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Daily Pilot, Feb. 9, 2022
School discipline causes lasting, harmful impact on Black students, study finds
High school students who are suspended or expelled are more than twice as likely to be charged or convicted of a crime and incarcerated as a young adult, according to a recent UC Irvine study …. “Schools should be about enabling students to thrive,” said sociology professor Andrew Penner, a co-author of the study. “There’s nothing about the logic of punishment and incapacitation that helps prepare students to thrive.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

U.S. News & World Report, Feb. 8, 2022
What Is Delta-8?
Delta-8 has similar effects to marijuana but is less potent, says Daniele Piomeli, the director of the Center for the Study of Cannabis at the University of California Irvine and director of the National Institutes of Health-funded Center of Excellence to study the impact of cannabinoids in adolescence. … Yet few experts are jumping to support the use of delta-8. Piomeli notes there’s an “assumption that because (delta-8) is legal, it’s safer, but that’s not always true.”

BBC News, Feb. 9, 2022
Fusion race kicked into high gear by smart tech
By applying software that can improve on its own, TAE Technologies has cut down tasks that once took two months to just a few hours. Google has lent the firm its machine learning expertise to help accelerate the timeline for fusion. … “I want to deliver fusion first, but anyone who does it is a hero,” TAE’s chief executive Michl Binderbauer told BBC News. … The company has already come a long way: [Norman] Rostoker, a professor at University of California Irvine, founded it as Tri-Alpha Energy in 1998. Austrian-born Binderbauer was one of Rostoker’s PhD students, and became the company’s CEO four years ago.

Scientific American, Feb. 8, 2022
Mountain Glaciers Have Less Ice than Previously Thought
Many of the world’s glaciers contain significantly less ice than scientists previously estimated. That means some mountain communities that rely on melting ice may run out of fresh water faster, according to new research. … “Glaciers that have less mass will disappear quicker than the ones that are thicker than we thought,” study co-author Mathieu Morlighem, [associate professor of Earth system science and] an ice expert at the University of California, Irvine, and Dartmouth University. “They will have less time than we may have thought.”

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