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The Conversation. March 8, 2019
3 ways activist kids these days resemble their predecessors
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David Meyer, a professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine writes, “Although the advent of social media has made it easier for millions to witness these awkward encounters, there is nothing new about kids engaging in grassroots activism. And based on my research about social movements, I find that today’s young activists have a lot in common with the leaders of earlier youth movements.”

IEEE Spectrum, March 7, 2019
How to Steal DNA With Sound
Engineers at the University of California say they have demonstrated how easy it would be to snoop on biotech companies making synthetic DNA…. The researchers demonstrated their spying technique on the Applied Biosystems 3400 DNA Synthesizer, a widely used older model…. “Acoustics for this particular machine was the problem,” says Mohammad Al Faruque, an electrical and computer engineering professor at the University of California Irvine whose team developed the algorithms. But any type of emission from a machine can potentially be analyzed, he says.

Los Angeles Times, March 7, 2019
UC will not raise tuition for California students this fall, Napolitano says
Under pressure, regents in 2017 approved a first-ever limit on nonresidents of 18% at UC campuses at Davis, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Riverside and Merced. Four campuses that exceed that level — UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego and UC Irvine — were allowed to keep but not increase their higher percentages of nonresidents. Now some legislative voices are calling for new caps as low as 10%. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu]

Axios, March 7, 2019
Vanishing ice in the Bering Sea drops to lowest level since 1850
Zack Labe, a PhD candidate at the University of California at Irvine, says that although the past two years have brought historically low Bering Sea ice conditions, year-to-year trends there can fluctuate considerably.

Daily News, March 8, 2019
CERN reveals plans for new experiment to search for dark matter particles
Officials at CERN have approved a new experiment designed to identify light and weakly interacting particles. The Forward Search Experiment, FRASER, will compliment CERN’s ongoing search for dark matter…. The project was initiated by a team of physicists at the University of California, Irvine.

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