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Wildfire at night
Large wildfires create weather that favors more fire
A new UC Riverside study shows soot from large wildfires in California traps sunlight, making days warmer and drier than they ought to be.
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Big data connection technology
Making ferromagnets ready for ultra-fast communication and computation technology
UC Riverside-led research has potential to unlock terahertz processing power
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giant wave
Ancient ocean slowdown warns of future climate chaos
A UC Riverside study shows how extreme heat in Earth’s past caused the exchange of waters from the surface to the deep ocean to decline. A similar slowdown, which would cause climate chaos, will happen at the end of this century if carbon emissions do not abate.
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Dwarf galaxies around the Milky Way
How did a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way come to be?
Crater 2, located approximately 380,000 light years from Earth, is one of the largest satellite galaxies of the Milky Way. Extremely cold and with slow-moving stars, Crater 2 has low surface brightness. How this galaxy originated remains unclear.
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farming with molecular chemistry
Better farming through nanotechnology
Advanced technologies enable the controlled release of medicine to specific cells in the body. Scientists argue these same technologies must be applied to agriculture if growers are to meet increasing global food demands. 
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Student and staff mentor hugging
Celebrating UCR’s Class of 2024
Rewind four years ago when most of this graduating class of collegians were seniors in high school and you’ll be reminded of bittersweet Zoom commencement ceremonies where graduates huddled around a screen to not get their diplomas or shake hands with their principals or hug their classmates.
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nurse shark
How sharks survived a major spike in Earth’s temperature
The sharks we know today as the open ocean’s top predators evolved from stubby bottom dwellers during a dramatic episode of global warming millions of years ago.
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termites
A greener, more effective way to kill termites
UC Riverside scientists have discovered a highly effective, nontoxic, and less expensive way to lure hungry termites to their doom.
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Stars and light moving in space
Gravitational waves hint at dark matter and Big Bang mysteries
Study reports very simple forms of matter could generate detectable gravitational wave backgrounds soon after the Big Bang
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UCR physicists at UC Davis
Physicists gain hands-on experience using cyclotron at UC Davis
Team included undergraduate and graduate students
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Maggie Tello Case
Extracurricular: UCR analyst’s art travels to Romania
Maggie Tello Case  thought she was being phished when she received an email in January from curator Claire D’Alba representing the Art in Embassies program at the United States Department of State. D’Alba was requesting Tello Case, a senior contracts and grants analyst in UCR’s College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences, lend some of her artwork for display in U.S.
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Ken Barish in his office
Ken Barish is named chair of UCR Academic Senate
Ken Barish has been elected chair of the UC Riverside Academic Senate. His two-year term begins on Sept. 1. Barish succeeds Sang Hee-Lee, who has been chair the past two years. In the role of chair, Barish will preside over the three Academic Senate meetings each year, act as its spokesperson, oversee administrative duties, and act as UCR’s representative on the systemwide academic council.
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Sonja Lyubomirsky wins top faculty award for 2023-24
Sonja Lyubomirsky has received the highest honor bestowed on faculty by the UCR Academic Senate, the 2023-24 Faculty Research Lecturer Award. Lyubomirsky is a distinguished professor of psychology and a world-renowned researcher on happiness.
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Barry Barish
Honoring Barry Barish with a day rich in physics
UC Riverside honors the distinguished professor and Nobel laureate for receiving a National Medal of Science
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Graduate Division awards
Graduate Division recognizes outstanding students, postdocs, and faculty
Awards were presented April 5
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Tiny motor made from crystallized molecules
Molecular crystal motors move when exposed to light
Potential applications include drug delivery
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