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KPBS , August 21, 2014

Judging an Ebola drug in the middle of a crisis

Not everyone treated with ZMapp has lived. … So, does that mean ZMapp works? “Six patients just doesn’t give you enough statistical power to make a determination as to whether the drug is working,” said Donald Forthal, chief of infectious diseases at the UC Irvine School of Medicine.

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Deseret News , August 21, 2014

7 benefits of taking vacation time

Working all the time and getting things done might make you think you’re the king of the world. … Research by UC Irvine’s Gregory Hickok found that our brains don’t have a reserve pool to gather energy and power from. Vacations can help reset your mind.

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Nautilus , August 21, 2014

This is where your childhood memories went

Through her pioneering research, Elizabeth Loftus of UC Irvine has demonstrated that our earliest memories in particular are often insoluble blends of genuine recollections, narratives we sponged up from others, and imaginary scenes dreamt up by the subconscious.

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Fox News Latino , August 21, 2014

Never mind the mug shot: Legal troubles bringing out presidential side of Texas Gov. Perry

Some political experts, however, believe that while Perry’s fight against the Democrats in Texas may raise his popularity, it may not be enough. … Political scientist Louis DeSipio of UC Irvine … noted Perry would still need to overcome the 2012 image of himself as bumbling and looking unsure during the primary debates.

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Mercury News , August 21, 2014

2 Bay Area chefs competing in ‘Top Chef’

Two Bay Area culinary whizzes … are among the 16 “cheftestants” competing on the next season of Bravo’s popular “Top Chef.” … Melissa King, 30 …. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, she also has a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science from UC Irvine.

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National Geographic, August 20, 2014

If you think the water crisis can’t get worse, wait until the aquifers are drained

California’s Central Valley isn’t the only place in the U.S. where groundwater supplies are declining. Aquifers in the Colorado River Basin and the southern Great Plains also suffer severe depletion. … A new satellite study from UC Irvine and NASA indicates that the Colorado River Basin lost 65 cubic kilometers (15.6 cubic miles) of water from 2004 to 2013.

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Rolling Stone , August 20, 2014

5 things you didn’t know about human trafficking

Many victims of human trafficking in the U.S. end up performing forced labor in the restaurant industry or as domestic workers. UC Irvine law professor Jennifer M. Chacon places the blame for the failure to stop this problem on insufficient labor protections for all workers – but particularly undocumented migrants.

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AMHQ , August 20, 2014

AMHQ with Sam Champion

A lot of colleges have spearheaded ways to make their colleges greener. … UC Irvine is number one. They did a great job of hitting energy reduction goal. They pledged to reduce energies by 20 percent by 2020. They hit that target seven years early and also pledged additional 20 percent by 2020.

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Mail Online , August 20, 2014

Antarctica in unprecedented detail: Most complete map ever made reveals the continent is shrinking rapidly

Evidence shows ‘a large sector of West Antarctic ice sheet has gone into a state of irreversible retreat,’ says lead author Eric Rignot of UC Irvine, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

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Orange County Register , August 20, 2014

Field poll: Obamacare support in California grows

The emergency room at UC Irvine Medical Center, for example, “has seen increased patient volume since mid-May or early June and they attribute that to the increase in insured people under the Affordable Care Act,” said John Murray, the hospital’s spokesman.

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The Wall Street Journal, August 19, 2014

Legal experts weigh in on case against Texas gov. Rick Perry

UC Irvine law professor Rick Hasen reminds readers to keep an open mind: “We don’t know yet whether Rick Perry violated the law and whether the law he is accused of violating is constitutional.”

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The Guardian, August 19, 2014

Using mobile money to buy water and solar power in east Africa

Bill Maurer, director of the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion at UC Irvine, is skeptical about how replicable and scalable businesses like GLL and Mobisol are.

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