Showing that emotion can foster self-control and discovering a way to reduce impatience with a simple gratitude exercise opens up tremendous possibilities for reducing a wide range of societal ills from impulse buying and insufficient saving to obesity and smoking.

Ye Li, assistant professor of management and marketing, on the UCR, Northeastern University and Harvard Kennedy School study that showed that feelings of gratitude automatically reduces financial impatience


Metal pollutants like selenium contaminate the soil, water, can be accumulated in plants, and can even be atmospherically deposited on the hive itself.

Kristen Hladun, postdoctoral scholar of entomology, on how selenium can cause delays in development and mortality in honeybees


An over-the-counter vitamin D3 supplement is just as good as sun exposure. Vitamin D2, which is in foods like milk, fortified orange juice, and fish, as well as D2 supplements, is more difficult for the body to absorb.

Anthony Norman, distinguished professor emeritus of biochemistry, on vitamin D and how it can be attained through supplements instead of the harmful UVA rays of the sun


With extended biological baselines, such as the knowledge that the Tiburón bighorn sheep went extinct before, it is possible to refine conservation targets. Given the cultural and conservation significance of the Tiburón bighorn, actions can be taken to avoid their past fate.

Benjamin Wilder, Ph.D. graduate student in UCR's Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, on the discovery that the bighorn sheep went extinct on Tiburón Island within the last millennium


Happy people frequently experience positive moods and these positive moods prompt them to be more likely to work actively toward new goals and build new resources.

Sonja Lyubomirsky, professor of psychology, on her findings that happiness leads to success


Our findings conclusively demonstrate the existence of an extracellular auxin sensing system in plants, which had long been proposed but remained elusive. ... This is a new milestone in auxin biology and will ignite interest in the field.

Zhenbiao Yang, professor of cell biology, on her lab's discovery of a new auxin sensing and signaling complex


This ability to integrate the absorbed light energy and then release it in a burst of motion, rather than as a gradual expansion, could be useful in applications that require impulsive force.

Christopher Bardeen, professor of chemistry, on the invention of single crystals that explode violently when exposed to UV light and how the phenomenon could be harnessed to create light-driven mechanical actuators


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