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Climate Central, July 19, 2017
The Larsen C Iceberg Is Already Cracking Up
“They are lying at sea level, in the warmest part of the continent, they are sitting on salty water that melts them from below,” Eric Rignot, an ice researcher at the University of California, Irvine, said in an email earlier this month. “Warm water is the main driver (of melt) now. If warmer air is sufficient to melt the surface, then the ice shelf will break up and sea level rise from Antarctica will enormous.”

PBS Newshour, July 19, 2017
How state election officials see Trump’s voter fraud probe
Rick Hasen is a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, and an election law expert: “I’m concerned that it’s going to be something that is just going to try to support the president’s agenda, claiming that there’s a lot of voter fraud, and use that to make it harder for people to be able to register to vote.”

Los Angeles Times, July 20, 2017
How an ex-FBI profiler helped put an innocent man behind bars
Profilers can help detectives narrow a list of suspects during an investigation, but relying on their conclusions at a criminal trial carries a significant risk if they’re wrong, said Simon Cole, who teaches criminology, law and society at UC Irvine and directs the National Registry of Exonerations. Cole reviewed Safarik’s testimony at Jennings’ trial for The Times and said the prosecution had used expert testimony to vouch for investigators’ theory about the crime. “I was a little appalled,” he said. “It was police work in the guise of an expert witness.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Voice of America, July 20, 2017
Study: Heat Waves in India Hit Urban Poor Hardest
Amir Aghakouchak, an associate professor at the University of California, Irvine who co-authored the study, said they found that even small variations in temperature are causing the change. “While mean temperatures from 1960 to 2009 increased by around 0.5 C degrees, both heat waves and mortality have increased substantially,” he said.

The San Diego Union-Tribune, July 20, 2017
DARPA funds UC gene drive research against mosquito-borne diseases
It was shown to work on mosquitoes in a collaboration between UC San Diego and UC Irvine scientists. Gene drive is now being studied for use in India under a $70 million grant from a philanthropic foundation there. Under the grant, gene drive will be studied for defenses against Zika, chikungunya, dengue and yellow fever, all carried by various mosquito species. … They teamed up with Anthony James at UC Irvine to make the system work in mosquitoes.

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