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CNN, July 21, 2016
Scientists turn old plastic bottles into fuel
Millions of tons of plastic garbage pollute our world. What if we could turn them into fuel instead? That’s the ambitious plan of a team of scientists from the University of California, Irvine, and the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry in China. … “The process does not involve any harmful chemicals and does not create waste products,” explains Zhibin Guan of the University of California, Irvine, one of the authors of the study.

Southern California Public Radio, July 20, 2016
How exactly will Donald Trump ‘make America work again?’
For a look at how California would fare under a Trump administration, Take Two spoke to two guests: … Louis DeSipio, professor of political science and Chicano studies at UC Irvine.

NPR, July 21, 2016
Psychotherapy helps people turn down the din of tinnitus
“Tinnitus is intimately tied to hearing loss,” says Harrison Lin, an ear surgeon at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center and an author on the report. … “You hear a sound − a buzzing, a hissing or a tone − and no one else hears it. It’s generated by something in your brain,” says Lin. … “Cognitive behavioral therapy is widely accepted and promoted by our national professional society, but very few people know about it.”

The New York Times, July 20, 2016
Federal court rules Texas’ ID Law violates voting rights act
Richard L. Hasen
, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, called the decision on Wednesday “huge in a symbolic way” for voting rights across the country. … “If Texas had been allowed to do what it’s been trying to do, that would be a green light for other states to try something similar,” Professor Hasen said.

Gizmodo UK, July 20, 2016
Lego-like blocks let scientists custom build their own tools
There’s a whole new way to build custom scientific instruments affordably in bioengineering: a system of 3D-printed building blocks that can link together in various combinations. … It’s the brainchild of Douglas Hill, a graduate student at University of California, Irvine, who spent 20 years designing electronics before coming to UCR.

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