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Southern California Public Radio, Feb. 17, 2016
Should Apple help FBI crack San Bernardino shooter’s phone?
Authorities say data that may be on the phone is crucial to their investigation. But Apple opposes the move. In a letter posted Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook called it an “unprecedented step” that “threatens the security of [its] customers.” For more, we’re joined by Jack Lerner, director of the Intellectual Property, Arts and Technology Clinic at UC Irvine ….

Orange County Register, Feb. 16, 2016
Volunteers to distribute clean needles to drug users in Santa Ana
“We are ecstatic,” said founder Kyle Barbour, a 27-year-old UC Irvine medical student who sought for about a year and a half to start the program. “The time has really come.” … With more funding and a new location, the needle exchange program won approval Thursday. Of the 100 public comments the state received, all were supportive.

Sea Change, Feb. 16, 2016
Alex Camacho: Supreme Court climate
Last week the US Supreme Court, … granted a stay … to halt the Obama Administration’s lynchpin environmental legislation − the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. … Joining us this week on Sea Change Radio to make sense of the complexities of these court proceedings is environmental law expert Alex Camacho, a professor at the University of California, Irvine. He describes the implications of the stay, and explains how Scalia’s passing does and does not affect this decision by the Court.

PRI, Feb. 17, 2016
Apple’s scuffle with the FBI could affect privacy and freedom of speech worldwide
On Tuesday, a federal judge ordered the tech giant Apple to help the federal government break into an iPhone. The phone in question belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters − making this case a vivid example of the conflict between national security and personal privacy.  … “The phone is password protected, and Apple does not keep the passwords,” says David Kaye, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine. “The FBI is essentially asking for access to the contents of the phone.”

USA Today, Feb. 17, 2016
Study: NASA satellites show areas growing drier, wetter
“The implications of our study for the redistribution of water availability are staggering and point to an emerging class of ‘haves’ and ‘have nots,’” said co-author Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a professor at the University of California, Irvine. “When combined with our previous work on groundwater depletion, we are revealing a global disaster in the making, yet we are seeing very little coordinated response.”

Science, Feb. 12, 2016
Remembering Joseph Weber, the controversial pioneer of gravitational waves
“Damn it, it’s devastating,” astronomer Virginia Trimble says, “I’m sorry.” Trimble, who now works at the University of California, Irvine, notes that Weber worked on his gravitational wave detectors even after the National Science Foundation (NSF) cut off his funding in 1987 and shifted its focus to developing LIGO − the agency ultimately spent more than $1 billion on it. With almost no funding, Weber worked on his devices until he died in 2000 at the age of 81.

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