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Mar 26, 2020 Meanwhile On The Climate Beat: Greenland Lost 600 Billion Tons of Ice Last Year
After an unusually warm summer, Greenland’s ice sheet has lost 600 billion tons of ice, according to recently released NASA data. The ice sheet lost a record amount of ice in 2012, and 2019’s recorded loss is a close second. The mass of ice lost by Greenland alone is enough to raise global sea...
Mar 26, 2020 Milky Way Dark Matter Signals in Doubt after Controversial New Papers
We know it’s there, but we don’t know what it is: this invisible stuff is dark matter. Scientists are fairly certain it dominates the cosmos, yet its ingredients are unclear. For a while astrophysicists have been excited by two potential signals of dark matter in space: an unexplained excess of...
Mar 23, 2020 Physical Sciences in the time of coronavirus
Studying how stars are born in the time of coronavirus COVID-19 is editing our daily routines, even if you do not have the disease. Katy Rodriguez Wimberly is an astrophysicist in the Department of Physics and Astronomy who studies why some galaxies in our universe no longer make new stars, and she...
Mar 18, 2020 Greenland shed ice at unprecedented rate in 2019; Antarctica continues to lose mass
These new findings and others by glaciologists at the University of California, Irvine and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are the subject of a paper published today in the American Geophysical Union journal Geophysical Research Letters. “We knew this past summer had been particularly warm in...
Mar 18, 2020 Rebecca Riley wants to be an astronaut
Rebecca Riley remembers feeling drawn to the stars since she was less than three years old, when she — and this is her first memory — would go outside with her grandparents in Clay County, Alabama and lay on a blanket and watch the night sky. “We were far away from any cities,” she says. “The sky...
Mar 17, 2020 California’s strict air quality regulations don’t just make clean air—they make more productive farms
Ground ozone, explains Steven Davis, an associate professor at the University of California Irvine and coauthor of the study published Monday in Nature Food, is formed in Earth’s lower atmosphere when pollutants, such as nitrogen, react with temperature and sunlight. It can be a harmful air...
Mar 13, 2020 New UCI astronomy professor constructs tool to spot distant exoplanets
Come July 1, Stephanie Sallum will become a new assistant professor of astronomy in the Physics and Astronomy Department. She comes to UCI from her postdoctoral position at UC Santa Cruz with plans to capture, along with a team of other researchers, direct images of exoplanets that are still...
Mar 13, 2020 Jesse Wolfson gets NSF CAREER grant that will help him understand equations, and merge math and dance
There are some problems in the field of mathematics that have been around for a long time, and which no one has ever been able to solve. One of the them, proposed in 1900 in Paris at the International Congress of Mathematicians by mathematician David Hilbert, is one that Department of Mathematics...
Mar 13, 2020 Paata Ivanisvili’s NSF CAREER grant will help him peer into the future of computers
Paata Ivanisvili, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics, wants to know how to answer seemingly unanswerable questions. That’s why he applied for — and was just awarded — an NSF CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant, awarded to early-career faculty to help them...
Mar 10, 2020 Svetlana Jitomirskaya wins fellowship to fund yearlong sabbatical
The Simons Foundation awards fellowships to mathematicians and theoretical physicists with remarkable bodies of work. In December, mathematics Professor Svetlana Jitomirskaya discovered she would get a 2020 Simons fellowship. Jitomirskaya’s fellowship award totals $660,000, and the windfall will...

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