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Soybean Oil Might Trigger Genetic Changes To The Brain

MSN HEALTH -- The health risks posed by using soybean oil, the most popular edible oil in the United States for decades, are still a matter of debate among health professionals. Soybean oil is a widely-used industrial ingredient among food firms that make processed and premade foods. It's also popular with restaurants because it's relatively...
By Johnny Vatican | MSN Health |

New way of detecting oxygen on exoplanets could help find life

CNN -- The search for oxygen on other planets outside of our solar system, called exoplanets, is thought to be an aid in the search for life outside of Earth. Now, astronomers have developed a new method for detecting oxygen on exoplanets, according to a new study published Monday. The scientists believe their new method...
By Ashley Strickland | CNN online |

Citrus greening disease attacks Corona trees, putting city in quarantine area

THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE -- The discovery of a dozen diseased fruit trees in Corona has fanned fears that citrus greening disease may soon ravage commercial orchards in Riverside County. Because of the finding, agriculture officials have expanded a sprawling Southern California quarantine area by 107 square miles, adding Corona, Norco and part of Chino, according to...
By David Downey | The Press-Enterprise |

It’s cold outside, but Earth is at its closest approach to the Sun

THE NEW YORK TIMES -- [Research by Stephen Kane, an associate professor of planetary astrophysics, is featured in an article about Earth's orbit around the sun, as well as the orbits of neighboring exoplanets.] In the wee hours of Sunday (2:47 a.m. Eastern time, to be exact), Earth will make its closest approach to the...
By Shannon Hall | The New York Times |

I've always wondered ... What’s with those little seedless holiday tangerines?

MARKETPLACE -- American Public Media's Marketplace, broadcast on National Public Radio affiliates around the U.S., features Givaudan Citrus Variety Collection curator Tracy Kahn in a segment about tangerines, also know as mandarins or clementines. Marketplace listener Rick Peters is 73, retired, and lives in Frederick, Maryland. He shared this memory: “When I was growing up,...
By Mitchell Hartman | Marketplace |

A maggot farm that upcycles food waste is coming to California

THE MERCURY NEWS -- In a nondescript industrial complex in western Riverside County, a British company is planning to put billions of black flies and maggots to work on a unique task: upcycling food waste. AgriProtein is building a plant in Jurupa Valley that will collect throw-away food typically sent to landfills. The waste becomes...
By Jack Katzanek | The Mercury News |

The Great Oxidation Event Explained: Scientists Developed a Model to Describe How the Tectonic Plates Affected the History of the Atmosphere

THE SCIENCE TIMES -- Our planet has not always been a suitable place for life, and even though our atmosphere has changed throughout eons to provide the air we breathe, the process in which it has undergone was intense according to a new study. HOW WAS EARTH ABLE TO PRODUCE BREATHABLE OXYGEN? The new study,...
By Staff Writer | The Science Times online |

The Hummingbird Whisperer

ALTA ONLINE -- When I was a kid, teaching myself to bird-watch, I would go out to the arboretum, and I found this one Anna’s hummingbird holding a territory.” Ornithologist Chris Clark ’s obsession with hummingbirds like the red-crowned Anna’s began with repeated visits to the University of Washington’s arboretum, in Seattle, at the age...
By Jason G. Goldman | Alta Online |

Brand New UCR Citrus Gifts, Anyone?

SCOTMEMOS -- Just in time for the holiday season, we are introducing a brand new collection of: marmalades, honey, olive oil, chocolate bars, indio mandarinquats, bar soaps, and lip balm . These products are made with produce from the UCR Citrus Variety Collection , one of the world's most diverse living collections of citrus species,...
By UCR Dining and Hospitality Services | Scotmemos |

Stargazers gather at UC Riverside to watch Mercury cross the sun — for the last time until 2032

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (PE) -- The 5-year-old children peering into telescopes at UC Riverside watched something Monday, Nov. 11, that they won’t see again until they’re at least 18. From Earth, the planet Mercury appeared to pass directly in front of the sun for several hours — beginning before sunrise and ending at 10:14 a.m. —...
By Ryan Hagen | The Press-Enterprise |

Monster Hybrid Tumbleweed Species Is Taking Over California, Scientists Warn

NEWSWEEK -- A new invasive species of tumbleweed that can grow up to six feet in height is taking over parts of California—and scientists are warning it could spread even further as climate change makes its growing conditions more favorable. Salsola ryanii was first identified in California in 2002. It is a hybrid made up...
By Hannah Osborne | Newsweek |

Supermassive black holes stop star formation in dwarf galaxies

Astronomy online⁠— Astronomers know that most galaxies house supermassive black holes in their centers, from the largest galaxies down to small dwarfs. They also know that when supermassive black holes are actively feeding, they can slow or even stop the formation of stars in their home. Although this relationship has been well established for large...
By Alison Klesman | Astronomy online |

Why Experts Consider Vaping to Be ‘Toxic Inhaling’

Healthline online-- The news about vaping from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) keeps getting more ominous. Today, the CDC reportedTrusted Source there are now 1,299 known cases of lung disease associated with the use of e-cigarette products. CDC officials added that there are 26 confirmed deaths from these illnesses. Those deaths include...
By Tony Hicks | Healthline online |

New California lab seeks cure to deadly citrus disease

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — In a lab southeast of Los Angeles, researchers are opening a new front in the yearslong battle against a tiny pest that has wreaked havoc on citrus groves around the world. California citrus growers and packers and the University of California, Riverside on Thursday marked the opening of an $8 million...
By Amy Taxin | Associated Press |

UC Riverside Scientist Makes Key Discovery About Evolution Thanks To Guppies

NPR/KVCR-- A UC Riverside scientist has made a key discovery about evolution from an unlikely source: guppies. UCR professor of biology David Reznick used the small fish to study this question: do animals evolve in response to the risk of being eaten, or to the environment that they create in the absence of predators? According...
By Benjamin Purpur | NPR / KVCR |

UCR Studying Previously Unknown Fault Underneath Ridgecrest

NPR/KVCR -- On July 6, just a day after the 7.1 earthquake in Ridgecrest, Ghosh drove out to the city to install 25 seismometers in the ground. Seismometers are instruments that measure vibrations in the ground and record them into a data log that can be used to analyze earthquakes. Ghosh will use this data...
By Benjamin Purper | NPR / KVCR |

Joshua Trees Are Being Wiped Out by Climate Change

While some Joshua trees will hang on if humans rapidly lower their carbon emissions, if no action is taken to stop climate change we’ll lose nearly all of these iconic spiky trees, which only live in the area near southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park. Published in the journal Ecosphere in June , the study...
By Jessenia Funes | GIZMODO online |
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