PBS Studio SoCal, Aug. 14, 2017
Desalting seawater: the costs and benefits of bringing water.
Some say it is the best solution to finding a drought proof source of water for California, others say it is an environmental disaster for our beloved beaches. We hear the arguments for and against, and look at other solutions. Sunny Jiang is professor and chair of civil & environmental engineering at UC Irvine, and a proponent of desalination.
CNBC, Aug. 17, 2017
Here’s new evidence minimum wage hikes result in workers being replaced by robots
Economists Grace Lordan of the London School of Economics and David Neumark of UC Irvine studied 35 years of government census data for their working paper, which was released in August, titled “People Versus Machines: The Impact of Minimum Wages on Automatable Jobs.” “[F]irms may hire other workers who perform new tasks that are complementary with the new technology. For example, a firm using more robots may hire individuals to service, troubleshoot, and maintain these new machines,” the study from Lordan and Neumark says.
The Washington Post (AP), Aug. 16, 2017
Scholars say Trump went afoul in lumping Lee with founders
Is it really so far-fetched to put Robert E. Lee in the same category as George Washington, as President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday? Many historians say yes. “It’s a ridiculous conflation,” said Professor Alice Fahs of the University of California, Irvine. “He’s not a founding father, and it’s as though Trump thinks he is. It’s really astonishing. It’s amazing.”
Orange County Register, Aug. 16, 2017
UCI to host ‘Great American Eclipse’ public viewing party Monday
Still not decided on where to experience the “Great American Eclipse” on Monday? UC Irvine’s Department of Physics & Astronomy will host a free public viewing party on Aug. 21, where there will be telescopes and eclipse glasses to use and question-and-answer sessions with UCI experts.
Food & Wine, Aug. 16, 2017
Midnight Snacking Might Get You a Sunburn, Study Finds
Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center and UC Irvine studying mice found that eating at irregular times during the day may disrupt and even lessen the potency of the enzyme in your skin that protects against ultraviolet rays in the sun.
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