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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.
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chemical nose
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.
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acorns
$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. 
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Researchers use a nanoscale synthetic antiferromagnet to toggle nonlinear spin dynamics
UC Riverside-led work could lead to better computer technologies
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pollution
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.
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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. 
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Thirdhand smoke exposure linked to fabric type, heat, and humidity
UC Riverside-led team developed simple, rapid method to assess contaminants in household fabrics
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$1.9 million award could keep Zika virus at bay
A UC Riverside virologist has won a $1.9 million award to help prevent the re-emergence of Zika virus, which causes microcephaly in newborns and Guillain-Barre syndrome in adults.
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