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Scientific American, March 9, 2017
Don’t forget: You, too, can acquire a super memory
James McGaugh, a neurobiologist at the University of California, Irvine, who was not involved in the study, considers it to be in a similar vein as the London taxi cab research, but highlights an important difference: Rather than pinpointing a particular brain region, the present study found an overall change in brain connections. … For his UC Irvine colleague, Craig Stark, a professor of neurobiology and behavior who also was not part the research, it represents “a really interesting contribution to the field.”

Fox News, March 8, 2017
NASA images reveal impact winter storms have had on drought-ravaged California
“Food production requires nearly unfathomable volumes of water, and has resulted in the long-term decline of the total available fresh water in California,” Jay Famiglietti and Michelle Miro, hydrologists at University of California, Irvine and UCLA, respectively, wrote in the Los Angeles Times.  “The great thirst of our highly productive agricultural sector has never been and will never be satisfied by the annual winter storms that feed the state’s rivers and reservoirs.”

Nature World News, March 8, 2017
UC Irvine develops cheaper, more effective treatment for deadly snake venom
Researchers from the University of California, Irvine claimed that they have developed a cheaper and more effective way of neutralizing deadly snake venom. Their invention, described in a paper published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, involve nanoparticles on a synthesized material. … “Current anti-venom is very specific to certain snake types,” said Jeffrey O’Brien, a doctoral student at UC Irvine and lead author of the study, in a press release. “Ours seems to show broad-spectrum ability to stop cell destruction across species on many continents, and that is quite a big deal.”

Orange County Register, March 9, 2017
Special prosecutor a must for White House probe
Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Irvine School of Law, [writes]: “A special prosecutor to investigate whether federal laws were violated in contacts with Russia, and then lied about, is imperative. A special prosecutor is essential whenever there are credible allegations of possible illegal activities by top government officials. That certainly exists, and only a special prosecutor can offer assurance of an independent, unbiased investigation.”

South China Morning Post, March 9, 2017
Wealth advisers are doomed in our new artificial intelligence-enabled world
Artificial intelligence, under today’s technological limits, cannot surmount “the trolley problem”, according to a study by Azim Shariff, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Oregon and director of the Culture and Morality Lab at the University of California, Irvine. There are several scenarios based on the trolley accident problem.

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