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Jan 15, 2019 Clean and green: UCI physicist helps invent novel way of converting nitrogen to ammonia
The ammonia you use to clean and disinfect your kitchen floor starts off as nitrogen, a gas that makes up almost 80 percent of Earth’s atmosphere. But the conversion requires the breaking of a strong triple-chemical bond in a high-heat, high-pressure industrial process. UCI physicist Huolin Xin...
Jan 14, 2019 UCI/JPL: Antarctica losing six times more ice mass annually now than 40 years ago
Irvine, Calif., Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 – Antarctica experienced a sixfold increase in yearly ice mass loss between 1979 and 2017, according to a study published today in  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Glaciologists from the University of California, Irvine, NASA’s Jet Propulsion...
Jan 14, 2019 Professor emeritus of physics & astronomy receives Heinlein Award for science fiction
Gregory Benford, science fiction author and professor emeritus of physics & astronomy at UCI, is the 2019 winner of the Heinlein Award, bestowed for outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space. The award is in recognition of...
Jan 14, 2019 Ice loss from Antarctica has sextupled since the 1970s, new research finds
Antarctic glaciers have been melting at an accelerating pace over the past four decades thanks to an influx of warm ocean water — a startling new finding that researchers say could mean sea levels are poised to rise more quickly than predicted in coming decades. The Antarctic lost 40 billion...
Jan 14, 2019 Energy From Fusion In 'A Couple Years,' CEO Says, Commercialization In Five
TAE Technologies will bring a fusion-reactor technology to commercialization in the next five years, its CEO announced recently at the University of California, Irvine. "The notion that you hear fusion is another 20 years away, 30 years away, 50 years away—it's not true," said Michl Binderbauer,...
Dec 11, 2018 Six From ESS Named to Global List of Most Influential Researchers
Professors Steven Allison, Michael Goulden, Jim Randerson, Eric Rignot, Isabella Velicogna, and Jasper Vrugt have been named to the 2018 list of the world’s most impactful researchers, based on the number of times their published studies have been cited by other researchers over the past decade....
Dec 11, 2018 UCI Physical Sciences professor, Zachary Fisk, named AAAS Fellow
Zachary Fisk, Professor Emeritus of Physics & Astronomy, was recently named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society. Fisk is being recognized for his work on pioneering scientific discoveries regarding the magnetic and...
Dec 11, 2018 UCI Physical Sciences professor, Fillmore Freeman, named AAAS Fellow
Fillmore Freeman, Professor of Chemistry at UCI, was recently named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society. Freeman is being recognized for his impressive contributions to the fields of computational quantum chemistry,...
Dec 10, 2018 11 Secrets of Hollywood Science Advisors
The work of a Hollywood science advisor can be hard to spot. Rather than shoving science in the audience’s faces, it’s their job to make the world of a movie or TV show feel believable, from the physics of fight scenes to the theories that characters scrawl on the blackboard. Science advisors are...
Dec 10, 2018 Scientists share the most dangerous things they work with
You might expect scientists to encounter hazards out in the field. But laboratories aren’t safe havens either. We asked researchers about the most dangerous things they work with. 1. Liquid Helium ↑ Jenny Ardelean, graduate student in mechanical engineering at Columbia University To study the...

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