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Geckos might lose their tails, but not their dinner
A new UC Riverside study finds geckos are fierce hunters whether or not their tails are attached to their bodies.
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How a supermassive black hole originates
UC Riverside-led study points to a seed black hole produced by a dark matter halo collapse
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Trions exhibit novel characteristics in moiré superlattices
When two similar atomic layers with mismatching lattice constants — the constant distance between a layer’s unit cells — and/or orientation are stacked together, the resulting bilayer can exhibit a moiré pattern and form a moiré superlattice. 
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Yellow vein disease
Decoded genome of little-known disease offers hope for citrus
UC Riverside scientists are hoping the RNA of an obscure infection can one day be used like a Trojan horse to deliver life-saving treatments to citrus trees.
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Study of perception and memory in older adults will improve understanding of dementias
UC Riverside scientists will use a $2 million NIH grant to study the brain’s locus coeruleus
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Venus and Earth
UCR joins forces with NASA on missions to Venus
By joining NASA on their newly announced missions, UC Riverside is hoping to learn how Venus went from pleasant, Earth-like planet to blistering wasteland.
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A new dimension in the quest to understand dark matter
UC Riverside dark matter research program targets assumptions about particle physics
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$3 million grant aims to prolong life for dialysis patients
The five-year survival rate for people on dialysis is under 50 percent. University of California researchers are hoping to improve that prognosis. 
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2021 voices: Grads share pivotal moments of their educational journeys
More than 7,100 students are eligible to graduate; Commencement events kick off on June 3 with the School of Medicine.
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Brain injury research to focus on moderate concussion
Viji Santhakumar, an associate professor of molecular, cell and systems biology at the University of California, Riverside, has received funding from the National Institute of Neurological Disaster and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health to further pursue research on moderate concussive brain injury, which results from car accidents or sports-related concussions.
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W.M. Keck Observatory
Project illuminates where giant exoplanets reside 
Astronomers have long wondered whether the configuration of planets in our solar system is common elsewhere in the universe. New results from the longest-running survey of exoplanets helps answer this question.
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Veteran and community college transfer student heads to UCLA for graduate studies
When he joined the U.S. Navy in 2010, Mychal Valle didn’t think he would ever return to school. After all, he got to work on new radar technologies in the navy and got recognized for writing technical manuals. But by the time he left the navy in 2016, Valle’s service helped him discover his passion: a career in science.
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Discovery increases likelihood of growing food despite drought 
University of California scientists have discovered genetic data that will help food crops like tomatoes and rice survive longer, more intense periods of drought on our warming planet.
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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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$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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