If life gives you locusts, make locust-enriched grain.

Doug Yanega, senior museum scientist at the Entomology Research Museum, on the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization report, promoting edible insects as a low-fat, high-protein, nutritious food source


Napping clearly seems to improve learning. After a nap, you improve at everything from playing the piano to typing and proofreading.

Sara C. Mednick, assistant professor of psychology, on power naps and how sleep improves tasks requiring creative insight, complex motor or perceptual skills, and muscular precision


The UCR Entomology Research Museum has extensive collections of parasitoid wasps from throughout the world, and I routinely discover new species among the collected material. I decided to name it after UCR because that's where I work.

Serguei V. Triapitsyn, principal museum scientist of the Entomology Research Museum, on the Gonatocerus ucri, a new wasp species he decided to name after UCR


We've known for decades that people tend to brace for the worst by abandoning optimism as the moment of truth draws near, but we didn't know whether this time-based shift in expectations mattered in and of itself. Our findings show that voters who defy that trend and maintain optimism up to Election Day are more motivated to vote but are also more disappointed if things don't turn out their way.

Katharine Sweeny, assistant professor of psychology, on how voter expectations change over time and how those expectations relate to the level of disappointment experienced when the favored candidate or ballot measure loses


The easier you make it, the more consumption you're going to get.

Robert Nash Parker, professor of sociology, on how privatizing state liquor stores will result in more outlets for buying alcohol, leading to an increase in drinking


If you are coming into the world as a male, the way you get your genes into the next generation is getting your sperm to meet up with the eggs of females. So whatever it takes to do that is how the males are going to turn out...On the one hand, males and females are different from the get-go in their physiology, their behavior, their morphology...(but) on the other hand, compared with most animals, human males and females are hardly different at all.

Daphne J. Fairbairn, professor of biology, on the extreme differences between the sexes in some animals


This study is of interest even for human biology because we want to know if there are any such long-term consequences for rapid growth and weight gain early in life.

David Reznick, professor of biology, on his research on guppies and the findings that rapid growth from increased food availability after a period of growth restriction early in life have consequences in adulthood, including lower reproductive success


Our study--one of the first studies to evaluate e-cigarettes--shows that this product has many flaws, which could cause serious health problems in the future if the flaws go uncorrected...We know that when a regular cigarette is inhaled the chemicals in it can cause cancer and lung problems. We don't know how the body reacts to pure nicotine without these other chemicals--it could have its own set of negative health consequences.

Prudence Talbot, professor of cell biology, on the shortcomings of e-cigarrettes


They're not the same species; they're not the same genus. I don't even think they're part of the same family. It's very hard for me to see that somebody could (confuse tomato plants for marijuana).

Mikeal L. Roose, chair and professor of genetics and geneticist, on Brooklyn building superintendent Christin Delarosa’s mistaking of 15 tomato plants for marijuana, causing confusion for police officers


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