Content Tagged with: College Of Natural And Agricultural Sciences

Light-powered soft robots could suck up oil spills

A floating, robotic film designed at UC Riverside could be trained to hoover oil spills at sea or remove contaminants from drinking water.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

O my, here’s Omicron

UC Riverside experts share their thoughts on the new COVID-19 variant

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Health

Scientists discover potential cause of Alzheimer’s Disease

Prevailing theories posit plaques in the brain cause Alzheimer’s disease. New UC Riverside research points to cells’ slowing ability to clean themselves as the likely cause of unhealthy brain buildup.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

When bees get a taste for dead things

Typically, bees don’t eat meat. However, a species of stingless 'vulture' bee in the tropics has evolved the ability to do so, presumably due to intense competition for nectar. UC Riverside scientists find these bees' guts resemble those of hyenas and other carrion feeders.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

How to eat a poison butterfly

In high enough concentrations, milkweed can kill a horse, or a human. To be able to eat this plant, monarchs evolved a set of unusual cellular mutations. New UC Riverside research shows the animals that prey on monarchs also evolved these same mutations.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Scientists solve 50-year-old mystery behind plant growth

A team of researchers led by UC Riverside has demonstrated for the first time one way that a small molecule turns a single cell into something as large as a tree. For half a century, scientists have known that all plants depend on this molecule, auxin, to grow. Until now...

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

How specificity of the brain is wired

UC Riverside mouse study identifies key molecules that determine specificity of neural circuits

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

How are epilepsy and autism linked?

UC Riverside and Rutgers University scientists explore this question in a study on mice

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology, Health

Flame retardants linked to autistic-like behavior

UC Riverside-led study shows maternal transfer of PBDEs causes brain changes in female mice offspring

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Health, Science / Technology

UC Riverside receives $5M CIRM grant to train scientists in stem cell research

Training program spans broad range of research areas from basic stem cell biology to translational medicine

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

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.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

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.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

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.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Astronomers explain origin of elusive ultradiffuse galaxies

UC Riverside astronomer and colleagues use simulations to reveal how the very faint dwarf galaxies are born

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

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...

By Jules Bernstein | | Students, Health

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.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

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.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Managing earthquakes triggered by oil production

A team of scientists has developed an approach to disposing wastewater that reduces the danger of triggering an earthquake.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Fruit fly offers lessons in good taste

UC Riverside study shows food choice decisions require taste input

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Making freshman calculus add up for more students

UC Riverside is leading a new, $1.26 million project to bring calculus classes to life for students who are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math subjects.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology