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They’re not really called ‘murder hornets.’ And they’re probably not as bad as you think

LA TIMES -- When news of the Asian giant hornet’s arrival in the United States first broke, the public was understandably worried: First the coronavirus, now “murder hornets”? What’s next, three days of darkness? But bug experts from Washington, where the hornet was discovered in the U.S., to California agree that the 2-inch hornet is...
By Faith E. Pinho | LA Times |

Murder hornets in the U.S. are dangerous, but entomologists say don’t panic

BUSTLE -- The world has been abuzz (yep, pun totally intended) about the arrival of the Asian giant hornet, otherwise known by the charming nickname "murder hornet," in North America. The New York Times reports that they've been found in Vancouver Island and Washington State, and there's a concern that scientists won't be able to...
By JR Thorpe | Bustle |

'Murder Hornets' are in the United States. These other dangerous bugs are more common

USA TODAY -- An invasive hornet species that slaughters honeybees and can be deadly to humans is sparking concern in the United States. A small number of "murder hornets," an invasive species of Asian giant hornet, have been spotted in the Pacific Northwest. While experts have been tracking the invasive species in the U.S. for...
By N'dea Yancey-Bragg | USA Today |

To have a healthy garden, it doesn’t hurt to have these bugs around

THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE -- One of the common frustrations of gardening is having to deal with creepy, crawly insects that chew up the leaves of your plants and their fruits once they eventually make them, with bugs such as aphids, snails and mealybugs being some of the notable offenders. But not all bugs are bad, and...
By Alex Groves | The Press-Enterprise |

Gilead poised to upend market with its first Covid-19 study data

BLOOMBERG -- Gilead Sciences Inc., whose Covid-19 treatment has whipsawed markets amid conflicting early reports about its efficacy, is set to report the first results from a company-sponsored study of the experimental drug. Data from the first 400 severely ill coronavirus patients being treated with Remdesivir in an open-label study are expected before the end...
By Cristin Flanagan | Bloomberg |

Want to save your citrus trees? Start a full-fledged insect war

LA TIMES --Growing citrus is a dicey business these days in Southern California, and not at all recommended if you live within a two-mile radius of a tree infected with Huanglongbing disease — a.k.a. HLB or citrus greening disease. However, if you live outside a “red zone” and you’re willing to actively fight the disease...
By Jeanette Marrantos | LA Times |

This is a great time to busy yourself with Bees

ATLAS OBSCURA -- When Hollis Woodard picks up the phone on a Friday afternoon in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, she has to pry her hands from the dirt. “I’m working on the yard furiously to try and soothe myself,” she says. Woodard, an entomologist at the University of California, Riverside, studies bumble bees—a...
By Jessica Leigh Hester | Atlas Obscura |

UC Riverside acknowledged for growing its low-income student base

The American Talent Initiative, or ATI, recently named UC Riverside as among the nation’s top universities for enrolling low-income students. ATI was formed in December 2016 to encourage American colleges and universities with the highest graduation rates to enroll more students from low- and middle-income backgrounds. A recent report summarizing ATI’s first three years asserts...
By John Warren | Inside UCR |

Here’s what happens to science when California’s researchers shelter in place

CALMATTERS -- As California officials desperately try to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, Chris Miller is coaxing a sample of the virus to grow in a secure laboratory at UC Davis. Working in a laboratory nestled inside containment rooms and cut off from the world by filters, scientists dressed in space suit-like protective...
By Rachel Becker | CalMatters |

This worm-like creature is the first ancestor on the human and animal family tree

CNN -- Evidence of a worm-like creature about the size of a grain of rice has been uncovered in South Australia, and researchers believe it is the oldest ancestor on the family tree that includes humans and most animals. The creature lived 555 million years ago. It's considered to be the earliest bilaterian. Bilaterians are...
By Ashley Strickland| CNN |

California adds online triage for Coronavirus to help with test shortages

CALMATTERS -- California still does not have enough capacity to test for coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Sunday, despite furious efforts by private, university and government laboratories to scale up to handle thousands of more patients. To help triage the crush of Californians in the Bay Area who want to be tested for the novel...
By Rachel Becker | CalMatters |

Why bees have one of the most important jobs in America

The bee population is declining and experts say that’s a serious issue because they provide us with a very important service … pollination. Professor Boris Baer of UC Riverside talks about how 1/3 of the food grown in the U.S. is pollinated by bees, a process necessary for plants to reproduce. Baer says traditionally, beekeepers...
By "In Focus" staff | In Focus |

Life on Mars: what climate change tells us about the red planet

INVERSE -- Timothy Lyons, a distinguished professor of biogeochemistry, discusses his new research to better understand the history of the atmosphere on Mars. -- Scientists have developed a new model to better understand whether Mars once hosted water — and maybe even life. The Martian surface is an inhospitable place: It is too cold for...
By SOFIA QUAGLIA | Inverse |

UCR ranked among 10 best California colleges

UC Riverside has cracked the top 10 of Money magazine’s 10 Best Colleges in California rankings in 2020. The rankings, released Feb. 18, are based on its 2019 "Best Colleges For Your Money" list, which scores institutions on affordability, quality of education, and student outcomes. UCR jumped 20 places to No. 12 in that list...
By Imran Ghori | Inside UCR |

Harmful levels of metal linked to DNA damage found in the urine of e-cigarette users

NEWS-MEDICAL -- Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have completed a cross-sectional human study that compares biomarkers and metal concentrations in the urine of e-cigarette users, nonsmokers, and cigarette smokers. They found that the biomarkers, which reflect exposure, effect, and potential harm, are both elevated in e-cigarette users compared to the other groups and...
By Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor) | News-Medical |

"Facing Fire" exhibition opens at the California Museum of Photography in Riverside

California residents are acutely familiar with wildfires. Blazes of increasing scale, severity, and destructiveness burn across the state throughout longer and longer fire seasons. Sixteen of the 20 largest fires in California history occurred in the last two decades — six in the 18-month span ending August 2019. Those six fires burned 3.65 million acres...
By Jessica Weber | UCR News |

In the Noah’s Ark of citrus, caretakers try to stave off a fruit apocalypse

LOS ANGELES TIMES -- It has been described as a Noah’s Ark for citrus: two of every kind. Spread over 22 acres, UC Riverside’s 113-year-old Givaudan Citrus Variety Collection was founded as a place to gather and study as many citrus specimens as possible — right now, the inventory numbers at over 1,000. It’s an...
By Gustavo Arellano | Los Angeles Times |

Will There Be a Super Bloom in 2020? Probably Not.

LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE -- “Super blooms”–seasons in which unusually high numbers of wildflowers blossom in California’s deserts–can only occur if very specific conditions are met. We saw the phenomenon last year and in 2017, but before that, there had not been one since 2008. And, it seems, there is no reason to expect a super...
By Brittany Martin | Los Angeles Magazine |

UCR is #3 in Hispanic STEM graduates

NSF's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), ranked UCR #3 in Hispanic STEM graduates in the nation, in its 2019 Report, Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering. The report provides statistical information about the participation of underrepresented groups in science and engineering education and employment. The rankings are available...
By CNAS Communications |

Scientists perplexed by huge, mysterious "Monster" Galaxy that suddenly went dark

INDEPENDENT, UK -- Scientists have been left puzzled by a vast "monster" galaxy that mysteriously went dark. The web of stars, known as XMM-2599, existed about 12 billion years ago, in the early days of the universe, when it was only about 1.8 billion years old. It spewed out a vast number of stars in...
By Andrew Griffin | Independent, UK |
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