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May 15, 2017

A dry wash cuts through rolling hills dotted by desert plants at Lindsay Chiquoine’s research site near Lake Mead, but the only scenery that seems to interest her is right at her feet.

Mar 21, 2017

Itchy, watery eyes, congestion and don't forget the sneezing. Have you seen the yellow dust collecting on your car? The culprit is pollen and it has been floating in the air much earlier than expected this year. Plants pollinated by insects are not the biggest offenders, the highest pollen producers are male trees that spread pollen by the wind. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Professor M.L. Robinson said this pollen came early this year due to the mild winter and early spring.

Mar 6, 2017

If the sneezing, wheezing and nose-running weren’t enough evidence, the monitor on the roof of the Juanita Greer White Life Sciences building at UNLV confirms the worst.

Mar 6, 2017

In recent years, conservation and environmental awareness have become sexy topics on college campuses, but two University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) students have gone beyond words, bumper stickers and fancy slogans.

Feb 6, 2017

In dry, disturbed soil throughout the West, a weedy invader from Eurasia has gained a tenacious foothold. Kochia scoparia, also called poor man’s alfalfa, has slender, gray-green leaves that turn an ornamental orange in autumn. Despite control efforts, this weed springs back relentlessly thanks to its bountiful seed bank.

Feb 6, 2017

Armed with shovels, the group turned enough dirt to plant 630 trees and grasses along the Las Vegas Wash, an area that was once submerged and served as a docking area for boats. “This area was 50 feet below Lake Mead,” said Dr. Scott Abella, assistant professor in the School of Life Sciences at UNLV.

Sep 19, 2016

The Mount Charleston blue butterfly is still incredibly rare, but researchers are seeing more of them in more places than they have in decades.

Sep 12, 2016

The Mount Charleston blue butterfly is still incredibly rare, but researchers are seeing more of them in more places than they have in decades.

Jul 27, 2016

During the summer months, everyone can hear the buzz. The sound seems to fill the air from June through August. It's the sound of cicadas.

Jun 30, 2016

More than 90 species of U.S. specialty crops require pollination, and various animals, including bees, butterflies, moths, bats, and birds are a critical part of the pollinator-plant ecosystem. Despite the myriad species of pollinators available, American farmers rely on one species of honey bee, Apis mellifera, for most of the pollinator services to pollinate their crops. Wild and managed bees together add $15 billion in crop value each year.

Jun 23, 2016

Parasitic bacteria that are entirely dependent on the other bacteria they infect have been discovered for the first time, in human spit. The tiny cells have gone undetected for decades, but appear to be linked to gum disease, cystic fibrosis and antimicrobial resistance.

May 25, 2016

Imagine a white sand beach with a bar at the dock. Water skiers flash by a small island, where fireworks shoot from twin peaks. Now imagine this water paradise is in the desert of drought-stricken Nevada.

Mar 2, 2016

It was 34 years ago, in 1981, that the first patients of HIV were identified. Even now, there remain more than 36 million people worldwide living with HIV. In 2014, 1.2 million people died from AIDS-related illnesses. Three UNLV research professors, each manning a different front — from educational memoirs to life-saving baby showers to a possible cure — continue to make headway in this worldwide battle.

Jan 27, 2016

Although global microbial populations are orders of magnitude larger than nearly any other population in, on or around the planet, only a fraction has been identified thus far.

Nov 2, 2015

You may now think twice before you swat a fly. Researchers at UNLV have found fruit flies help in the study of human heart disease.

Oct 28, 2015

One UNLV professor is taking a unique approach to researching obesity and obesity-associated diseases.

Sep 21, 2015

We spend much of our lives trying to avoid bacteria — washing our hands, squirting hand sanitizer and taking courses of antibiotics. But what about the countless bacteria that live within us every day?

Jul 31, 2015

UNLV researchers discovered a local, rare fish capable of going for extended periods of time essentially without breathing, and producing alcohol to survive.