Al Jazeera, Nov. 29, 2016
Can genetically modified mosquitoes eradicate malaria?
Anthony James, professor of microbiology at the University of California, Irvine, is genetically modifying mosquitoes to make the insects resistant to malaria, which will prevent the spread of the deadly disease. [starts 17:22]
Science, Dec. 2, 2016
From shrinking spines to space fungus: The top five dangers of space travel
“The central nervous system is the 800-pound gorilla in all of this,” says Charles Limoli, a radiation oncologist at the University of California, Irvine. In a recent rodent study in Scientific Reports, Limoli suggests that cosmic rays would cause long-term brain damage in astronauts on the way to another planet, resulting in dementia, memory deficits, anxiety, depression, and impaired decision-making. “This is not positive news for astronauts deployed on a 2- to 3-year round trip to Mars,” he says.
NPR, Dec. 5, 2016
Questions of race and redistricting return to the Supreme Court
“If your claim is ‘we were just exercising naked political power,’ well, the courts are not touching that, at least not yet,” observes Richard Hasen, an election law specialist at the University of California, Irvine. “But if the claim is about race, then the courts are going to get involved.”
Big Think, Dec. 4, 2016
We survive because reality may be nothing like we think it is
Professor of cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine Donald H. Hoffman has doubts that reality is much like what we think it is. We live in a mental construction, he says, a sort of utilitarian fantasy, of our own devising. And it’s not a problem that it may not be a true representation of reality − in fact, it may be evolutionarily necessary.
Psychology Today, Dec. 2, 2016
5 science-based ways to break the cycle of rage attacks
In 2015, Paul K. Piff and colleagues from the University of California, Irvine reported that experiencing a sense of awe promotes altruism, loving-kindness, and magnanimous behavior.
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