Science and Technology

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    U.S. Senator Names UCI's World of Warcraft Research One of the Worst Wastes of Taxpayer Dollars in 2010

    ​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 >>

  • Culture

    December 9, 2010

    UC Irvine's New Computer-Games Major Gets Its Game On

    The school is banking big on computer games as an emerging discipline

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Obama Administration Announces Ban On New Offshore Drilling; Thank The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2010

    ¡Ask a Comida Critic!: Who are Your Favorite OC Food Bloggers?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    OC Cities Ranked for Use of Social Networks, But the Public Only Gets to Peek at the Best

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Inaugural CleanTech OC Conference Should Have Been Better Attended

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    Sierra Club Appeals Ruling Limiting Public Access to Orange County Parcel Map System

    ​After losing a ruling in Orange County Superior Court, the Sierra Club is turning to the California Court of Appeal in an attempt to win no- or low-cost access to the County of Orange's Landbase parcel map system, which the public must currently pay thousands of dollars to get to.The lower court ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    Hunter S. Thompson to Blame for Orange County's Texting Behind the Wheel Obsession

    ​An Automobile Club of Southern California sampling of 4,000 vehicles in Orange County found 2.7 percent of the drivers were texting--which is twice the rate that was observed in January 2009, when the state texting-while-driving ban went into effect.Of course, it's common knowledge that we cont ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    If Your Kids Won't Listen, Blame Their iPods

    ​A new study out of two Boston hospitals shows those ages 12 to 19 are suffering hearing loss, and a UC Irvine expert who has conducted his own research believes he knows why: the use of MP3 players like iPods.That is, Dr. Hamid Djalilian, director of Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at UCI Medi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Hella This, NorCal: OC Beats You in Creation of Green Businesses

    ​When it comes to the creation of green businesses, those BART-riding, granola-gnawing, patchouli-oiling earth muffins in Northern California have nothing on Orange Countians.According to the Environmental Defense Fund's map of California's Green Economy, Orange County's 275 green companies ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    You Weren't Imagining It: This July Was One of the Coldest

    ​If you feel like Orange County's June gloom only turned into July gloomier, you're right. The OC Register reported that, according to the National Weather Service, last July "was one of the coldest on record for coastal California." Fullerton's high temperature, for example, averaged around 79 de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    Reasons Why You Shouldn't Buy the iPhone 4

    ​Now that all the hype and excitement surrounding the recently announced iPhone 4 has died down a bit, let's take a step back and consider if the new smartphone is worth your time and money. Is it worth it to upgrade from last summer's 3GS model? Is this a good time for first-time users? Here are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    Food Blogger Starts Filipino Food Truck

    Burnt Lumpia​Food bloggers and food trucks form a symbiotic relationship. You'll likely hear about a new food truck from a food blogger before anyone else. Nastassia Johnson and Marvin Gapultos are food bloggers. But they're not content on just writing about food trucks anymore--so they're s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Laguna Hills Company Says Its App Ends Deadly Texting-While-Driving Practice

    ​A Laguna Hills company that creates applications for mobile and stationary telecommunications, claims to have come up with an app to solve "the deadly texting-while-driving social epidemic."

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Dana Rohrabacher's Latest Jewel

    Drill Dana Drill​Reducing oil company offshore drilling will increase the number of offshore oil drill spills.--Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) expressing his logic this week to The Orange County Register's Dena Bunis in an article outlining efforts by California Democrat senator ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Poll: Californians Bullish on Green Technologies Despite Recession

    ​A recent statewide poll shows a majority of California voters support the state's landmark 2006 law that requires reducing greenhouse gas emissions and imposing fees on companies that emit these gases if most of the money collected is returned to state residents.The breakdown in the poll conducte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Rep. Loretta Sanchez Condemns Vietnam Cyberattacks, Assorted Douchebaggery

    ​Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) is "outraged" that Vietnam used malware to illicitly monitor the Internet activity of human rights and democracy activists.

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Bacon: The Real Kindle Killer

    dave77459/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0Not the new Apple iPad​The Apple iPad comes out in two days! Excited? Or do you like bacon more than newfangled tablet computer technology? Let your voice be heard at, which asks the all important question: which do you prefer, the iPad or fatty, salty, sm ... More >>

  • News

    April 1, 2010

    Meet the Star Men

    Thanks in part to Orange County Astronomers and its desert clubhouse, Southern California is amateur-stargazer heaven

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    Obama's Oil Drilling Pipe Dream Harshes Surfrider's Mellow​The Surfrider Foundation released a statement today, expressing their disapproval of Obama's proposal to open areas of the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic coastline and Arctic coastline to oil drilling and exploration. They are not stoked.

