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The Atlantic, April 12, 2018
The Bargain at the Heart of the Kid Internet
“There’s huge incentives for [kids] and families to lie about age”—as in, confirming that kids are 13 or older when they’re not—“so even the data [about users that companies keep] gets corrupted,” Mimi Ito, a cultural anthropologist and professor at the University of California, Irvine, told me. Kids (and parents) want engaging, cheap, or free videos regardless of how old they are ….

Scientific American, April 12, 2018
Why Are Glaciers Melting from the Bottom? It’s Complicated
According to Eric Rignot, a glacier expert at the University of California, Irvine, a major factor in this process is that the tropics are warming at a faster rate than the South Pole. … As a result, he said, some research predicts that eastward flowing wind currents may strengthen and push south toward Antarctica, resulting in “more transport of subsurface ocean heat toward the continent.”

The New Yorker, April 12, 2018
The National Enquirer, a Trump Rumor, and Another Secret Payment to Buy Silence
Richard L. Hasen, a professor of law and political science at the University of California, Irvine, said of the payment to Sajudin, “As with the payment to Stormy Daniels and the McDougal matter, there’s certainly enough smoke here to merit further investigation. However, there are questions of both fact and law that would be relevant before concluding that there’s a likely campaign-finance violation.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

SFGate, April 11, 2018
Jerry Brown to Trump: We’ll beef up National Guard, but not for immigration enforcement
“He’s not absolutely rejecting the request,” said Louis DeSipio, professor of political science and Chicano studies at UC Irvine. “In the long run, it’s an untenable position for California to oppose the Trump administration on every policy.”

The New York Times, April 11, 2018
Mao as Object of Steamy Desire? It’s Riling Up Some in China
Dorothy Solinger, a political-science professor who specializes in Chinese politics at the University of California, Irvine, said some people in China still want Mao “to remain above the fray and be superhuman.” “It could be that the people who are protesting something about Mao’s personal life object to this trivializing of him by making him seem human,” Ms. Solinger said.  [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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