Experts (including the subject of a recent Weekly cover story) gather at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach this afternoon to look at the California drought and possible ways to reduce water demand in our thirsty state.
UPDATE, NOV. 17, 4:15 P.M.: In case you missed the top story on 60 Minutes last night, click play above or follow this link to the complete segment "Depleting the Water," which prominently features UC Irvine/JPL water scientist Jay Famiglietti. READING ASSIGNMENT: An Inconvenient Thirst: Water sci ... More >>
Check out the following six (mostly brief) videos that have UC Irvine/Jet Propulsion Laboratory water scientist Jay Famiglietti and his team's research explaining the California and global groundwater crises. READING ASSIGNMENT: An Inconvenient Thirst: Water scientist Jay Famiglietti pleas for smar ... More >>
What follows is a picture of the groundwater challenges at home and abroad. I must concede that I became depressed while putting this together, but then remembered far more brilliant people are working on ways to manage our way out of this crisis. We just need more of these folks to make it a priori ... More >>
Looking out the large windows from Jay Famiglietti's corner office at UC Irvine on a sun-drenched late-spring day, you take in an inviting deep greenbelt and, just beyond that, the green, green grass of Aldrich Park. Contrast that with the view from the UCI hydrologist's new office at the NASA Jet ... More >>
A new study by NASA and UC Irvine scientists finds more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources, meaning our parched state and region is even worse off than previously feared.
The Greenland Ice Sheet is expected to erode much quicker--and lead to sea levels rising much higher--based on revelations included in UC Irvine-NASA research published Monday.
[Moxley Confidential] Sifting through documents to find two convicted felons, a California tax cheat, an Iraq War profiteer, a Middle East oil executive, a space entrepreneur and others
[Editor's Note: We all know local music and dive bars go hand-in-hand. So in the interest of merging the two together on Heard Mentality, we bring you our newest nightlife column Dive, Dive, My Darling. Read this week as our Mexican-in-chief, Gustavo Arellano stumbles into the dive bar scene to find ... More >>
The single day lineup for Outside Lands 2013 was announced today. Taking place at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park from August 9 - 11, the bill is topped by Paul McCartney on Friday, Nine Inch Nails on Saturday and The Red Hot Chili Peppers on Sunday. Other highlights include Pretty Lights, The Nati ... More >>
Less is more, usually, and that's especially true this week. Let's take a look at what the Fork had to offer... Edwin went to Bistrot Massilia in Yorba Linda. What?! Yorba Linda had food?! Apparently one, and it is delicious. Then he told us about NASA's plan to make food from a 3-D printer. Uh-hu, ... More >>
With all the hoopla and controversy over the first firing of the 3-D-printed gun, here's something everyone can agree is less controversial and astronomically cooler: NASA is funding research on 3-D printed food! Yup! To feed astronauts that might one day travel to Mars, the space agency has select ... More >>
The anti-nuke activist has spent years fighting the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Now, the impossible is on his horizon: its permanent shutdown
A UC Irvine researcher is helping NASA understand more about bone density loss experienced by astronauts who spend long stretches at the International Space Station. Joyce Keyak, professor in residence of radiological sciences, will emploky a technique she created to analyze how microgravity-influe ... More >>
Check out this bar where kids are welcome
Astronomer Tim Thompson is so jazzed by NASA's Kepler Mission, which is searching part of the Milky Way for planets much like ours, that he wants to tell you all about its current progress.And he'll share this tonight. For free! Screw clubbing, Stefon.
Discovery Science Center
Good guys, bad guys, tight pants and explosions!
