Soil tainted by air pollution expels carbon

New UC Riverside research suggests nitrogen released by gas-powered machines causes dry soil to let go of carbon and release it back into the atmosphere, where it can contribute to climate change.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Prof pours cold water on coffee pod controversy

New research from the University of Quebec declares coffee pods are “better for the planet than filtered brew.” Here to weigh in on the matter is UCR's Andrew Gray, who studies the movement of plastic pollutants through the environment.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

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

Landscaping for drought: we’re doing it wrong

Many Southern Californians plant trees prized for drought tolerance, but a new UC Riverside-led study shows that these trees lose this tolerance once they’re watered.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Studies identify new strategies for insect control

Mosquitoes spread several diseases, such as malaria and dengue. In 2020 about 241 million cases of malaria occurred worldwide, with a few more million cases occurring in 2021. Nearly half the world’s population lives in regions where contracting dengue virus is a risk. Insects also destroy a third of agriculture...

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

How the brain stores remote fear memory

UC Riverside mouse study could lead to novel therapies for people living with PTSD

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Decoding the secret language of photosynthesis

For decades, scientists have been stumped by the signals plants send themselves to initiate photosynthesis, the process of turning sunlight into sugars. UC Riverside researchers have now decoded those previously opaque signals.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Precise solar observations fed millions in ancient Mexico

Without clocks or modern tools, ancient Mexicans watched the sun to maintain a farming calendar that precisely tracked seasons and even adjusted for leap years.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

How do worms develop their gut?

The pandemic helped a husband-and-wife team at UC Riverside solve the mystery

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Post-lockdown auto emissions can’t hide in the grass

University of California scientists have a new way to demonstrate which neighborhoods are most affected by air pollution from vehicle emissions. Their technique could help ensure people most affected by pollution will benefit from efforts to reduce it.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

How giant-faced owls snag voles hidden in snow 

Great gray owls’ physical features, especially parts of their wings and face, help them correct for sonic distortions caused by snow, enabling them to find moving food with astonishing accuracy, according to a new UC Riverside study.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Earth might be experiencing 7th mass extinction, not 6th

New research suggests environmental changes caused the first mass extinction event in history, which occurred millions of years earlier than scientists previously realized.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Tiniest Ever Ancient Seawater Pockets Revealed

The surprising discovery of seawater sealed in what is now North America for 390 million years opens up a new avenue for understanding how oceans change and adapt with changing climate.

By UCR News | | 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

Injections for diabetes, cancer could become unnecessary

Researchers at UC Riverside are paving the way for diabetes and cancer patients to forget needles and injections, and instead take pills to manage their conditions.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Discovery could dramatically narrow search for space creatures

An Earth-like planet orbiting an M dwarf — the most common type of star in the universe — appears to have no atmosphere at all. This discovery could cause a major shift in the search for life on other planets.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Thirdhand smoke can trigger skin diseases

UC Riverside-led clinical study advances molecular understanding of THS effects on skin

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Health, Science / Technology

Broccoli gas: a better way to find life in space 

Broccoli, along with other plants and microorganisms, emit gases to help them expel toxins. Scientists believe these gases could provide compelling evidence of life on other planets.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Why the Salton Sea is turning into toxic dust

The Salton Sea, California’s most polluted inland lake, has lost a third of its water in the last 25 years. New research has determined a decline in Colorado River flow is the reason for that shrinking.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

195 ways to help California’s painted ladies

By documenting hundreds of new nectar plants for painted ladies, scientists have renewed hope these charismatic butterflies may prove resilient to climate change.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology