Parts of California, like the Central Valley, Low Desert, and Central Coast, have already been impacted (by the California drought) with more people needing welfare, food banks, and other support.

Milt McGiffen, plant physiologist, on California's severe drought heading into its fourth year, which could make it the state's worst drought in 1,200 years


I think what is interesting with the Vietnamese American vote in Orange County is that it goes counter to the stereotype of Asian Americans as generally not involved in politics.

Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor of political science and public policy, on Vietnamese American voters and their potential influence in deciding who wins a seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors


(The King Clone plant) is located in an area where there’s often no rain for a whole year. ... And yet this plant is sitting out there, surviving for 11,700 years in the most extreme conditions — sandy soil, no water, low nutrients available.

David Crowley, professor of environmental science, on the different adaptations that have allowed the creosote bush to survive heat, drought, poor soil and climate change


This is the first time that graphene has been made magnetic this way.

Jing Shi, a professor of physics and astronomy, on his lab's development of magnetic graphene, which will allow for new multi-functional electronic devices


He was a very assertive and aggressive missionary. ... What he symbolizes in the Catholic Church is their attempt to teach Indians to live as Spanish Catholics rather than who they were born as.

Steven Hackel, professor of history, on Pope Francis’ recent decision to elevate Father Junipero Serra to sainthood


Electronic cigarette aerosol has fewer chemicals than smoke from tobacco-burning cigarettes, but that doesn’t mean electronic cigarettes are not dangerous. It only takes one nasty chemical to cause problems.

Prue Talbot, professor of cell biology, on the potential health risks of e-cigarettes


I’m not at all surprised (the measles outbreak) has spurred a national debate because we’re now at a place where a significant portion of the population is not adequately protected. ... Measles is very infectious, and once it’s let loose in a community it can find those vulnerable people.

Dr. G. Richard Olds, dean of the UC Riverside School of Medicine, on the measles outbreak that started at Disneyland and then spread across California including into Riverside and San Bernardino counties


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