|Sep 08, 2015||
Tri Alpha Energy takes small step toward huge goal of fusion reactor
Tucked in an unmarked industrial building in Foothill Ranch, the physicists at secretive nuclear fusion company Tri Alpha Energy believe they have moved a step closer to achieving viable fusion energy – the holy grail of sustainable energy. Their latest milestone – holding the energy levels of a 10...
|Aug 26, 2015||
The troubling reasons why NASA is so focused on studying sea level rise
NASA is undertaking an “intensive research effort” into the problem of rising seas brought on by global warming, the agency announced Wednesday. And it will include satellite mounted tools so accurate that “if they were mounted on a commercial jetliner, flying at 40,000 feet, they could detect the...
|Aug 20, 2015||
The Case for Complex Dark Matter
Dark matter — the unseen 80 percent of the universe’s mass — doesn’t emit, absorb or reflect light. Astronomers know it exists only because it interacts with our slice of the ordinary universe through gravity. Hence the hunt for this missing mass has focused on so-called WIMPs — Weakly Interacting...
|Aug 19, 2015||
Hurricane-vergence: Katrina's 10th Birthday, New Tropical Storm, UCI-NASA Link Fires
As if on cue, the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is coming as weather forecasters reveal a tropical storm may become the first hurricane of the 2015 North Atlantic season while UC Irvine and NASA unveil research showing a strong link between high wildfire risk in the Amazon basin and the...
|Aug 19, 2015||
Amazon Basin Fire Risk has been Linked to North Atlantic Hurricane Activity
As the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, researchers from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and NASA recently discovered a new link between the dry Amazon basin and moisture pulled from the Amazon by the whirl of North Atlantic storm activity. "The ocean conditions...
|Aug 19, 2015||
China’s Carbon Dioxide Emissions May Have Been Overstated by More Than 10%
HONG KONG — Scientists may have been overestimating China’s emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas driving global warming, by more than 10 percent, because of inaccurate assumptions about the country’s coal-burning, according to a study published on Wednesday. The study’s finding, ...
|Aug 18, 2015||
UCI, NASA researchers find link between Amazon fire risk, devastating hurricanes
Irvine, Calif., Aug. 18, 2015 – Researchers from the University of California, Irvine and NASA have uncovered a remarkably strong link between high wildfire risk in the Amazon basin and the devastating hurricanes that ravage North Atlantic shorelines. The climate scientists’ findings appear in the...
|Aug 14, 2015||
The Search for Greenland's Missing Ice
When viewed from above, the fjords of Greenland look like arteries carrying water and ice from the heart of the mainland ice sheet. At the head of these fjords are some of the world’s largest glaciers. Called marine-terminating glaciers, they constantly recede and advance with the change of the...
|Aug 11, 2015||
Winds are blowing Chinese ozone pollution to the American West
An article published on Monday in Nature Geoscience argues that the reason the American West is falling short on ozone pollution reduction may have less to do with their own efforts, and more to do with China. NASA researchers teamed up with scientist from the Netherlands to conduct the study,...
|Jul 30, 2015||
One Higgs is the loneliest number
When physicists discovered the Higgs boson in 2012, they declared the Standard Model of particle physics complete; they had finally found the missing piece of the particle puzzle. And yet, many questions remain about the basic components of the universe, including: Did we find the one and only type...