|Oct 22, 2015||
Inside the Quest for Fusion, Clean Energy’s Holy Grail
The machine lives in a white building in an Orange County office park so uninteresting-looking that not even the person who’s supposed to be taking me there can find it. We literally drive right past it and have to double back. Though there are a few clues if you look closely. A towering silo of...
|Oct 16, 2015||
Goods manufactured in China not good for the environment, study finds
Irvine, Calif., Sept. 28, 2015 – In a study published today in the journal Nature Climate Change, scientists from three universities show that products made in China are associated with significantly higher carbon dioxide emissions than the same products made elsewhere. “The amazing increase in...
|Oct 13, 2015||
Southern California wildfires exhibit split personalities
Irvine, Calif., Sept. 8, 2015 – Wildfires have ravaged both populated and unpopulated regions of Southern California at an increasing rate over the past few decades, and scientists from three University of California campuses and partner institutions are predicting that by midcentury, as a...
|Oct 13, 2015||
Conditions ripe for explosive wildfire season in Southern California
With thousands of homes burned and at least a half-dozen people dead, 2015 is already shaping up to be one of California's most challenging fire seasons. But so far, much of the action has been in Northern California, where several destructive fires have marched through large swaths of drought-...
|Oct 12, 2015||
Parsing photons in the infrared, UCI-led astronomers uncover signs of earliest galaxies
Irvine, Calif., Sept. 7, 2015 – Astronomers from the University of California, Irvine and Baltimore’s Space Telescope Science Institute have generated the most accurate statistical description yet of faint, early galaxies as they existed in the universe 500 million years after the Big Bang. In a...
|Oct 06, 2015||
2015 Nobel Prize in Physics Recognizes Super-K and SNO Collaborations; UCI Physicists played key role in both experiments
UCI physicists were honored with the announcement that the Super-Kamiokande (Super-K) experiment in Japan and the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) experiment in Canada both received the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics. The prize highlights the role that both experiments played in the discovery that...
|Sep 18, 2015||
UCI’s Egg-y Breakthrough receives 2015 Ig Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Professor Greg Weiss and his team received the 2015 Ig Nobel Prize in Chemistry last night during the 25th Ig Nobel Prize ceremony at Harvard University. A parody of the Nobels, these humorous awards honor scientific research that “makes you laugh, then think.” Dr. Weiss’s Ig Nobel awarded the...
|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...