CNN, Aug. 5, 2019
A mission to Mars could cause learning impairment and anxiety, study says
“This study now shows that radiation delivered at space relevant dose rates over extended times elicits adverse neurocognitive effects similar to our past studied using dose rates that were about 400 times higher,” said Charlies Limoli, study author and professor of radiation oncology at the University of California, Irvine. … “This is not a deal breaker. The radiation problem is however, perhaps one of the biggest problems we will have to solve for travel beyond our solar system – where the total doses and times of exposure will be greatly magnified.”
The New Yorker, Aug. 6, 2019
Was E-mail a Mistake?
I talked to Gloria Mark, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, who studies the impact that computer technology has had on the workplace. “I can show it to you,” she told me, when I asked about the spread of e-mail. She showed me a data table she had constructed, which summarized the results of office-time-use studies from 1965 to 2006. The studies can be divided into two groups: before e-mail and after. In the studies conducted before e-mail, workers spent around forty per cent of their time in “scheduled meetings,” and twenty per cent engaged in “desk work.” In those conducted after e-mail, the percentages are swapped.
Slate, Aug. 3, 2019 (Audio)
Let’s Start With Race
Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine, for a wide-reaching conversation about race and gender and the stories America tells itself so it can sleep at night. Starting with President Donald Trump’s tweets about Baltimore, Goodwin offers an expert survey of centuries of racist and sexist narratives in the legal system and the country at large.
AP, Aug. 5, 2019
AP Explains: What is the online forum 8chan?
But there has been resistance to passing legislation, said David Kaye, the U.N. special rapporteur on freedom of expression and a University of California-Irvine law professor. “It’s very difficult to get any kind of law adopted in the United States,” Kaye said. “Even after these terrible crimes and the connection the 8chan forum has to them, I don’t see much of a likelihood of a pretty serious debate about how the companies should be regulated.” Kaye said that in the absence of U.S. government action on online speech, the most Americans can hope for is that companies like Cloudflare are transparent about their policies regarding hate speech — and what should be regarded as incitement to violence and not tolerated.
The Conversation, Aug. 6, 2019
Facebook’s Libra: it’s not the ‘crypto’ that’s the issue, it’s the organisation behind it
Bill Maurer, Professor of Anthropology and Law, University of California, Irvine and Daniel Tischer write, “In all the hype that has surrounded its Libra currency, Facebook has been able to distract attention away from an important issue. Libra is being hyped as Facebook’s bitcoin but it’s really a proposal for a global payments system. And that system will be controlled by a small and exclusive club of private firms.”
Previously “In the News”