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Infected cantaloupe plants
Wild plants and crops don’t make great neighbors
Native plants and non-native crops do not fare well in proximity to one another, attracting pests that spread diseases in both directions, according to two new UC Riverside studies. 
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With spin centers, quantum computing takes a step forward
New devices could help find more efficient ways of storing and transferring information
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Earth observation from above
Exponentially increasing understanding of early life on Earth
A UC Riverside paper has opened the door to understanding more about early life on Earth, and to framing the search for life beyond this planet.
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terraformed planet illustration
Telltale greenhouse gases could signal alien activity
If aliens modified a planet in their solar system to make it warmer, we’d be able to tell. A new UC Riverside study identifies the artificial greenhouse gases that would be giveaways of a terraformed planet.
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Students studying at the Student Success Center
UCR advisor helped eliminate “probation” from academic language
The University of California has dropped the word “probation” from academic regulations – a change that a UC Riverside academic advisor helped push forward. The UC Academic Senate voted overwhelmingly on June 21 to remove the term probation and replace it with academic notice to alert students when they are falling behind in their studies. Brett McFarlane, director of the College of Natural and Agricultural Resources Sciences Undergraduate Academic Advising Center, worked with fellow advisors at partners UC campuses to make that change.
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Tara Gao
Sophomore wins UCR neuroscience award
The Austin and Helen Riesen Neuroscience Award is given to the top undergraduate student in the neuroscience program
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UCR soil scientist Matthew Amato
UCR soil researcher wins outstanding dissertation award
National recognition for soil scientist Matthew Amato
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Stars and light moving in space
Gravitational waves hint at dark matter and Big Bang mysteries
Study reports very simple forms of matter could generate detectable gravitational wave backgrounds soon after the Big Bang
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