Vox, June 13, 2019
Prohibition worked better than you think
So what were Prohibition’s overall effects on crime? Emily Owens, an economist at the University of California Irvine, analyzed the effects of national Prohibition and state-level prohibitions in studies published in 2011 and 2014. She found, contrary to popular perceptions about Prohibition and crime, that prohibitions were associated with lower murder rates — as much as 29 percent lower in some cases.
Mashable, June 13, 2019
There’s some really intense melting in the Arctic right now
“This is due to the long-term warming of the Arctic,” said Zack Labe, a climate scientist and PhD candidate at the University of California, Irvine. “Air temperatures are now rising at more than twice the rate of the global mean temperature — a phenomenon known as ‘Arctic Amplification’.” This warm air means thinner and less hardy ice that’s more susceptible to melt during the summer, noted Labe.
The Atlantic, June 12, 2019
The Infamous Date That Looms Over the Hong Kong Protests
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine writes, “Yet in spite of the powerful place Tiananmen holds in the imaginations of many Hong Kong residents, I am convinced that local activists would do well to keep in mind another thing that happened on June 4, 1989.”
Scientific American, June 12, 2019
Habitat Restoration Isn’t Just for Professionals
Numerous colleges offer ecology and conservation programs as a part of their curriculum, including the University of California, Irvine, where I teach courses essential to the Masters in Conservation and Restoration Science program; but the important information is limited to the number of students signed up to take such courses. To speed up habitat restoration, it is essential that conservation education moves beyond the walls of higher education and into the syllabi of primary and secondary schools.
ABC30, June 12, 2019 (Video)
Driverless tractor takes Valley farmers into the future of harvesting
The idea of a driverless tractor came from Connor Kingman while he was working on an autonomous robots project at UC Irvine. “I was looking at that and thought that could be a pistachio orchard or a vineyard,” he said. “Then I thought how difficult could it be to take the same technology that I am utilizing in school and apply it to real life and to put it on a bigger scale.”
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