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Chemical discovery gets reluctant seeds to sprout
Seeds that would otherwise lie dormant will spring to life with the aid of a new chemical discovered by a UC Riverside-led team. 
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Grow and eat your own vaccines?
The future of vaccines may look more like eating a salad than getting a shot in the arm. UC Riverside scientists are studying whether they can turn edible plants like lettuce into mRNA vaccine factories.
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Astronomers explain origin of elusive ultradiffuse galaxies
UC Riverside astronomer and colleagues use simulations to reveal how the very faint dwarf galaxies are born
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Hummingbirds can smell their way out of danger
In less time than it takes to read this sentence, hummingbirds can catch a whiff of potential trouble. That’s the result of new UC Riverside research showing, contrary to popular belief, the tiny birds do have an active sense of smell.
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Dena Plemmons: Research ethics are top of mind
UCR is the first of two UC campuses to have a fully funded research ethics program.
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Sending kids back to school: is it too soon?
After more than a year of lockdown, school is back in session. But many people are wondering whether it should be. Here, UC Riverside experts in viruses, medical policy and education share their thoughts about whether in-person learning at this moment in time is an A+ idea, and offer ideas about how to move forward.
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Salton Sea restoration efforts could fail without science
There are finally efforts under way to improve the environmental health disaster that is the Salton Sea — California’s largest and most polluted lake. However, a group of UC Riverside scientists, engineers, medical experts, and economists has published a new report warning that without science, these efforts may not succeed.
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Study shows common insecticide is harmful in any amount
A new UC Riverside study shows that a type of insecticide made for commercial plant nurseries is harmful to a typical bee even when applied well below the label rate.
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Use of pure menthol instead of mint oil in e-cigarette fluids may reduce cancer risk
UC Riverside study compared three classes of chemicals in Puff and JUUL e-cigarette fluids
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Fourteen UC Riverside professors receive NSF CAREER Awards
The number shatters UCR’s record for CAREER Awards set only last year
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Department of Energy renewal grant supports student research at Brookhaven National Lab
Kenneth Barish, a professor of physics and astronomy, has received a three-year renewal grant of more than $1 million from the Department of Energy, or DOE, to support the activities of the Nucleon Spin Physics Group at UC Riverside.
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Physicist receives NSF grant to develop instruments for gravitational wave detectors
Jonathan Richardson, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy, has received a grant of $480,000 from the National Science Foundation to develop advanced instrumentation for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, or LIGO, based at sites in Louisiana and Washington. 
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Desert champion wins prestigious conservation award
Cameron Barrows, UCR conservation biologist and tireless protector of desert flora and fauna, is the 2020 Minerva Hoyt Conservation Award winner.
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Study evaluates Inland Empire transgender and gender nonconforming patients’ experiences
UC Riverside partnered with the Transgender Health and Wellness Center to conduct focus groups about patient experiences
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Scientists publish perspective on boosting stem cell immunity to viruses
Shou-wei Ding and Shabihah Shahrudin weigh in on research that could improve antiviral siRNA therapeutics
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Brain injury lab receives additional federal funding to boost research
Earlier this year, Viji Santhakumar, an associate professor of molecular, cell and systems biology, received funding from the National Institute of Neurological Disaster and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health, or NIH, to further pursue research on moderate concussive brain injury.
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