University of California, Irvine

Crowd mentality

Do you know what the price of gas will be in six months? How about the extent of the expected U.S. troop drawdown in Afghanistan by year’s end? As an individual, predicting such things with any degree ...

Sep 21, 2011 4 / 5 (1) 1

Rethinking 'reachability'

(PhysOrg.com) -- In today’s world, the line between work and personal time often blurs. Communication technologies force people to negotiate when, where and how they are connected. While smartphones may ...

Apr 12, 2011 not rated yet 0

Like a lightbulb going off

(PhysOrg.com) -- Imagine being able to see to the penny how much it costs to use your jumbo high definition television or your tiny nightlight – in real time. That’s what a dozen University Hills ...

Mar 22, 2011 4 / 5 (2) 0

Now you see him

Imagine if Harry Potter’s cloak were real , or that you could blot out the sight of something as easily as pressing a mute button to eliminate sound. To some, this seems like “pi in the sky” ...

Mar 08, 2011 4 / 5 (6) 2

Shedding light on risks of LEDs

If you haven't taken down your Christmas lights yet, do it very carefully. Those modern, light-emitting diode bulbs marketed as safe, environmentally preferable alternatives to traditional lights actually ...

Mar 01, 2011 3.4 / 5 (14) 22

One-child policy yields multiple woes

China recently marked the 30th anniversary of the launch of its one-child-per-couple policy. Intended to curtail the nation’s burgeoning population, it has produced a serious gender imbalance, a ballooning ...

Jan 04, 2011 4.4 / 5 (7) 157