UCI News

Marketplace, June 5, 2019 (Audio)
Economics helped spur Tiananmen Square protests
These protests are remembered in the West as a call for democracy, but their demands were also about more choices in all aspects of their life. … “[The students wanted] more choice about what kind of music they listened to, how they socialized, how they pursued a career path, [and] many different things that I think are lost when it gets described as a democracy movement,” said Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of history at UC Irvine. [Starts 3:07]

Telemundo, May 31, 2019
California doctors will change men’s lives with rare disease
Thanks to a group of volunteer doctors, Enrique’s life is about to change. “These parts [of the skin] are very loose, we will also be able to remove them,” said one of the doctors. The patient was received at the UCI medical center by Dr. Cristóbal Barrios [UCI clinical professor of surgery] and other volunteer doctors who will perform the task of helping Enrique with the rare disease. “He has the excessive tissues that are causing him problems because they are heavy, and they are so excessive that they cause him weight. He cannot move well and his back is bothering him a bit, “said Dr. Barrios.

Moms, June 5, 2019
School Children Take A Nap Are Happier, And Do Better In School
The research comes from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California Irvine. And it shows that kids who get 30 to 60 minutes of sleep midday are at least three times happier. They also have more resilience and self-control in addition to excelling academically and have a higher IQ. “Many lab studies across all ages have demonstrated that naps can show the same magnitude of improvement as a full night of sleep on discrete cognitive tasks,” says UC Irvine sleep researcher Sara Mednick.

Space, June 5, 2019
Ancient Galaxy in the ‘Sea Serpent’ Has More Dark Matter Than Expected
To test this idea, two astronomers studied the X-ray brightness and temperature of hot gas at different distances from this galaxy’s core to effectively weigh the dark matter. “When we compared the Chandra data to our computer models, we found a much stronger concentration of dark matter was required than we find in other galaxies of similar total mass,” David Buote, a researcher at University of California at Irvine and co-author of the study said in the statement.

USA Today, June 4, 2019
Firefox browser blocks sites and advertisers from tracking you online by default
Will news sites suffer a hit in income as a result of tracking protection like the ones on  Safari and Firefox? A study released in late May in draft form suggests the answer is no. Researchers Vibhanshu Abhishek of the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine, and [others] analyzed “a rich and novel proprietary dataset from a large media company” to see how much more that publisher made from ads placed with tracking cookies. They found only a tiny gain – as in, about 4%.

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