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Sep 22, 2016 Soil carbon storage not the climate change fix it was thought, research finds
Hopes that large amounts of planet-warming carbon dioxide could be buried in soils appear to be grossly misplaced, with new research finding that the ground will soak up far less carbon over the coming century than previously thought. Radiocarbon dating of soils, when combined with previous models...
Sep 19, 2016 Alumni Spotlight: Richelle Homo '16
From the ashes of disaster, some dreams grow. Such happened to Richelle Homo ’16, who on Sept. 11, 2001, sat in a New York City hospital as her mother battled complications after the difficult, premature birth of Homo’s little sister – and as doctors and nurses responded to an incoming flood of...
Aug 18, 2016 Storify: Fifth Force of Nature
UC Irvine physicists confirm possible discovery of fifth force of nature. Light particles could be key to understanding dark matter in the universe. Click here for the collection of media coverage.
Aug 17, 2016 UCI group awarded $2 million by NSF for light and sound wave research
A UCI team led by Ilya Krivorotov, professor of physics & astronomy, is one of nine interdisciplinary groups to share a new $18 million research grant from the National Science Foundation. The UCI scientists and engineers will receive $2 million to study “nonreciprocal magneto-acoustic waves in...
Aug 15, 2016 UCI physicists confirm possible discovery of fifth force of nature
Recent findings indicating the possible discovery of a previously unknown subatomic particle may be evidence of a fifth fundamental force of nature, according to a paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters by theoretical physicists at the University of California, Irvine. “If true, it’...
Aug 15, 2016 Scientists Just Say No to ‘Chemtrails’ Conspiracy Theory
Conspiracy theories can be stubborn, particularly in the echo chamber of the internet. One persistent belief in some quarters is that the government — or business, perhaps — is deploying a fleet of jet aircraft to spray chemicals into the sky to control the population, food supply or other things....
Aug 12, 2016 Surveyed scientists debunk chemtrails conspiracy theory
The world’s leading atmospheric scientists overwhelmingly deny the existence of a secret, elite-driven plot to release harmful chemicals into the air from high-flying aircraft, according to the first peer-reviewed journal paper to address the “chemtrails” conspiracy theory. Researchers from the...
Aug 09, 2016 Nanowire Battery
Are you tired of your cell phone not holding a charge anymore? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying:  Scientists are too.  So they're trying to make better batteries using nanowires.  Nanowires are tiny, about one-thousand times thinner than a human hair.  This means they...
Jul 27, 2016 James Nowick named to 2016 class of ACS fellows
The American Chemical Society has named James Nowick, UCI professor and chair of chemistry, to its 2016 class of fellows. He is one of 57 distinguished scientists chosen as ACS fellows this year for “outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and important contributions to ACS, the world’s largest...
Jul 21, 2016 Scientists turn old plastic bottles into fuel
Millions of tons of plastic garbage pollute our world. What if we could turn them into fuel instead? That's the ambitious plan of a team of scientists from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC) in China.The technique involves breaking...

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