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Jan 21, 2020 Greg Weiss Lets Never-ending Curiosity Drive his Research and Commercial Goals
Organic chemistry focuses on the study of the structure, properties, composition, reactions and synthesis of organic compounds that contain carbon. Any structure, object, material and more can be analyzed using organic chemistry and Greg Weiss loves it. Weiss, UC Irvine (UCI) professor of chemistry...
Jan 17, 2020 UCI chemists find fungal shrapnel in the air
In a discovery that has implications for our understanding of the air we breathe, UCI chemists report that they’ve found nanoscale fragments of fungal cells in the atmosphere. The pieces are extremely small, measuring about 30 nanometers in diameter, and much more abundant than previously thought,...
Jan 14, 2020 Exoplanet hunting instrument created in part by UCI astronomer makes first observations
UCI astronomer Paul Robertson recently celebrated “first light” for NEID, a new exoplanet hunting instrument he helped develop. Installed at the 3.5-meter WIYN telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, NEID is an extremely precise radial velocity spectrometer. Its...
Jan 13, 2020 The Amazon is a key buffer against climate change. A new study warns wildfires could decimate it
In 2019, record fires in the Amazon sparked international outrage and capped a decade that saw the rainforest lose an area the size of 8.4 million soccer fields to deforestation. But authors of a new study warn that as the climate becomes hotter and drier, future fires could be far more damaging...
Dec 19, 2019 Greenland ice loss is at ‘worse-case scenario’ levels, study finds
Greenland is losing ice mass seven times faster than in the 1990s, a pace that matches the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s high-end warming scenario – in which 400 million people would be exposed to coastal flooding by 2100, 40 million more than in the mid-range prediction. The alarming...
Dec 17, 2019 Physical Sciences welcomes eight new faculty members
Eight new faculty members join the School of Physical Sciences from universities across the world, bringing new research right from their Ph.D. programs and others bringing their established research ready to revamp. Here are the new faculty members:   Paulo Brando Assistant Professor, Department...
Dec 16, 2019 Taming wildfires
California’s 2018 wildfire season was the deadliest and most destructive ever recorded: At least 100 people were killed, more than 24,000 structures were consumed and nearly 2 million acres were burned, according to the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection. These blazes left...
Dec 14, 2019 Scientists have discovered deepest point on land
A new study shows that the deepest point on land is under the Denman Glacier in East Antarctica. Glaciologists at the University of California, Irvine, were mapping the area only to find that the trough under the glacier went far deeper than they had imagined. The trough is about 3.5 km (about 2...
Dec 12, 2019 Denman Glacier: Deepest point on land found in Antarctica
This ice-filled canyon reaches 3.5km (11,500ft) below sea level. Only in the ocean are the valleys deeper still. The discovery is illustrated in a new map of the White Continent that reveals the shape of the bedrock under the ice sheet in unprecedented detail. Its features will be critical to our...
Dec 12, 2019 UCI-led team releases high-precision map of Antarctic ice sheet bed topography
A University of California, Irvine-led team of glaciologists has unveiled the most accurate portrait yet of the contours of the land beneath Antarctica’s ice sheet – and, by doing so, has helped identify which regions of the continent are going to be more, or less, vulnerable to future climate...

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