UCI News

Today, Feb. 28, 2018
Alcohol and coffee (in modest amounts) linked to long life, some experts say
Dr. Claudia Kawas, [neurology professor at UC Irvine], is the co-principal investigator of The 90+ Study, one of the largest studies in the world of the “oldest-old” Americans. Some 1,800 nonagenarians are now enrolled in the research, contributing their blood and DNA, undergoing exams every six months, having their bodies imaged and sharing details of their lifestyle.

ABC News, Feb. 28, 2018
Bitcoin billionaire? Don’t forget the IRS
Omri Marian, a law professor at University of California, Irvine, called cryptocurrencies potential “super tax havens” back in 2013. He says people may still be using them to evade taxes but he is more optimistic these days, in part, because the IRS is going after this matter.

Daily Pilot, Feb. 28, 2018
United Way launches new homelessness initiative in O.C.
Hundreds of area politicians, business leaders and nonprofit representatives attended a kickoff event at UC Irvine for the initiative, called United to End Homelessness. … UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman said, “We are going to help because we are a smart, decent and caring community.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The New York Times Magazine, March 1, 2018
How to Choose an Online Handle
“If you’re going into a new environment — whether that’s a video game, or a social-media platform, or a subreddit — look into the social norms of that community first,” says Nikki Crenshaw, a researcher at Blizzard Entertainment, the maker of World of Warcraft and other online games. Crenshaw got her doctorate in informatics last year from the University of California, Irvine, where she studied naming practices in online video games. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Science Magazine, Feb. 28, 2018
Signal from age of the first stars could shake up search for dark matter
Using radio antennas the size of coffee tables, a small team of astronomers has glimpsed the cosmic dawn, the moment billions of years ago when the universe’s first stars began to shine. If it holds up, the result could sharpen cosmologists’ picture of the early universe and shake up the search for dark matter. “It’s going to generate a huge amount of interest,” says Kevork Abazajian, a theoretical cosmologist at the University of California (UC), Irvine.

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