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Jul 19, 2010 Finding frugal aliens
For 50 years, humans have scanned the skies with radio telescopes for distant electronic signals indicating the existence of intelligent alien life. The search — centered at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif. — has tapped into our collective fascination with the concept that we may not be...
Jul 15, 2010 Last month? Hottest June on record
Last month was the hottest June ever recorded when land and sea surface temperatures are combined, a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows. It was also the warmest on record when temperatures from April to June and January to June are averaged, the agency says...
Jul 15, 2010 UC researchers lend expertise in Gulf crisis
UC Davis veterinarian Michael Ziccardi has led animal rescue efforts in more than 65 oil spills, but the April 20 blowout of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico is like no other disaster he’s seen. “This spill is different,” Ziccardi said. “We have new challenges occurring daily.”...
Jul 14, 2010 Gravity's whispers
Proof positive. “The best is the enemy of the good,” Sam said over my shoulder. I whirled around, knowing the voice, smiling. “What —?” He sauntered in, grinning in his lopsided way. “At 11 p.m. you're still working. Know your limits. The data can't get better when you're tired, y'know.” I threw...
Jul 14, 2010 A simple quantum dynamics problem?
Research reported in The Journal of Chemical Physics, which is published by the American Institute of Physics, provides the first real-time measurements of the time dependence of the individual steps of dissociation of a complex consisting of two rare gas atoms and a halogen molecule. “The goal of...
Jul 12, 2010 Assessing Aerosols In The Air
When it comes to the quality of Earth’s atmosphere and the overall temperature of the globe, much of the discussion focuses on carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, such as methane and nitrous oxide. But another component of the atmosphere, suspended particles known as organic aerosols, plays...
Jul 07, 2010 Dust From Farming May Affect Rainfall
New research suggests agriculture has greatly increased the amount of dust blowing off of West Africa, the world's largest source of atmospheric dust, and may have been one factor driving the decrease in rainfall in the region over the past several centuries.   Dust is more than a housekeeping...
Jul 05, 2010 As Everyone Looks Down at What Gulf Oil Spill Has Wrought, UC Irvine Researchers Look Up
"Record levels of potentially harmful chemicals have been detected by UC Irvine researchers in the air around the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico," began a June 25 UCI Today report. "While the findings are preliminary, they illustrate a critical need for further testing." That was written by ...
Jul 05, 2010 UC Irvine: BP spill polluting the air
Gulf oil spill is bubbling up and polluting the air with fuel-vapor contaminants, according to UC Irvine researchers who captured air samples as their plane flew above the disaster zone. While scientists are still assessing the chemical concentrations in their samples, they have found traces of ...
Jul 02, 2010 BP oil disaster at 75 days
For 75 days now, crude oil has been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from the wreck of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. While BP and the US government have done everything possible to downplay and obscure the amount of oil that has spilled out, estimates range as high as 150,000,000 to 200,000,000...

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