UCI News

United Press International, Aug. 15, 2016
New study confirms possibility of fifth force of nature
“The experimentalists weren’t able to claim that it was a new force,” Jonathan Feng, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Irvine, said in a press release. … Feng and his UCI colleagues recently reviewed the 2015 results, as well as findings from similar studies. The new analysis confirms the potential discovery of a fifth force of nature.

Southern California Public Radio, Aug. 15, 2016
Salton Sea expert: ‘It’s becoming a biological and public health problem’
Timothy Bradley is the director of the Salton Sea Initiative at UC Irvine. He emphasized that if the Salton Sea dries up, the biological and public health consequences for Southern California will be dire.

The New York Times, Aug. 15, 2016
Scientists just say no to ‘chemtrails’ conspiracy theory
Steven J. Davis, a climate scientist at the University of California, Irvine, said he had the idea for the study after a conversation with a salesman at a mattress store. When the man found out what he did for a living, … Davis said, “he had very serious questions about what we were going to do about the chemtrails problem.”

ABC 7, Aug. 15, 2016
UCI bed bugs research
Researchers at UC Irvine have discovered a brief blast of heat can kill bed bugs that stow away on luggage. Entomologists heated soft sided luggage between 158 and 167 degrees Fahrenheit for six minutes. They found the blast of hot temperatures killed the invasive bed bugs, even those traveling under zipper flaps.

The Washington Post, Aug. 13, 2016
How Donald Trump’s bizarre voter-watch effort could get the GOP in trouble
But there’s a potentially bigger legal problem noted by election law expert Rick Hasen of the University of California, Irvine: Trump’s unnecessary effort could be violating a prohibition against voter intimidation that applies to the Republican Party. … We spoke with Hasen by phone on Saturday morning, and he explained why Trump’s apparent effort could be legally tricky.

The Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 16, 2016
Have scientists discovered a fifth fundamental force of nature?
“The [first team of] experimentalists weren’t able to claim that it was a new force,” Professor Feng said, according to University of California, Irvine (UCI) News. “They simply saw an excess of events that indicated a new particle, but it was not clear to them whether it was a matter particle or a force-carrying particle.”

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