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TIME, June 17, 2021 (Video)
‘A Year Full of Emotions.’ What Kids Learned From the COVID-19 Pandemic
“We have some experience with how communities and young people cope with disasters. There are two things that are different about this. One is the enormously protracted nature of this chronic stressor, the second is that we were forced to socially distance and restrain our social interaction, which is not our typical tendency when we are under stress,” said Roxane Cohen Silver, UCI professor of psychological science.  [Starts at 2:37]

Orange County Register, June 18, 2021
Next-generation battery may unlock the future for electric vehicles
A team of scientists led by UC Irvine physicist Huolin Xin, operating under a $2.5 million DOE grant, claims to have invented a new battery chemistry that’s cobalt free and has made great advances in thermal stability. … We spoke with Xin, a UCI associate professor of physics and astronomy, to learn more about his invention. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

The Washington Post, June 17, 2021
Furor rages over FDA approval of controversial Alzheimer’s drug
“My greatest concern is around people with families with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Joshua D. Grill, [director of UCI MIND], an Alzheimer’s researcher at the University of California, Irvine. “Few can afford the financial burden in the first place, let alone the additional costs of Aduhelm.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

The Guardian, June 18, 2021
‘Potentially the worst drought in 1,200 years’: scientists on the scorching US heatwave
The paleoclimatologist: ‘Potentially the worst drought in 1,200 years’. Kathleen Johnson, UCI associate professor of Earth system science, [said], “I’m worried about this summer – this doesn’t bode well, in terms of what we can expect with wildfire and the worsening drought. This current drought is potentially on track to become the worst that we’ve seen in at least 1,200 years. And the reason is linked directly to human caused climate change.”

Bloomberg Businessweek, June 18, 2021
Fight Fatigue by Harnessing the Power of Your Internal Clock
[If you’re consuming caffeine to stay awake], you’re likely attempting to be active when the circadian rhythm that regulates your sleep-wake cycle is calling for rest, says Kevin Koronowski, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Irvine who studies metabolism and the circadian clocks that govern everything from hormone levels and cellular processes to body temperature and brain waves.

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