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Grist, April 17, 2019
Why do cities keep building all this new stuff for cars?
“There are fairly established economic interests that don’t want to be challenged by significant changes in the car culture, whether that be car manufacturers, or suburban businesses, or freeway designers and engineers,” said Joseph DiMento, a professor of law at the University of California Irvine. “It’s easy to talk about changing to renewable fuels, but for a lot of the world, their lifeblood is linked to the existing situation.”

Psychology Today, April 17, 2019 (Interview)
3 Reasons for the Rise of Fake News
Cailin O’Connor, associate professor … at UC Irvine said, “There are many reasons that false beliefs spread, often in spite of good evidence refuting them. One reason is that we all are used to trusting other humans as sources of information. … The social sharing of data is powerful, but always opens the possibility that falsity can spread.  In addition, there are various social biases that can make us more or less likely to share false beliefs.”

Chalkbeat, April 16, 2019
Is online gambling a ‘window of opportunity’ for after-school programs in Michigan?
Students caring for themselves after school while their children work “is one of the most dangerous things that can happen to children,” said Deborah Lowe Vandell, a professor at the University of California, Irvine. She’s studied the effects of after-school programs on crime, obesity, social development, and academic outcomes, and concluded in each case that it makes a substantial difference.

RealClearPolitics, April 17, 2019
Trump’s Sanctuary Threat Could Answer Immigrants’ Prayers
“If done in an orderly manner and paced, arguably a good number of these people would end up in the sanctuary cities anyway, and they have economies that could absorb their labor,” said Louis DeSipio, a professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine. “That would just happen gradually and by natural processes.”

American Greatness, April 16, 2019
Pop Music, Public Mourning
A team of mathematicians at the University of California, Irvine, recently analyzed roughly 500,000 pop songs released between 1985 and 2015 to learn what makes a song successful in the music industry. … The researchers uncovered a couple of notable themes. They found “a clear downward trend in ‘happiness’ and ‘brightness’, as well as an upward trend in ‘sadness’.” The songs that were most successful stood out from the emerging, dark homogeneity by being “party-like.”

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