News Articles with Topic: Science / Technology

Extraterrestrial objects likely delayed complex life on Earth

Bombardment of Earth’s surface by asteroids six or more miles long likely delayed the accumulation of oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere. This, in turn, likely delayed the development of complex life on the planet, according to new research that included UC Riverside scientists.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Meet UCR’s paleontology power pair

Paleontologist Nigel Hughes has earned one of the highest honors in his field, an achievement made even more remarkable because last year’s winner was another UCR paleontologist — Mary Droser, his wife.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Scientists are using AI originally developed for producing deepfake videos to stop future pandemics

Generative adversarial networks are being used to predict the structure of antibodies that could neutralize a previously unknown virus

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

Scientists can switch on plants’ response to light

Scientists have figured out how plants respond to light and can flip this genetic switch to encourage food growth - even in the dark. The discovery could help increase food supply for an expanding population with shrinking opportunities for farming.

By Jules Bernstein | | 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

Critical groundwater supplies may never recover from drought

New UC Riverside research shows groundwater takes an average of three years to recover from drought — if it ever recovers at all. In the largest study of its kind, scientists found that this recovery time only applies to aquifers that aren’t touched by human activity, and the recovery time...

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Investigating the potential for life around the galaxy’s smallest stars

When the world’s most powerful telescope launches into space this year, scientists will learn whether Earth-sized planets in our ‘solar neighborhood’ have a key prerequisite for life — an atmosphere.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

UC Riverside receives $2 million to monitor air quality impacts of goods movement in Inland Southern California

The grant comes from the California Attorney General’s Office Automobile Emissions Research and Technology Fund

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

Yeast and bacteria together biosynthesize plant hormones for weed control

Synthetic strigolactones could also improve nutrient uptake in crops

By Holly Ober | | 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

Data mining tools combat COVID-19 misinformation and identify symptoms

Computer scientists use Google Trends and a government dataset to track symptoms and sift through misinformation

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

Scalable quantum computing research supported by $2 million grant

Project aims to make quantum computers easier to produce and operable at room temperature

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

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

Artificial intelligence is bringing the dead back to ‘life’ — but should it?

UCR experts discuss the technological and ethical implications of using AI to deepfake the deceased.

By UCR News | | 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