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Rising temperatures overcook bumblebees’ brunch
Bumblebees pollinate many of our favorite foods, but their own diet is being upset by climate change, according to a new UC Riverside study. 
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Viji Santhakumar
How are epilepsy and autism linked?
UC Riverside and Rutgers University scientists explore this question in a study on mice
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Flame retardants linked to autistic-like behavior
UC Riverside-led study shows maternal transfer of PBDEs causes brain changes in female mice offspring
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Learning more than ever, faster than ever, about what we breathe
Nobody is currently taking continuous, routine measurements of the particles suspended in America’s air, called aerosols. That is set to change as a new, nationwide monitoring network launches with a site in Riverside, California. 
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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.
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Nigel Hughes and Mary Droser
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.
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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. 
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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
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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 might be even longer in regions with excessive pumping. 
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Artist rendering of a red dwarf or M star, with three exoplanets orbiting. About 75 percent of all stars in the sky are the cooler, smaller red dwarfs. IMAGE CREDIT: NASA.
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.
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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. 
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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.
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Astronomers explain origin of elusive ultradiffuse galaxies
UC Riverside astronomer and colleagues use simulations to reveal how the very faint dwarf galaxies are born
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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.
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Dena Plemmons
Dena Plemmons: Research ethics are top of mind
UCR is the first of two UC campuses to have a fully funded research ethics program.
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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 about how to move forward.
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