We've found on the order of 25 or 26 different elements, including metals, in the e-cigarette aerosols. ... Some of the metal particles are less than 100 nanometres in diameter, and those are a concern because they can penetrate deep into the lungs.

Prue Talbot, professor of cell biology, on her research regarding the harmful effects of e-cigarettes and the e-cigarette boom in China


This drug, which we administered on transgenic mice, can potentially halt the symptom and reverse ongoing motor deficit due to multiple sclerosis.

Seema Tiwari-Woodruff, associate professor of biomedical science, on her team's finding that ligands, the chemicals that mimic estrogen, may not only stop, but also reverse the damage caused by multiple sclerosis


Known as Russian thistle, the weed was brought to America in the 1880s by farmers who accidentally brought contaminated flax and wheat seed when they immigrated from Russia and the Ukraine.

Edith Allen, professor of plant ecology, on how the tumbleweed is not a native plant to America


As we build this school, we have a focus on wellness, prevention, chronic disease management, and finding ways to deliver health care in the most cost-effective setting, which is what American health care needs.

G. Richard Olds, dean of the School of Medicine, on the mission of the UCR School of Medicine and how its approach is changing the face of medical education in the United States


The idea of the male as centre of the family is in question.

Derek Burrill, professor of media and cultural studies, on how the evolution of Hollywood’s 'Christmas dad' has followed a shift in traditional and societal values


Conservatives who claim that Barack Obama is really a Muslim don’t actually think the president is a follower of Islam. They are just using the label to 'otherize' him.

Reza Aslan, professor of creative writing, on how political conservatives label President Barack Obama


We propose that this progression ultimately resulted in a complete horny beak that effectively replaced the teeth and may have contributed to the diversification of living birds.

Mark Springer, professor of biology, who has determined that birds lost the ability to produce teeth around 116 million years ago


(The recent storms are drops) in the bucket so to speak, but it does help. ... We need about 10 more of them before we're getting back to an average level in terms of snow pack.

Cameron Barrows, research ecologist at UCR Palm Desert campus, on California's drought and the effect of the recent rain and storms


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