Drilling into magma is a very rare occurrence, and this is only the second known instance anywhere in the world...This could lead to a revolution in the energy efficiency of high-temperature geothermal projects in the future.

Wilfred Elders, professor emeritus of geology, on the Icelandic Deep Drilling Project and how its success can lead to the world's first volcano-powered form of electricity


Parents go to work all day, they come home, they're tired and then they have to help kids with homework, they have to shuttle them to soccer practice and dance class and music lessons. I think it's safe to say that the family today in the United States is extremely overwhelmed and pushed to the limit.

Karen Pyke, associate professor of sociology, on the busy lifestyle of the modern American household


You don't see Pakistani and other non-Indian South Asians active and involved in California politics the way you do in New York and at the national level.

Karthick Ramakrishnan, associate professor of political science, on the rarity of Ali Sajjad Taj winning a seat on the Artesia City Council last November as Indian-American politicians are not dominant in Los Angeles County


It's important to keep your mood up because it can help you avoid everything from gaining extra pounds to feeling lethargic.

Sonja Lyubomirsky, professor of psychology, on the benefits of a positive attitude during the winter


Invasive annual grasses from the Mediterranean have a greater growth response to nitrogen than most native species, and are crowding out native plants. Grasses also produce fine, flashy fuels that cause more frequent and larger fires...

Edith Allen, professor of plant ecology, on how high nitrogen levels are harming native vegetation and increasing fire risk


The fallout may be felt on grocery shelves throughout the country in the coming months as prices of artichokes, celery, broccoli and cauliflower could rise at least 10 percent.

Milt McGiffen, Cooperative Extension vegetable crops specialist and plant physiologist, on how the California drought may affect food cost


These types of studies continue to advance the safety of biological control for suppressing populations of invasive pests thereby greatly reducing reliance on pesticides for control.

Mark Hoddle, extension specialist of entomology, on the success of a 2011 test where UCR entomologists attempted to control the Asian citrus psyllid, a pest that spreads the lethal citrus disease called huanglongbing, by releasing its natural enemy, the Tamarixia radiata wasp


These chemicals are more dangerous than secondhand smoke because they age and when they age, they have reactions with the environment and they make more dangerous chemicals. They get more toxic over a prolonged period of time.

Manuela Martins-Green, professor of cell biology, on the dangers of third hand smoke, which is the accumulation of secondhand smoke chemicals on surfaces like curtains, clothing and carpet


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