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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...
Nov 09, 2015 Suzuki, Kajita, and Super-Kamiokande awarded Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
Dr. Yoichiro Suzuki, Dr. Takaaki Kajita, and the members of the Super-Kamiokande collaboration have been awarded the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, for their role in the discovery and study of neutrino oscillation. The prize, presented by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, was awarded “...
Nov 05, 2015 UCI-led study offers model to predict how microbiomes may respond to change
Irvine, Calif., Nov. 5, 2015 — Scientists studying microbiomes have created a framework for predicting how the composition of these complex microbial communities may respond to changing conditions. The review study, led by Jennifer Martiny, professor of ecology & evolutionary biology at the...
Nov 03, 2015 If This Part of Antarctica Collapses, Sea Levels Could Rise 10 Feet
Researchers in Potsdam, Germany have modeled what the future might be like in West Antarctica — and it doesn't look good for many of the world's most populated coastal cities. The scientists specifically looked at a region of Antarctica called the Amundsen Sea sector, and projected what the...
Oct 29, 2015 Bright light may not be dark matter’s smoking gun after all
Hints that dark matter could be crashing and burning in the centre of the Milky Way might themselves be going up in smoke. A search for nearby dwarf galaxies that should show the same signal have proved fruitless, leaving physicists disappointed after five years of excitement. The signal first...
Oct 28, 2015 First AAAS Marion Milligan Mason Awards Go to Four Outstanding Women in the Chemical Sciences
As they received the inaugural AAAS Marion Milligan Mason Awards for Women in the Chemical Sciences, all four award winners spoke with heartfelt appreciation of the mentors who guided them toward successful careers. Kristin Parent began studying viruses after a professor urged her to take an...
Oct 27, 2015 Scientists confirm that East Antarctica’s biggest glacier is melting from below
Earlier this year, we learned some worrisome climate news. Although Antarctic scientists have been most concerned about loss of ice in the western part of Antarctica, a study in Nature Geoscience suggested a vulnerability in the much larger ice sheet of East Antarctica, as well. East Antarctica’s...
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...

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