An excerpt from 'Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America'
The Space Shuttle Atlantis blasted off today in the final mission of NASA's shuttle program. The mission: run supplies to the International Space Station, and bring home as much trash as can fit in the shuttle. Exciting stuff. To lively up this otherwise dull swan song, here are five tracks t ... More >>
Before shock and awe, there was just give peace a chance. The call for a surge in Iraq drew a push-back from MoveOn.orgers. Doves bristle at endless warfare.Ah, the good old days. Now, down is up, Simon Cowell is Jennifer Lopez, and hawks who once warned "You-break-it, you-fix-it" are talking pul ... More >>
Going, going, gone.There's an extremely rare, celestial happening tonight. It's the only time the winter solstice and a lunar eclipse will happen on the same night in our lifetime--so rare, in fact, that it didn't even happen between now and our great-great-great grandparents lifetime--and w ... More >>
Frequent and extreme storms tied to global warming are causing more freshwater to flow into the Earth's oceans and sea levels to rise, concludes a team of researchers led by Jay Famiglietti, a UC Irvine Earth system science professor."All told, 18 percent more water fed into the world's oceans fr ... More >>
I had to share this recent story with my fellow science geeks out there. It's all about stuff you never knew to ask about food in NASA's space shuttle. According to the article, here are some fun tidbits: - "Salt and pepper are available but only in a liquid form because astrona ... More >>
By Nolan HallOffshore Conditions in BajaThe Santa Ana Winds and the hottest weather of the year are already showing up this year, even as early as late August. It brings back memories of last year, coughing and surfing ash-covered waves under dark, smoky skies. Early Santa Anas bring that haunted ... More >>
In light of today's first-ever economic espionage conviction of Dongfan "Greg" Chung, 73, of Orange, it must be asked: How did the former Rockwell International and Boeing engineer get away with being a spy for China for so long? Born in China, Chung was employed by Rockwell in Downey from 1973 unti ... More >>
South Coast Plaza
In "Hive and Seek" Gustavo Arellano discusses saving Orange County's bees--and possibly breaking the odd city code and state law in the process--with the Backyard Beekeepers.And R. Scott Moxley takes a look at what OC's Board of Supervisors has been doing with its loose change for the past few mont ... More >>
LAist has about 20 artists they say are "confirmed" for Coachella (coming up soon! April 17-19!), and many more that are "rumored"--and given that just about every act of note is "rumored" for Coachella at this point in the year, a classification that's about as meaningful as last night's Golden Glo ... More >>
Anyone worth Al Gore's salt knows that cars, factories and farting cows contribute to global warming, but an international study that includes the research of a UC Irvine scientist has found drought and deforestation can also help fuel the pesky phenomenon and should be included in future climate pa ... More >>
Why did NASA send a titanium copy of the latest Linkin Park album to every planet in our solar system? Well, to kill off any interest that the aliens may have had in invading earth. That's one of the many jokes in the considerable arsenal of Neil Hamburger, "America's youngest comedian." For those ... More >>
Inspired by an exhibit of sex inventions at the New York-based Museum of Sex, I thought I'd do a little trolling through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's online search for anything interesting coming out of our fair county. Anaheim inventor Wayne Manska was awarded patent #6,645,164 in 2003 ... More >>
Noise of the Spheres: Inspired by Videodrome, SST and Dick, NASA Space Universe Make a Cosmic Racket
Reliving the glory of America’s giant leap for mankind
Speed Eating: Would you eat 42 peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches in 10 minutes for $1,500? Patrick “P-Rock” Beroletti, a twentysomething-year-old Chicago cook, won the Drum Corps International World Peanut Butter and Jelly Eating Championship this week at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park. (Ear ... More >>
Jan. 31-Feb. 6
A Night of the Living Dead adaptation with a pulse
Bigg Jus and Nikola Tesla and the Lunar Hip-Hop Robot Camera
Troy High School in Fullerton has a lot going for it. The combined public and magnet school is known for its high SAT scores, Troy Tech and International Baccalaureate programs, its wins or high placements in the U.S. National Science Olympiad and Western Regional Science Bowl sponsored by NASA/JPL, ... More >>
World peace starts at your summer barbecue
UCI prof Sue Trumbore is out to find the Missing Sink
The beautiful butt-ugly truth about Space Cowboys