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The New Yorker, July 20, 2018
Climate Change and the Giant Iceberg Off Greenland’s Shore
Eric Rignot, a glaciologist from the University of California, Irvine, said that it probably originated from one of the nearby glaciers that flow down the fjords along Greenland’s west coast. Those glaciers have long been notable for pushing a lot of icebergs out into the sea. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Guardian, July 20, 2018
Do you have student debt? There’s a reality TV show for that
Paid Off joins a growing ecology of films and TV shows about debt. After the collapse of the credit economy in 2008 and its aftermath, debt became a frequent theme in popular culture, says Annie McClanahan, a professor of English at the University of California, Irvine and the author of the book Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and Twenty-First Century Culture.

MarketWatch, July 23, 2018
We are all living under constant surveillance
As surveillance becomes increasingly intrusive and sophisticated, so do the effects of potentially being watched. … Case in point: studies have shown that surveillance has negative effects — reducing creativity, increasing stress, and making subjects feel more threatened. It’s even being used in the bedroom in an attempt to catch cheating spouses, according to a 2013 study at the University of California, Irvine.

KUT, July 20, 2018
Those Saharan Dust Clouds Are The Hurricane-Fighting Remains Of Ancient Lake Creatures (Audio)
The diatoms became “this whitish powdery chalky stuff” on the desert floor, says Charlie Zender, who studies atmospheric physics at the University of California, Irvine. Zender says that “chalky stuff” is rich in minerals and so small that it’s really good at traveling on the wind. In the Sahara, there’s plenty of wind, so every summer storms kick thousands of tons of the dust into the atmosphere.

Orange County Register, July 20, 2018
Hyperloop U: At SpaceX, Elon Musk’s high-tech transportation competition may be launching loads of career
“Every engineering student should do a project like this,” said Adora Tadros, an engineering student from UC Irvine working with about 60 teammates on the HyperXite team. … “What we’re doing is really pushing ourselves,” Tadros said. “To be as competitive as we are just proves how much you can accomplish when you organize and set your minds to something.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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