Is ChatGPT a threat to education?

UC Riverside experts share thoughts on the AI-powered language model that understands and responds to natural language

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Turning plastic waste into a valuable soil additive

University of California, Riverside, scientists have moved a step closer to finding a use for the hundreds of millions of tons of plastic waste produced every year that often winds up clogging streams and rivers and polluting our oceans. In a recent study, Kandis Leslie Abdul-Aziz, a UCR assistant professor...

By David Danelski | | Science / Technology

Pollution cleanup method destroys toxic “forever chemicals”

An insidious category of carcinogenic pollutants known as “forever chemicals” may not be so permanent after all. University of California, Riverside, chemical engineering and environmental scientists recently published new methods to chemically break up these harmful substances found in drinking water into smaller compounds that are essentially harmless. The patent-pending...

By David Danelski | | Science / Technology

Creating a diverse educational pipeline in microelectronics

Scientists at UC Riverside and UC Irvine have received funding of $5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, or DOE, to team up with Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in building a diverse educational pipeline in the field of microelectronics — a priority for industry and government...

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

The unintended consequences of using a ventilator

Breakthrough research addresses a long-standing question in pulmonary medicine about whether modern ventilators overstretch lung tissue. They do.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Robot sleeves for kids with cerebral palsy

UC Riverside engineers are developing low-cost, robotic “clothing” to help children with cerebral palsy gain control over their arm movements.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

New program aims to increase Latinx students conducting environmental research

A $342,000 grant has allowed the expansion of a UC Berkeley program to UCR.

By Sandra Baltazar Martínez | | University

Upward ventilation offers better protection from indoor coronavirus transmission

A simple change in the direction of the air forced through indoor gathering spaces by heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems, could reduce the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19.

NSF-funded project aims to enhance STEM graduate training in sustainable transportation

New UC Riverside program will train doctoral students on translating science into public policy

Artificial photosynthesis can produce food without sunshine

Scientists are developing artificial photosynthesis to help make food production more energy-efficient here on Earth, and one day possibly on Mars

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

Protecting computer vision from adversarial attacks

UC Riverside engineers are developing methods to keep self-driving cars and autonomous drones from being hacked

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

No more flu for you? Discovery blocks influenza virus’ replication in cells

SUMOylation inhibitor could lead to highly effective ways to treat the flu and other respiratory viruses

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

A drunk driver killed her parents. Now she’s graduating to honor them

Azalea Corral has a family photo that shows her three younger siblings and parents smiling together against a Santa Barbara countryside backdrop. It was taken on February 8, 2020 — the last time they would pose together for a photo. The following day, both her parents succumbed to bodily injuries...

Microbes can degrade the toughest PFAS

Under anaerobic conditions, common microbial communities can break the ultra-strong carbon-fluorine bond

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

PFAS chemicals do not last forever

The use of sulfite and iodide under ultraviolet light can destroy PFAS in water in a few hours

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

Insights from algae genes unlock mysteries of plant growth and health

The discovery will improve biofuel production from algae and help develop heat-tolerant crops.

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

How drones can help dairy farms manage methane emissions

Accurate atmospheric measurements directly over their farm can help farmers fight climate change

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

Candy-coated pills could prevent pharmaceutical fraud

Colorful nonpareils can uniquely identify drug capsules and counterfeit fashions

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

New method detects deepfake videos with up to 99% accuracy

Two-pronged technique detects manipulated facial expressions and identity swaps

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

Discovery about coral-algal symbiosis could help coral reefs recover after bleaching events

Algae’s ability to establish symbiosis in coral without photosynthesis could help fight coral bleaching

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology