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Oct 25, 2016 Undermined by warm water, Antarctic glacier lost 1,607 feet of ice in under 10 years
A subversive influx of mild, dense salt water is undermining the vast ice shelves of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, and threatening to destabilize the entire region, thereby raising sea levels worldwide by at least four, and possibly as much as 15 feet. A new study, published Tuesday in the journal ...
Oct 25, 2016 UCI and NASA document accelerated glacier melting in West Antarctica
Irvine, Calif., Oct. 25, 2016 – Two new studies by researchers at the University of California, Irvine and NASA have found the fastest ongoing rates of glacier retreat ever observed in West Antarctica and offer an unprecedented look at ice melting on the floating undersides of glaciers. The results...
Oct 24, 2016 Greenland Is Melting
Not long ago, I attended a memorial service on top of the Greenland ice sheet for a man I did not know. The service was an intimate affair, with only four people present. I worried that I might be regarded as an interloper and thought about stepping away. But I was clipped onto a rope, and, in any...
Oct 13, 2016 UCI's Don Blake travels the world searching for what we breathe
Strapped into a NASA-modified DC-8, UC Irvine professor Donald Blake fiddles with some knobs on a crate that holds canisters that contain the key element of his career: Air. The plane (and Blake and the air he’s trying to collect) are several thousand feet higher than what is typical for a...
Oct 10, 2016 Spiritual science
After teaching the science of zombies, superheroes and space aliens, it was perhaps inevitable that physicist Michael Dennin would turn his attention to another mysterious being: God. The result is Divine Science, a new book that explores how the Big Bang theory, evolution and other scientific...
Oct 03, 2016 Meet Mallory Hinks, 2016 ACS Chemistry Champion
Mallory Hinks, a fifth-year chemistry Ph.D. student at the University of California, Irvine, was crowned the winner of the 2016 ACS Chemistry Champions contest on Aug. 22 during the ACS national meeting in Philadelphia. Now in its third year, the competition aims to give younger chemists an...
Oct 01, 2016 In the Dark about Dark Matter
Physics has missed a long-scheduled appointment with its future—again. The latest, most sensitive searches for the particles thought to make up dark matter—the invisible stuff that may compose 85 percent of the mass in the cosmos—have found nothing. These elusive particles, called WIMPs (weakly...
Sep 28, 2016 Global warming's impact will grow, UCI study finds
A group of UC Irvine researchers has concluded that global warming's impact on Earth will be more severe over the next century because the planet's soil absorbs less atmospheric carbon dioxide than previously thought. In a study published Friday, a group of researchers, headed by lead author Yujie...
Sep 22, 2016 Soil will absorb less atmospheric carbon than expected this century, UCI-led study finds
By adding highly accurate radiocarbon dating of soil to standard Earth system models, environmental scientists from the University of California, Irvine and other institutions have learned a dirty little secret: The ground will absorb far less atmospheric carbon dioxide this century than previously...
Sep 22, 2016 The Earth is soaking up less carbon than we thought — which could make it warm up even faster
It might sound strange, but scientists believe the ground we walk on can be a huge weapon in the fight against climate change. That’s because the earth’s soil is serves as a giant carbon reservoir, containing trillions of tons that would otherwise end up in the atmosphere.   Currently, soil is...

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