Finding that lost pre-Columbian city in the Honduran jungle was the easy part. The hard part will be figuring out what to do next.

Tom Lutz, professor of creative writing, on his group's discovery of an unseen ceremonial site during a recent archaeological trip to the Honduras, and the dilemma of protecting the site from looters while preserving the site's integrity


We think that a primordial spider had one kind of silk, and then there were multiple events when the gene duplicated and evolved.

Cheryl Hayashi, professor of biology, on her research on the applications of spider silk


It looks pretty clear that the water problem is going to keep getting worse, which will bring pressure for solutions. ... (My research team and I) know how long we can withhold water from a normal plant before it's past the point of no return. This strategy can buy time.

Sean Cutler, associate professor of cell biology and chemistry, on his work to help make plants more drought-resistant and the timeliness of his research as California endures its worst drought in history


Paleontology is a still a science in which amateurs can make a very real and vital contribution.

Nigel Hughes, professor of geology, in an article about how he used social media site Reddit to help explain a series of bizarre, circular fossils found on an ancient seabed


(The glyphosate assessment) will be controversial (even among scientists). ... It's conceivable that another group of experts might come to a different conclusion.

David Eastmond, chair of cell biology and neuroscience, on a study by an international committee of cancer experts that found that glyphosate, a chemical found in widely used weedkillers, is probably carcinogenic to humans


Happy people don't sit around. They strive for something personally meaningful, whether it's learning a new language, retraining their careers or raising good kids. Find a happy person and you will find a project.

Sonja Lyubomirsky, professor of psychology, on her research on positive psychology and her estimate that about 40 percent of a person's happiness is under their control


With international trade, spiders are hitchhiking all over the place.

Richard Vetter, retired staff research associate in entomology, on the appearance of the Asian 'Fortune-Teller,' the first time the species has ever been recorded in North America


Though invasive squirrels may be a big problem to an individual homeowner, from a big-picture conversation perspective, there are much higher priorities, like the potential loss of 65,000 acres of San Diego County oak woodland threatened by the gold-spotted oak borer.

Tom Scott, natural wildlife specialist, on recent city and state regulations that will allow people to kill fox squirrels on their property


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