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Feb 26, 2018 North Pole surges above freezing in the dead of winter, stunning scientists
The sun won’t rise at the North Pole until March 20, and it’s normally close to the coldest time of year, but an extraordinary and possibly historic thaw swelled over the tip of the planet this weekend. Analyses show that the temperature warmed to the melting point as an enormous storm pumped an...
Feb 14, 2018 UCI oceanographers solve mystery of phytoplankton survival in nutrient-poor Pacific
Upwelling in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean provides essential nutrients for the region’s microscopic plants, but iron – a key ingredient that facilitates nitrogen consumption – is in short supply. To compensate, the phytoplankton band together to recycle the scarce metal and retain it in...
Feb 01, 2018 Distant galaxy group contradicts common cosmological models, simulations
Irvine, Calif., Feb. 1, 2018 – An international team of astronomers has determined that Centaurus A, a massive elliptical galaxy 13 million light-years from Earth, is accompanied by a number of dwarf satellite galaxies orbiting the main body in a narrow disk. In a paper published today in Science,...
Jan 31, 2018 Arctic lakes are releasing relatively young carbon, UCI-led study discovers
Irvine, Calif., Jan. 31, 2018 – When Arctic permafrost soil thaws, greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere, but most of the carbon currently escaping from lakes in northern Alaska is relatively young, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Irvine. “...
Jan 31, 2018 UCI scientists develop new chemical tool to study RNA structures inside cells
Irvine, Calif., Jan. 31, 2018 – University of California, Irvine scientists have created a new chemical tool that can analyze RNA structures within living cells. The technique could facilitate a better grasp of how RNA structures fold and form in cells, as well as help in the design of drugs...
Jan 16, 2018 Less predictable precipitation
For Californians from Crescent City to Chula Vista, the second week of 2018 brought rain showers. Was it merely a fluke in the middle of an ongoing dry spell, or does it mean we’re on the verge of another wet winter, similar to last year’s? The answer, according to a UCI climatologist, is up in the...
Dec 20, 2017 Delving into the atomic realm
“Atoms, molecules and the bonds that hold them together – I want to see these things as they actually appear in nature,” says Ho, UCI’s Donald Bren Professor of Physics & Astronomy and Chemistry. “These phenomena are central to chemistry; it’s important to image them directly instead of just...
Dec 14, 2017 A new technology to take the salt out of salt water and deliver more drinkable water
What happens when you combine water, a common type of plastic and molecules that absorb light? You get a new technology that can convert sunlight into a specific type of electricity with the potential to remove salt from sea water more efficiently and cost effectively than competing solar-based...
Dec 11, 2017 UCI scientists unveil new satellite-based global drought severity index
New Orleans, Dec. 11, 2017 – Just in time for the holidays, researchers at the University of California, Irvine and other institutions are rolling out a new satellite-based drought severity index for climate watchers worldwide. Relying on data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment...
Dec 04, 2017 Two in ESS named 2017 Highly Cited Researchers
  Steven Allison and Eric Rignot have been named among the world’s most influential researchers. The 2017 Highly Cited Researchers list includes preeminent researchers who have demonstrated exceptional impact in their field as measured by citations to their work. Steven Allison is Associate...

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