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Aug 29, 2019 Africa is the ‘fire continent’ but blazes differ from Amazon
NASA has called Africa the “fire continent” that’s home to at least 70% of the 10,000 fires burning worldwide on an average August day, though the agency says the number of fires is consistent from year to year. While French President Emmanuel Macron has said he is considering launching an...
Aug 29, 2019 How Satellites and Telescopes are Tracking the Effect of Global Change, Down to the Millimeter
Last July, engineers achieved first light on a towering radio antenna, 12 meters across, that watches for signals flashing from cosmic beacons called quasars located in the distant universe. Nearby, scientists have set up new global-positioning-system stations—tripods topped with bulbous heads that...
Aug 28, 2019 UCI-led team creates first high-resolution global map of surface ocean phosphate
The researchers’ findings, published today in Science Advances, have important implications for climate change predictions. Ocean algae, or phytoplankton, absorbs a significant amount of carbon dioxide from the Earth’s atmosphere, thereby providing a valuable service in regulating the planet’s...
Aug 27, 2019 The Amazon has a point of no return
The rise in fires set in the Amazon this year, stoked by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's encouragement of large-scale deforestation for logging and agriculture, is emblematic of the region's persistent deforestation woes: Some fires are set to clear forest that has already been chopped down,...
Aug 26, 2019 Putting out the Amazon fires isn’t just a physical challenge — it’s a political one
Now comes the hard part. The fight to quell the blazes will be waged not only in one of the most inhospitable places on Earth — an expanse so vast, dense and remote that many of the fires can be reached only by foot — but also in a country where the president is openly antagonizing the donors who...
Aug 19, 2019 Lifelong Successes, Public Enlightenment: Virginia Trimble to Receive Gemant Award for Championing the Social Perspective of Science
Trimble is a professor in the department of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Irvine, is a staff astronomer and member of the advisory board for the Las Cumbres Observatory in Goleta, California, and holds an honorary staff position at the Queen Jadwinga Observatory in...
Aug 15, 2019 Mourning the loss Ph.D. Student José Flores Velázquez
Dear Physical Sciences community, I write with a heavy heart to share that Physics & Astronomy Ph.D. student José Flores Velázquez was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting last night near his family home in Los Angeles. This is a tremendous loss for his family, friends, community and all of...
Aug 12, 2019 In first-of-its-kind study, UCI researchers highlight hookah health hazards
Using a custom-built testing apparatus, the UCI chemists analyzed emissions during a typical communal waterpipe session and found that one draw from a pipe can contain as many noxious substances as smoke from an entire cigarette. “Hookah mainstream smoke – that which is directly inhaled by the user...
Aug 12, 2019 UCI is No. 1 among Money magazine’s ‘Best Colleges’
According to Money, which recently went all digital and is now known as Money.com, UCI scored well across the board but especially in the measures of low-income and Pell Grant enrollment and favorable graduate outcomes. “This latest recognition of our national leadership in combining outstanding...
Aug 08, 2019 Measuring a Monster: The Two Billion Solar Mass Black Hole in NGC 3258
In the years since we've learned a lot about them. We think they form along with the galaxies, growing as their host galaxies do, with each influencing each other over time. Material dumped into the black hole piles up in a disk around it, and this disk can get so hot it glows with incredible...

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