We've previously told you about local research (at UC Irvine) into a fuel produced by a local source (your pee and poop, dear readers) that is collected by a local supplier (Orange County Sanitation District). But did you know there is a local connection to some of the actual test cars?
A diverse coalition of community-based, public health, science and conservation groups across the state launched a campaign this week to put 1 million more electric cars, trucks and buses on California roads within 10 years.
See the update at the end of this post with UC Irvine disclosing it played a role in the Nobel-winning physics. ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 8, 3:37 P.M.: Chapman University has another Nobel laureate: He is François Englert, a Belgian theoretical physicist and Distinguished Visiting Professor in Residence ... More >>
Early this month, the Weekly reported the gas drilling practice known as fracking has quietly been occurring around Orange County's borders. For just how long is hard to say, and pinpointing the exact number of companies who have engaged in the practice locally isn't easy. What is known is that fra ... More >>
Hip-hip, hooray, our own Surfin' Congressman is getting an award today! However, we're not sure if Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is going to accept it because Organizing for Action (OFA-OC) is presenting the Huntington Beach Republican with its "Climate Change Denier Award." Wonder if it'll be made a captu ... More >>
Mention the phrase hydraulic fracturing, and one pictures the dust-swept plains of North Dakota, or maybe Wyoming. But perhaps some would be surprised to know that the practice, known colloquially as fracking, is already taking place in Orange County's backyard, with future sites in the heart of the ... More >>
[Editor's Note: Longtime concert photographer and fellow Weekling Andrew Youssef found out almost two years ago that he had Stage IV colon cancer. In that time, he has continued to shoot tons of music events for us on top of other freelance work and holding a day job at a hospital, of all places. As ... More >>
In a new doc, Napster's still playing dumb
UC Irvine-led research reveals two young galaxies that collided 11 billion years ago are rapidly forming a massive galaxy about 10 times the size of the Milky Way.The revelation, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, is being likened to discovering a missing link between winged dinosaurs and ea ... More >>
Orange County fire officials recently held a press conference to go over their strategies and, more importantly, warn the public about an ever-earlier fire season. The Orange County Register covered this, as it did Southern California's recent wildfires, but a media watchdog saw a huge hole in the c ... More >>
By: Jessica HopperAre you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is ... 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 media watchdog is barking about a recent Orange County Register editorial on an industry-friendly study boosting fracking, the controversial oil drilling technique critics fear causes earthquakes and groundwater contamination.
One in an occasional series reviewing consumer vehicles that are powered by water, natural gas, electricity, hybrid motors, high-efficiency gasoline engines or some other alternative source.Late last month, Hyundai announced that after the current 2012 Formula Drift and Global RallyCross Championsh ... More >>
You can be the late Doug Korthof, who inspired this very "Ride Me" category, hopes Cal State Long Beach students get a charge out of the donations made to his alma mater in his name.It's two 240-volt electric vehicle chargers that belonged to the Seal Beach activist, who envisioned a world full of ... More >>
Boeing Huntington Beach and Johns Hopkins University are hailing technology they have developed that will allow operators with very little training to sic swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones, as they are more commonly called) on the unsuspecting.With a laptop and a military radio, the ... More >>
It's getting hot in here, so take off all your non-essential items of clothing.According to a new UCLA climate study, average temperatures are going to rise in Santa Ana and Long Beach by nearly four degrees.But you still have time to stock up on sunscreen.
Smosh, iJustine, Meekakitty, Wheezy Waiter and Mystery Guitar Man will be together in one place in Anaheim in early summer. The third annual VidCon at the Anaheim Convention Center June 28-30 is also expected to allow 6,000 devotees of online videos to meet and mingle with Alex Day, Charlie McDonnel ... More >>
An excerpt from 'Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America'
Most conventions are pants-mandatory kinds of affairs -- even those of the adult nature. For the world's first virtual porn convention, however, I'm not wearing any (relax...I'm in my PJs). This past weekend, XBiz and Red Light Center hosted the Adult Entertainment Virtual Convention, porn's first ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 14, 2:31 P.M.: What a wonderful way to mark Valentine's Day: Adopt a Charger ("Accelerating the adoption of plug-in vehicles via fee-free electric car chargers") has established the Doug Korthof Memorial Charger Fund. Money raised will be used to install and maintain a charging stati ... More >>
Yup, Antoine Dodson of ye olde "Bed Intruder Song" fame is back, and he's out to reclaim the lost art form of the slow jam on his song, "Lovesick Lullabye." Featuring another guy big on the Internet, Brent Morgan, it's slick ultra-autotuned fodder, but it's pleasing to the ear and really makes yo ... More >>
Electronic Arts today announced its collaboration with Katy Perry for The Sims. The life-simulation game will feature Perry-themed content and virtual goods such as clothing, hairstyles, props and furniture. The Collector's Edition expansion pack for The Sims 3 Showtime will be out in March.Ste ... More >>
A near-unanimous California Coastal Commission and the Goodell Family Trust have agreed on a settlement that will have the property owner paying a $430,000 fine for unearthing artifacts at the Cogged Stone Site, the 9,000-year-old Native American village on the mesa overlooking the Bolsa Chica w ... More >>
Could Hannibal Lecter maybe have not attacked nine people and eaten their flesh if he went through intensive treatment? Quite possibly, according to new research from a UC Irvine forensic psychologist. Psychopaths don't just make for great movie characters that cause the sales of fava ... More >>
CORRECTION, DEC. 12, 9:50 A.M.: No, it was not a bank of dead batteries that prevented filmmaker Chris Paine and his new documentary Revenge of the Electric Car from showing up as advertised (by . . . gulp . . . me) at the Art Theatre in Long Beach Sunday. As it turns out, that event was Dec. 4. ... More >>
UCI.eduScott SamuelsenA UCI professor got a White House nod today. Scott Samuelsen, who teaches mechanical, aerospace and environmental engineering, was honored as a "Champion of Change" in D.C for his innovations in hydrogen power and smog reduction. The honor comes after Samuelsen and ... More >>
Cal State Fullerton recently approved a queer studies minor, and starting this fall, students will examine the culture of gender and sexuality in courses such as Queer Theory, Sexual Orientations and American Culture and The Psychological Study of LGB Experiences. The program was pushed for ... More >>
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UPDATE, SEPT. 2, 11:04 A.M.: Two victims of Luis Mijangos hacking into dozens of computers to obtain personal data--and in some cases demanding sexually explicit videos from female victims in exchange for not distributing other images--spoke at the undocumented immigrant's sentencing."During to ... More >>
Put the key in the ignition, press it forward, hear that click, then the bronchial "ruhr-ruhr-ruhr," then the mechanical whimper and finally this lament screamed into the overhead lamp: "This car is a piece of crap."Been there.Ironically, a piece of crap may soon power your car.
