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Geckos might lose their tails, but not their dinner

A new UC Riverside study finds geckos are fierce hunters whether or not their tails are attached to their bodies.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

How a supermassive black hole originates

UC Riverside-led study points to a seed black hole produced by a dark matter halo collapse

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Trions exhibit novel characteristics in moiré superlattices

When two similar atomic layers with mismatching lattice constants — the constant distance between a layer’s unit cells — and/or orientation are stacked together, the resulting bilayer can exhibit a moiré pattern and form a moiré superlattice. Moiré patterns are interference patterns that typically arise when one object with a...

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Decoded genome of little-known disease offers hope for citrus

UC Riverside scientists are hoping the RNA of an obscure infection can one day be used like a Trojan horse to deliver life-saving treatments to citrus trees.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Study of perception and memory in older adults will improve understanding of dementias

UC Riverside scientists will use a $2 million NIH grant to study the brain’s locus coeruleus

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

UCR joins forces with NASA on missions to Venus

By joining NASA on their newly announced missions, UC Riverside is hoping to learn how Venus went from pleasant, Earth-like planet to blistering wasteland.

A new dimension in the quest to understand dark matter

UC Riverside dark matter research program targets assumptions about particle physics

2021 voices: Grads share pivotal moments of their educational journeys

More than 7,100 students are eligible to graduate; Commencement events kick off on June 3 with the School of Medicine.

$3 million grant aims to prolong life for dialysis patients

The five-year survival rate for people on dialysis is under 50 percent. University of California researchers are hoping to improve that prognosis. When kidneys fail, the body is unable to rid itself of toxins, waste products, and excessive fluids. Dialysis or transplants are the only treatments for the 786,000 people...

Brain injury research to focus on moderate concussion

Viji Santhakumar, an associate professor of molecular, cell and systems biology at the University of California, Riverside, has received funding from the National Institute of Neurological Disaster and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health to further pursue research on moderate concussive brain injury, which results from car accidents or...

Project illuminates where giant exoplanets reside 

Astronomers have long wondered whether the configuration of planets in our solar system is common elsewhere in the universe. New results from the longest-running survey of exoplanets helps answer this question.

Veteran and community college transfer student heads to UCLA for graduate studies

When he joined the U.S. Navy in 2010, Mychal Valle didn’t think he would ever return to school. After all, he got to work on new radar technologies in the navy and got recognized for writing technical manuals. But by the time he left the navy in 2016, Valle’s service...

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Students

Discovery increases likelihood of growing food despite drought 

University of California scientists have discovered genetic data that will help food crops like tomatoes and rice survive longer, more intense periods of drought on our warming planet.

Cicada explosion mystifies insect experts

Doug Yanega, senior scientist at UC Riverside’s Entomology Research Museum, discusses one of nature's unsolved mysteries: the 17-year life cycle of cicadas in the Eastern U.S.

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.

$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.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Researchers use a nanoscale synthetic antiferromagnet to toggle nonlinear spin dynamics

UC Riverside-led work could lead to better computer technologies

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

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.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

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.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Thirdhand smoke exposure linked to fabric type, heat, and humidity

UC Riverside-led team developed simple, rapid method to assess contaminants in household fabrics

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology