UCI News

IEEE Spectrum, Dec. 5, 2016
Why the automotive future will be dominated by fuel cells
Scott Samuelsen
, … director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center, located at UC Irvine, [writes]: You’d have to be completely uninterested in cars or any other type of transportation to not recognize that automobiles are undergoing a major transition. They no longer run solely on internal-combustion engines and burn petroleum-based fuels. Nowadays, consumers routinely purchase vehicles that run in part or entirely on electricity.

WICN, Dec. 2, 2016
Void: The strange physics of nothing
One of the most basic questions in physics is: “What is nothing?” The answer is not as simple as you may think, as nothing really matters! … James Owen Weatherall, professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of California, Irvine … talks about his new book: Void: The Strange Physics Of Nothing.

The California Sunday Magazine, Dec. 1, 2016
Fingerprints. Eyewitness accounts. Bite marks. All suspect? The L.A. public defender’s office decided it needed a scientist.
Erika Hayasaki, associate professor of literary journalism at the University of California, Irvine, [writes]: [UCI alumna Erin] Morris is a behavioral-sciences research analyst for the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, the first person to ever hold the job. … She raises questions a lawyer might not even know to ask.

Cheddar Life, Dec. 2, 2016
Cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman discusses extraterrestrials and Hollywood
Donald Hoffman, [UCI] cognitive scientist says: It’s not so easy to understand what other species [like dolphins] are doing. … The idea that an alien ship could come down and we could within matter of days or weeks figure out how to communicate substantially with them is not borne out by the facts of the research we actually do with the aliens on our own planet.

The News & Observer, Dec. 3, 2016
‘Nutcracker’ an enduring money maker
“There are some companies where it brings in up to 90 percent of their annual budget,” said University of California, Irvine Associate Professor Jennifer Fisher, author of the 2003 book Nutcracker Nation: How an Old World Ballet Became a Christmas Tradition in the New World. … “Any ballet or dance company that ignores ‘Nutcracker’ does so at its peril,” Fisher added. “Beyond the money, it plucks at the heartstrings and points to things people have in common.”

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