The no-tech way to preserve California’s state grass

Though it is disappearing, California’s official state grass has the ability to live for 100 years or more. New research demonstrates that sheep and cattle can help it achieve that longevity.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Chemical cocktail in skin summons disease-spreading mosquitoes

A UC Riverside-led team discovered the exact chemical combination that causes Zika, dengue and yellow fever-spreading mosquitoes to locate and land on their victims.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Mexican mangroves have been capturing carbon for 5,000 years

Researchers have identified a new reason to protect mangrove forests: they’ve been quietly keeping carbon out of Earth’s atmosphere for the past 5,000 years.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Could more of Earth’s surface host life?

Of all known planets, Earth is as friendly to life as any planet could possibly be — or is it? If Jupiter’s orbit changes, a new study shows Earth could be more hospitable than it is today. When a planet has a perfectly circular orbit around its star, the distance...

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Unraveling a mystery surrounding cosmic matter

UC Riverside physicist and colleague invoke the cosmological collider to explain why matter, and not antimatter, dominates the universe

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Researchers devise tunable conducting edge

Technology reported in UC Riverside-led study has nanoelectronic applications

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Sleeping giant could end deep ocean life 

A previously overlooked factor — the position of continents — helps fill Earth’s oceans with life-supporting oxygen. Continental movement could ultimately have the opposite effect, killing most deep ocean creatures. “Continental drift seems so slow, like nothing drastic could come from it, but when the ocean is primed, even a...

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Cousin of crop-killing bacteria mutating rapidly

A bacterial species closely related to deadly citrus greening disease is rapidly evolving its ability to infect insect hosts, and possibly plants as well.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Drought increases microbe-laden dust landing in Sierras

Dust from all over the world is landing in the Sierra Nevada mountains carrying microbes that are toxic to both plants and humans. Research from UC Riverside shows higher concentrations of the dust are landing at lower elevations, where people are more likely to be hiking.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Coolants in Puff electronic cigarettes present health hazard

UC Riverside-led study highlights need for regulation to protect public health

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Health

The chemical controlling life and death in hair follicles

A single chemical is key to controlling when hair follicle cells divide, and when they die. This discovery could not only treat baldness, but ultimately speed wound healing because follicles are a source of stem cells.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Switching from tobacco to e-cigarettes does not reverse respiratory epithelium damage

UC Riverside study reports e-cigarette prolonged use may contribute to airway epithelium damage and lead to respiratory diseases

How stressed-out plants produce their own aspirin 

Plants protect themselves from environmental hazards by producing salicylic acid, also known as aspirin. A new understanding of this process may help plants survive climate change.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Plant stress transformed into rapid tests for dangerous chemicals

UC Riverside scientists have modified proteins involved in plants’ natural response to stress, making them the basis of innovative tests for banned pesticides and deadly, synthetic cannabinoids.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Scientists fail to locate once-common CA bumble bees

Several species of California bumble bees have gone missing in the first statewide census of the fuzzy pollinators in 40 years. If they can be found, a recent court ruling could help save them.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Genetic discovery could spell mosquitoes’ death knell

A UC Riverside genetic discovery could turn disease-carrying mosquitoes into insect Peter Pans, preventing them from ever maturing or multiplying.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Human skin can be damaged by exposure to thirdhand smoke and electronic cigarette spills

A relatively short exposure is sufficient to cause the damage, UC Riverside study finds

Antibiotics wreak havoc on athletic performance

By killing essential gut bacteria, antibiotics ravage athletes’ motivation and endurance. The UC Riverside-led mouse study suggests the microbiome is a big factor separating athletes from couch potatoes.

Pheromones lure deadly palm weevils to their doom

UC Riverside scientists have a new chemical weapon to seduce and kill the invasive, long-nosed beetles destroying California palm trees by the tens of thousands.