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Apr 19, 2020 Milky Way could be catapulting stars into its outer halo, UCI astronomers say
Irvine, Calif., April 20, 2020 – Though mighty, the Milky Way and galaxies of similar mass are not without scars chronicling turbulent histories. University of California, Irvine astronomers and others have shown that clusters of supernovas can cause the birth of scattered, eccentrically orbiting...
Apr 16, 2020 Biggest cosmic mystery 'step closer' to solution
Stars, galaxies, planets, pretty much everything that makes up our everyday lives owes its existence to a cosmic quirk. The nature of this quirk, which allowed matter to dominate the Universe at the expense of antimatter, remains a mystery. Now, results from an experiment in Japan could help...
Apr 16, 2020 Face masks for all
The air that pours into your lungs when you breathe travels, on average, at about 10 centimeters a second. But it’s often not just air you’re breathing. There can be dust, pollen, soot and bacteria in air, and now, floating inside the droplets that people emit when they cough and sneeze and talk,...
Apr 15, 2020 Why the Big Bang Produced Something Rather Than Nothing
Scientists on Wednesday announced that they were perhaps one step closer to understanding why the universe contains something rather than nothing. Part of the blame, or the glory, they say, may belong to the flimsiest, quirkiest and most elusive elements of nature: neutrinos. These ghostly...
Apr 15, 2020 Neutrinos may explain why we don’t live in an antimatter universe
We are getting closer to understanding why the universe is made of matter and not antimatter. It may be all down to how neutrinos change flavours. Our leading theories tell us that, in the moments after the big bang, there was an equal amount of matter and antimatter. The two annihilate when they...
Apr 13, 2020 Physical Sciences in the time of coronavirus
Marquise Crosby is fighting coronavirus  These days there are more sounds than people at the School of Physical Sciences. The Infinity Fountain splish-splashes outside Rowland Hall, and dry leafs crackle as they bounce across the pavement in the wind. There’s the endless exhale of ventilation...
Apr 09, 2020 The Student Affairs Office is where questions can find answers — even during a pandemic
The Physical Sciences Student Affairs Office in Rowland Hall 134 is where people with questions can go to find answers. The doors open at 9a.m., and students walk in wondering about how to enroll in a class, and faculty walk in wondering how to construct a class that students will want to take. Don...
Apr 08, 2020 An antivenin for every snake
When a snake bites, it can inject a toxic cocktail of venom that can kill soft tissues in the body. The venom can be fatal — between 81,000 and 138,000 people die every year from snake bites, according to the World Health Organization — which is one of the reasons why Ken Shea in the Department of...
Apr 07, 2020 School #UCIReignite Campaign
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life as we know it with tremendous impact to our work, our homes, families and everything in between. With so many changes, staying motivated and connected to research interests is hard! Through the Physical Sciences #UCIReignite campaign we hope to spur our...
Apr 07, 2020 Campus labs making sample-preserving fluid for COVID-19 test kits
Widespread testing, even of those not showing symptoms, is one of the most effective ways to track the prevalence of coronavirus infections in communities. The broad-based assays currently being ramped up by many hospitals and health systems around the country require a steady stream of single-use...

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