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Oct 03, 2016 Meet Mallory Hinks, 2016 ACS Chemistry Champion
Mallory Hinks, a fifth-year chemistry Ph.D. student at the University of California, Irvine, was crowned the winner of the 2016 ACS Chemistry Champions contest on Aug. 22 during the ACS national meeting in Philadelphia. Now in its third year, the competition aims to give younger chemists an...
Oct 01, 2016 In the Dark about Dark Matter
Physics has missed a long-scheduled appointment with its future—again. The latest, most sensitive searches for the particles thought to make up dark matter—the invisible stuff that may compose 85 percent of the mass in the cosmos—have found nothing. These elusive particles, called WIMPs (weakly...
Sep 28, 2016 Global warming's impact will grow, UCI study finds
A group of UC Irvine researchers has concluded that global warming's impact on Earth will be more severe over the next century because the planet's soil absorbs less atmospheric carbon dioxide than previously thought. In a study published Friday, a group of researchers, headed by lead author Yujie...
Sep 22, 2016 The Earth is soaking up less carbon than we thought — which could make it warm up even faster
It might sound strange, but scientists believe the ground we walk on can be a huge weapon in the fight against climate change. That’s because the earth’s soil is serves as a giant carbon reservoir, containing trillions of tons that would otherwise end up in the atmosphere.   Currently, soil is...
Sep 22, 2016 Soil carbon storage not the climate change fix it was thought, research finds
Hopes that large amounts of planet-warming carbon dioxide could be buried in soils appear to be grossly misplaced, with new research finding that the ground will soak up far less carbon over the coming century than previously thought. Radiocarbon dating of soils, when combined with previous models...
Sep 22, 2016 Soil will absorb less atmospheric carbon than expected this century, UCI-led study finds
By adding highly accurate radiocarbon dating of soil to standard Earth system models, environmental scientists from the University of California, Irvine and other institutions have learned a dirty little secret: The ground will absorb far less atmospheric carbon dioxide this century than previously...
Sep 19, 2016 Alumni Spotlight: Richelle Homo '16
From the ashes of disaster, some dreams grow. Such happened to Richelle Homo ’16, who on Sept. 11, 2001, sat in a New York City hospital as her mother battled complications after the difficult, premature birth of Homo’s little sister – and as doctors and nurses responded to an incoming flood of...
Aug 18, 2016 Storify: Fifth Force of Nature
UC Irvine physicists confirm possible discovery of fifth force of nature. Light particles could be key to understanding dark matter in the universe. Click here for the collection of media coverage.
Aug 17, 2016 UCI group awarded $2 million by NSF for light and sound wave research
A UCI team led by Ilya Krivorotov, professor of physics & astronomy, is one of nine interdisciplinary groups to share a new $18 million research grant from the National Science Foundation. The UCI scientists and engineers will receive $2 million to study “nonreciprocal magneto-acoustic waves in...
Aug 15, 2016 Scientists Just Say No to ‘Chemtrails’ Conspiracy Theory
Conspiracy theories can be stubborn, particularly in the echo chamber of the internet. One persistent belief in some quarters is that the government — or business, perhaps — is deploying a fleet of jet aircraft to spray chemicals into the sky to control the population, food supply or other things....

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