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The New York Times, Jan. 12, 2017
California today: What is the real cost of the wage increase?
David Neumark, an economics professor at UC Irvine, said job losses were likely to mount, but in subtler ways than Mr. Salem’s case. A restaurant, for example, would make do with 10 employees instead of 11. “If 100 restaurants do that, that’s 100 employees. And if 10,000 restaurants do that, that’s 10,000 employees,” … Neumark said.

Los Angeles Times, Jan. 12, 2017
Trump may violate the Constitution on day one
Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Irvine School of Law, [writes]: President-elect Donald Trump either does not appreciate, or does not care, that his extensive business holdings pose serious legal problems. … The only solution is for Trump to divest himself of his businesses, and especially all foreign holdings, or at least to place them in a blind trust. Otherwise, Trump risks violating the Constitution from his first moments in office.

Big Think, Jan. 12, 2017
Is social media killing your workplace’s productivity?
Though we would assume that productivity among the workforce has suffered, in fact, a study out of the University of California, Irvine finds that social media use by-and-large increases productivity. Another study from the University of Melbourne corroborated this. In the UC study, a few minutes of thumbing through one’s feed acted as a “mental palate cleanser,” helping them to recharge, and priming them ready for the next task at hand.

Science, Jan. 12, 2017
Observations hint at a new recipe for giant black holes
And although astronomer Asantha Cooray of the University of California, Irvine, thinks the correlation between the infrared and x-ray sky is real, there might be an easier way to explain it: loose halos of stars around galaxies. “We confirm the measurement, but we cannot confirm the interpretation,” Cooray says.

The Japan Times, Jan. 12, 2017
Trump through Chinese eyes
Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, professor of history at University of California, Irvine, [writes]: When Donald Trump won the United States’ presidential election in November, he had a lot of Chinese fans. … In short, China no longer needs U.S. protection. Instead, it wants a U.S. president who is occupied largely with domestic issues, and is not much concerned with constraining China’s rise, as Barack Obama was.

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