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Aug 18, 2016 Storify: Fifth Force of Nature
UC Irvine physicists confirm possible discovery of fifth force of nature. Light particles could be key to understanding dark matter in the universe. Click here for the collection of media coverage.
Aug 17, 2016 UCI group awarded $2 million by NSF for light and sound wave research
A UCI team led by Ilya Krivorotov, professor of physics & astronomy, is one of nine interdisciplinary groups to share a new $18 million research grant from the National Science Foundation. The UCI scientists and engineers will receive $2 million to study “nonreciprocal magneto-acoustic waves in...
Aug 15, 2016 Scientists Just Say No to ‘Chemtrails’ Conspiracy Theory
Conspiracy theories can be stubborn, particularly in the echo chamber of the internet. One persistent belief in some quarters is that the government — or business, perhaps — is deploying a fleet of jet aircraft to spray chemicals into the sky to control the population, food supply or other things....
Aug 15, 2016 UCI physicists confirm possible discovery of fifth force of nature
Recent findings indicating the possible discovery of a previously unknown subatomic particle may be evidence of a fifth fundamental force of nature, according to a paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters by theoretical physicists at the University of California, Irvine. “If true, it’...
Aug 12, 2016 Surveyed scientists debunk chemtrails conspiracy theory
The world’s leading atmospheric scientists overwhelmingly deny the existence of a secret, elite-driven plot to release harmful chemicals into the air from high-flying aircraft, according to the first peer-reviewed journal paper to address the “chemtrails” conspiracy theory. Researchers from the...
Aug 09, 2016 Nanowire Battery
Are you tired of your cell phone not holding a charge anymore? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying:  Scientists are too.  So they're trying to make better batteries using nanowires.  Nanowires are tiny, about one-thousand times thinner than a human hair.  This means they...
Jul 27, 2016 James Nowick named to 2016 class of ACS fellows
The American Chemical Society has named James Nowick, UCI professor and chair of chemistry, to its 2016 class of fellows. He is one of 57 distinguished scientists chosen as ACS fellows this year for “outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and important contributions to ACS, the world’s largest...
Jul 21, 2016 Scientists turn old plastic bottles into fuel
Millions of tons of plastic garbage pollute our world. What if we could turn them into fuel instead? That's the ambitious plan of a team of scientists from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC) in China.The technique involves breaking...
Jul 07, 2016 NASA to Deploy Flying Laboratory in Around-the-World Greenhouse Gas Study
When it comes to research, NASA's DC-8 jetliner is the only way to fly. The plane resembles a typical commercial airliner from the outside, except for the giant NASA logo on its tail. But inside, it's loaded with cutting-edge tools that will be used to study greenhouse gases during a 26-day journey...
Jun 30, 2016 Remember the Ozone Hole? Now There's Proof It's Healing.
After three decades of observation, scientists have finally found the first fingerprints of healing in the notorious Southern Hemisphere ozone hole. In 1974, Mario Molina and Sherwood Rowland, two chemists at the University of California, Irvine, published an article in Nature detailing...

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