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Jul 14, 2010 A simple quantum dynamics problem?
Research reported in The Journal of Chemical Physics, which is published by the American Institute of Physics, provides the first real-time measurements of the time dependence of the individual steps of dissociation of a complex consisting of two rare gas atoms and a halogen molecule. “The goal of...
Jul 12, 2010 Assessing Aerosols In The Air
When it comes to the quality of Earth’s atmosphere and the overall temperature of the globe, much of the discussion focuses on carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, such as methane and nitrous oxide. But another component of the atmosphere, suspended particles known as organic aerosols, plays...
Jul 07, 2010 Dust From Farming May Affect Rainfall
New research suggests agriculture has greatly increased the amount of dust blowing off of West Africa, the world's largest source of atmospheric dust, and may have been one factor driving the decrease in rainfall in the region over the past several centuries.   Dust is more than a housekeeping...
Jul 05, 2010 As Everyone Looks Down at What Gulf Oil Spill Has Wrought, UC Irvine Researchers Look Up
"Record levels of potentially harmful chemicals have been detected by UC Irvine researchers in the air around the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico," began a June 25 UCI Today report. "While the findings are preliminary, they illustrate a critical need for further testing." That was written by ...
Jul 05, 2010 UC Irvine: BP spill polluting the air
Gulf oil spill is bubbling up and polluting the air with fuel-vapor contaminants, according to UC Irvine researchers who captured air samples as their plane flew above the disaster zone. While scientists are still assessing the chemical concentrations in their samples, they have found traces of ...
Jul 02, 2010 BP oil disaster at 75 days
For 75 days now, crude oil has been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from the wreck of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. While BP and the US government have done everything possible to downplay and obscure the amount of oil that has spilled out, estimates range as high as 150,000,000 to 200,000,000...
Jul 01, 2010 Space station astronaut shares emotions
There was an emotional moment in a live interview I had Friday with Tracy Caldwell Dyson, an astronaut aboard the International Space Station who has Orange County ties. Dyson, 40, who graduated from Cal State Fullerton and spent time as a researcher at UC Irvine, has spoken to the Register before...
Jul 01, 2010 UCI physics researcher has laser eye for business
Judging from his cluttered laboratory, you'd expect UCI physics professor Roger McWilliams to be an absent-minded tinkerer. A frizzy-haired brainiac with coke-bottle eyeglasses would be at home in the lab's maze of high-voltage coils, electromagnets, lasers, plasma generators and ion transporters....
Jun 27, 2010 Gulf oil spill: Air pollution a new health concern
Public outrage over the BP oil spill fouling the Gulf of Mexico has focused on water pollution. But an air pollution health threat may also be serious, according to UCI researchers. A team of UCI scientists, including Nobel laureate F. Sherwood Rowland and Chemistry department Chairman Donald...
Jun 22, 2010 22nd annual Computerworld Honors Program names 2010 laureates
Ronald D. Hubbard, senior director of external relations & development in UC Irvine’s School of Physical Sciences, is among 151 laureates named recently by the Computerworld Honors Program. He was recognized for his work on a case study outlining collaboration between UCI dark particle...

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