|Jun 16, 2019||
Mark Vagins featured in ABC news story about Super-Kamiokande Neutrino Detector Upgrade
This is a neutrino. It’s been hurtling through space for billions of years, emanating from a massive dying star — a supernova — eight times bigger than our Sun. We wouldn’t exist without supernovas — they contain the building blocks of life. So by learning about neutrinos, we can explore our own...
|Jun 06, 2019||
UCI scientists create new class of two-dimensional materials
Irvine, Calif., June 6, 2019 – In a paper published this week in Nature, materials science researchers at the University of California, Irvine and other institutions unveil a new process for producing oxide perovskite crystals in exquisitely flexible, free-standing layers. A two-dimensional...
|Jun 05, 2019||
The Apollo 11 Moon Landing Anniversary Is a Reminder of the Importance of Women in STEM
“When I returned to astronomy after leaving the field for over a decade to pursue acting as a career, I thought I had to downplay and hide my background in the arts. A mentor told me to view my theater background as my superpower. She was right. It totally is! It helps me to communicate the results...
|Jun 03, 2019||
Heart of Lonesome Galaxy is Brimming with Dark Matter
The galaxy, known as Markarian 1216 (abbreviated as Mrk 1216), contains stars that are within 10% the age of the universe — that is, almost as old as the universe itself. Scientists have found that it has gone through a different evolution than typical galaxies, both in terms of its stars and the...
|Jun 03, 2019||
Patagonia ice sheets thicker than previously thought, study finds
Through a combination of ground observations and airborne gravity and radar sounding methods, the scientists created the most complete ice density map of the area to date and found that some glaciers are as much as a mile (1,600 meters) thick. Their findings were published today in the American...
|May 22, 2019||
Atom smasher could be making new particles that are hiding in plain sight
Are new particles materializing right under physicists' noses and going unnoticed? The world's great atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), could be making long-lived particles that slip through its detectors, some researchers say. Next week, they will gather at the LHC's home, CERN, the...
|May 17, 2019||
James Bullock to become new dean of UCI School of Physical Sciences
Irvine, Calif., May 17, 2019 – James Bullock, professor and chair of physics & astronomy at the University of California, Irvine, has been appointed dean of the School of Physical Sciences. He will assume the new role on July 1, upon the retirement of Dean Kenneth Janda. “Professor Bullock is...
|Apr 22, 2019||
Rate of ice loss from Greenland has grown by a factor of six since the 1980s, scientists find
Greenland, home to Earth’s second-largest ice sheet, has lost ice at an accelerating pace in the past several decades — a nearly sixfold increase that could contribute to future sea-level rise, according to a new study based on nearly a half-century of data. The findings, published Monday in the...
|Apr 18, 2019||
Ozone depletion, explained
Over the past 30 years humans have made progress in stopping damage to the ozone layer by curbing the use of certain chemicals. But more remains to be done to protect and restore the atmospheric shield that sits in the stratosphere about 9 to 18 miles (15 to 30 kilometers) above the Earth's surface...
|Apr 18, 2019||
Pop Music, Public Mourning
What does it say about our culture, age, and political trajectory that over the years, pop music has gotten increasingly more depressing? A team of mathematicians at the University of California, Irvine, recently analyzed roughly 500,000 pop songs released between 1985 and 2015 to learn what makes...