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Oct 16, 2018 Beer shortage due to climate change? Yes, it could happen
This is not a drill: As climate change worsens, there could be a beer shortage. A study published Monday that looked at beer's growing popularity and a potential decline in barley harvests linked to climate change showed prices for beer could double, or even triple, in countries including the U.S....
Oct 16, 2018 Thanks to Climate Change, Beer Will Go the Way of Bees, Chocolate and Coffee
As a recent and very dire United Nations report on climate change made clear, rising global temperatures are poised to cause a host of catastrophic effects—extreme heat, floods, increased poverty—within the foreseeable future. If that wasn’t enough to get you worried, consider this: a new study has...
Oct 15, 2018 Alumni converge under the stars at the Griffith Observatory
The School of Physical Sciences, Henry Samueli School of Engineering, and Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences hosted 250 guests at the Los Angeles Griffith Observatory on the evening of August 27th  where, alumni, faculty, and friends gathered beneath a clear sky and glittering...
Oct 15, 2018 Global warming will have us crying in what’s left of our beer
Irvine, Calif., Oct. 15, 2018  — On top of rising sea levels, stronger hurricanes and worsening wildfires, scientists project that human-caused climate change will result in one of the most dire consequences imaginable: a disruption in the global beer supply. In a study published today in Nature...
Oct 11, 2018 Sea ice in the central Arctic should be growing. It's not.
In the deep middle of the remote Arctic Ocean, things are amiss. With the passage of summer, the ice — diminished by the warm season — is expected to regrow as frigid temperatures envelope the Arctic.  But, this year, it's not.  Specifically, sea ice in the Central Arctic basin — a massive region...
Oct 10, 2018 Less Snow Could Be Coming To California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains
If temperatures increase in California because of climate change, snow could melt earlier in the Sierra Nevada — and you might only find it at higher elevations. In a study released this week a UC Irvine team found that if winter temperatures increase by 1 degree Celsius, it will lead to a 20...
Oct 09, 2018 Everyday Chemistry
Everyone loves rockets. I think it is safe to say that if rockets are involved, you know it’s going to be a good day. From your backyard bottle rocket to the impressive technological feats we send into space, rockets are a visually pleasing and an exciting crowd pleaser. So, it makes sense that...
Oct 08, 2018 UCI study: Reduced Sierra Nevada snowmelt runoff to threaten California agriculture
Irvine, Calif., Oct 8, 2018 — An estimated three-quarters of the water used by farms, ranches and dairies in California originates as snow in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, but the future viability of that resource is projected to be at heightened risk due to global climate change. In a study...
Oct 07, 2018 California Program Cultivates Minority Physics and Astronomy Ph.D. Students
M. Katy Rodriguez Wimberly is well into her Ph.D. program in physics at the University of California Irvine, and she gives credit to participation in a bridge program that helps underrepresented minority students earn doctoral degrees in physics and astronomy. Since 2013, Cal-Bridge has addressed...
Oct 05, 2018 Professor Huolin Xin wins $2.5M DOE award to advance next-generation lithium-ion batteries
Physics and astronomy professor Huolin Xin has been awarded $2.5M by the Department of Energy to advance research in next-generation lithium-ion batteries for his project titled “Enhancing Oxygen Stability in Low-Cobalt Layered Oxide Cathode Materials by Three-Dimensional Targeted Doping.” The DOE...

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