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Orange County Register, Aug. 9, 2017
Most watched eclipse in history could answer the question of whether life can survive on Mars
In 1919, scientists tracked light from a cluster of stars as they passed the sun during an eclipse. This confirm[ed] Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity …. “That observation could only have been done during an eclipse because the moon was blocking the sun,” said James Bullock, UC Irvine’s professor and chair of the department of physics and astronomy.

Daily Mail, Aug. 10, 2017
A low-calorie diet IS the key to youth, scientists claim after finally discovering the ‘holy grail’ link between metabolism and aging
Researchers at the University of California, Irvine, analyzed how aging affects our circadian rhythm – the body’s ‘clock’ – and slowly derails metabolism over time. Ultimately, they found a low-calorie diet was the best thing to keep the cells’ energy-regulation process ‘humming’, keeping the body younger. Lead author Dr Paolo Sassone-Corsi said the study presents a ‘molecular holy grail’ that clearly shows the cellular pathway that controls aging.

Carolina Journal, Aug. 8, 2017
Prospect of compensation could match more bone marrow donors with cancer patients
Michele Goodwin, the Chancellor’s Professor of law at the University of California, Irvine and the director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy, says public opinion toward donor compensation is changing, but the federal government has yet to catch up to the trend. She suggested a fear of exploitation might explain the resistance to allow donor compensation.

The Register, Aug. 9, 2017
If we’re in a simulation, someone hit it with a hammer, please: Milky Way spews up to 100 MEELLLION black holes
A new study shows that there may be up to 100 million black holes scattered around the dark depths of the Milky Way – a number much higher than previously expected. That figure was calculated by University of California at Irvine physicists, who took a closer look at the gravitational waves detected by the LIGO equipment in 2015.

Seeker, Aug. 9, 2017
The Color of Your Clothing Could Affect the Behavior of Animals
In separate work, Nancy Burley of the University of California, Irvine, noticed that the colored bands she used to individually identify her zebra finches affected their preference in sexual partners, thereby messing up her research on mate choice in birds.

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