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

The newest California water-worry is the megastorm

Research from UCLA and other sources recently predicted another “big one” to hit the West Coast. This time, it’s not an earthquake, but a “megastorm.” Such a flood typically hits California every 100 to 200 years, but the dynamics and frequency of this storm will be exacerbated by climate change...

By J.D. Warren | | 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

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

Why Jupiter doesn’t have rings like Saturn

Because it’s bigger, Jupiter ought to have larger, more spectacular rings than Saturn has. But new UC Riverside research shows Jupiter’s massive moons prevent that vision from lighting up the night sky.

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

Upward ventilation offers better protection from indoor coronavirus transmission

A simple change in the direction of the air forced through indoor gathering spaces by heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems, could reduce the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19.

NSF-funded project aims to enhance STEM graduate training in sustainable transportation

New UC Riverside program will train doctoral students on translating science into public policy

Ancient microbes may help us find extraterrestrial life forms

Using light-capturing proteins in living microbes, UC Riverside scientists helped reconstruct what life was like for some of Earth’s earliest organisms. These efforts could help us one day recognize signs of life on other planets.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Artificial photosynthesis can produce food without sunshine

Scientists are developing artificial photosynthesis to help make food production more energy-efficient here on Earth, and one day possibly on Mars

By Holly Ober | | 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

Who benefits from brain training and why?

If you are skilled at playing puzzles on your smartphone or tablet, what does it say about how fast you learn new puzzles, or, more broadly, how well you can focus, say, in school or at work? Or, in the language of psychologists, does “near transfer” predict “far transfer”? A...

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

Protecting computer vision from adversarial attacks

UC Riverside engineers are developing methods to keep self-driving cars and autonomous drones from being hacked

By Holly Ober | | 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

You, too, can grow California’s oldest living orange variety

The 1000th tree okayed for growing by California’s Citrus Clonal Protection Program happens to be the oldest living orange variety in the state.

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.