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Dec 10, 2019 UCI ESS AGU Video: Global Environmental Change: Causes, Impacts, Solutions
      Global Environmental Change: Causes, Impacts, Solutions. The Department of Earth System Science (ESS) at the University of California, Irvine, focuses on how the atmosphere, land, and oceans interact as a system, and how the Earth will change over a human lifetime. With global change...
Dec 07, 2019 The World Solved the Ozone Problem. It Can Solve Climate Change.
The discovery made big news and rattled the public. Aerosol sales dropped dramatically, and, despite pushback from the chemical companies that made CFCs, Congress in 1977 added protecting the ozone layer to the Environmental Protection Agency’s duties under the Clean Air Act. Not long afterward,...
Nov 27, 2019 Climates of Distant Terrestrial Worlds
Radiation In, Radiation Out The climate for a planet like Earth is largely set by the delicate balance between incoming radiation from the planet’s star, and outgoing radiation in the form of heat emitted into space. The amount of energy absorbed, reflected, and emitted by a planet’s surface and...
Nov 26, 2019 Nine UCI researchers named AAAS fellows
A total of 443 AAAS members are being honored this year for their efforts to further science or its applications. New fellows will each receive an official certificate and a gold-and-blue rosette pin on Feb. 15, 2020, at the organization’s annual meeting, in Seattle. “It is an honor to congratulate...
Nov 26, 2019 Seven from Physical Sciences named to global list of most influential researchers
Professors Steven Allison, James Bullock, Steven Davis, James Randerson, Eric Rignot, Isabella Velicogna and Jasper Vrugt have been named to the Highly Cited Researchers 2019 global list.   Presented by Web of Science since 2002, this list recognizes research scientists who have demonstrated...
Nov 23, 2019 A 'no-brainer Nobel Prize': Hungarian scientists may have found a fifth force of nature
New research may be leading us closer to one more. Scientists at the Institute for Nuclear Research at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Atomki) have posted findings showing what could be an example of that fifth force at work. The scientists were closely watching how an excited helium atom...
Nov 22, 2019 UCI chemist to lead Sloan Foundation-funded project to remove CO2 from emissions and air
Jenny Yang, UCI associate professor of chemistry, will use a $1.5 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to help develop methods for the capture and removal of carbon dioxide from flue gases emitted by fossil fuel plants and from air. The funding will support an interdisciplinary team –...
Oct 30, 2019 Stitching It All Together
Some materials should not break because the results would be catastrophic. What if instead of breaking, these materials could toughen up at a weak spot? What if that hole in your astronaut suit could heal itself? Biological systems handle this problem all the time. Sometimes fingers get calluses so...
Oct 29, 2019 The UCI Podcast: A conversation with Dean James Bullock, School of Physical Sciences
Arriving at UCI in 2004, Bullock established a reputation as a leading researcher in astronomy and cosmology. He served as chair of the Department of Physics & Astronomy prior to being named dean of physical sciences earlier this year; he started the job full-time over the summer. In this...
Oct 28, 2019 UCI astronomers help implement new sky surveying tool to shed light on dark energy
Mounted on a telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona, DESI was designed to explore the mystery of dark energy, which is responsible for the accelerating expansion of the universe. Implementation of the tool was long anticipated by five UCI astronomers, members of a 500-...

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