2016 Media Watch Archives

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2016 in review: UC Irvine researchers have an influential year

Daily Pilot -
From indoor labs to outdoor power plants, headline-grabbing scientific research could be found in every nook and cranny at UC Irvine in 2016.
Los Angeles Magazine

Inching Ahead with Hyperloop

Los Angeles Magazine -
Elon Musk has steered clear of trying to realize his vision for tubular transport, but now his company SpaceX is hosting a pod-building competition.
Popular Mechanics

How simple hydrogen could solve renewable energy's biggest problem

Popular Mechanics -
One promising solution is hydrogen storage, and the University of California, Irvine just launched the first such project in the United States, paving the way for other universities or municipalities to do the same.
IEEE Spectrum

Why the Automotive Future Will Be Dominated by Fuel Cells

IEEE Spectrum -
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.

UCI tries solving this problem: We have sun and wind for power, but how do we store it?

Orange County Register -
An experiment at UC Irvine could offer a solution to a problem that’s holding back the widespread expansion of clean energy – how to store carbon-free power over long periods.
The New York TImes

Australia’s Lesson for a Thirsty California

The New York Times -
On his first visit to Melbourne in 2009, Stanley Grant, a drought expert and professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Irvine, had a question for his taxi driver. “How’s the drought?” he asked. “It’s about 28 percent,” came the reply. Grant was puzzled. But shortly afterward, they drove past an electronic road sign announcing that the city’s reservoirs were indeed at just 28 percent of capacity.
ABC 7

Titanium golf club blamed for Orange County brush fire

ABC7 -
That isn't a surprise to James Earthman, a UC Irvine chemical engineering and materials science professor who did a study in 2014. ... "With stainless steel we never saw any sparks," Earthman said. "When we tested a titanium club, every time we hit a rock with a titanium there were a lot of sparks."
CBS Los Angeles

20-acre Mission Viejo brush fire was sparked by titanium golf club striking rock, officials say

CBS Los Angeles -
UC Irvine engineering professor James Earthman demonstrated in 2014 how quickly a swing can launch a 3,000-degree spark into the brush. … “It was when companies started making other clubs out of titanium that these fires stated to occur, in particular irons and hybrids made of titanium are particularly hazardous,” he said.
KTLA 5

Brush fire in Mission Viejo prompts warning about titanium golf clubs

KTLA -
When news broke about a brush fire that started in Mission Viejo earlier this week, it came as a bit of deja vu for UC Irvine Professor James Earthman. "I was a bit disappointed that this was still occurring, particularly at a golf course that a fire had already occurred." Two years ago we interviewed Professor Earthman about a study he had done that found titanium clubs could spark brush fires in just that way and one of the cases cited came from that very same golf course in Mission Viejo.
NBC News

Golf club sparked Orange County brush fire

NBC 4 -
A 2014 UC Irvine study determined that titanium alloy clubs caused sparks that generated a small brush fire at Irvine's Shady Canyon in 2010 and another a few years earlier at Arroyo Trabuco. … Chemical engineering and materials science Professor James Earthman, lead author on the study, said: "When the club strikes a ball, nearby rocks can tear particles of titanium from the sole of the head. Bits of the particle surfaces will react violently with oxygen or nitrogen in the air, and a tremendous amount of heat is produced. The foliage ignites in flames."

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