Science, March 23, 2017
In search for unseen dark matter, physicists turn to shadow realm
Scientists hunting unseen dark matter are looking deeper into the shadows. With searches for a favored dark matter candidate—weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs)—coming up empty, physicists are now turning to the hypothetical “dark sector”: an entire shadow realm of hidden particles. The concept “has been percolating for 7 or 8 years, but it’s really coming to the fore now,” says Jonathan Feng, a theorist at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).concept “has been percolating for 7 or 8 years, but it’s really coming to the fore now,” says Jonathan Feng, a theorist at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).
Mashable, March 22, 2017
Arctic meltdown continues: Sea ice sets 3rd straight winter record low
“I think having three consecutive years of low wintertime max records is noteworthy. Additionally, observing long-term sea ice losses in all months is an important factor in a warming Arctic,” said Zack Labe, a graduate student at the University of California at Irvine.
Quartz, March 23, 2017
There’s a better way to treat your tech addiction than hiding your phone and laptop
As Gloria Mark of the University of California, Irvine notes, “You see a lot of reports in the media about the negative impact of technology use…but there have been expanded efforts in the past decade to study what’s become known as positive computing.”
Phys.org, March 16, 2017
Running away from Einstein
“Science progresses through challenges,” said Marcel Pawlowski, a Hubble Fellow at the University of California, Irvine, who prompted Mr Banik’s discovery. “Together with two other known planes of closer-in satellites, this gigantic ring forms a serious challenge to the standard paradigm.”
OC Register, March 23, 2017
Don’t eliminate funding for legal services
Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UCI School of Law [writes]:” The Legal Services Corporation was created in 1974 with strong bipartisan support, including from then-President Richard Nixon. The Legal Services Corporation distributes its funding to 133 independent nonprofit legal aid programs with more than 800 offices. These legal aid offices provide legal assistance in non-criminal cases to people who live in households with annual incomes at or below 125 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, a category that includes almost one in five Americans or about 65 million people.”
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