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Time, Feb. 24, 2016
You asked: Am I addicted to my phone?
More research suggests people who spend lots of time on their phones are distracted every few seconds by the impulse to check their device, even when they haven’t received an alert or notification. And just looking at your email is enough to stress you out, finds a study from University of California, Irvine.

Pacific Standard, Feb. 24, 2016
California’s criminal justice experiment
This month, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science dedicated an entire issue − with special editors Charis Kubrin and Carroll Seron, professors at the University of California, Irvine − to chronicling the enactment of re-alignment and parsing its effects on the state. Pacific Standard narrowed the issue, down to a few highlights:

Los Angeles Daily News, Feb. 24, 2016
What do cows in Chino and the Porter Ranch-area gas leak have in common?
If anyone thought the Porter Ranch-area gas leak was the only major contributor of methane to Southern California’s air, think again, according to a new study. The findings, by UC Irvine atmospheric scientists, show hundreds of “methane-emitting hot spots” across the Los Angeles region. … And in 213 hot spots, that methane is creating an “ever-present dome of methane that hovers over the region,” according to a UC Irvine report on the findings.

Orange County Register, Feb. 24, 2016
Doctors ‘alarmed’ by rise in mastectomies for breast cancer
“Everyone is seeing this as a big problem,” said Dr. Alice Police, a breast surgeon with UC Irvine Health Pacific Breast Care Center. “It’s fear and lack of education,” Police said. “I just had a patient who came in last week, saying, ‘I want a bilateral (double mastectomy). I’m going to do everything I can to beat this cancer.’ It took me an hour to explain to her that it might hurt her.”

Daily Pilot, Feb. 24, 2016
Irvine council decides to go organic on pesticides, herbicides
A presentation by Non Toxic Irvine included comments from Bruce Blumberg, a professor of developmental and cell biology and pharmaceutical sciences at UC Irvine. “I think it was important for the council to hear just how concerned the public was,” Blumberg said after the meeting. “The testimony of the various citizens really rang true, and there was really no argument against doing what was done. The council saw that and they acted.”

Orange County Register, Feb. 25, 2016
Apple could win this round, still lose war
Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Irvine School of Law, [writes]: Apple should prevail in its effort to refuse to break into a cellphone, but the fight to protect privacy will be lost if Congress passes a law requiring access to encrypted information.

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