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Jun 03, 2016 Arctic sea ice set a record low every single day in May
After Arctic sea ice set a record low annual maximum in March, it was widely expected that this summer melt season would rank among the top 5 or 10 lowest melt seasons on record since the dawn of satellite observations there in 1979.  However, even the most pessimistic projections have turned out...
Jun 02, 2016 Dedication of The Jenkins Room
On June 2, 2016, the Croul Hall 3rd floor conference room was dedicated as "The Jenkins Room" to offer grateful acknowledgement to Greg, Donna, and Brad Jenkins for their generous support and commitment to the advancement of scientific research. For nearly 20 years, the contributions of the Jenkins...
May 16, 2016 Better batteries through chemistry
University of California, Irvine researchers have invented a nanowire-based electrode that can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times, moving us closer to a battery that would never require replacement. The breakthrough work could lead to commercial batteries with greatly lengthened lifespans...
May 15, 2016 UCI astrophysicist Asantha Cooray to head NASA group designing future space telescope
NASA has selected UCI astrophysicist Asantha Cooray as community chair of a study group to design and set requirements for a possible successor to the James Webb Space Telescope. The group, which includes scientists and engineers from about 30 leading international research institutions and space...
May 14, 2016 Professor Michael Prather wins state’s top air quality award
ESS Professor Michael Prather has won California’s elite Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award for “Keeping Atmospheric Chemistry in the IPCC Climate Assessments.” The state Air Resources Board found that Prather has made fundamental contributions to the scientific understanding of the role and impacts of...
May 10, 2016 Aaron Esser-Kahn Named 2016 Junior Investigator by ICTS
The Institute for Clinical and Translational Science is pleased to name Dr. Aaron Esser-Kahn the 2016 Junior Investigator of the Year. This award is given to an exceptional UC Irvine investigator whose work is focused on the biomedical sciences and who has contributed substantial new insights and...
May 10, 2016 Why I Changed My Life: Acting, Astronomy, and a One-of-a-Kind Career
When I was 12, I saw the movie SpaceCamp, about a bunch of kids who accidentally get launched into space. That afternoon I plotted my entire career trajectory: a Ph.D. in astronomy from MIT, followed by a job at NASA. I was like, “I’m in.” I really did go to MIT and afterward started a Ph.D. in...
May 09, 2016 UCI sleuths search the seas for soot
Irvine, Calif., May 9, 2016 – Earth system scientists from the University of California, Irvine have taken water samples from the north Pacific, north and south Atlantic, and Arctic oceans in search of repositories of black carbon, soot from burning biomass and diesel engines, among other sources....
May 06, 2016 What would it take to become a real-life superhero?
(CNN)- If watching "Captain America: Civil War" this weekend revives your childhood dreams of becoming a superhero, technology may be on your side to make it happen -- but science is a little more discouraging. Technologically speaking, becoming Iron Man could be feasible by enhancing your strength...
May 05, 2016 UCI astronomers determine precise mass of a giant black hole
Irvine, Calif., May 5, 2016 – Astronomers from the University of California, Irvine and other universities have derived a highly precise measurement of the mass of a black hole at the center of a nearby giant elliptical galaxy. Working with high-resolution data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/...

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