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Forbes, July 15, 2019 (Contributor)
This AI Can Solve A Rubik’s Cube Super Fast
Computer scientists and mathematicians at the University of California Irvine (UCI) have programmed an artificial intelligence (AI) called DeepCubeA which can find solve a Rubik’s Cube in a fraction of a second without any domain knowledge or in-game coaching from humans.  “This work presents an AI system that can automatically learn how to solve the iconic Rubik’s Cube and other problems characterized by a vast number of possibilities and a very small number of solutions, and where random moves are unlikely to lead to a solution,” says Pierre Baldi, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at UCI.

Los Angeles Times, July 15, 2019
Threatened ICE raids create more political noise than police action
Louis DeSipio, a political science professor at UC Irvine, said the way the weekend transpired illustrated Trump’s ability to maintain high levels of fear in immigrant communities, regardless of whether his threats materialize. But Sunday’s lack of action probably further strained the president’s relationship with ICE, because the agency once again had to divert resources into an operation that fell short of expectations, DeSipio said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Education Dive, July 12, 2019
Summer Reading: How colleges are helping adult learners succeed
Colleges are struggling to adapt to older students’ needs, “finding themselves burdened by traditions and practices that prove ill-suited,” writes Constance Iloh, an assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine, in the Journal of Student Affairs. To serve these students more effectively, recruiting and retention experts recommend strategies like offering more credit for prior work and learning experience and providing support beyond the classroom, like child care and flexible schedules.

The Scholars’ Circle, May 12, 2019 (Audio)
Scholars’ Circle- Interviews With Suicide Bomber/Transmission of Trauma From Parent to Child
Andrei Novac is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California at Irvine, School of Medicine, and Founding Director of the Traumatic Stress Program. He is the author of the research papers Traumatic Stress and Human BehaviorSpecial Treatment Issues in Children of Holocaust Survivors and Free Artistic Expression: A Clinical Exploration of Resiliency and Healing After Trauma. [24:24]

Medium, July 13, 2019
Crucial Aspects to Consider Before Vaping
Electronic cigarettes (EC) are nicotine transmission devices that atomize nicotine and flavor chemicals through the heating process. In the beginning, vaping was introduced as an alternative to cigarettes, “such as Vuse and JUUL, are not harmless,” stated Atena Zahedi, a postdoctoral fellow at University of California Irvine, who took part in Talbot’s studies on vaping. The short-term exposure to vaping can put stress on cells in the appearance with chronic use, to cell death or disease.

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