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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/...
May 03, 2016 A “Clean” Start for First KORUS-AQ Flights
After years of preparation, on Monday, May 2, the three KORUS-AQ aircraft (NASA B-200, NASA DC-8, and the Hanseo King-Air) took off for their first coordinated science flights over South Korea. More than 50 scientists, pilots and crew from NASA and the Republic of Korea were aboard the three...
May 03, 2016 Unboiling an Egg in Science Channel
Apr 27, 2016 Solving problems
“OK, everybody, listen up. If a community outreach program serves 25 middle school students in its first year, what is the percentage rate of growth if there are 100 participants in year two?” It’s another Wednesday afternoon, time for more challenging word problems for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-...
Apr 25, 2016 A Madman Dreams of Tuning Machines: The Story of Joseph Weber, the Tragic Hero of Science Who Followed Einstein’s Vision and Pioneered the Sound of Space-Time
In his groundbreaking 1915 paper on general relativity, Albert Einstein envisioned gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of space-time caused by astronomic events of astronomical energy. Although fundamental to our understanding of the universe, gravitational waves were a purely theoretical...
Apr 22, 2016 UCI and JPL find melting of Greenland’s glaciers worse than previously thought
rvine, Calif., April 22, 2016 – Many large glaciers in Greenland are at greater risk of melting from below than previously thought, according to new maps of the seafloor around Greenland created by an international research team. Like other recent research findings, the maps highlight the critical...
Apr 21, 2016 The battery that never dies: Scientists find breakthrough technique to stop phones losing power
Scientists have invented a new type of battery that can be charged hundreds of thousands of times without degrading . They say it takes us closer to creating the ultimate long-lasting power source for things computers, smartphones and even cars and spaceships. The new battery was developed by the...
Apr 21, 2016 Researchers Accidentally Make Batteries Last 400 Times Longer
Smartphones, tablets, and most other electronics rely on rechargeable batteries, but after a few thousand uses the batteries start to lose their ability to hold a charge. The batteries of today are mainly lithium, and over time that lithium corrodes inside the battery. Instead of lithium,...
Apr 21, 2016 The batteries that last a LIFETIME: Nanowire technology can be charged thousands of times without losing capacity
It's a sad fact of modern life that your shiny new piece of tech will start to fade after just a few years, as battery technology lags far behind technological aspirations. A standard lithium-ion battery used in most smartphones is expected to have between 300 to 500 charge cycles in it before it...
Apr 21, 2016 No Worthless Battery After 200,000 Charges? Sign Me Up
Your laptop's battery has been screaming to be replaced for months now, but that replacement isn't cheap. Which is why this new nanowire battery out of the University of California, Irvine, is so exciting. Batteries like the one in your phone are lithium-based, and over time, they hold less and...

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