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UPI, March 2, 2016
California researchers reveal how to hack a 3D printer
Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have revealed a security weakness in the 3D printing process − sound waves. Scientists designed a program capable of recording and analyzing the sounds emitted by the printer’s moving parts. Once decoded, the sounds − each connoting a precise movement − can be used to reverse engineer the product being printed.

The Washington Post, March 3, 2016
How political science helps explain the rise of Trump: the role of white identity and grievances
Michael Tesler, assistant professor of political science at UC Irvine [writes]: … This is the second of three posts describing how political science helps explain the success of Donald Trump. … This post describes the research underlying another key aspect of Trump’s appeal: the grievances of some white Americans and their hostility to minority groups.

Buzzfeed, March 2, 2016
Here’s what the post-Scalia Supreme Court means for workers
Scalia and the conservative majority have also had a profound effect on labor law in a large number of 5-4 decisions that progressive groups will likely want re-examined, should the balance of the court shift, as Catherine Fisk, professor of law at UC Irvine School of Law, has noted.

Daily Mail, March 2, 2016
Could snake venom help prevent dementia? Toxic substance ‘breaks down the proteins that cause Alzheimer’s disease’
A cancer drug has been found to disarm the brain’s response to plaques that cause Alzheimer’s disease, scientists have revealed. … A new study found that the drug … can help flush away the inflammatory cells. … That helps restore memory function, according to scientists from University of California, Irvine. … Study co-author Dr. Kim Green said: ‘Our findings demonstrate the critical role that inflammation plays in Alzheimer’s-related memory and cognitive losses.

The Washington Post, March 3, 2016
Doctor says: When it comes to breastfeeding, your health and happiness matter as much as your baby’s
Sonya Rasminsky, MD
, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at University of California, Irvine [writes]: A good mother? One who is calm, well-rested, and emotionally engaged with her baby in whatever way works.  She nurtures her own mental health, and is free to determine what works for her and her family. She’s the one most likely to provide what her baby needs to be soothed, calm, content and healthy.

Fortune, March 3, 2016
10 crazy ideas that could change energy
One project
at ARPA-E, which is a collaboration between University of California, Irvine researchers and fitness brand Under Armour, is looking to find inspiration in the way squids fluctuate the appearance of their skin, to make clothing or other devices that can heat and cool on demand.

Previously “In the News”