With dwindling water supplies, the timing of rainfall matters 

A new UC Riverside study shows it’s not how much extra water you give your plants, but when you give it that counts.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

How mountain streams signal climate change

A new tool designed by UC Riverside researchers can better assess an overlooked indicator of global warming: the variety of bugs, worms, and snails living in high mountain streams.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

UC Riverside hunts for COVID-19 variants in California

Genetic analysis of COVID-19 samples at UC Riverside is helping state officials prepare for potential infection surges caused by new variants of the disease.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Why doesn’t fire kill some bacteria and fungi?

UC Riverside scientists will spend the next three years studying the traits that allow soil microbes to respond to fire, as well as the role those microbes play in storing or emitting powerful greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide or nitrous oxide.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

UC Riverside program for high school students aims to diversify STEM workforce

Underrepresented students will participate in carefully designed summer research and educational activities at UC Riverside

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

Fruit fungus for the win at Grad Slam

UC Riverside’s winner, Claire Whitaker, moves onto the UC-level competition in May.

By Sandra Baltazar Martínez | | Students

Malaria parasite’s survival linked to two proteins

UC Riverside-led research could lead to novel antimalarial therapeutic strategies

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

No Thanksgiving for bacteria or fungus

UC Riverside scientists have developed a technique for solving a decades-old mystery involving the chemical in turkey that makes people sleepy. Their new ability to map the atoms involved in the production of tryptophan opens the door to new antibiotic and antifungal drugs.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

How a virus packages its genetic material

Simulations by UC Riverside-led team could help design nanocontainers used in drug delivery

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Following rain, desert microbes exhale potent greenhouse gas

New UC Riverside research shows how, after it rains, microbes in desert soil convert one form of pollution into another — laughing gas.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

From the streets to the stratosphere: clean driving technology enables cleaner rocket fuel

A chemical used in electric vehicle batteries could also give us carbon-free fuel for space flight, according to new UC Riverside research.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

UCR offers new research internship for community college transfers

Grant-funded program includes a $5,000 stipend for participants.

By Sandra Baltazar Martínez | | University

Can the Salton Sea geothermal field prevent the coming lithium shortage?

University of California, Riverside scientists will join a first-of-its-kind effort to map out California’s so-called “Lithium Valley,” and learn whether it can meet America’s urgent demand for lithium in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Surprisingly high fraction of dead galaxies found in ancient galactic city

Why cluster’s galaxies are unlike those in all the other known protoclusters is a mystery, says UC Riverside-led team

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Who’s responsible for roadside rubbish?

New UC Riverside research reveals that items in litter typically originate less than two miles from where they’re found — and unless humans remove them, most of these items will never leave the environment.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

New research bites holes into theories about Megalodons

A new study leaves large tooth marks in previous conclusions about the body shape of the Megalodon, one of the largest sharks that ever lived.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Using physics to explain the transmission effects of different SARS-CoV-2 mutations

UC Riverside-led team develops new computational method that applies techniques from statistical physics mathematical models in epidemiology

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology, Health

$4.8 million grant to benefit students, support community service projects

UCR is one of 45 colleges and universities participating in this statewide program.

By Sandra Baltazar Martínez | | University

Human gut bacteria have sex to share vitamin B12

Your gut bacteria need vitamin B12 just as much as you do. Though DNA is usually passed from parent to child, new research shows gut bacteria transfer genes through “sex” in order to take their vitamins.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Cleaning your car may not protect you from this carcinogen

It is unlikely that a cancer-causing chemical inside your car can be dusted or wiped way, according to new UC Riverside research.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology