|Jan 04, 2016||
More microscopic plant life in SoCal waters could point to permanent change in wildlife
Waters off California have been unusually warm the last couple years, making conditions great for swimmers and surfers. It's also changing the sorts of microscopic marine plants that thrive there, according to a new study from UC Irvine. The researchers analyzed samples of phytoplankton, organisms...
|Dec 21, 2015||
Visitors to Katherine Mackey’s office on the third floor of Croul Hall may think they’ve wandered into a secluded wing of a botanical conservatory. A small wooden desk and an upholstered sofa are among the few pieces of furniture in this room dominated by a lush canopy of plants, all looking to be...
|Dec 16, 2015||
El Niño Could Ignite Amazon, Drench California
The Amazon forests of Central and South America are at increased risk of fires in 2016 due to the ongoing El Niño, according to NASA scientists. This El Niño, which has helped trigger more than 100,000 fires in Indonesia and spewed an estimated 1.75 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents...
|Dec 11, 2015||
Is Santa Claus more powerful than Superman? A UCI professor has it figured out
Santa Claus is greater than Superman. Not that Santa would ever use his powers to defeat Superman. Santa is too jolly and too busy bringing joy to children around the world. But he could if he wanted to. “Santa is a planner,” said UC Irvine physics professor Michael Dennin. “He could use kryptonite...
|Dec 10, 2015||
The troubling science that’s pushing the world toward a much tougher climate goal
LE BOURGET, France — Perhaps the most surprising story out of the Paris climate talks so far is the shift that seems to be occurring in favor of at least some acknowledgment — if not an outright embrace — of a 1.5 degrees Celsius global temperature target in a final agreement here. Holding warming...
|Dec 08, 2015||
UCI expert among group urging accelerated reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
Irvine, Calif., Dec. 8, 2015 – At the beginning of week two of the Paris climate talks, an international group of scientists is calling on the world’s industrial powers to aggressively and immediately reduce greenhouse gas emissions, stressing that overreliance on so-called negative emissions...
|Dec 01, 2015||
What could dark matter be?
Although nearly a century has passed since an astronomer first used the term “dark matter” in the 1930s, the elusive substance still defies explanation. Physicists can measure its effects on the movements of galaxies and other celestial objects, but what it’s made of remains a mystery. In order to...
|Nov 23, 2015||
UCI professors Robert Moyzis and Sergey Nizkorodov named AAAS fellows
Irvine, Calif., Nov. 23, 2015 – Biological chemistry professor Robert Moyzis and chemistry professor Sergey Nizkorodov of the University of California, Irvine have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Election to AAAS fellowship is an honor bestowed upon...
|Nov 12, 2015||
Massive northeast Greenland glacier is rapidly melting, UCI-led team finds
Irvine, Calif., Nov. 12, 2015 – A glacier in northeast Greenland that holds enough water to raise global sea levels by more than 18 inches has come unmoored from a stabilizing sill and is crumbling into the North Atlantic Ocean. Losing mass at a rate of 5 billion tons per year, glacier Zachariae ...
|Nov 10, 2015||
Breakthrough Prizes Give Top Scientists the Rock Star Treatment
The richest awards in science were handed out Sunday night when the Breakthrough Prize organization presented a total of $21.9 million to physicists, mathematicians, life scientists and one talented high school student. The awards take the form of seven $3 million awards, one of which was split...