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Grant awarded to physicist to explore the dark sector

The John Templeton Foundation has supported research on a diverse range of subjects including creativity, forgiveness, and free will. Dark matter — nonluminous material in space that is understood to constitute 85 percent of the matter in the universe — can now be added to the list. The foundation has awarded UC Riverside physicist Hai-Bo...
By Iqbal Pittalwala | Inside UCR |

Plants are green because they reject harmful colors

INSIDE SCIENCE -- Forget showing your true colors -- plants are green precisely because they don’t appreciate the type of energy that falls within the green spectrum. Researchers have long understood that plants use sunlight to photosynthesize carbon dioxide and water into food. But they didn’t know exactly why photosynthesizing organisms such as plants appear...
By Joshua Learn | Inside Science |

Postdoctoral researcher awarded American Physical Society fellowship

Yunjin Choi, a postdoctoral researcher at UC Riverside, is a recipient of the 2019-20 M. Hildred Blewett Fellowship awarded by the American Physical Society, or APS, to enable women to return to physics research after having had an interruption in their careers. Choi, who works with Shan-Wen Tsai, an associate professor in the Department of...

Physicist named deputy spokesperson for major international experiment at Brookhaven National Lab

Kenneth Barish, chair of the UCR Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been named one of two deputy spokespersons for the STAR Experiment at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, or RHIC, at the Brookhaven National Lab. The Solenoid Tracker at RHIC, known as STAR, is the only major experiment currently operating at RHIC and tracks...

New work has potential to accelerate development of nanotechnology

Nanoscale technology has greatly improved our daily lives with products such as computers, phones, and solar cells. To develop the next-generation nanotechnology, new classes of materials need to be explored. Two-dimensional “valley semiconductors,” such as monolayer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) and tungsten diselenide (WSe2), have remarkable properties and novel applications. When these materials absorb light, some...
By IQBAL PITTALWALA | UCR News |

Major neutrino experiment yields new publications

Yanou Cui, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy, is a coauthor on two important research papers on boosted dark matter, a novel type of dark matter model. A member of a flagship next-generation neutrino experiment named the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, or DUNE, Cui is an expert on the interface between particle physics and...

"Cosmic Thursdays" — Astronomy Talk and Telescope Viewings

Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 - 9 PM: Why are we building a next-generation 30-meter telescope? What are we hoping to detect? Have all your questions answered at our "Cosmic Thursdays" Astronomy Talk! This event is FREE (RSVP required) and open to the public. Refreshments and a limited number of free parking permits will also be...
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