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Sep 15, 2010 That Deathly Ozone Hole Gets Damn Huge Again
This video—taken by the Ozone Monitoring Instrument onboard NASA's Aura satellite—shows the ozone hole as it reaches its yearly maximum, 23 years after the ban of chlorofluorocarbons, once the heart of all fridges and hair spray cans worldwide. Today is the International Day for the Preservation of...
Sep 03, 2010 Poll: No God needed to create universe?
The laws of nature allow the universe to burst into existence from nothing without the need for a creator, famous physicist and mathematician Stephen Hawking will argue in a new book. Excerpts from the book, “The Grand Design,” ignited controversy when they were published in the British newspaper...
Aug 31, 2010 Going for gold
Gold nanowires can activate a credit card or launch a missile. Gossamer-fine, they can even carry a 17-year-old from poverty to possibility. All summer, Ervin Meneses has driven an old minivan between his gang-plagued Santa Ana neighborhood and the manicured UC Irvine campus. His parents worried...
Aug 24, 2010 UCI Professor at the Forefront of Laser Innovation
After 30 years of work, the bow tie-wearing expert is now investigating plasma lasers, which produce “matter so hot it's ionized.” McWilliams is professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California in Irvine (UCI), where he conducted most of his life's work. “Since much of the known...
Aug 23, 2010 Time traveler
In May, when the UCI Alumni Association presented McWilliams with its Lauds & Laurels faculty achievement award, he showed up in his trademark bow tie and a seersucker suit. "Bow ties are just one of the things I like, and I don't mind if they fit in or not," he says. At the Anthill Pub &...
Aug 19, 2010 Richard Palais awarded the Lester R. Ford Award
Richard Palais, an adjunct professor in the department of mathematics at UC Irvine, has been awarded the Lester R. Ford Award from the Mathematical Association of America for an article, jointly written with Bob Palais and Steve Rodi, titled "A Disorienting Look at Euler's Theorem on the Axis of a...
Aug 18, 2010 UCI wins Sierra Club distinction
UC Irvine is a "cool school," at least according to a survey by the Sierra Club. The fourth annual list recognizes the greenest schools in the nation, according to their commitment to sustainability in energy, efficiency, food, academics, waste management, administration, financial investments and...
Aug 17, 2010 UCI ranks among nation’s top 10 greenest schools
UC Irvine ranked sixth out of 900 colleges and universities on Sierra Club’s fourth annual Cool Schools list of the nation’s greenest institutions. Its alternative transportation options, such as ZotWheels bike-sharing program, Zipcar rentals and Zimride carpooling, are credited for the distinction...
Aug 17, 2010 Going for gold
  All summer, Ervin Meneses has driven an old minivan between his gang-plagued Santa Ana neighborhood and the manicured UC Irvine campus. His parents worried when he was selected for a National Science Foundation high school outreach program by UCI chemistry professor Reginald Penner; his friends...
Aug 16, 2010 UCI ranks sixth on Sierra Club's list of greenest U.S. campuses
Irvine, Calif., Aug. 16, 2010 - Let's hear it for ZotWheels, Zipcars and Zimrides. Partly on the strength of these alternative transportation options, UC Irvine ranked sixth among 900 colleges and universities nationwide considered for the Sierra Club's fourth annual Cool Schools list of the...

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