“The GOP has taken itself out of statewide races, and even in federal races, because it’s become so extreme. The question is, will the GOP come out of this churning with more moderate candidates, meaning more electable candidates?”
Shaun Bowler, political science, on the retirement of Rep. Jerry Lewis and the subsequent redistricting.
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“There’s lots of research that shows that truly living in the moment makes people happier. And clearly we’re less likely to savor the moment if we’re checking the phone. But there are plenty of people who can gain pleasure out of sending a thank-you email to someone or surfing the Web for information.”
Sonja Lyubomirsky, psychology, on a study that finds an association between the use of Web-enabled smartphones and a rise in stress levels.
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“One of the key goals of the project is to show we can support the viability of electric transportation. It ties together our solar research program with our storage, and with electric vehicles. The combination of all three is fairly unique.”
Matthew Barth, director of CE-CERT, on the development of a solar-powered recharging station for electric cars at UCR.
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“Certain times of the year the wasp might kill less than 25 percent of the psyllids, and then once the parasites come out of the cold phase, they might attack and kill more than 95 percent of the psyllids.”
Mark Hoddle, director of the Center for Invasive Species Research, on the introduction of parasitic wasps in California to combat a citrus-killing insect.
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“We have an early bloom and now we have a frost warning. The bloom is likely to get hit. They’re confused. Winter should be cold, trees dormant, just more normal.”
Peggy Mauk, director of agricultural operations, on how warmer winter weather threatens Southern California crops.
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“If you remove just one percent of the bad atoms, you can double the thermal conductivity.… If you mix (the two isotopes) up 50-50, that kills thermo conductivity. I think it’s a big step forward.”
Alexander Balandin, electrical engineering, on research into graphene that can potentially double its ability to transfer heat.
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“If a plant grows in the deserts normally, like a cactus, what would be stressful for a crop plant is not stressful for a cactus because it has evolved to live in that ecological niche where the water is very rare.”
Sean Cutler, plant cell biology, on research that could lead to a new generation of drought-resistant crops.
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