Scientists discover hidden army of lung flu fighters
Scientists have long thought of the fluid-filled sac around our lungs merely as a cushion from external damage. UC Riverside scientists have learned it also houses potent virus-eating cells that rush into the lungs during flu infections.
Surprise discovery of tiny insect-killing worm
UC Riverside scientists have discovered a tiny worm species that infects and kills insects. These worms, called nematodes, could control crop pests without pesticides in warm, humid places where other beneficial nematodes are currently unable to thrive.
Inexpensive, carbon-neutral biofuels are finally possible
When it comes to making fuel from plants, the first step has always been the hardest — breaking down the plant matter. A new study finds that introducing a simple, renewable chemical to the pretreatment step can finally make next-generation biofuel production both cost-effective and carbon neutral.
First-ever sighting of a live newborn great white
Great whites, the largest predatory sharks in the world with the most fatal attacks on humans, are tough to imagine as newborn babies. That is partially because no one has seen one in the wild, it seems, until now.
Fledgling planets discovered around a newly formed star
With an arsenal of advanced technology, scientists have found a multi-planet star system that provides a rare insight into the way planets form and behave around a young star.
The Megalodon was less mega than previously believed
A new study shows the Megalodon, a gigantic shark that went extinct 3.6 million years ago, was significantly more slender than earlier studies suggested.
Keys to aging hidden in the leaves
Scientists have known about a particular organelle in plant cells for over a century. However, UCR scientists have only now discovered that organelle’s key role in aging.
Scientists tame chaotic protein fueling 75% of cancers
Meet MYC, the shapeless protein responsible for making the majority of human cancer cases worse. UC Riverside researchers have found a way to rein it in, offering hope for a new era of treatments.
New reasons eating less fat should be one of your resolutions
A UC Riverside study to motivate your new year’s resolutions: high-fat diets may impair genes linked not only to obesity, colon cancer and irritable bowels, but also to the immune system, brain function, and potentially COVID-19 risk.
Discovery: plants use “trojan horse” to fight mold invasions
UC Riverside scientists have discovered a stealth molecular weapon that plants use to attack the cells of invading gray mold.
UCR wages $11+ million war against citrus greening disease
With three new grants totaling more than $11 million, UC Riverside is helping lead the fight against citrus greening or Huanglongbing, a disease threatening citrus industries in the U.S. and worldwide.
Money to burn: wealthy, white neighborhoods losing their heat shields
A new study shows the protective effect of income has largely eroded over the past 40 years, as landscape plants can’t keep up with the pace of climate warming.
One of the world’s worst pests attacks California
One of the world’s worst pests is infesting crops all over California. There are seven active quarantines spanning the length of the state, but experts say those affecting San Bernardino and Riverside counties are especially serious.
Trilobites rise from the ashes to reveal ancient map
UC Riverside geologists discovered 10 new species of trilobites hidden for 490 million years in a little-studied part of Thailand. They could be the missing pieces in an intricate puzzle of ancient world geography.
Scientists tame biological trigger of deadly Huntington’s disease
Huntington’s disease causes dementia, has no cure, and is fatal. UC Riverside scientists show they can slow its progression in flies and worms, opening the door to human treatments.
Grant powers regional lithium mining hub as shortage looms
Those working to establish a sustainable lithium mining industry in Southern California have gotten a surge of support with a new grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.
Giant planets cast a deadly pall
New studies show that in some planetary systems, giant gas planets can kick their Earth-like neighbors out of orbit and wreak havoc on their climates.
Plants transformed into detectors of dangerous chemicals
What if your house plant could tell you your water isn’t safe? Scientists are closer to realizing this vision, having engineered a plant to turn beet red in the presence of a banned, toxic pesticide.
How to help save plants from extinction
Now is the time to identify the conditions that cause plants to die. Doing so will allow us to better protect plants by choosing conservation targets more strategically, UC Riverside botanists argue in a new paper.
Rivers may not recover from drought for years
Lack of rainfall is not the only measure of drought. New UC Riverside research shows that despite a series of storms, the impact of drought can persist in streams and rivers for up to 3.5 years. There are two measures of drought in streams. One measure is the total water...