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Orange Engineer Chung Gets 16 Years for Handing China Space and Defense Secrets

    ArmsExpo.ruDongfan "Greg" Chung​Orange aerospace engineer Dongfan "Greg" Chung was sentenced today to nearly 16 years in federal prison for his conviction on charges of economic espionage and acting as an agent of the People's Republic of China for more than three decades.The 73-year-old stole res ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 7, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Researchers: Cell Phones and Brain Tumors Are a Bad Connection

    ​Keep those Blackberries pushed up tightly against your heads, Christmas shoppers: a very large, 30-year study of just about everyone in Scandinavia shows no link between cell-phone use and brain tumors.Reuters has the skinny.The findings validate what UC Irvine medical researchers have been sayin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    What Astronauts Do With Taco Sauce In The Space Shuttle

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    Fire Up the Vanagon, They're Talking Nukes at San Onofre Again

    Pretty!​The serious reconsideration of expanded nuclear power amid our uncertain energy future can mean only one thing: the resumption of serious protests against expanded nuclear power. With the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station (SONGS) so close, and a public workshop and hearing about the pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    Clothes Lines: a Green Solution That's Been Clotheslined

    ​They are an old-fashioned device that could save household energy as well as machine-damaed and worn-out clothing. Unfortunately, they are also banned in several U.S. communities. Just try installing a clothes line in Irvine or any Orange County gated community and see what happens. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    As FCC Weighs Net Neutrality, McCain Tosses in Monkey Wrench

    ​As the Federal Communications Commission meets today to develop some "rules of the road" for the Internet, U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Sarah Palin) has thrown up a roadblock.The bitter, defeated presidential nominee today introduced legislation that would block the FCC from creating new "net neutral ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 22, 2009

    Astronomy at the Library

    Foothill Ranch Library

  • Calendar

    October 8, 2009
  • Calendar

    September 24, 2009

    iPod Sunday

    The Pike Bar & Fish Grill

  • Calendar

    May 21, 2009

    Astronomy Night

    Donna O'Neill Land Conservancy

  • Calendar

    April 9, 2009

    Junior Oceanographer

    Ocean Institute

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Get your FREE Coachella App for your iPhone [Correction]

    Correction: Before you read further, the video and description of the Coachella iPhone App below is NOT THE FREE ONE. This program is not affiliated with the festival. The FREE App, written by Dave Bullock has a few specific differences:1) The official Coachella App is FREE, the program below costs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    Toll-Road Dissing NOAA Now Fights to Protect Local Steelhead

    Perhaps environmentally sensitive locals should withhold sending support to the Sierra Club, the Surfrider Foundation and the Natural Resources Defense Council and instead cut checks to the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It was, after all, the NOAA tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    Obama's Expected Lift on Stem-Cell Ban Cheered at UCI

    President Barack Obama is expected to sign an executive order on Monday rolling back restrictions on federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research, fulfilling a campaign promise and repealing one of the most bone-headed stances taken by his predecessor, George W. Bush.News of Obama's expect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    Drunken, Disgruntled Plastic Surgeon Picks On Reporters

    A supporter or two of Brian West--the plastic surgeon whose ups and (mostly) downs, involving his drinking problem and former patients, I've covered in these pages--has now taken to trying to sully mine and Sacramento CBS television reporter Kurtis Ming's names with a comical new blog experiment. Mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    Dana Rohrabacher Praised for Saying the Sky is Falling

    Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach), shown here possibly pointing to a dangerous object in the sky, is being commended by the no doubt august Institute for Human Continuity for his "Planet X forsight" and belief that Earth's preparedness for dealing with cosmic debris ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Superhero Science is Finally, Shockingly Revealed--For Free!

    If you've ever wondered if Superman really could fly, UC Irvine physics professor Michael Dennin has the free online course for you. (Full disclosure: That is NOT Dr. Michael Dennin shown here.) "Science from Superheroes to Global Warming," which is available here, mirrors the curriculum of U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    UC Irvine Eggheads on the March

    Twenty UC Irvine science and engineering researchers were named last week as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, representing the largest class this year of any American university or institution. Eighty-five current and former UCI faculty members have previously earn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    UCI Scientist Helps Add More Culprits to the Global Warming List

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    December 4, 2008

    Monday Night Football

    Tampa Bay vs. Carolina

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    Wildfires Just a Sneak Preview?

    Ted Soqui shot this in Yorba Linda the weekend past. See his amazing slideshow here. Now that the fires have been contained, heroes have been identified, firefighting techniques have been blasted, causes have been zeroed in on, and our Last Action Hero Governor has likened the disaster to one of th ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 23, 2008

    Spacing Out

    UCI Observatory Tour

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2008

    Saving Trestles: Game On!

    The on-again, off-again hearing on the 241 Foothill South toll road extension by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce is back on, from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 22, and in an old/new home, O'Brien Hall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, or the same place the California Coastal Commission met, took testimony ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 3, 2008

    Ooh Ooh Ah Ah

    ‘Discovering Chimpanzees: The Remarkable World 
of Jane Goodall’

  • News

    November 1, 2007

    The Fire of the Century . . . of the Year

    Hellish fires now, Sahara Desert later, says UCI doom prophet Mike Davis

  • Film

    September 13, 2007

    Rocket Men

    Reliving the glory of America’s giant leap for mankind

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2007

    Beach Break: Killing Nemo

    Cut off from the powerful, cleansing waves of the Pacific ocean by a massive concrete breakwater, the gentle swells that lap the Long Beach coastline are so dirty that they were recently ranked the most polluted beach water in California by the Santa Monica-based environmental group Heal The Bay. Al ... More >>

  • News

    July 5, 2007

    Corn Power

    How to Make and Use Biodiesel

  • Music

    June 28, 2007

    Newfangled Contraptions

    iPod Sundays at the Pike

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