The Washington Post, April 2, 2018
An alarming 10 percent of Antarctica’s coastal glaciers are now in retreat, scientists find
Eric Rignot, an Antarctic expert at the University of California at Irvine, who has also documented grounding-line retreat in key parts of the continent, said by email that “the grounding line is an essential indicator of glacier change in Antarctica, and this study brings important information about the rates of changes and geographic distribution.”
Nature, March 30, 2018
A squid-skin-inspired invisibility cloak
A squid’s skin contains coloured cells, some of which expand and contract to help change the animal’s appearance. To mimic this quick-change camouflage, Alon Gorodetsky and his colleagues at the University of California, Irvine, deposited dots of aluminium on a stretchy polymer. When the researchers expanded a dot, it reflected more infrared light — which is invisible to the human eye but can be felt as heat — than in its contracted state.
USA Today, March 29, 2018
Facebook aim to fight election manipulation misses a big problem, critics say
“The 2016 elections did not feature a problem with candidate ads. The problems were coming from foreign interference in American elections,” UC Irvine law professor and election expert Rick Hasen said. “To say they are not going to target that now indicates they are far from coming up with solutions to the main problem.”
Orange County Business Journal, March 29, 2018
OC 500’s Parham Exits UCI
University of California-Irvine Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Thomas Parham will leave his role this year to become president of California State University,-Dominguez Hills. Parham’s UCI tenure has spanned 33 years. He became vice chancellor in 2011 after serving as interim vice chancellor the previous year.
Los Angeles Times, March 30, 2018
How to avoid losing your mind to Alzheimer’s or dementia. Hint: Start now, says Maria Shriver
Ruth Benca, a UC Irvine psychiatrist and expert on sleep and brain health, said at least 15% of dementia is directly related to sleep disturbance and sleep problems. Happily, she said, these are treatable issues. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to email@example.com.]
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