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Mashable, Aug. 12, 2016
Chemists nearly unanimous in rejecting ‘chemtrails’ conspiracy theory
This “chemtrails” conspiracy theory is bunk, the experts conclude in a new study published this week in the journal Environmental Research Letters. … Study co-author Steven Davis, an associate professor of Earth system science at UC Irvine, said the chemtrails conspiracy theory is tied to the growth of the internet. … “Our survey found little agreement in the scientific community with claims that the government, the military, airlines and others are colluding in a widespread, nefarious program to poison the planet from the skies.”

Popular Mechanics, Aug. 14, 2016
Chemtrails aren’t real, in case you were wondering
“We wanted to establish a scientific record on the topic of secret atmospheric spraying programs for the benefit of those in the public who haven’t made up their minds,” Steven Davis, an earth systems scientist at UC Irvine said. “The experts we surveyed resoundingly rejected contrail photographs and test results as evidence of a large-scale atmospheric conspiracy.”

Slate, Aug. 15, 2016
Chemtrails? Nope.
Scientists from the University of California, Irvine and the Carnegie Institute got together and researched the topic. They knew they wouldn’t convince the conspiracy theorists, but having a solid source of objective science might help inform the public discourse.

Orange County Register, Aug. 13, 2016
One of Donald Trump’s biggest economic supporters? It’s a UC Irvine economist
In the towering glass and steel lobby of UC Irvine’s Merage School of Business, a small media scrum … laid in wait last week for Donald Trump’s ubiquitous economic champion. It had been a crazy few days for 67-year-old UCI professor Peter Navarro … So why do it? “Because it matters,” said [Navarro] …. Asked about Navarro’s campaign role, Stephen Miller, a Trump senior policy adviser, emailed, “He is one of the top trade experts in the world. Navarro is a champion for the American worker.”

NPR, Aug. 15, 2016
Does religion matter in determining altruism?
Azim Shariff, a psychologist at the University of California, Irvine, and the lead author of the re-analysis …. and his colleagues took a close look at the original dataset, they found that the authors had made a mistake in carrying out their intended analysis: They failed to appropriately consider variation in altruistic behavior across the six countries tested. As a result, a difference in altruistic behavior that should have been attributed to country was instead attributed to religious affiliation.

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