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The New York Times, July 14, 2020
Scientists have finally calculated how many hot dogs a person can eat at once
Humans do not come close to eating as much as the Burmese python, which can consume up to 75 percent of its body weight in a single meal. That would be like the 132-pound Ms. Sudo eating 99 pounds of hot dogs in one sitting, said James Hicks, an evolutionary biologist who has studied snake physiology at the University of California, Irvine. (How many hot dogs a python can ingest in 10 minutes hasn’t been scientifically tested.) [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Orange County Register, July 14, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: California’s coronavirus U-turn a ‘devastating’ hit to economy
“The governor made the right call,” says Eric Spangenberg, dean of UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business. He sees this economic challenge as what professors call the “problem of the commons” in which self-interest overpowers the greater societal good. “If we don’t look out for ourselves, someone needs to do so. Luckily, Newsom isn’t afraid to do so.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

KPCC – AirTalk, July 14, 2020 (Audio)
COVID-19: Are hospitals stocking up on coronavirus drugs in preparation for second wave?
In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry speaks with Dr. Shruti Gohil, professor of medicine and associate medical director for epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine’s School of Medicine. Today’s topics include: Newsom orders statewide reclosures, Mayor Garcetti warns of another LA shutdown, recovering from COVID-19, testing updates in CA, hospitals stock up on coronavirus drugs.

The Scientist, July 14, 2020
Publishers develop inclusive name-change policies
Theresa Tanenbaum, a computer scientist at the University of California, Irvine, who is transgender, has been working to get her name changed on her old publications for more than a year. When she started reaching out to publications about changing her name on previous work, she says, “publishers were, by and large, unwilling to make any real changes to my published name. And that when they were, they would do so in ways that were really harmful.” … “My position continues to be that I’m not trying to mislead people by changing my name. I want to make certain that people know that I’m the one that wrote the work. I want to have the work associated with me.”

Discover, July 14, 2020
Feeling exhausted? Maybe it’s empathy
Michael Poulin, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Irvine, has studied when empathy can be beneficial — and when it’s simply burdensome. “We use the term empathy in a lot of different ways,” he says. “Some people use it to mean, ‘I feel concern for someone else. I understand what they feel, and it moves me to act. But some people use it to mean, ‘I’m literally feeling what they feel. They’re suffering, and therefore I am suffering, too.’ ”

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