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Feb 21, 2017 Giant Antarctic Ice Shelf Crack Threatens to Become a Massive Iceberg
A massive crack in Antarctica’s fourth-biggest ice shelf has surged forward by at least 10 kilometres since early January. Scientists who have been monitoring the 175-kilometre rift in the Larsen C ice shelf say that it could reach the ocean within weeks or months, releasing an iceberg twice the...
Feb 15, 2017 Canada's Glaciers Are Melting 900 Percent Faster Since 2005
About a quarter of all Arctic land ice outside of Greenland is found in the glaciers and ice caps of the Queen Elizabeth Islands in Canada. The ice covers more than 40,000 square miles, and a new study reports that it began to melt dramatically faster in 2005 than it had in previous years. Before...
Feb 14, 2017 Canadian glaciers now major contributor to sea level change, UCI study shows
Irvine, Calif., Feb. 14, 2017 — Ice loss from Canada’s Arctic glaciers has transformed them into a major contributor to sea level change, new research by University of California, Irvine glaciologists has found. From 2005 to 2015, surface melt off ice caps and glaciers of the Queen Elizabeth...
Feb 10, 2017 NASA launched an unprecedented study of Greenland’s melting. Now, the data are coming in
In 2015, in a moment of science communication genius, NASA created a mission called “OMG.” The acronym basically ensured that a new scientific mission — measuring how quickly the Oceans are Melting Greenland — would get maximum press attention. The subject is actually extremely serious. OMG amounts...
Feb 09, 2017 UCI, NASA reveal new details of Greenland ice loss
Irvine, Calif., Feb. 9, 2017 – Less than a year after the first research flight kicked off NASA’s Oceans Melting Greenland campaign, data from the new program are providing a dramatic increase in knowledge of how Greenland’s ice sheet is melting from below. Two new research papers in the journal...
Feb 07, 2017 Astrobiology’s rising star
New UC Irvine faculty member Aomawa Shields studies the climate on distant planets. Her aim: find those most likely to host alien life. The UCLA alum is a classically trained actress, a secret "superpower" that helps her make science accessible. Shields is among a bumper crop of 24 new hires to...
Feb 07, 2017 A Crack in an Antarctic Ice Shelf Grew 17 Miles in the Last Two Months
A rapidly advancing crack in Antarctica’s fourth-largest ice shelf has scientists concerned that it is getting close to a full break. The rift has accelerated this year in an area already vulnerable to warming temperatures. Since December, the crack has grown by the length of about five football...
Feb 06, 2017 NASA team here to study greenhouse pollution
A GROUP of scientists and technicians travelling around the world aboard a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) DC-8 aircraft to study the impact of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere landed at the Nadi International Airport on Saturday. The 45-member team are part of the...
Feb 06, 2017 NASA Plane Lands at Nadi Airport
In a first for Fiji, the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) DC-8 Airborne Science Laboratory aircraft landed at the Nadi International Airport on Saturday. The aircraft from NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Centre in Palmdale, California, is used to collect data...
Feb 02, 2017 What exactly is dark matter?
Kevork Abazajian, a cosmologist at the University of California, Irvine, during an interview with BBC World Service on Newshour [said]: Dark matter has been a puzzle for almost 90 years as to what it is, and it basically is something that is contributing to the gravitational pull within galaxies...

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