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May 20, 2020 UCI Earth system scientist helps quantify drop in carbon emissions during pandemic
Scientists who normally study how human activities impact the planet have been given a rare opportunity over the past few months to observe what happens when industry, transportation and other sources of carbon emissions are curtailed. Steve Davis, UCI associate professor of Earth system science,...
May 20, 2020 Global CO2 Emissions Saw Record Drop During Pandemic Lockdown
On April 7, global carbon dioxide emissions plummeted to levels not seen since 2006, according to a study released yesterday that suggests the coronavirus pandemic might have led to the largest reduction in CO2 ever recorded. But few scientists are cheering the sudden change. To the contrary,...
May 20, 2020 How the coronavirus pandemic slashed carbon emissions — in five graphs
The international response to the coronavirus pandemic has so far slashed global carbon emissions by more than 8%, according to detailed estimates from a pair of independent research teams. That’s roughly three times the annual emissions of Italy. But energy consumption is already rebounding in...
May 20, 2020 Mike Fenton moves to America
When particle physicist Mike Fenton moved to America last September, things didn’t go quite right for him. But Fenton will be the first to tell you that when the universe began some 13.7 billion years ago during the Big Bang, things started out just right. The forces that make the universe tick...
May 19, 2020 UCI physicists exploring use of Blu-ray disc lasers to kill COVID-19, other viruses
Irvine, Calif., May 19, 2020 – A new weapon in the arsenal against the coronavirus may be sitting in your home entertainment console. A team led by physicist Chris Barty of the University of California, Irvine is researching the use of diodes from Blu-ray digital video disc devices as deep-...
May 15, 2020 Philip Collins wins Excellence in Digital Learning Award
About ten years ago, teaching courses online was still in its infancy, and many people saw the practice as mostly “gimmicky,” explains Professor Philip Collins of the UCI Department of Physics & Astronomy. But that didn’t stop Collins from moving his classes online long before most others...
May 14, 2020 UCI receives $1.5 million from philanthropist Roy Eddleman
Irvine, Calif., May 14, 2020 — A $1.5 million gift from philanthropist Roy Eddleman to the University of California, Irvine School of Physical Sciences will support the creation of a research institute focused on ushering in the future of quantum science. The Eddleman Quantum Institute will be led...
May 10, 2020 Brenna Biggs and the manure machine
In January, UCI chemistry doctoral student Brenna Biggs visited a dairy farm in Visalia, California where there are lagoons churning with cow manure. Biggs drove around the farm in a white Sprinter van owned by the University of California, Riverside, and the van had nothing in its trunk but empty...
May 08, 2020 Bacteria self-quarantine, too, and this ability is helping UCI researchers develop a treatment for coronavirus
Professor Albert Siryaporn couldn’t have known it, but research he and a team of scientists published last year in December would, just a few months later, position him and his lab to combat the raging coronavirus pandemic. The research, published in the Journal of Bacteriology, highlighted a...
May 07, 2020 NASA Airborne Science Interns Gathering Data at Home
Every summer since 2009, the NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) has brought about 30 undergraduate STEM students from across the United States to California for an internship experience with NASA Earth Science research that includes flights on a research aircraft. This year with COVID-19...

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