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Los Angeles Times, Feb. 1, 2018
Galaxies that move together have cosmologists stumped about dark matter
Large galaxies like the Milky Way are surrounded by large spherical “halos” of dark matter. These galaxies also typically have a sizable coterie of smaller satellite galaxies around them. According to our understanding of dark matter, those satellite galaxies should be distributed all around their galactic host, said study coauthor Marcel Pawlowski, an astrophysicist at UC Irvine. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Reuters, Feb. 1, 2018
Low-sodium lunch meats often contain extra potassium
Future studies should look at the harms and risks of sodium versus potassium-recommended diets for people with kidney or heart problems, said Dr. Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, who wasn’t involved in the study. “In the efforts to reduce the sodium content of food, we may avoid one harm and end up with another harm,” he told Reuters Health ….

Slate, Feb. 1, 2018
How Scammers Steal Your Computing Power to Mine Cryptocurrencies
For the majority of people who are not familiar with the mechanics of plugins like Coinhive, the prospect of a website co-opting their computers to mine cryptocurrency may seem invasive. Bill Maurer, director of the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion at the University of California, Irvine, said, “It depends on a pretty sophisticated consumer … you need to have a certain level of geekiness.”

The Globe and Mail, Feb. 2, 2018
The ethical dilemmas of self-driving cars
Azim Shariff, an associate professor of psychology and social behaviour at the University of California in Irvine and co-author of the study, says this control factor is fuelling a double standard in how people view themselves and machines. “We don’t judge people for [that] because we recognize the human frailties involved,” he says. “We recognize that people are going to work out of self-preservation instincts and in the heat of the moment.”

The Washington Post, Feb. 2, 2018
Yes, some Poles were Nazi collaborators. The Polish Parliament is trying to legislate that away.
Jeffrey Kopstein, professor and chair of the department of political science at UCI, and Jason Wittenberg, write: “On Jan. 26, the day before Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Polish Parliament approved a controversial draft law outlawing the term “Polish extermination camp” and criminalizing discussion of any Polish crimes relating to the Holocaust.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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