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'Taste sensor' genes in female butterflies vital to species' survival
Giving the phrase "Mother knows best" a whole new meaning, UC Irvine researchers have identified unique genes in female butterflies that enable them to select the best host plant for their larvae – and avoid deadly ones.
Sea temperature changes can forecast South American wildfires, study finds
(PhysOrg.com) -- As a boy in coastal San Diego in the 1980s, Jim Randerson loved the exotic fish, birds and even tides of red crustaceans that washed ashore during storms created by temperature changes in far-off seas. Across ...
Waste not, want not
Imagine being able to get the equivalent of 70 miles per gallon in your car, keep your home cool and power your computer all from sewage. Thanks to technology developed by UC Irvines National Fuel Cell Research ...
Southern California sagebrush better suited to climate change, study finds
California sagebrush in the southern part of the state will adjust better to climate change than sagebrush populations in the north, according to UC Irvine researchers in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology affiliated ...
The mummy study returns: Scanning of more ancient Egyptians confirms heart disease, finds princess to be oldest case
(PhysOrg.com) -- Although ancient Egyptian royalty didnt gobble down bacon cheeseburgers or doughnuts dripping with trans fats, smoke cigarettes or spend hours each night in front of the TV, they did share a similar ...
New type of bacterial protection found within cells
UC Irvine biologists have discovered that fats within cells store a class of proteins with potent antibacterial activity, revealing a previously unknown type of immune system response that targets and kills bacterial infections.
No mere flight of fancy: Engineering professor working on experimental plane that could transform air travel
As a child, Robert Liebeck loved tinkering with model airplanes. The UC Irvine adjunct professor of mechanical & aerospace engineering is still at it but now he's working on a much different kind of model, one that ...
Study of leaping toads reveals muscle-protecting mechanism (w/ video)
(Phys.org)—Most people are impressed by how a toad jumps. UC Irvine biologist Emanuel Azizi is more impressed by how one lands.
Scientist devoted to measuring Earth's shrinking ice sheets
(Phys.org)—Isabella Velicogna's office in UC Irvine's Croul Hall looks like it belongs to an artist instead of a university scientist. Her paintings and drawings—including charming sketches of mice—adorn the walls, ...
New bloc of voters who eschew traditional party politics could determine next president, professor says
If your 2012 presidential vote is still up for grabs, you're not alone, says UC Irvine political science professor Russell Dalton.