trilobites’ guide to surviving environmental change
UC Riverside scientists have worked out how one unusual species of trilobite — an ancient, sea-dwelling relative of spiders and lobsters — was able to defend itself against predators and survive a bumpy ride as Earth’s oxygen levels fluctuated.
A path to defeating crop-killing gray mold without toxins
It’s a mold that causes billions in crop losses every year, infecting berries, tomatoes and most other fruits and vegetables. Now, researchers have found a way to defeat the mold without showering toxic chemicals on the crops.
Ray of hope for mitochondrial diseases: protein’s surprising second role
A protein that packs massive DNA strands into tiny cells also moonlights as a cleaner of damaged genetic material. This discovery could help detect mitochondrial diseases, which can cause brain damage and organ failure.
Sheep and cattle-killing disease carriers never take a break
Bluetongue virus, an incurable cattle and sheep-killing disease, is spread by tiny flies once thought to disappear in winter. New UCR research demonstrates that though they are harder to find when it’s cold, they remain active.
Sewage to sustenance: making reclaimed water ready for crops
A new, $1 million project is testing a low-cost technology to make reclaimed water safer for agricultural re-use. The project will test how effectively biochar made from discarded plant materials can “polish” the water.
The best drug combos to prevent COVID recurrence
A groundbreaking machine-learning study has unmasked the best drug combinations to prevent COVID-19 from coming back after an initial infection. It turns out these combos are not the same for every patient.
Previously unknown material could revolutionize cancer treatment
A new material, created at the little-explored intersection of organic and inorganic chemistry, could not only enable more powerful solar panels, but it could also usher in the next generation of cancer treatments.
When it comes to bumblebees, does size matter?
While honeybee workers are all the same size, that’s not true for bumblebees. Scientists aren’t sure what’s behind the wide variety in bumble body sizes, but a new UC Riverside project aims to find out.
Prescribed burns encourage foul-smelling invaders
Though prescribed burns reduce wildfire threats and even improve habitat for some animals, new research shows these fires also spread stinknet, an aptly named weed currently invading superblooms across the Southwestern U.S.
Are Earth and Venus the only volcanic planets? Not anymore.
Imagine an Earth-sized planet that’s not at all Earth-like. Half this world is locked in permanent daytime, the other half in permanent night, and it’s carpeted with active volcanoes. Astronomers have discovered that planet. The planet, named LP 791-18d, orbits a small red dwarf star about 90 light years away...
Earth’s first animals had particular taste in real estate
Even without body parts that allowed for movement, new UC Riverside research shows — for the first time — that some of Earth’s earliest animals managed to be picky about where they lived.