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Experts: Nation needs to prepare for next pandemic, even if it's not bird flu

Yahoo News via UPI |
Brandon Brown, a professor of public health at UCR's School of Medicine, says that although much of society has moved on from the most recent pandemic, COVID-19 is still here and new variants may emerge.
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How AI Is Fueling a Boom in Data Centers and Energy Demand

Time |
Shaolei Ren led a team of UC Riverside researchers who estimated that global AI demand could cause data centers to consume over 1 trillion gallons of fresh water by 2027. 
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Could applying medical nanotech to crops revolutionise farming?

New Food Magazine |
UCR's Juan Pablo Giraldo, and colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University, argue that applying nanotechnology to agriculture may help growers meet increasing global food demands.
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After Jan. 6, Twitter banned 70,000 right-wing accounts. Lies plummeted.

Washington Post |
In the week after the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection, Twitter suspended some 70,000 accounts, citing their role in spreading misinformation that was fueling real-world violence. A new study led by UCR's Kevin Esterling finds the move had an immediate and widespread impact on the overall spread of bogus information on the social media site.
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Coming to grips with a climate paradox: Less air pollution spurs more wildfires

Anthropocene Magazine |
It’s hard to fathom that there’s an upside to air pollution. But it’s becoming clear that, paradoxically, cleaning up tailpipes and smokestacks comes with a price for the planet. A study led by UCR climate scientist Robert Allen shows that as we cut polluting emissions of aerosols such as sulfur dioxide, scientists are uncovering the myriad ways these tiny, sunlight-reflecting particles have been taking some of the sting out of global warming.
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Reducing aerosol pollution causes more wildfires in an ironic twist of fate

Earth.com |
A study led by UCR climatologist Robert Allen reveals a startling paradox: reducing air pollution could lead to an increase in forest fires, particularly in the vast boreal forests of the northern hemisphere.
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How sharks survived a major spike in Earth's temperature

MSN / Phys.org |
The sharks we know today as the open ocean's top predators evolved from stubby bottom dwellers during a dramatic episode of global warming millions of years ago, according to a new study led by UCR doctoral candidate Phillip Sternes and Professor Tim Higham.
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Who Wants to Have Children in a Warming World?

Wired |
UCR environmental scientist Jade Sasser’s new book focuses on the racial dimensions of eco-anxiety. Among her findings: Women of color are likelier to say climate change will make them have fewer children than they want.