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Feb 06, 2019 Improved land management project co-led by UCI gets $4.6 million in state funding
Irvine, Calif., Feb. 6, 2019 – California’s Strategic Growth Council recently approved $4.6 million for a project led by the University of California, Irvine and the University of California, Merced to develop new tools and methods for better managing the state’s forests and wildlands. The ...
Feb 06, 2019 Surprise, there’s a six-mile hole under Antarctica
No one likes a surprise void. Especially not a void where ice is supposed to be. Especially not in the glacier that already plays the largest role of any single glacier’s in sea-level rise. The void—or the “cavity,” as radar scientists put it—is in the Thwaites glacier, a troublesome mass of ice on...
Feb 01, 2019 Student Feature: Mia Arnold
If jigsaw puzzles and mystery novels could be translated into a college major, it would probably be math, says junior Mia Arnold, who credits her childhood zeal for the former with igniting her adult passion for the latter. “They all require using your head to solve a problem,” she explains. “I see...
Jan 27, 2019 UCI School of Physical Sciences Dean's Search
The University of California, Irvine (UCI) seeks an inspiring, visionary, and strategic scholar-administrator to serve as Dean of the School of Physical Sciences (SPS). The University was founded to advance a goal of improving society through globally preeminent research, life-enhancing discoveries...
Jan 18, 2019 Antarctic Ice Is Melting—And It’s Melting Faster
Researchers monitoring the condition of the Antarctic ice sheet report that not only is the ice melting, but that the rate of ice loss is increasing rapidly. According to their estimates, around 40 gigatons of ice were lost per year in the 1980s. By the 2010s, that rate of loss had increased to...
Jan 15, 2019 Clean and green: UCI physicist helps invent novel way of converting nitrogen to ammonia
The ammonia you use to clean and disinfect your kitchen floor starts off as nitrogen, a gas that makes up almost 80 percent of Earth’s atmosphere. But the conversion requires the breaking of a strong triple-chemical bond in a high-heat, high-pressure industrial process. UCI physicist Huolin Xin...
Jan 14, 2019 Antarctica ice melt has accelerated by 280% in the last 4 decades
(CNN) - A pair of new studies released on Monday share a same ominous message -- that our planet's ice is melting at an alarming rate, which is bad news for global sea levels. According to a study led by Eric Rignot from the University of California at Irvine, which looked at details of ice and...
Jan 14, 2019 Energy From Fusion In 'A Couple Years,' CEO Says, Commercialization In Five
TAE Technologies will bring a fusion-reactor technology to commercialization in the next five years, its CEO announced recently at the University of California, Irvine. "The notion that you hear fusion is another 20 years away, 30 years away, 50 years away—it's not true," said Michl Binderbauer,...
Jan 14, 2019 UCI/JPL: Antarctica losing six times more ice mass annually now than 40 years ago
Irvine, Calif., Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 – Antarctica experienced a sixfold increase in yearly ice mass loss between 1979 and 2017, according to a study published today in  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Glaciologists from the University of California, Irvine, NASA’s Jet Propulsion...
Jan 14, 2019 Professor emeritus of physics & astronomy receives Heinlein Award for science fiction
Gregory Benford, science fiction author and professor emeritus of physics & astronomy at UCI, is the 2019 winner of the Heinlein Award, bestowed for outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space. The award is in recognition of...

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