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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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Discovery is key to creating heat-tolerant crops
By 2050 global warming could reduce crop yields by one-third. UC Riverside researchers have identified a gene that could put the genie back in the bottle. 
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Rise of oxygen on Earth: Initial estimates off by 100 million years
New research shows the permanent rise of oxygen in our atmosphere, which set the stage for life as we know it, happened 100 million years later than previously thought. A team including UC Riverside found that oxygen fluctuated dramatically after its early appearance before becoming a permanent constituent of the atmosphere.
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New method expands the world of small RNAs
PANDORA sequencing method developed by UC Riverside-led team can detect once-undetectable small RNAs
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450-million-year-old sea creatures had a leg up on breathing
A new UC Riverside study has found the first evidence of sophisticated breathing organs in 450-million-year-old sea creatures. Contrary to previous thought, trilobites were leg breathers, with structures resembling gills hanging off their thighs. 
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$1.7 million grant to unlock barley’s genetic superpowers
Barley is important for more than beer. A UC Riverside geneticist has won $1.7 million to study how one of the world’s staple foods might survive climate change.
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Fourth generation of e-cigarettes is not harmless
UC Riverside study identified toxic elements in pod atomizers
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Mystery of four-stranded DNA begins to unravel
DNA is usually depicted as double-stranded, but not much is known about parts of the genome that adopt four-stranded structures known as quadruplexes. UC Riverside researchers have discovered that they play a key role in keeping cells healthy. 
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Searching for elusive supersymmetric particles
UC Riverside physicist on a team that conducted experiments at the Large Hadron Collider
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Life in the Ediacaran sea
Research shows we’re surprisingly similar to Earth’s first animals
Today’s humans share genes with 555-million-year-old oceanic creatures missing heads.
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Protein discovery could help enable eco-friendly fungicides
New UC Riverside research reveals an essential step in scientists’ quest to create targeted, more eco-friendly fungicides that protect food crops. 
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What UC Riverside scientists have to say about vaccines, variants, and antibodies
Immunity generated by vaccination is better than immunity from an actual infection, says an expert
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Parasitic plants conspire to keep hosts alive
The plant that encourages kissing at Christmas is in fact a parasite, and new research reveals mistletoe has an unusual feeding strategy. When two mistletoes invade the same tree, they increase photosynthesis to get the nutrients they need, essentially sharing the tree and causing it less harm.
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Experts weigh in on whether COVID-19 is here to stay
COVID-19 is far from beaten. Vaccines may not be the ultimate panacea to haul us out of the pandemic crisis. In the future, will outbreaks of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, arrive in waves every winter? Might COVID-19 never go away? Experts at the University of California, Riverside, weigh in.
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Commuters are inhaling unacceptably high levels of carcinogens
New UC Riverside research shows the average commuter in California is breathing unsustainably high levels of benzene and formaldehyde, two Prop. 65-listed, carcinogenic chemicals.
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Moiré patterns facilitate discovery of novel insulating phases
UC Riverside-led study observed unexpected insulating phases by placing electrons on stacked monolayers of 2D semiconductors
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