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Chemical ‘nose’ sniffs critical differences in DNA structures
Small changes in the structure of DNA have been implicated in breast cancer and other diseases, but they’ve been extremely difficult to detect — until now. Using what they describe as a “chemical nose,” UC Riverside chemists are able to “smell” when bits of DNA are folded in unusual ways.
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$1 million project helps tribal nations adapt to climate change
UC Riverside ecologists are leading a $1 million plant protection project that will help Southern California’s tribal nations adapt to climate change. 
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Researchers use a nanoscale synthetic antiferromagnet to toggle nonlinear spin dynamics
UC Riverside-led work could lead to better computer technologies
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UCR ecologist on geoengineering: a new solution to the climate crisis
As many gather for Earth Day 2021, A UC Riverside ecologist urges caution toward solar geoengineering, an increasingly popular solution to the climate crisis.
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Study reveals the workings of nature’s own earthquake blocker
A new UC Riverside study finds a naturally occurring “earthquake gate” that decides which earthquakes are allowed to grow into magnitude 8 or greater. 
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Thirdhand smoke exposure linked to fabric type, heat, and humidity
UC Riverside-led team developed simple, rapid method to assess contaminants in household fabrics
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$1.9 million award could keep Zika virus at bay
A UC Riverside virologist has won a $1.9 million award to help prevent the re-emergence of Zika virus, which causes microcephaly in newborns and Guillain-Barre syndrome in adults.
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Childhood diet and exercise creates healthier, less anxious adults
Exercise and a healthy diet in childhood leads to adults with bigger brains and lower levels of anxiety, according to new UC Riverside research in mice.
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Milky Way Galaxy image from NASA
Algorithm helps speed up simulation of vast, complex universes
UC Riverside astrophysicist Simeon Bird explains
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Doctoral student receives dissertation fellowship
Graduate student Esther Omaiye has received a UC President's Dissertation-Year Fellowship award for the 2021-22 academic year. The fellowship will support her research on the analytical and toxicological evaluations of electronic cigarettes and their constituents, including chemical elements and flavor chemicals.
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Four students take top honors in EcoSlam
Four UC Riverside students took top prizes in the third-annual EcoSlam on April 22, in which competitors shared research regarding ecology and conservation in “lighting talk” rounds. The event, sponsored by the Center for Conservation Biology, was created as a way to share research across multiple departments. This year marked the first time undergraduates also competed. Each speaker gave a five-minute presentation to an audience of students and faculty members, who voted on the winners.
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Christiane Weirauch
Entomologist wins royal society medal for book on true bugs
The Royal Entomological Society has bestowed its Westwood Medal upon entomology professor Christiane Weirauch for her work on true bugs — a group of insect that includes plant attackers and human disease spreaders as well as natural pest controllers.
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Janet Franklin
Biogeographer receives Distinguished Landscape Ecologist Award
Janet Franklin, a distinguished professor of biogeography in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, has been named a recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Landscape Ecologist Award by the North American Chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology.
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UC Riverside enters collaboration with GALT to advance microbiome research
Five research projects will use the company’s high-throughput microbial isolation and cultivation system
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Entomologist wins NSF CAREER grant to study bumblebee queen genes 
Hollis Woodard, an assistant professor of entomology, has won a coveted award from the National Science Foundation to study the genetic underpinnings of bumblebee queen behavior.
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CNAS lecture series returns with focus on COVID-19 response
An upcoming lecture series will spotlight the role researchers at the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, or CNAS, are playing in response to COVID-19, from testing to vaccine development and more. The college’s annual science lecture series is titled "COVID Conversations: How the College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences at UC Riverside is combating the pandemic of our lifetime.” Three panels are scheduled for April 6, 13, and 20.
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