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Cleaning your car may not protect you from this carcinogen
It is unlikely that a cancer-causing chemical inside your car can be dusted or wiped way, according to new UC Riverside research. 
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Black eyed peas could help eliminate need for fertilizer
Black eyed peas’ ability to attract beneficial bacteria isn’t diminished by modern farming practices, new UC Riverside research shows. Planting it in rotation with other crops could help growers avoid the need for costly, environmentally damaging fertilizers.
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UCR scientists discover tarantula-killing worm
UC Riverside scientists have named a newly discovered species of worm that kills tarantulas after American actor, musician and producer Jeff Daniels, a distinction no other entertainer can claim. 
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Unusual team finds gigantic planet hidden in plain sight
A UC Riverside astronomer and a group of eagle-eyed citizen scientists have discovered a giant gas planet hidden from view by typical stargazing tools. 
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How the Webb telescope could ultimately help protect Earth
UC Riverside astrophysicist Stephen Kane breaks down some unique aspects of the James Webb Space Telescope, explains how separate Venus projects intersect, and how both might benefit Earth. 
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Research reveals ancient Maya lessons on surviving drought
A new UC Riverside study casts doubt on drought as the driver of ancient Mayan civilization collapse. 
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Scientists breeding citrus tolerant of deadly disease
A $1.5 million emergency grant is enabling UC Riverside scientists to find plants impervious to a disease threatening America’s citrus fruit supply. 
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Deadliest period in Earth’s history was also the stinkiest
Tiny microbes belching toxic gas helped cause — and prolong — the biggest mass extinction in Earth’s history, a new UC Riverside-led study suggests.
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How diet influences taste sensitivity and preference
What you eat influences your taste for what you might want to eat next. So claims a University of California, Riverside, study performed on fruit flies. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, offers a better understanding of neurophysiological plasticity of the taste system in flies.
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Queen’s genes determine sex of entire ant colonies
UC Riverside researchers have discovered the genetic basis for a quirk of the animal kingdom — how ant queens produce broods that are entirely male or female.
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Keto diet may not work for women
Scientists from UC Riverside are studying how the popular keto and intermittent fasting diets work on a molecular level, and whether both sexes benefit from them equally.
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Light-powered soft robots could suck up oil spills
A floating, robotic film designed at UC Riverside could be trained to hoover oil spills at sea or remove contaminants from drinking water.
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O my, here’s Omicron
UC Riverside experts share their thoughts on the new COVID-19 variant
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Scientists discover potential cause of Alzheimer’s Disease
Prevailing theories posit plaques in the brain cause Alzheimer’s disease. New UC Riverside research points to cells’ slowing ability to clean themselves as the likely cause of unhealthy brain buildup. 
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When bees get a taste for dead things
Typically, bees don’t eat meat. However, a species of stingless 'vulture' bee in the tropics has evolved the ability to do so, presumably due to intense competition for nectar. UC Riverside scientists find these bees' guts resemble those of hyenas and other carrion feeders.
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How to eat a poison butterfly
In high enough concentrations, milkweed can kill a horse, or a human. To be able to eat this plant, monarchs evolved a set of unusual cellular mutations. New UC Riverside research shows the animals that prey on monarchs also evolved these same mutations. 
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