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Feb 14, 2017 Canadian glaciers now major contributor to sea level change, UCI study shows
Irvine, Calif., Feb. 14, 2017 — Ice loss from Canada’s Arctic glaciers has transformed them into a major contributor to sea level change, new research by University of California, Irvine glaciologists has found. From 2005 to 2015, surface melt off ice caps and glaciers of the Queen Elizabeth...
Feb 10, 2017 NASA launched an unprecedented study of Greenland’s melting. Now, the data are coming in
In 2015, in a moment of science communication genius, NASA created a mission called “OMG.” The acronym basically ensured that a new scientific mission — measuring how quickly the Oceans are Melting Greenland — would get maximum press attention. The subject is actually extremely serious. OMG amounts...
Feb 09, 2017 UCI, NASA reveal new details of Greenland ice loss
Irvine, Calif., Feb. 9, 2017 – Less than a year after the first research flight kicked off NASA’s Oceans Melting Greenland campaign, data from the new program are providing a dramatic increase in knowledge of how Greenland’s ice sheet is melting from below. Two new research papers in the journal...
Feb 07, 2017 A Crack in an Antarctic Ice Shelf Grew 17 Miles in the Last Two Months
A rapidly advancing crack in Antarctica’s fourth-largest ice shelf has scientists concerned that it is getting close to a full break. The rift has accelerated this year in an area already vulnerable to warming temperatures. Since December, the crack has grown by the length of about five football...
Feb 07, 2017 Astrobiology’s rising star
New UC Irvine faculty member Aomawa Shields studies the climate on distant planets. Her aim: find those most likely to host alien life. The UCLA alum is a classically trained actress, a secret "superpower" that helps her make science accessible. Shields is among a bumper crop of 24 new hires to...
Feb 06, 2017 NASA team here to study greenhouse pollution
A GROUP of scientists and technicians travelling around the world aboard a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) DC-8 aircraft to study the impact of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere landed at the Nadi International Airport on Saturday. The 45-member team are part of the...
Feb 06, 2017 NASA Plane Lands at Nadi Airport
In a first for Fiji, the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) DC-8 Airborne Science Laboratory aircraft landed at the Nadi International Airport on Saturday. The aircraft from NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Centre in Palmdale, California, is used to collect data...
Feb 02, 2017 What exactly is dark matter?
Kevork Abazajian, a cosmologist at the University of California, Irvine, during an interview with BBC World Service on Newshour [said]: Dark matter has been a puzzle for almost 90 years as to what it is, and it basically is something that is contributing to the gravitational pull within galaxies...
Feb 02, 2017 Galactic X-rays could point to dark matter proof
A small but distinctive signal in X-rays from the Milky Way could be key to proving the existence of dark matter. That is the claim of US scientists who analysed the energy spectrum of X-rays gathered by Nasa's Chandra satellite. They found more X-ray photons with a particular energy than would be...
Feb 01, 2017 Egg Unboiled - The Loh Down On Science
Can you UN-BOIL an egg? And why would you want to? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: Biochemists at the University of California, Irvine, can. As to why—? One word: Proteins. Nowadays, proteins made in labs are used for everything from making cheese to treating cancer....

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