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Mar 30, 2020 Orange County coronavirus numbers parallel Italy, professors say
In their analysis, based on the number of case counts per 1 million people, colleagues Dominik Wodarz, who studies the dynamics of infectious diseases, and Natalia Komarova, a math professor, put Orange County about 20 days behind the date when Italy’s hospital system became overwhelmed by the...
Mar 27, 2020 A Glacier in Antarctica Has Retreated With Astonishing Speed, Threatening Collapse
A detailed mapping of Denman Glacier in East Antarctica - the most scrupulous to date - has revealed a precarious foundation, the shape of which could leave the heart of this glacier incredibly vulnerable to climate change. In nearly three decades, Denman Glacier has already retreated some five...
Mar 26, 2020 Meanwhile On The Climate Beat: Greenland Lost 600 Billion Tons of Ice Last Year
After an unusually warm summer, Greenland’s ice sheet has lost 600 billion tons of ice, according to recently released NASA data. The ice sheet lost a record amount of ice in 2012, and 2019’s recorded loss is a close second. The mass of ice lost by Greenland alone is enough to raise global sea...
Mar 26, 2020 Milky Way Dark Matter Signals in Doubt after Controversial New Papers
We know it’s there, but we don’t know what it is: this invisible stuff is dark matter. Scientists are fairly certain it dominates the cosmos, yet its ingredients are unclear. For a while astrophysicists have been excited by two potential signals of dark matter in space: an unexplained excess of...
Mar 23, 2020 East Antarctica’s Denman Glacier has retreated almost 3 miles over last 22 years
Irvine, Calif., March 23, 2020 – East Antarctica’s Denman Glacier has retreated 5 kilometers, nearly 3 miles, in the past 22 years, and researchers at the University of California, Irvine and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are concerned that the shape of the ground surface beneath the ice sheet...
Mar 18, 2020 Greenland shed ice at unprecedented rate in 2019; Antarctica continues to lose mass
These new findings and others by glaciologists at the University of California, Irvine and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are the subject of a paper published today in the American Geophysical Union journal Geophysical Research Letters. “We knew this past summer had been particularly warm in...
Mar 18, 2020 Rebecca Riley wants to be an astronaut
Rebecca Riley remembers feeling drawn to the stars since she was less than three years old, when she — and this is her first memory — would go outside with her grandparents in Clay County, Alabama and lay on a blanket and watch the night sky. “We were far away from any cities,” she says. “The sky...
Mar 17, 2020 California’s strict air quality regulations don’t just make clean air—they make more productive farms
Ground ozone, explains Steven Davis, an associate professor at the University of California Irvine and coauthor of the study published Monday in Nature Food, is formed in Earth’s lower atmosphere when pollutants, such as nitrogen, react with temperature and sunlight. It can be a harmful air...
Mar 13, 2020 New UCI astronomy professor constructs tool to spot distant exoplanets
Come July 1, Stephanie Sallum will become a new assistant professor of astronomy in the Physics and Astronomy Department. She comes to UCI from her postdoctoral position at UC Santa Cruz with plans to capture, along with a team of other researchers, direct images of exoplanets that are still...
Mar 13, 2020 Jesse Wolfson gets NSF CAREER grant that will help him understand equations, and merge math and dance
There are some problems in the field of mathematics that have been around for a long time, and which no one has ever been able to solve. One of the them, proposed in 1900 in Paris at the International Congress of Mathematicians by mathematician David Hilbert, is one that Department of Mathematics...

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