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Feb 20, 2020 UCI astronomer and colleagues confirm existence of exoplanet orbiting nearby star
The team’s findings were published recently in The Astronomical Journal. Called G 9-40b, the body is about twice the size of the Earth, slightly smaller than Neptune, and orbits a low-mass M dwarf star only 100 light years away. Kepler detected the planet by observing its transit across the star’s...
Feb 05, 2020 Dead monster galaxy found lurking in the distant universe
The galaxy, XMM-2599, existed 12 billion years ago. It rapidly formed a bunch of stars and died, according to data and measurements astronomers took using the W. M. Keck Observatory's Multi-Object Spectrograph for Infrared Exploration. The observatory is near the summit of the dormant Mauna Kea...
Feb 03, 2020 Do Spider-Man, Superman break the laws of physics?
Superman would have known that momentum equals mass times velocity and that Newton’s third law of physics states every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Superman, Spider-Man, Flash, Captain America and the rest of the Marvel and DC superheroes could have learned what the hundreds of...
Jan 29, 2020 The Speed King
Weiss, who sits on the scientific advisory board of ULB, from which he plans to launch future companies, is heading to his office, clear on the other side of campus, in the Natural Sciences I building. This is no leisurely stroll. The 49-year-old, who’s also a professor of molecular biology &...
Jan 21, 2020 Greg Weiss Lets Never-ending Curiosity Drive his Research and Commercial Goals
Organic chemistry focuses on the study of the structure, properties, composition, reactions and synthesis of organic compounds that contain carbon. Any structure, object, material and more can be analyzed using organic chemistry and Greg Weiss loves it. Weiss, UC Irvine (UCI) professor of chemistry...
Jan 17, 2020 UCI chemists find fungal shrapnel in the air
In a discovery that has implications for our understanding of the air we breathe, UCI chemists report that they’ve found nanoscale fragments of fungal cells in the atmosphere. The pieces are extremely small, measuring about 30 nanometers in diameter, and much more abundant than previously thought,...
Jan 14, 2020 Exoplanet hunting instrument created in part by UCI astronomer makes first observations
UCI astronomer Paul Robertson recently celebrated “first light” for NEID, a new exoplanet hunting instrument he helped develop. Installed at the 3.5-meter WIYN telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, NEID is an extremely precise radial velocity spectrometer. Its...
Jan 13, 2020 The Amazon is a key buffer against climate change. A new study warns wildfires could decimate it
In 2019, record fires in the Amazon sparked international outrage and capped a decade that saw the rainforest lose an area the size of 8.4 million soccer fields to deforestation. But authors of a new study warn that as the climate becomes hotter and drier, future fires could be far more damaging...
Dec 19, 2019 Greenland ice loss is at ‘worse-case scenario’ levels, study finds
Greenland is losing ice mass seven times faster than in the 1990s, a pace that matches the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s high-end warming scenario – in which 400 million people would be exposed to coastal flooding by 2100, 40 million more than in the mid-range prediction. The alarming...
Dec 17, 2019 Physical Sciences welcomes eight new faculty members
Eight new faculty members join the School of Physical Sciences from universities across the world, bringing new research right from their Ph.D. programs and others bringing their established research ready to revamp. Here are the new faculty members:   Paulo Brando Assistant Professor, Department...

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