Time Magazine, May 17, 2018
How Baby Boomers Broke America
From Baruch College in Manhattan to the University of California, Irvine, more colleges are working to break down the barriers of the newly entrenched meritocracy.
Smithsonian, May 17, 2018
These Lizards Evolved Toxic Green Blood
Whatever the reason why the skinks have green blood, the fact that they can survive so much biliverdin is interesting and could provide biomedical insights, Adriana Briscoe of the University of California at Irvine, who was not involved in the study, tells Yong. Briscoe points out that studying the creatures could lead to new treatments for diseases like jaundice and malaria.
Gizmodo, May 16, 2018
Scientists Calculate the Pressure Inside a Proton and It’s Higher Than in a Neutron Star
And things go even deeper than that: Quarks, the smaller pieces that make up protons and neutrons, can never exist on their own—they’re always “confined.” The pressure faced by quarks inside the proton illustrates their permanently social behavior, and could perhaps provide insight into a fundamental mechanism for this so-called quark confinement, said Mu-Chun Chen, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Irvine, who was not involved with the study.
Los Angeles Times, May 17, 2018
As salinity grows and toxic dust spreads, patience wears thin at Salton Sea
“The transition is underway,” Timothy Bradley, a professor of ecology at UC Irvine and expert on the Salton Sea, said. “The Salton Sea of the future will resemble Mono Lake in California’s Sierra range and … support limited ecological diversity …. I worry that state and federal officials will not respond with the urgency called for in this situation,” Bradley said, “until people lose their lives because of it.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.]
The Atlantic, May 17, 2018
Is Salt Bad? A Prison Study May Hold the Answer
“It’s hard to overstate the importance of food in prisons,” says Keramet Reiter, a criminologist at the University of California at Irvine, who has done research in prisons. Packs of ramen function as currency. … “This is an environment where the food is so bland, and you have so few things to look forward to,” she says. … Reiter notes that even the best-run studies in prison rest on a fundamental premise: “Scientists need some kind of controlled environment and population. They’re partly exploiting the institutional circumstances.”
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