News Articles with Topic: Science / Technology

Common pipe alloy can form cancer-causing chemical in drinking water

Water disinfectant reacts with chromium in iron pipes to form hexavalent chromium

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

Understanding bacteria’s metabolism could improve biofuel production

A new study reveals how bacteria control the chemicals produced from consuming ‘food.’ The insight could lead to organisms that are more efficient at converting plants into biofuels. The study, authored by scientists at UC Riverside and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been published in the Journal of the Royal...

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

New method identifies adaptive mutations in complex evolving populations

UC Riverside study focused on how HIV mutates to escape the immune system

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Sniffing your way to the gym

Exercise motivation could be linked to certain smells, UC Riverside mouse study finds

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Simple new testing method aims to improve time-release drugs

Glass tuning-fork-shaped tubing gives accurate, continuous measurements of drug dissolution

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

Grant enables first nationwide effort to save native bees

Though regional studies have tracked the decline of native bees, there hasn’t been a coordinated nationwide effort to monitor these pollinators — until now. UC Riverside entomologist Hollis Woodard and bee researchers at 11 other institutions are now gathering data that will help governments and land managers justify new protective...

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

A robot that tells growers when to water crops is on the way

Researchers are creating an autonomous mobile robot to sample leaves and measure their water potential

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

Unraveling a mystery surrounding embryonic cells

Neural crest study results could boost stem cell therapies

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Health, Science / Technology

Reducing aerosol pollution without cutting carbon dioxide could make the planet hotter

Humans must reduce carbon dioxide and aerosol pollution simultaneously to avoid weakening the ocean’s ability to keep the planet cool, new UC Riverside research shows.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

SourceFinder software stalks malware in the wild

UC Riverside computer scientists develop tool to locate malware source code repositories

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

DNS cache poisoning ready for a comeback

Derandomizing the source port enables attacks that work on all layers of DNS caches

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

Switching magnetic polarity at record speed

Researchers develop way to use magnetic materials for data storage that is 50 times faster than previous attempts

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

Chemicals in your living room cause diabetes in mice

A new UC Riverside study shows flame retardants found in nearly every American home cause mice to give birth to offspring that become diabetic.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Too much hype, too soon?

The news arrived Monday that the world has been awaiting since spring: a vaccine has been developed that shows a high degree of efficacy in late-stage trials: 90%. That puts it in the company of effective vaccines such as for measles, and well beyond what the medical community hoped for...

To survive asteroid impact, algae learned to hunt

Tiny, seemingly harmless ocean plants survived the darkness of the asteroid strike that killed the dinosaurs by learning a ghoulish behavior — eating other living creatures.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Raising the bar through authentic research

Boil the water, add the ingredients, stir. The instructions given in undergraduate science labs can feel a bit like making ramen noodles. “Lab courses that accompany many large science undergraduate lectures often adopt a cookbook-type approach, where students follow a series of instructions in a stepwise process without really understanding...

Wildfires can cause dangerous debris flows

Wildfires don’t stop being dangerous after the flames go out. Even one modest rainfall after a fire can cause a deadly landslide, according to new UC Riverside research. “When fire moves through a watershed, it creates waxy seals that don’t allow water to penetrate the soil anymore,” explained environmental science...

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

The first human settlers on islands caused extinctions

Though some believe prehistoric humans lived in harmony with nature, a new UC Riverside analysis of fossils shows human arrival in the Bahamas caused some birds to be lost from the islands and other species to be completely wiped out.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

UC Riverside receives $7.5 million to improve large-scale networked systems

New Department of Defense Center of Excellence will help develop secure, fully networked command, control, and communications infrastructures

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

Carb-eating bacteria under viral threat

Strictly speaking, humans cannot digest complex carbohydrates — that’s the job of bacteria in our large intestines. UC Riverside scientists have just discovered a new group of viruses that attack these bacteria.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology