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CNN, Jan. 16, 2019 (Video)
Antarctica ice melt has accelerated by 280% in the last 4 decades
According to a study led by Eric Rignot from the University of California at Irvine, which looked at details of ice and snow from the entire continent of Antarctica since 1979, Antarctica’s crucial ice sheet has been melting for the entire 39 year period, but that is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. “Antarctica is melting away,” Rignot told CNN, “not just in a couple of places.”

NPR, Jan. 16, 2019 (Audio)
Daily Movement — Even Household Chores — May Boost Brain Health In Elderly
The findings are impressive, says research scientist Carl Cotman, director of the Institute for Brain Aging and Dementia at the University of California, Irvine, showing that physical activity may “offset the ill effects of brain degeneration.” He adds that lifestyle interventions such as an increase in physical activity and movement can be powerful even in the presence of disease. Cotman was not involved in the research.

ESPN, Jan. 16, 2019
ESPN Esports College League of Legends Week 1 rankings
University of California-Irvine is the No. 1 team in the inaugural Top 25 College League of Legends Coaches Poll. The Top 25, which was released Wednesday, is the first poll of its kind in college esports. ESPN gathered responses from a group of more than 40 college coaches in the U.S. and Canada to craft the rankings, which will be updated every other week.

Mashable, Jan. 16, 2019
60% of the planet’s wild coffee species face extinction. What that means for your morning caffeine kick.
“Increasing greenhouse gases are warming the planet and changing patterns of extreme heat and drought,” Nathan Mueller, an assistant professor of Earth system science at the University of California, Irvine who researches global food security, said over email. “As farmers are increasingly exposed to new climate conditions and changing pest pressures, the genetic diversity of wild crop relatives may be essential to breeding new coffee varieties that can withstand these pressures,” Mueller, who was not involved with the study, added.

The Week (PTI), Jan. 17, 2019
Fasting could protect against age-related diseases
“We discovered fasting influences the circadian clock and fasting-driven cellular responses, which together work to achieve fasting-specific temporal gene regulation,” said Paolo Sassone-Corsi, a professor at University of California, Irvine …. “In other words, fasting is able to essentially reprogram a variety of cellular responses. Therefore, optimal fasting in a timed manner would be strategic to positively affect cellular functions and ultimately benefiting health and protecting against ageing-associated diseases,” said Sassone-Corsi.

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