Don’t Panic, But A Lot of Stars Seem to Eat Their Own Planets

UCR astrophysicist Stephen Kane comments on a new study that suggests gravitational perturbations—perhaps from rogue passing stars or by migrating gas giants—can routinely launch rocky worlds into the maws of their star, even in mature planetary systems.
Scientific American | March 20, 2024

Prop 1: $6 billion ballot measure addressing homelessness still leading by slim margin

School of Public Policy Professor David Brady questions the timing of Proposition 1 having been put to voters.
ABC7 San Francisco | March 18, 2024

Huge Microsoft plant is draining tiny Arizona town of its water supply to power AI and cloud development - with locals furious tech giant is redacting its figures in city's records

Arizona is not the only place with AI-related water issues. UC Riverside estimated last year that global AI demand could cause data centers to use up to 1.7 trillion gallons of fresh water by 2027.
The Daily Mail UK | March 17, 2024

Presence of parasite that’s deadly for dogs now confirmed in California: Signs to watch for

UCR nematologist Adler Dillman confirms, for the first time, the presence of a dog-killing flatworm in California.
The Los Angeles Times | March 14, 2024

California dog owners warned of lethal river parasite

"If you're swimming in the Colorado River with them, your pets are in peril," UCR nematologist Adler Dillman said.
Newsweek | March 14, 2024

Portion of US adults identifying as LGBTQ has more than doubled in last 12 years

Brandon Robinson, an associate professor and department chair of gender and sexuality studies at the University of California, Riverside, said the growing numbers show that people sense greater societal acceptance and/or support systems for those who identify as LGBTQ+.
USA Today | March 13, 2024

Taxes and Migration: New Evidence from Academic Research

UCR economist and associate professor Ugu Antonio Troiano’s research included in the Tax Foundation’“s article: “Taxes and Migration: New Evidence from Academic Research.”
Tax Foundation | March 12, 2024

Vaping 'may increase risk of catching Covid' as new study issues grim warning

According to Prue Talbot, it would probably be best for vapers to quit vaping for the protection of their health and to stop nicotine dependency.
The Mirror UK | March 8, 2024

California universities struggle to graduate Black students. Cultural centers aim to help

Jamal Myrick, African Student Programs director, speaks on the importance of supporting Black students — 80% feel the center makes them feel at home.
Cal Matters | March 8, 2024

Algae-gene-boosted crop plants grow better by using more light

UCR bioengineer Tingting Xiang and chemical engineer Robert Jinkerson discovered the gene that enables marine algae to produce a unique type of chlorophyll. Then they successfully implanted this gene in a land plant, paving the way for better crop yields on less land. 
New Atlas | March 7, 2024

How lightning on exoplanets could make it harder to find alien life

Lightning appears to us as a bright flash, usually during a big rainstorm, and it’s caused by electricity in the atmosphere discharging between clouds or to the ground. It also “influences the chemistry of planetary atmospheres, including, as we all know, on Earth,” explains UCR astrobiologist Edward Schwieterman.

Monitoring Spinal Cord Activity During Surgery in Real-Time

Vasileios Christopoulos, assistant professor of bioengineering at UCR, helped develop an innovative tool not only visualizes the spinal cord but also tracks the cord’s real-time response to treatments.
Neuroscience News | March 7, 2024

Investors gobbling up homes in one of California's last 'affordable' regions

UCR public policy professor David Brady says housing is the need that is hardest to meet in California.
SF Gate | March 5, 2024

How the gene-editing technology CRISPR is changing tomatoes, grapes and cattle

Mark Hoddle and UCR's Center for Invasive Species Research are commended for the work they're doing to mitigate glassy-winged sharpshooters. These pests are costing California vineyards more than $100 million a year.
KCRW FM | March 1, 2024

AI is taking water from the desert

UCR research was included in a story in the Atlantic on water consumption and AI.
The Atlantic | March 1, 2024

She binged true crime on Netflix. Then she helped free two men from prison

A story about the fight to free Jofama Coleman, who served 14 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. He is now a UCR student.
The Los Angeles Times | February 28, 2024

Newly discovered roundworm species could help limit pesticide use

UCR nematology professor Adler Dillman's laboratory discovered a beneficial new species of tiny worm that could serve as an alternative to pesticides. 
ABC10 News San Diego | February 27, 2024

First Great White Shark newborn possibly captured on camera

Phillip Sternes, a UCR graduate student, and his photographer friend, Carlos Gauna, have become the first two people to document a newborn Great White shark in the wild.
ABC10 News San Diego | February 27, 2024

Queer Catholic Wedding in San Diego

Kori K. R. Pacyniak, doctoral student, teaching assistant, and associate instructor with UCR’s Department for the Study of Religion and Gender and Sexuality Studies Department spoke with Love Inc. regarding an announcement by the Vatican that seems to be an attempt to welcome the LGBTQ+ community.
Love Inc. | February 21, 2024

Students panic after new financial aid application blocks them: ‘I don’t know who to call’

CalMatters' story about a college financial aid glitch affecting the children of immigrants quotes Jose Aguilar, UCR's financial aid director.
Cal Matters | February 20, 2024