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NBC News, Jan. 23, 2019
‘We are going backward’: How the justice system ignores science in the pursuit of convictions
The National Registry of Exonerations [a project of the UCI Newkirk Center for Science and Society] has documented 553 cases since 1989 in which someone was convicted on false or misleading forensic evidence and later cleared. … But the exonerations likely represent only a fraction of the cases in which faulty forensics sent innocent people to prison, researchers say.

KERA, Jan. 14, 2019 (Audio)
When We Talk Ourselves Out Of The Truth
James Owen Weatherall, professor of logic and philosophy of science at the University of California, Irvine, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the social and psychological factors that lead some to create their over versions of the truth.

Scientific American, Jan. 24, 2019
Why Rocking to Sleep Is a Matchless Sedative—and Elixir
“These findings are critically important,” adds Bryce Mander, an assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the University of California, Irvine, who was not involved in these studies. “Before these papers, both the mechanisms and the functional significance of the association between vestibular-related rocking and sleep were completely unknown.” He notes the new findings open the door to testing non-invasive behavioral interventions in those with impaired sleep and memory.

Orange County Register, Jan. 24, 2019
Is Weedmaps legal? Service lists unlicensed pot shops, raising questions that could touch many tech companies
The key will be how Weedmaps actually functions, according to Jack Lerner, a professor at UC Irvine who specializes in internet law. If Weedmaps plays an active role in selecting and curating the listed shops, Lerner believes the company’s argument could be weak. But if the content is largely handled by the shops themselves, he believes Weedmaps might have a strong defense under federal law. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Reader’s Digest, Jan. 17, 2019
The History Behind Chinese New Year
Traditionally, red envelopes containing money are gifted during the Lunar New Year celebrations, a custom that goes back to ancient times. … According to the University of California, Irvine, one popular source is the legend of a young orphan who, during the Sung Dynasty, won a battle against a huge demon terrorizing the village of Chain-Chieu. As a reward, the village elders gave the child a red envelope full of money.

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