(Peacock mantis shrimps) push their prey up against a rock and start beating on it until their shells crack open. Fishermen refer to them as ‘thumb-splitters' for a reason.

David Kisailus, associate professor of chemical engineering, on his study of the peacock mantis shrimp and how it can help researchers develop super strong composite materials


I'm sure the 25th anniversary makes them more nervous. This is a big deal for them. ... There is a price for telling the truth.

Perry Link, distinguished professor of comparative literature, on how the Chinese police are clamping down people trying to speak out about the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre


The situation today is similar to where we were with chemicals and pharmaceuticals 30 years ago. ... We just don't know much about what happens when these engineered nanomaterials get into the ground or water.

Jacob D. Lanphere, a UCR graduate student, on a paper that he co-authored about graphene oxide nanoparticles transported in ground and surface water environments


We set out not knowing what was possible. Now, the problem is essentially solved. We have created insect classification tools that can outperform the world's top entomologists in a fraction of the time.

Eamonn Keogh, professor of computer science and engineering, on a wireless insect sensor created by UCR researchers. The sensor can track insect flight behavior patterns with up to 99 percent accuracy.


If you're trying to either win or defeat a statewide proposition, you ignore Asian-American voters at your peril.

Karthick Ramakrishnan, associate professor of political science, on how the Asian-American voting bloc is not strongly loyal to either political party when it comes to the proposed constitutional amendment on affirmative action


We designed this wind tunnel where we can control the speed, the ambient temperature, the relative humidity and what we do is make a model of a real situation in the field.

Marko Princevac, associate professor of mechanical engineering, on a UCR study that researched the effects that environmental factors have on the rate at which fires spread


As a society now, we think that we should be able to have everything all the time, and that's sort of unreasonable. We've also gotten narrow in the regard that we need this kind of citrus for this and that kind of citrus for that.

Tracy Kahn, curator of UCR’s Citrus Variety Collection, on how Americans' insistence on using specific citrus for specific purposes is contributing to the national lime shortage


Discovering a new (orchid) species is a rare thing, partially because the plants tend to grow in areas that are difficult to access. Human development of land also interferes with such discoveries.

Katia Silvera, a UCR postdoctoral scholar, on her discovery of lophiaris silverarum, a new orchid species




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