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Science Alert

There's an Unexpected Weather Connection Between New Zealand And North America

Science Alert -
Scientists have come up with a new way to figure out how much winter rainfall is going to occur in California - simply check out what was happening near New Zealand over the previous seasons. They're calling it the New Zealand Index, and it's more accurate than the previous method of predicting rainfall …according to researchers at the University of California, Irvine.

Winter Rain in Southwest U.S. Determined by New Zealand Summers -
The interhemispheric teleconnection that we have discovered promises earlier and more accurate prediction of winter precipitation in California and the southwestern U.S.,” said study co-author Professor Efi Foufoula-Georgiou. “Knowing how much rain to expect in the coming winter is crucial for the economy, water security and ecosystem management of the region.
Nature International Weekly Journal of Science

How science will suffer as US pulls out of Iran nuclear deal

Nature -
“We were all full of enthusiasm when the agreement was signed, but unfortunately things went in the opposite direction,” says Soroosh Sorooshian, an Iranian–American hydrologist at the University of California, Irvine. He was one of hundreds of scientists who participated in the NASEM workshops. “God knows what happens next.”

Payam Heydari: Introducing the Design of Millimeter-Wave Integrated Circuits to the World

Medium -
Our latest interviewee is Payam Heydari … currently a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California Irvine. …. Dr. Heydari is the recipient of numerous awards and recognition ….
Los Angeles Times

A gondola from Union Station to Dodger Stadium? It could happen by 2022, Mayor Garcetti says

Los Angeles Times -
The gondola would be most likely to succeed if the Dodgers, Metrolink and Amtrak work to provide late trains for fans who live outside the city, said Sarah Catz, a research associate at UC Irvine's Institute of Transportation Studies and a founding board member of Metrolink. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to

Researchers Heat Up Invisibility Capabilities -
As technology evolves, the lines between science and science fiction continue to blur. Engineers at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) sought to create the power of invisibility—or at least a coating that could hide objects from thermal vision devices, which detect differences in temperature by sensing infrared wavelengths.
Atlas Obscura

Can Octopuses Teach Us How to Hide?

Atlas Obscura -
In addition to being clever engineers, octopuses, squids, and their cephalopod brethren are expert hiders. Researchers often turn to them for clues about how humans—and the technology we build—can perfect the art of vanishing from view. ... Now, a team of scientists at University of California, Irvine, has used cephalopod skin as a model for synthetic materials that can dodge infrared cameras.
National Geographic

Iran’s Tarnished Gem

National Geographic -
University of California, Irvine, engineering professor Amir AghaKouchak, who was born and educated in Iran before immigrating to California, said both regions have suffered extensive droughts in the past. The difference comes when human demands exceed available, renewable water. “If the same drought occurs in the future,” he said, “it will have even more severe impacts.”
E&E News

Raising an entire island? That's 'insane'

E&E News -
"They're facing the possibility of chronically flooded streets within the decade," said Brett Sanders, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Irvine. "Without actions, you're going to have chronically flooded streets and neighborhoods that are unlivable unless steps are taken."

Scientist And Innovator Dr. Michelle Khine: 'Growing Up, Nobody Thought I Was Smart'

Forbes -
So what does it take to be a female STEM leader? Dr Michelle Khine, biomedical engineering professor at the University of California, Irvine, and scientific co-founder of stem cell biotechnology company Novoheart, offers her insights.


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