Climate change: a dirt-y business
Groundwater is essential for growing crops, but new research shows climate change is making it harder for soil to absorb rainfall. While the idea that soil particles rearrange themselves in response to environmental conditions is not new, scientists once thought these shifts in the ground happened slowly. Not anymore.
They say love is blind, but if you’re a queen honeybee it could mean true loss of sight. New research finds male honeybees inject toxins during sex that cause temporary blindness. All sexual activity occurs during a brief early period in a honeybee’s life, during which males die and queens can live for many years without ever mating again.
Monster tumbleweed: Invasive new species is here to stay
A new species of gigantic tumbleweed once predicted to go extinct is not only here to stay — it’s likely to expand its territory. The species, Salsola ryanii, is significantly larger than either of its parent plants, which can grow up to 6 feet tall. A new study from UC Riverside supports the theory that the new tumbleweed grows more vigorously because it is a hybrid with doubled pairs of its parents’ chromosomes.
Making sense of a ‘7.1’
Abhijit Ghosh, UCR associate professor of geophysics, is racing to understand everything he can about the fault that was unknown until it produced a 7.1 magnitude earthquake on July 5. Ghosh's work could help officials prepare for the next big shake.
An alternate theory for what causes Alzheimer's disease
A UC Riverside study points to lysosomal storage observed in all brains afflicted with the disease; finding could open up new avenues for treatment and prevention
Out of this world: An alumna’s dream comes true
Brittany Seto ’16, who studied computer science at UC Riverside, interned at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where a record number of UCR undergraduates are spending the summer
Grant to physicist gives study of strongly interacting systems a boost
A physicist at the University of California, Riverside, has received a grant of about $523,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy to study the possible emergent behavior of “strongly interacting systems,” an important area of focus in solid-state physics. Specifically, when the repulsive Coulomb force between electrons in a solid becomes strong, new behaviors — not easily understood from knowledge of the microscopic laws of nature — are possible.
NASA’s TESS mission finds ‘missing link’ planets
NASA’s newest planet-hunting satellite has discovered a type of planet missing from our own solar system. Launched in 2018, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, has found three new worlds around a neighboring star. Stephen Kane, a UC Riverside associate professor of planetary astrophysics, says the new star system, called TESS Object of Interest, or TOI-270, is exactly what the satellite was designed to find.
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September 11, 2019
Changes afoot at UCR’s garden oasis
UCR Botanic Gardens sees improvements For decades, the UCR Botanic Gardens have served as a quiet getaway tucked in a corner of campus where one can explore and enjoy nature. The 40-acre living plant museum still stands as an oasis from the bustle of campus, but some changes have been implemented in the past three years to…
August 23, 2019
Data-driven discovery of one-dimensional materials
Balandin and Bartels receive $1.12 million grant to discover new van der Waals materials Alexander Balandin, a distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering at UC Riverside and Ludwig Bartels, a professor of chemistry, have received a $1.12 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct…
August 23, 2019
Physicists present results from updated search for new invisible particles
Physicists Bill Gary and Owen Long, members of the Compact Muon Solenoid, or CMS, Collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC, at CERN, recently completed a “legacy” analysis from the LHC Run 2, the first high-energy run of the LHC. The CMS experiment is a large particle-capturing detector at CERN. The research paper has…
August 22, 2019
UCR professor named research ambassador
Boerge Hemmerling, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy and an expert on optics and lasers, is one of 21 scientists selected to serve as a Research Ambassador for the German Academic Exchange Service, or DAAD, during the 2019-20 academic year. DAAD Research Ambassadors are scholars and scientists in North America…
August 22, 2019
UCR paleontologist wins prestigious prize
Mary Droser, a decorated paleontology professor, now has another accolade to her name. She is the winner of the 2019 Moore Medal in Paleontology awarded by the Society for Sedimentary Geology. More than 2,700 geoscientists belong to the society, which exists to help members share research with one another and enhance public…
August 22, 2019
UCR fellows produce winning water-education film
An educational film about water produced by UC Riverside students took second place in an environmental film competition hosted by the American Chemical Society. The group’s Committee on Environmental Improvement held the film competition at its national meeting in San Diego from Aug. 25-29. The film already won in the “Water’s…
August 14, 2019
Elite Food and Agriculture Research fellowship goes to UCR doctoral student
UC Riverside Environmental Toxicology doctoral student Danielle Stevenson is one of only 17 people nationwide selected as a 2019 Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research, or FFAR, fellow. Environmental Toxicology doctoral student Danielle Stevenson. (UCR / Ilse Ungeheuer)The fellowship program is run by the College of…
August 12, 2019
Latest rankings place UCR at No. 12 among U.S. colleges
Money magazine's Best Colleges for Your Money rewards increase in six-year graduation rates UC Riverside jumped 20 places — to No. 12 in the U.S. and No. 9 among public universities — in a prestigious college ranking list published annually by Money magazine. As the trend of shifting formulas among the top rankings lists…