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Smithsonian, May 13, 2019
How a Squid’s Color-Changing Skin Inspired a New Material That Can Trap or Release Heat
In the video that set materials scientist and chemical engineer Alon Gorodetsky on the path to his latest invention, an octopus appears from the algae like a jump scare in a horror movie. … That “remarkable” video, says the associate professor at University of California, Irvine, “really changed the trajectory of my career, because I started working on materials inspired by cephalopods.” Most recently, Gorodetsky took inspiration from a squid—specifically its color-changing skin—to create a new material that can keep in or let out an adjustable amount of heat.

The New York Times, May 13, 2019 (Opinion)
Is Roe in Danger? Liberal Justices Seem to Think So
Leah Litman, assistant professor of law at the University of California, Irvine writes, “ The Supreme Court made clear on Monday that Roe v. Wade may soon no longer be the law of the land. The decision, Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt, actually has nothing to do with abortion; it concerns when one state may be sued in another state’s courts.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

BBC, May 14, 2019
Is pop music really getting sadder and angrier?
The findings broadly agree with a second, independent study by Natalia Komarova, University of California Irvine – a mathematician who had been shocked by the negativity of her daughter’s own music taste. … Looking through half a million songs released in the UK between 1985 and 2015, Komarova and colleagues found that the tone of the music had become less joyful since 1985 ….

Psychology Today, May 14, 2019 (Interview)
How to Avoid Falling Victim to Fake News
Cailin O’Connor is a philosopher of biology and behavioral sciences, philosopher of science, and evolutionary game theorist. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, and a member of the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Science at UC Irvine. [She says] “To some degree this is unavoidable. False beliefs are part of the human condition. It is sometimes very hard to figure out the truth given the nature of evidence.”

Reuters, May 14, 2019
Weight-loss surgery may help cut risk of breast cancer
“The main takeaway is that the benefits are not exclusive to postmenopausal women or ER-positive women and this adds to the now growing body of literature supporting cancer reduction as a meaningful benefit of weight loss,” Dr. Brian Smith of UC Irvine Health in Orange, California, who was not involved in the study, told Reuters Health by phone.

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