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Oct 14, 2019 UCI scientists reveal mechanism of electron charge exchange in molecules
With this technique, the UCI scientists were able to observe electron distribution between atoms and molecules and uncover clues to the origins of ferroelectricity, the capacity of certain crystals to possess spontaneous electric polarization that can be switched by the application of an electric...
Oct 09, 2019 UCI-led team to study socioeconomic effects of coastal flooding in California
Launched with funding from the National Science Foundation’s Coastlines & People initiative, the effort will employ advanced simulation systems to deepen understanding of increasing flood risks within the state’s two most imperiled areas: Greater Los Angeles and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River...
Sep 26, 2019 AI can help us predict the size of the next forest wildfire
Built around a machine learning algorithm, the model can help forecast whether a wildfire will be small, medium, or large by the time it has run its course—knowledge useful to those in charge of allocating scarce firefighting resources. Image: PNAS “A useful analogy is to consider what makes...
Sep 17, 2019 UCI team uses machine learning to help tell which wildfires will burn out of control
An interdisciplinary team of scientists at the University of California, Irvine has developed a new technique for predicting the final size of a wildfire from the moment of ignition. Built around a machine learning algorithm, the model can help in forecasting whether a blaze is going to be small,...
Sep 16, 2019 UCI scientists project northward expansion of Valley fever by end of 21st century
Valley fever is endemic to hot and dry regions such as the southwestern United States and California’s San Joaquin Valley, but scientists at the University of California, Irvine predict that climate change will cause the fungal infection’s range to more than double in size this century, reaching...
Sep 13, 2019 Amazon fish species at risk if fires destroy river habitat
There are few places in the world where aquatic and arboreal life are brought together as closely as they are in the Amazon. While the rainforest is home to the world’s largest river (by volume of water) and 1,700 tributaries, about one-sixth of the basin is also made up of largely forest-covered...
Sep 09, 2019 UCI Professor Liu Chen awarded 2019 Chandrasekhar Prize by Association of Asia-Pacific Physical Societies (AAPPS)
The Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies under the Division of Plasma Physics awarded Liu Chen, UCI Professor Physics & Astronomy, the 2019 S. Chandrasekhar Prize of Plasma Physics. This award is given to an outstanding scientist in the field of plasma physics as a basis for...
Sep 08, 2019 Irvine can lead fight on climate change, by transitioning to solar
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns we have until 2030 to reduce our global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 45% to avoid a catastrophic outcome. Short of this, we can expect worsened droughts, diminished air quality and skyrocketing food prices. This reduction seems insurmountable...
Sep 03, 2019 Steven R. White Awarded 2019 Feenberg Memorial Medal
Feenberg Memorial Medal Awarded to Steven R. White, Founder of the Many Electron Collaboration The Feenberg Memorial Medal serves to preserve the memory of the unique and enduring contributions of Eugene Feenberg to physics, especially to the foundations of nuclear physics and the microscopic...
Sep 02, 2019 Global Carbon Emissions Continue To Rise Despite Efforts To Cut Them
      AILSA CHANG, HOST: Think about a world in which not a single new gas car hits the road. All new homes are heated with electricity, not gas. New power plants come online free of fossil fuels, and a quarter of existing power plants shut down right away, well before their expected lifetime is...

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