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New NASA research consortium to tackle life's origins

NASA is uniting experts across multiple disciplines to investigate life's beginnings on our planet -- and to explore if and how life sprung up elsewhere in the universe
By PCE3 Consortium | | Science / Technology

Scientists image conducting edges in a promising 2-D material

Experimental study done at UC Riverside and University of Washington on monolayer tungsten ditelluride could lead to more energy-efficient electronic devices
By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

The vibrating universe: Making astronomy accessible to the deaf

UC Riverside astronomers develop educational workshop converting astronomical phenomena into vibrations that can be felt rather than heard
By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

A warming world increases air pollution

Climate change is warming the ocean, but it’s warming land faster and that’s really bad news for air quality
By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

UC Riverside physicists create exotic electron liquid

The first production of an electron liquid at room temperature opens the way for new optoelectronic devices and basic physics studies
By Dennis Meredith | | Science / Technology

Genome structure of malaria parasites linked to virulence

UC Riverside-led research could help develop novel therapeutic strategies to combat malaria
By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology, Health

Size matters — To livebearer fish, big fins are a big deal

Females love males with big dorsal fins, but the appendages first evolved for males to fight other males
By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

Scientists identify how plants sense temperature

When it gets hot outside, humans and animals have the luxury of seeking shelter in the shade or cool, air-conditioned buildings. But plants are stuck. While not immune to changing climate, plants respond to the rising mercury in different ways. Temperature affects the distribution of plants around the planet. It also affects the flowering time,...
By Stacy Kish | | Science / Technology

Awards help faculty commercialize inventions

Proof of concept grants advance new technologies to fight cancer and improve agriculture
By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

Bee mite arrival in Hawaii causes pathogen changes in honeybee predators

UC Riverside-led research, done on the Big Island, shows effects of mite introduction have cascaded through entire pathogen communities
By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

New property revealed in graphene could lead to better performing solar panels

International research team, co-led by UC Riverside physicist, shows how pure graphene efficiently converts light into electricity
By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Physics undergraduate student headed to CERN

Sergio Garcia will do research during the winter quarter on a particle detector at the Large Hadron Collider
By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Students, Science / Technology

Tiny desk, huge accomplishments – and his own bed

The bedroom he shared with his parents and three siblings included a bunk bed, a queen bed, two wardrobes, and a narrow wooden table that served as his desk. That bedroom was where Alejandro Quiñones lived through middle school and high school with his family. Quiñones, 21, now a senior biology and pre-med major at UC Riverside, focused on school –...
By Sandra Baltazar Martínez | | Students

Nutrient-recycling microbes may feel the heat 

Study led by UCR researcher explores how climate change affects nature’s ability to recycle
By Sarah Nightingale | | Science / Technology

Physicists name and codify new field in nanotechnology: ‘electron quantum metamaterials’

UC Riverside’s Nathaniel Gabor and colleague formulate a vision for the field in a perspective article
By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Physicists explain how large spherical viruses form

UC Riverside-led study deciphers key elements for the assembly of a large virus; understanding its formation could contain viruses’ spread
By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology, Health

Study explains why tall individuals are more prone to cancer

UC Riverside evolutionary biologist says increased cancer risk associated with height is due primarily to an increase in the number of body cells
By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Health, Science / Technology

Study provides new insight into why galaxies stop forming stars

A team of UCR-led scientists get best measure yet of why star formation stopped in galaxy clusters in the early universe
By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Special journal issue looks for new clues about old life

Collection edited by UCR researchers focuses on the role of rising oxygen in the birth of complex life
By Sarah Nightingale | | Science / Technology

UCR recognizes longtime generosity of Campbell family with building renaming

The University Laboratory Building is being renamed the “Rochelle and Allison Campbell Hall”
By Sarah Nightingale | | University
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