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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...
Jul 22, 2010 $122 million to turn sunlight into fuel
 A group of California universities that includes UC Irvine landed a $122 million grant Thursday to attempt a scientific breakthrough: converting sunlight directly into fuel. The five-year project, to be funded by the Department of Energy and led by Caltech, will seek to create an artificial way...
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...

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