UCI News

The New York Times, May 17, 2017
When the Lab Rat Is a Snake
First a group based at the University of California, Irvine, led by a comparative physiologist named James Hicks, published data showing that the python’s heart can grow in size by 40 percent as the animal digests.

Huffington Post, May 16, 2017
The First True-Colour Photos Of Saturn’s Polar Vortex Are Spectacular
During its 12 year exploration of Saturn, NASA’s Cassini probe has returned some spectacular photography. Among the most striking photos are those of the planet’s polar vortex, a persistent hurricane at its north pole. Now Sophia Nasr, an astro-particle physicist at UC Irvine, has created the first true colour images of the formation.

Scientific American, June 2017 Issue
A Loud Warning: Millions of People Do Not Protect Their Ears
Modern life can be deafening. Yet even though many people know that they should use earplugs or earmuffs when mowing the lawn or partying at the club, they do not do so, according to a sweeping analysis by Harrison Lin, an ear surgeon at the University of California, Irvine, Medical Center and his colleagues …. “Our ears have not evolved to handle such trauma,” Lin says.

Reuters, May 17, 2017
Trump asked Comey to end investigation of Michael Flynn: source
“For the president to tell the FBI to end a potential criminal investigation, that’s obstruction of justice,” said Erwin Chemerinsky, a constitutional law professor and dean of University of California, Irvine School of Law. “This is what caused President Nixon to resign from office.”

U.S. News & World Report, May 15, 2017
Should You See an Energy Healer?
What’s not supported  by strong evidence, though, is the idea that some people can alter these fields to promote health, says Shin Lin, a professor at the University of California, Irvine who chaired a government-commissioned expert panel on energy healing. “It does work,” he says the panel found, “but pretty much it’s because of the placebo effect.”

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