News Articles with Topic: Science / Technology

Parasitic plants conspire to keep hosts alive

The plant that encourages kissing at Christmas is in fact a parasite, and new research reveals mistletoe has an unusual feeding strategy. When two mistletoes invade the same tree, they increase photosynthesis to get the nutrients they need, essentially sharing the tree and causing it less harm.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Polymer film protects from electromagnetic radiation, signal interference

The breakthrough combines excellent electromagnetic shielding with ease of manufacture and electrical isolation

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

Commuters are inhaling unacceptably high levels of carcinogens

New UC Riverside research shows the average commuter in California is breathing unsustainably high levels of benzene and formaldehyde, two Prop. 65-listed, carcinogenic chemicals.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Moiré patterns facilitate discovery of novel insulating phases

UC Riverside-led study observed unexpected insulating phases by placing electrons on stacked monolayers of 2D semiconductors

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Star-shaped brain cells may be linked to stuttering

UC Riverside-led study examined the effects of the medication risperidone on brain metabolism in stuttering

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Health, Science / Technology

Astronomers offer possible explanation for elusive dark-matter-free galaxies

UC Riverside-led study finds extreme tidal mass loss in dwarf galaxies formed in a simulation

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Researchers find peptide that treats, prevents killer citrus disease

New UC Riverside research affirms a unique peptide found in an Australian plant can destroy the No. 1 killer of citrus trees worldwide and help prevent infection.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

On safari at UC Riverside

Wildlife experts explain why you won’t meet mountain lions in the Botanic Gardens

By Holly Ober | | University, Science / Technology

Study finds childhood diet has lifelong impact

Eating too much fat and sugar as a child can alter your microbiome for life, even if you later learn to eat healthier, a new UC Riverside study in mice suggests.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

How to burst your bubble: broadening your social media horizons

A computer scientist explains how our online behavior drives us into echo chambers

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

Scientists solve long-standing mystery by a whisker

UC Riverside mouse study shows where in the brain sensory input is transformed to movement

Turning food waste back into food

UC Riverside scientists have discovered fermented food waste can boost bacteria that increase crop growth, making plants more resistant to pathogens and reducing carbon emissions from farming.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Astronomers measure enormous planet lurking far from its star

Scientists aren’t usually able to measure the size of gigantic planets, like Jupiter or Saturn, which are far from the stars they orbit. But a UC Riverside-led team has done it.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

‘Super Earth’ discovered near one of our galaxy’s oldest stars

A hot, rocky “super Earth,” near one of the oldest stars in the galaxy has taken a team of planet-hunting scientists by surprise.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Scientists developing new solutions for honeybee colony collapse

The University of California, Riverside, is leading a new effort to stop and reverse a worldwide decline in honeybees, which threatens food security and prices.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Delicious and disease-free: scientists attempting new citrus varieties

UC Riverside scientists are betting an ancient solution will solve citrus growers’ biggest problem by breeding new fruits with natural resistance to a deadly tree disease. The hybrid fruits will ideally share the best of their parents’ attributes: the tastiness of the best citrus, and the resistance to Huanglongbing, or...

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Root bacteria could help defeat fatal citrus disease

A UC Riverside-led team is looking at tiny underground microorganisms for a way to prevent a huge problem — Huanglongbing, a disease with no cure that has decimated citrus orchards worldwide. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded the team $10 million to investigate the role of soil...

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Graduate student’s BADASS code has astronomical benefits

Open-source code developed at UC Riverside is free, versatile, and easy to use

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Proteins enable crop-infecting fungi to ‘smell’ food

New UC Riverside research shows the same proteins that enable human senses such as smell also allow certain fungi to sense something they can eat. The study offers new avenues for protecting people from starvation due to pathogenic fungus-induced food shortages. Understanding how fungi sense and digest plants can also...

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Optical pre-processing makes computer vision more robust and energy efficient

Hybrid neural network can reconstruct Arabic or Japanese characters that it hasn’t seen before

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology