UCI News

Vice, Oct. 4, 2018 (Video)
Our Rising Oceans
We headed down to the bottom of South America to meet with famed UC Irvine glaciologist, Dr. Eric Rignot. Dr. Rignot is the lead author of the groundbreaking scientific paper which has concluded that sections of the west Antarctic ice sheet are actually experiencing rapid melt. We caught up with him while he was observing glacial movements in Patagonia. [starts at 10:00]

The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 2, 2018
Amazon’s Wage Increase Adds Pressure for Employers to Boost Pay
Amazon.com Inc.’s plan to pay its workers a minimum of $15 an hour is fresh evidence that the strong job market is forcing businesses to bid up wages for lower-skilled workers …. “A lot of what’s going on is economic fundamentals–the labor market for low-skilled workers is really tight,” said David Neumark, a labor economist at the University of California-Irvine. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Ars Technica, Oct. 3, 2018 (Podcast)
Ars on your lunch break: Nothing is real except for object impermanence
UC Irvine quantitative psychologist Don Hoffman presents his wildly counterintuitive theory on the nature of reality. … Hoffman and I open this episode by discussing his take on space-time. He refutes the notion that space itself existed at all before consciousness. “Space is something that you create right now,” he says.

Inc., Oct. 4, 2018
4 Ways to Stay Present During the Crazy Busy Times at Work
Eliminate electronic distractions. … According to a study by the University of California, Irvine, it can take up to 23 minutes before you’re able to refocus on the work at hand before you were interrupted. To start, set up temporary barriers to help keep you focused.

Cleveland Plain Dealer, Oct. 4, 2018
Fuel cells combined with wind, solar are the next clean energy tech
Wind and solar farms are generating clean power at lower and lower prices, but not always when it is needed. Fuel cells, which generate electricity by combining hydrogen and oxygen, could change that equation …. Jack Brouwer, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at University of California-Irvine, made the claim to a group of fuel cell manufacturers gathered … for the 18th annual Ohio Fuel Cell Symposium.

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