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JUUL electronic cigarette products linked to cellular damage

Study by UC Riverside and Portland State University scientists finds nicotine concentrations in JUULs is dangerously high

New NASA-funded program to train K-12 students in STEM fields

Outreach components include public lectures, parent nights, and telescope viewing opportunities
By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Plant pathologist leads research to stop spread of citrus-destroying disease

UC Riverside’s Hailing Jin is principal investigator of USDA grant that also supports vaccine development to fight huanglongbing, or citrus greening disease
By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

High-speed videos capture how kangaroo rat escapes rattlesnake attack

Bipedalism may have been favored in kangaroo rats to avoid ambush predators like vipers and owls, says UC Riverside biologist
By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Study finds natural selection favors cheaters

UC Riverside research focused on interaction between nitrogen-fixing bacteria and their hosts
By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Carbon monoxide detectors could warn of extraterrestrial life

For some distant worlds, carbon monoxide may actually be compatible with a robust microbial biosphere
By Sarah Simpson | | Science / Technology

Superbloom? If you say so

Superbloom is a term concocted by the media, but this year’s wildflowers are still spectacular, especially for the creatures that depend on them
By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

Where taste and smell collide, you'll find Givaudan

Givaudan's Flavors Division supplies companies that produce drinks, savory goods, snacks, sweets, and dairy. Photos / Stan Kim RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The first bite of a tangy orange; a field of fragrant wildflowers; the sweet aroma of roasted hazelnuts. The natural world is filled with tastes and smells that delight...

$3.5 million Givaudan gift will protect citrus collection

The University of California, Riverside announced today a $3.5 million donation from Givaudan to support UCR’s Citrus Variety Collection. The gift will help protect one of world’s most extensive citrus diversity collections from the impending threat of citrus greening disease, also known as Huanglongbing, or HLB. The gift will pay...
By UCR News | | University, Science / Technology

Coastal ecosystems suffer from upriver hydroelectric dams

A recent study demonstrates the widespread environmental consequences of large dam reservoirs in Mexico
By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Research identifies mechanism that helps plants fight bacterial infection

UC Riverside study could lead to better strategies for protecting crops from attacks by pathogens
By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

When life gives you sour lemons, use genetics to find out why

A team of researchers, including two from the University of California, Riverside, has identified the genes responsible for the hallmark sour taste of many citrus fruits. Published Tuesday, Feb. 25 in Nature Communications, the research could help plant breeders develop new, sweeter varieties. Modern citrus varieties have been bred over...
By Sarah Nightingale | | Science / Technology

UCR student researcher takes smoking personally

You don’t want Careen Khachatoorian for a sister. Not if you smoke, you don’t. Careen’s older brother is trying to conceive a child with his partner. A typical text to her smoker-brother includes a link to a sins-of-smoking article, and reads like this: “See? Pregnant mothers have a greater chance...
By J.D. Warren | | Students, Science / Technology

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

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

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

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
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