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Los Angeles Times, Jan. 29, 2016
SpaceX’s hyperloop student contest brings out many big benefactors
It’s a similar story at UC Irvine, where 25 students working 40 to 50 hours a week on the hyperloop project have received $10,000 plus lab and office space from the university, free training from software companies such as Ansys and guidance from employees at corporations including Microsoft. … “In other senior design projects and annual competitions, you can look at last year and say, ‘What can we do better?’” UC Irvine senior Anthony Cirillo said. “We didn’t have that here. You can’t just go on the Internet and find the answers.”

Pro Publica, Jan. 22, 2016
Campaign donations reflect the sharp split in Congress among Republicans
Rick Hasen, a University of California, Irvine law professor who studies campaign finance and elections, said it’s notable that the Freedom Caucus pushed to preserve the party restrictions. “Sometimes,” Hasen said, “self-interest can trump ideology.”

Quartz, Jan. 29, 2016
There’s a lot we’re not learning when we try to learn online
Take the example of Coursera ….. Below are the site’s 20 most popular courses right now …. 14. Grammar and Punctuation, University of California, Irvine. … 19. Project Management: The Basics for Success, University of California, Irvine.

Vulture, Jan. 29, 2016
How the video of Christine Chubbuck’s suicide became a very macabre ‘Holy Grail’
“This kind of thing has occurred with a lot of other public events, particularly major events that capture public attention,” says Elizabeth Loftus, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Irvine. She specializes in the phenomenon of so-called “crashing memories” – recollections people can have of seeing things they never saw. … “Those visualizations can start to feel like actual recollections.”

The National Interest, Jan. 27, 2016
Trump, Putin and Kim Jong-un walk into a deterrence bar
Peter Navarro, professor at the University of California, Irvine [writes]: In fact, all Donald Trump is doing is tipping his “Make America Great Again!” cap to the power of the “Madman Theory” first espoused in American politics by President Richard Nixon.  This theory is a well-known staple of game theory, and one of the most important tools used to analyze various strategies to deter aggression and prevent the use of nuclear weapons.

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