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UC Riverside joins new NSF center for the preservation of biological systems
The grant is the campus’ first successful bid for an NSF Engineering Research Center
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Surprising number of exoplanets could host life
A new UC Riverside study shows other stars could have as many as seven Earth-like planets in the absence of a gas giant like Jupiter. 
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Scientists unlock genetic secrets of wine growers’ worst enemy
Following a decade-long effort, scientists have mapped out the genome of an aphid-like pest capable of decimating vineyards. In so doing, they have discovered how it spreads — and potentially how to stop it. 
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Using artificial intelligence to smell the roses
UC Riverside study applies machine learning to olfaction with possible vast applications in flavors and fragrances
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Hot or cold, venomous vipers still quick to strike
Most reptiles move slower when temperatures drop, but venomous rattlesnakes appear to be an exception. The cold affects them, but not as much as scientists expected. 
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Parasitic worm venom evades human immune system
It’s likely that billions of people are unaware they have been infected with parasitic worms. A UC Riverside scientist has won $1.8 million to try and understand why.  The National Institutes of Health granted an Outstanding Investigator Award to Adler Dillman, an assistant professor of parasitology, so he can shed light on the mystery of worm infections that escape detection by human immune systems. 
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Parasite infestations revealed by tiny chicken backpacks
Blood-feeding livestock mites can be detected with wearable sensor technology nicknamed “Fitbits for chickens.”
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UC Riverside discovers first effective treatment for citrus-destroying disease
UC Riverside scientists have found the first substance capable of controlling Citrus Greening Disease, which has devastated citrus farms in Florida and also threatens California. 
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