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Feb 17, 2011 Stellar recipe? UCI study says it's a dollop of dark matter
To make a young galaxy burst with stars, one mysterious ingredient is a must: dark matter, the invisible, so-far unidentified material that appears to form "haloes" around all galaxies, including our own. Scientists even know how much to add. The minimum solar mass is 300 billion suns," said...
Feb 16, 2011 Galaxy Size Matters … And This is Not a Rorschach Test
When it comes to forming stars, the size of a galaxy does matter, according to research out today in the online version of Nature. But it doesn’t have to be as massive as we once thought. Alexandre Amblard, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Irvine, and his colleagues used new...
Feb 11, 2011 Southwestern Water: Going, Going, Gone?
The glum projections of the growing gap between demand for water in the Southwest and the dwindling supplies have never been optimistic, but two new studies— one a research report based on satellite data, and the other an analysis of rainfall, water use and the costs associated with obtaining new...
Feb 11, 2011 UCI device probes ancient wine, climate
Deep in an Armenian cave, copper-age vintners pressed and fermented their grapes for what were likely solemn occasions: Their production room was part of a large cemetery complex. Four or five centuries later, someone lost a leather shoe near the entrance to the same group of caves shortly before...
Feb 10, 2011 Lettuce is sucking California's fruit basket dry
It may be a land of milk and honey, but California's Central valley - the most productive farmland in the US - is being sucked dry. The culprits? Lettuce and other green vegetables. James Famiglietti at the University of California, Irvine, used the twin GRACE satellites to find that 20 cubic...
Jan 28, 2011 Uhlmann to present American Mathematical Society Einstein Public Lecture
Professor Gunther Uhlmann has been invited to present the 6th AMS Einstein Public Lecture in Mathematics, which will be held at the George Washington University campus, in Washington D.C., on Saturday, March 17, 2012. The AMS Einstein Public Lecture is given annually at one of the Society's eight...
Jan 26, 2011 Intel Science Talent Search Recognizes OC Student with UCI Ties
Jonathan Li, an Orange County high school student conducting research under the supervision of Chancellor's Professor John Lowengrub, has been named an Intel Science Talent Search 2011 finalist, one of only 40 across the country. His work is titled "Effects of Cell Compressibility, Motility and...
Jan 20, 2011 Quantum states last longer in birds' eyes
"BIRD brain" is usually an insult, but that may have to change. A light-activated compass at the back of some birds' eyes may preserve electrons in delicate quantum states for longer than the best artificial systems. Migrating birds navigate by sensing Earth's magnetic field, but the exact...
Jan 20, 2011 Quantum states last longer in birds' eyes
"BIRD brain" is usually an insult, but that may have to change. A light-activated compass at the back of some birds' eyes may preserve electrons in delicate quantum states for longer than the best artificial systems. Migrating birds navigate by sensing Earth's magnetic field, but the exact...
Jan 13, 2011 Academics urge universities to change culture to value teaching as highly as research
The reward systems at universities heavily favor science, math and engineering research at the expense of teaching, which can and must change. That's the conclusion of UC Irvine biology professor Diane K. O'Dowd and research professors at Harvard University, Yale University, the Massachusetts...

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