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Los Angeles Times, Aug. 3, 2018
A vicious climate cycle: Droughts are becoming hotter, raising risk of wildfire, scientists say
A team from UC Irvine that compared temperature changes across the U.S. found that temperatures rise faster in places under drought conditions than they do in places with average climates. This relationship could also raise the risk of concurrent heatwaves and wildfires, the researchers say. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

HealthDay, Aug. 6, 2018
Moms Who Smoked as Teens More Likely to Deliver Smaller Babies
“Historically, the literature has focused on risk factors operative within the prenatal or immediate preconception period,” explained study leader Jennifer Kane, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine. “A key contribution of our report is that we look further back in time — before women even become pregnant — and identify earlier maternal life events and risk factors that could set in motion a series of events that ultimately lead to poor health at birth among offspring,” she added ….

Deseret News, Aug. 3, 2018
Are churches safer when worshippers are armed?
In trying to make their sanctuaries gun-free zones, modern churches seek to provide a haven for their members, but their early counterparts did even more, said Elizabeth Allen, an associate professor of English at the University of California, Irvine, who is writing a book on sanctuary law in medieval England.

The New York Times, Aug. 6, 2018
Donald Trump Jr.’s Potential Legal Troubles, Explained
It is also not clear whether opposition research counts as a “thing of value.” Courts have held, in bribery and threat cases, that a “thing of value” can be something intangible, like information, noted Richard L. Hasen, an election-law professor at the University of California, Irvine. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Forbes, Aug. 7, 2018
How SMEs Can Catch The AI Wave
According to an interview with Gloria Mark, a department of informatics professor at the University of California, Irvine, which was published by Fast Company, her research has found that each interruption can set back a worker for up to 20 minutes. Considering that employees are interrupted every three minutes, on average, it becomes clear how this seemingly innocuous occurrence can eat away at your productivity and efficiency levels.

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