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Aug 18, 2017 We share the Milky Way with 100 million black holes
The Milky Way teems with black holes — about 100 million of them. But there’s no reason to fear. “It may sound like a big number, but by astronomical standards, it’s a pretty small number,” says physicist Daniel Holz of the University of Chicago. The number of stars in the Milky Way, for example,...
Aug 16, 2017 UCI to host ‘Great American Eclipse’ public viewing party Monday
Still not decided on where to experience the “Great American Eclipse” on Monday? UC Irvine’s Department of Physics & Astronomy will host a free public viewing party on Aug. 21, where there will be telescopes and eclipse glasses to use and question-and-answer sessions with UCI experts. Solar...
Aug 14, 2017 On the cutting edge of chemistry
UCI graduate student Cory Windorff could have studied abroad for a year in Bangkok, Barcelona or Buenos Aires. Instead, he chose an austere outpost at the Los Alamos National Laboratory near Santa Fe, New Mexico. What the location lacked in culture and amenities, it more than made up for in...
Aug 07, 2017 UC Irvine astronomers make a hundred million discoveries — black holes
Astronomers from UC Irvine have concluded that as many as 100 million black holes exist in our galaxy – a tally far more than previously believed and shocking even to the three researchers. The findings, while surprising, don’t figure to affect life on earth or offer any immediate change in...
Aug 07, 2017 Watch where you warp: Our galaxy is full of black holes
If we ever get to the point where we're able to warp Star Trek-style around the galaxy, we'll have to be especially careful of getting sucked into one of the many millions of black holes in the Milky Way.  You might think of the mysterious objects and their mind-bendingly strong gravity as rare,...
Aug 07, 2017 UCI celestial census indicates that black holes pervade the universe
 After conducting a cosmic inventory of sorts to calculate and categorize stellar-remnant black holes, astronomers from the University of California, Irvine have concluded that there are probably tens of millions of the enigmatic, dark objects in the Milky Way – far more than expected. “We think we...
Jul 26, 2017 Science Channel Travels ‘Path of Totality’ to Capitalize on Eclipse Fever
Eclipse fever is building in TV. On Aug. 21, the first total solar eclipse to cast a shadow across the continental United States in nearly 100 years is set to become a programming event for numerous TV outlets, none more so than Discovery’s Science Channel. Science is planning a host of “Great...
Jul 25, 2017 This one chart shows how much the Arctic has melted since the '80s
Arctic sea ice has been melting at a steady clip this summer as it heads toward its annual low point. But a new chart shows that with nearly two months still left in the melt season, sea ice area is already below what would have been a yearly low in the 1980s. The comparison shows the clear long-...
Jul 18, 2017 CERN and other accelerators revealed signs of a fifth force: Could dark matter be explained away?
CERN and other particle accelerator colliders have been getting some unexpected results that could rewrite the Standard Model of physics by adding a fifth force. The results point to possibilities physicists were not expecting at all if a recent report on their findings proves true and CERN...
Jul 14, 2017 Iceberg breaks loose off Antarctica - UC Irvine's Rignot responds
UCI glaciologist Eric Rignot is in the news commenting on the 2,400 square-mile mass of ice — among the largest in recorded history to splinter off the Antarctic continent — and the effects of climate change / global warming. Read more here. 

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