UPDATE, AUG. 2, 5:24 P.M.: Dr. Pathik D. Wadhwa (pictured here) was lead author of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences paper describing UCI's research into stressed-out moms and their faster-aging children. It's a wonder Wadhwa has time to write anything given all he specializes i ... More >>
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 >>
UPDATE, JUNE 28, 2 P.M.: Sentences totaling 13 years for convictions in two cases have been given to Kenneth Joseph Lucas II, the "kingpin" of an international "phishing" operation that used spam e-mails and bogus websites to collect personal information used to defraud American banks. The 27- ... More >>
According to TMZ, our favorite YouTube sensation Antoine Dodson was arrested in Alabama on Saturday for possessing weed. That's right--weed. He was also arrested for failing to appear on a traffic charge, failing to have insurance and speeding.
Costa Mesa is finally onboard. One week into its top-dollar investment in a communications director and the city of Costa Mesa now has its own (active) Twitter and Facebook accounts. Congratulations, you're now where most of America was in 2008.Okay, that may have been a bit harsh a critique ... More >>
Autopsy result? Death by KindleInside the Borders bookstore at The District in Tustin on Sunday afternoon, the excited middle-aged customer pointed at what he wanted to buy.But it wasn't a best-seller or a magazine or DVDs.The man told a store clerk he wanted to purchase two rows of massive ... More >>
UPDATE, MARCH 22, 4:46 P.M.: Santa Ana's Luis Mijangos, who had previously pleaded not guilty to 16 federal charges, pleaded guilty Monday to two federal counts related to his tricking about 230 people into downloading a virus that allowed him to hack into their computers, and then extort from th ... More >>
The figures from the 2010 Census that are freaking the Know Nothings out is news that the gabacho population shrank in size in Orange County, while wabs increased (as always) and Asians increased even more as a percentage. But the only figure that truly interested me was the number of people iden ... More >>
Now that Borders Bookstore is shutting down its locations, Barnes & Noble is the undisputed king of big-chain bookstores. But even Barnes isn't resting on its new position--they're giving out a free cup of Starbucks coffee this Saturday.Of course, there's a small catch: Spend a few minutes ch ... More >>
The killer snowstorms socking much of the country are providing pundits on the right all the ammunition they need to mow down poor ol' Al Gore. Mr. Inconvenient Truth was called out last week by Bill O'Reilly, who wanted to know, if global warming exists, "Why has southern New York turned into t ... More >>
USGSTwo UC Irvine scientists are among the experts featured in tonight's world-premiere showing of Megaquake 10.0 on the History Channel. The two-hour special is set to shake up your flat-screen at 9 p.m., but, as Fritz and Fred always say, check local listings to confirm the time.The UCI academi ... More >>
In Tom Coburn's just-released "Wastebook 2010," an 85-page tirade on what the U.S. senator believes are the year's 100 most outrageous uses of tax dollars, UC Irvine's $3 million research of World of Warcraft and other games comes in at No. 6. "Most people have to work for a l ... More >>
The school is banking big on computer games as an emerging discipline
Hopefully not for at least another 7 years.In direct conflict with its previous proclamations, the Obama administration today announced that there will not be any further new offshore oil drilling along the Atlantic Coast, the eastern Gulf of Mexico or the Pacific Coast. At least, not for th ... More >>
Seems like a shameless attempt at promoting oneself, but Sherri from Fullerton swears she's not a food blogger:I love you guys, remember when you first printed Shuji as Professor Salt, and have been a groupie of Edwin and Das Ubergeek since they were on the original Chowhound. I'm so glad you got ... More >>
An Irvine technology and accounting services firm recently examined the Internet strategies employed by Orange County's 34 cities and singled out eight for such criteria as best embracing social media, offering greater transparency and increasing citizen access to their government.And the virtual ... More >>
If attendees took anything other than swag away from the inaugural CleanTech OC Conference & Expo in Irvine Monday, it was this: the green revolution is back, baby. After a red hot 2008, the clean technology industry was battered for a spell by the recession, but banks are back to lending, ve ... More >>