UCI News

Southern California Public Radio, May 2, 2016
Reality is nothing like what you think, says UCI neuroscientist
Instead of some larger evil force trying to pull the wool over our eyes, though, a neuroscientist at UC Irvine who’s studied perception and artificial intelligence says that it is our senses – touch, smell, taste, etc. – that are doing the cheating. … Guest: Donald Hoffman, professor of cognitive science, University of California, Irvine.

Southern California Public Radio, May 2, 2016
Is monotasking the new multitasking?
Research coming out of UC Irvine shows that humans have finite neural resources that are depleted every time they switch between tasks. This can lead to distraction and sluggish progress. … Guest: Gloria Mark, professor of informatics at UC Irvine.

Southern California Public Radio, May 2, 2016
How El Nino may have amped up fire risk in So Cal
UC Irvine fire researcher James Randerson said statistical analysis of Southern California’s past shows the more rain it gets, the more these annual grasses sprout. “So that becomes a greater fuel load,” he explained.

Southern California Public Radio, May 2, 2016
Balancing passion and compassion in political persuasion
For more on the art of political persuasion, Take Two‘s Alex Cohen spoke to Peter Ditto. He’s a professor of psychology and social behavior at UC Irvine.

Smithsonian.com, May 2, 2016
Did scientists stumble on a battery that lasts forever?
Imagine a battery that could be recharged for decades. … This is one step closer to reality, thanks to work by researchers from the University of California, Irvine. … “She [Mya Le Thai] started to cycle these gel capacitors, and that’s when we got the surprise,” [Reginald] Penner recalls. “She said, ‘this thing has been cycling 10,000 cycles and it’s still going.’ She came back a few days later and said ‘it’s been cycling for 30,000 cycles.’ That kept going on for a month.”

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