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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...
Apr 18, 2019 What will climate change do to us?
One thing I've noticed over the years as I've written about climate change is that the actual predicted effects of a warmer world often aren't well known. People understand that the planet is getting hotter, a change that is both easy to understand and directly familiar to almost everyone. But the...
Apr 17, 2019 Clare Yu is named a fellow by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Irvine, Calif., April 17, 2019 — Clare Yu, professor of physics & astronomy at the University of California, Irvine, has been elected a fellow by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. The 239th class of inductees includes more than 200 individuals with compelling achievements in academia...
Apr 10, 2019 Ozone Hole: How We Saved the Planet
UCI was founded in 1965, but what really made people aware of us as a research university was the publication in 1974 of the extraordinary discovery by F. Sherwood Rowland, founding chair of the Department of Chemistry, and Mario J. Molina, his postdoctoral research associate, that...
Apr 10, 2019 The UCI Podcast: New episode explores the history of video games, hunt for exoplanets
A new episode of The UCI Podcast featuring interviews with two UCI faculty members is now available. The first segment is a conversation on the history of video games through the lens of LGBTQ theory with Bonnie “Bo” Ruberg, assistant professor of informatics. Ruberg’s new book, Video Games Have...
Apr 09, 2019 An Iceberg Twice the Size of New York City Is About to Split From Antarctica
Two rifts on the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica are close to creating an iceberg over 560 square miles in size. Scientists say the calving event could happen any day now.   “This calving is a huge one for Brunt,” said Eric Rignot, a climate scientist at the University of California, Irvine, who has...
Apr 09, 2019 All hands on deck
From a young age, Philip Schuster knew he wanted to go into particle physics. As an undergraduate, he became involved in a number of research projects with experimentalists. But, like many other students pursuing a career in physics, he reached a point when he had to narrow his path. “When you’re...
Mar 13, 2019 British astrophysicist who discovered pulsars delivers the 2019 Reines Lecture to full house
Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, visiting professor at the University of Oxford and chancellor of Scotland’s University of Dundee, enthralled a capacity audience in the Irvine Barclay Theatre on the UCI campus Tuesday night as she delivered the 2019 Reines Lecture. Bell Burnell, named dame commander of...
Mar 11, 2019 Astronomers use new technology developed with help from UC Irvine professor to look for habitable planets
Planets capable of supporting life are in a star system not so far, far away, and astronomers will be able to study them closely with the Habitable Planet Finder, developed with help from a UC Irvine professor. The Habitable Planet Finder is a spectrograph that UCI assistant professor Paul...
Mar 05, 2019 CERN approves UCI-initiated hunt for new particles at the Large Hadron Collider
Irvine, Calif., March 5, 2019 – The CERN research board has approved the Forward Search Experiment, giving a green light to the assembly, installation and use of an instrument that will look for new fundamental particles at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. Initiated by physicists...

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