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UPI, Aug. 9, 2016
Scientists work to explain New England’s disappearing mussels
According to researchers with the University of California, Irvine, the blue mussel population has declined by 60 percent over the last 40 years. … “The Earth is in the midst of a biodiversity crisis, and the Gulf of Maine is one of the fastest-warming areas of the global ocean, so the impacts of ocean warming are likely to happen much sooner there,” Cascade Sorte, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UCI, said in a news release.

KCRW, Aug. 9, 2016
Can voters believe that all their votes will be counted?
While experts discount Trump’s claims about “voter fraud,” they concede that electronic voting is vulnerable to hacking. … Will the dispute lead voters to lose faith in the integrity of the electoral system? Is that the real threat to democracy in America? Guests: … Rick Hasen, University of California, Irvine (@rickhasen).

ABC News, Aug. 10, 2016
Ancient ice reveals vital clues about Earth’s past climate
Ice cores have led scientists to significant conclusions about climate, including that CO2 levels in the atmosphere today are higher than at any other time recorded in the ice. “The only reason we can make that statement is because we have the ice core air archived,” said Murat Aydin, a researcher at the University of California, Irvine.

The Desert Sun, Aug. 9, 2016
Sudden declines of birds, fish could signal ‘tipping point’ at Salton Sea
At the Salton Sea State Recreation Area on the north shore, tilapia have been successfully breeding in the harbor, said Kathy Dice, the superintendent of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. … “That particular harbor actually has some freshwater flowing into it,” said Tim Bradley, an ecology professor and director of the Salton Sea Initiative at the University of California, Irvine. “I have seen young fish there in abundance, but I think that could be an unusual habitat because of that freshwater input.”

Los Angeles Times, Aug. 10, 2016
China’s crackdown on dissent is described as the harshest in decades
“There hasn’t been that much of a cost, so far at least, for Xi Jinping. He literally got the royal treatment when he went to England. He wasn’t being treated like someone who deserved to be kept at arm’s length,” said Jeffrey Wasserstrom, a China historian at UC Irvine. “After 1989, China and the Communist Party had an interest in shedding the stigma of being seen as a pariah state to international investors and others. I don’t think there’s that kind of pressure now.”

Southern California Public Radio, Aug. 9, 2016
Nanowire battery
Enter doctoral student Mya Le Thai from the University of California, Irvine.  Thai coated gold nanowires in a manganese dioxide shell and encased them in gel.  This gel makes the wires more robust. Typical nanowire batteries usually fail after five- to six-thousand charge cycles.  Even Thai was amazed when her battery surpassed two-hundred-thousand cycles!

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