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TODAY, Aug. 1, 2022
Cure for hair loss? Breakthrough study may pave the way for new treatment
A single molecule may hold the key to battling male- and female-pattern hair loss, recent research suggests. … Scientists showed that the molecule, dubbed SCUBE3, could spark hair growth …. Hair follicles in people who are bald still have the machinery to sprout new strands, study co-author Maksim Plikus, Ph.D., professor of developmental and cell biology at the University of California, Irvine, told TODAY.

The Orange County Register, Aug. 1, 2022
UCI to get $4 million matching pledge for Jewish studies
In the single largest donation pledge that UC Irvine has received for studies on Jewish history and culture, the university has been promised a $4 million matching gift to benefit its growing Center for Jewish Studies, university officials said Monday, Aug. 1. The money, donated by local philanthropists and Anaheim Ducks owners Susan and Henry Samueli, “will catalyze community support for Jewish studies at UCI and help UCI become a model for tolerance and appreciation of cultural and religious pluralism,” UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman said in a statement. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

The Washington Post, Aug. 1, 2022
Biden covid case highlights confusing CDC guidance on ending isolation
With new research showing that people are often infectious for more than five days, the CDC guidance has drawn criticism from some infectious-disease experts. … The CDC guidance “doesn’t make sense,” said Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist [and associate public health professor] at the University of California, Irvine. “They’re telling people to go back to work while they’re still contagious, essentially.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

Scientific American, July 29, 2022
Scientists Invent a Paper Battery—Just Add Water
Discarded electronics are piling up fast, pushing researchers to explore creative ways to reduce the resulting trash, known as e-waste.  … “It’s these small batteries that are big problems,” says Dele Ogunseitan, a public health professor at the University of California, Irvine, and a green technology researcher and adviser for major technology companies, who was not involved in the development of the paper battery. “Nobody really pays attention to where they end up.”

Men’s Health, July 29, 2022
Enough With Hustle. Downstate Is the New Secret to Success.
Rest mode isn’t something you need a UFCPI plan to execute. Sara Mednick, Ph.D., a professor of cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine, says anyone can take advantage of what she calls the “downstate,” daily periods of relative calm that can improve your energy and sharpen your thinking. “Like every animal and plant, we have natural rhythms for our upstates and downstates, and tapping into these rhythms optimizes your energy so you have more when you need it,” says Mednick, author of The Power of the Downstate.

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