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Feb 25, 2016 California gas well blowout caused nation’s largest methane release, study finds
Irvine, Calif., Feb. 25, 2016 — The Aliso Canyon natural gas well blowout released more than 100,000 tons of the powerful greenhouse gas methane before the well was finally plugged Feb. 11, according to the first study of the event, to be published Feb. 26 in the journal Science. The results...
Feb 24, 2016 What do cows in Chino and the Porter Ranch-area gas leak have in common?
If anyone thought the Porter Ranch-area gas leak was the only major contributor of methane to Southern California’s air, think again, according to a new study. The findings, by UC Irvine atmospheric scientists, show hundreds of “methane-emitting hot spots” across the Los Angeles region. They...
Feb 24, 2016 UCI maps methane leaks across Los Angeles Basin
Irvine, Calif., Feb. 24, 2016 – Hundreds of methane-emitting hot spots have been identified across the Los Angeles Basin, including a “clean ports” truck refueling facility near the Port of Long Beach, power plants, water treatment facilities, and cattle in Chino, according to new findings by the...
Feb 23, 2016 Low-Lying O.C. Cities In Most Danger, UCI Educator Says
 Orange County, low-lying coastal cities like Huntington Beach and Newport Beach face the most dire consequences of climate change because “a lot of sea level rise is now inevitable,” says Steve Davis, an assistant professor at UC Irvine’s Department of Earth System Science. The most vulnerable...
Feb 23, 2016 Physicist Franklin Dollar Named 2016 Sloan Fellow
Assistant Professor Franklin Dollar was selected as 2016 Sloan Fellow, a significant distinction for early career scientists. Dollar’s research is on the most intense laser interactions with matter. These interactions generate some of the highest electric and magnetic fields in a lab, and are...
Feb 17, 2016 UCI’s Trimble attends announcement of LIGO gravitational wave discovery
UCI astronomer and physicist Virginia Trimble was a special guest at the National Science Foundation’s major announcement Feb. 12 of the long-sought detection of gravitational waves, a key part of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Trimble was invited by agency director France Cordova...
Feb 12, 2016 Remembering Joseph Weber, the controversial pioneer of gravitational waves
Yesterday, as dozens of journalists, scientists, and government officials crammed into a press conference in Washington, D.C., to hear the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory’s (LIGO’s) official announcement of the discovery of gravitational waves, organizers reserved a place in the...
Feb 11, 2016 Decade of rising seas slowed by land soaking up extra water, UCI and NASA find
Irvine, Calif., Feb. 11, 2016 — New measurements from a NASA satellite have allowed researchers to identify and quantify, for the first time, how climate-driven increases of liquid water storage on land have affected the rate of sea level rise. A new study by scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion...
Jan 28, 2016 Matter of fact
University of California, Irvine physicist Henry Sobel has devoted his adult life to studying neutrinos – mysterious subatomic particles essential to our understanding of matter and the universe. So he was thrilled and honored to be flown to Stockholm by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in...
Jan 20, 2016 UCI Chemistry Professor Sergey Nizkorodov Named Fulbright Scholar
UCI Professor Sergey Nizkorodov has been named 2016-17 Fulbright Scholar and will conduct research in atmospheric chemistry at the University of Eastern Finland. He was one of eight scientists selected nationally to receive this award.  "This prestigious distinction represents a unique and exciting...

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