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The New York Times , April 4, 2019
Beyond Biden: How Close Is Too Close?
A 2012 study led by Paul Piff of the University of California, Irvine, and Amanda Purcell of Yale found that people prone to hypomania, who are highly energetic and social, were exquisitely tuned to the comfort from touches intended to be supportive. But there was a catch: They also were measurably numbed to intrusive or brusque touches. The research suggests that such people, by extension, also may be oblivious to the effect of their attempts at physical contact, and perhaps blind to the cringes of someone they’re trying to reassure or support. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Science, April 5, 2019
New surgical method promises to take the knife out of plastic surgery
Brian Wong, a head and neck surgeon at the University of California, Irvine, wanted a less invasive way of reshaping cartilage, a key step in many ear and nose surgeries. He originally tried to use an infrared laser to heat the cartilage and make it more flexible. That approach worked, but the heat also damaged—and killed—some of the tissues. Then he tried to apply an electrical current. That worked better—but he didn’t know how. To find out what was going on, Wong teamed up with Michael Hill, a chemist at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California.

CNN, April 4, 2019
Why it’s so hard to give up ridesharing
Ride-hailing is not only for the young. An analysis of data from the 2017 National Household Travel Survey found that highly educated, affluent seniors in urban areas were among those who were more likely to be adopters of ride-hailing services. Often, these adults must give up their licenses, especially if they have a medical condition, said Suman Kumar Mitra, an assistant project scientist at the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Irvine. … Safety is a concern for this population, too, he said. But he surmises that the benefits of the services outweigh the safety concerns. “It gives them the freedom to go anywhere any place at any time,” he said.

Chemistry World, April 5, 2019
Droplet screening set to accelerate immunotherapies into the clinic
‘The upstream discovery phase is extremely time-consuming and inefficient, and a major roadblock to realising a lot more therapeutic treatments,’ comments Weian Zhao at the University of California Irvine. This is where the device created by Zhao and his colleagues can step in. Normally, it takes months or even years to identify the right therapeutic cells – time many patients do not have – Zhao’s device takes days.

Laguna Beach Independent, April 4, 2019
LAM Sparks Imagination with Helena Modjeska’s Fairy Tale Book
Learning that the UC Irvine library had acquired the book, Warner contacted friends there and discovered that the library had received the manuscript from the City Museum of New York and was preparing to send it to the UCLA Library Conservation Center for conservation/preservation treatment, rebinding and digitization. “Prior to rebinding the book and in consultation with the Conservation Center, we agreed to display the book at the Laguna Art Museum through May 27,” said Lorelei Tanji, UCI’s university librarian.