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Aug 06, 2010 Sunshine and tap water? Finding a fuel for the future
  “When I was a kid, they told us in the 21st century we'd have cars that fly. I don't have a car that flies, but this is good enough for me.” --Jack Cusick, Clarity driver   Imagine a world where all it took to power a car was sunshine and tap water. That isn't a pipe dream but, rather, the...
Aug 04, 2010 June Gloom Stretches into Gray Sky July
  It’s a tongue-in-cheek phrase that communicates the irony of what outsiders think Southern California is like, contrasted to what locals know to be reality. With overcast skies and record-breaking average temperatures dipping lower than normal, weather officials have since confirmed last July as...
Aug 03, 2010 Astronaut with O.C. ties to take spacewalk
Tracy Caldwell Dyson, an astronaut aboard the International Space Station with Orange County ties, is set to take a walk in space Friday to replace a failed pump in the station’s cooling system. Dyson, who graduated from Cal State Fullerton and conducted research at UC Irvine, is scheduled to begin...
Jul 30, 2010 Science camp preps Laguna Niguel kids for Mars
LAGUNA NIGUEL – With paper and tape, lengths of PVC pipe transform into rockets, customized by student engineers hoping to launch the highest flier. The 17, sixth through eighth graders enrolled in UCI's Young Math and Science course have spent the last two weeks learning about satellites, rockets...
Jul 29, 2010 UCI, others net $122 million for solar fuels research
A team of California universities – including UC Irvine – has garnered a $122 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to form a consortium to find new ways to generate fuels from sunlight. The Fuels from Sunlight Energy Innovation Hub will be led by the California Institute of...
Jul 28, 2010 Hottest decade, warming ‘unmistakable’
The past decade is the warmest ever recorded, and the powerful signals of global warming — from sea ice to glaciers, temperatures to sea level — are “unmistakable,” according to a new report from the nation’s climate agency.   The 2009 State of the Climate report, released Wednesday by the National...
Jul 27, 2010 Listening for Aliens: What Would E.T. Do?
 What would E.T. do? It's an improbable question, but it's one Gregory Benford has been thinking about a lot lately. That's not entirely surprising, since Benford is an award-winning science-fiction writer. In this case, though, he's speaking in his capacity as a professor of physics at the...
Jul 22, 2010 Solar fuels research gets major funding
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman today (July 22) awarded up to $122 million over five years to a team of top California scientists to establish an Energy Innovation Hub aimed at pioneering revolutionary methods to generate fuels directly from sunlight.    “This is a major science win...
Jul 22, 2010 Perfect chemistry
Mickey Laux, Ph.D. '96, a chemistry professor at Orange Coast College, is so good at teaching he makes even the inner workings of a quadrupole mass spectrometer sound interesting. To demonstrate how a positively charged ion moves inside the spectrometer's positively and negatively charged rods, for...
Jul 22, 2010 Solar fuels research gets major funding
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman today (July 22) awarded up to $122 million over five years to a team of top California scientists to establish an Energy Innovation Hub aimed at pioneering revolutionary methods to generate fuels directly from sunlight. “This is a major science win...

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