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Orange County Register, Oct. 31, 2017
New JFK documents support research made by a UC Irvine scientist in 1977
Forty years ago, George Miller and Vince Guinn were scientists conducting research in a small basement at UC Irvine, when a stranger walked in, a briefcase handcuffed to his wrist. … Their government had a request for Miller and Guinn: Would they use the school’s reactor and their scientific skills to answer the question that still loomed over the Kennedy assassination — did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone?

The Real News, Nov. 1, 2017
Xi Jinping: China’s ‘Chairman of Everything’
Guest: Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of History at UC Irvine, “I think that’s very important because even though it’s become conventional to refer to him as President Xi Jinping, his power really derives first and foremost from being head of the Chinese Communist Party.”

Arroyo Monthly, Nov. 2017
Caltech is part of a team developing a “bionic suit” that will enable paraplegics to walk and feel movement by harnessing their brain waves
The decoded brain signals gathered from epileptic patients will be used to control a wearable robotic exoskeleton designed by the UCI team, led by principal investigator Payam Heydari, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, Zoran Nenadic, professor of biomedical engineering, and Dr. An Do, assistant professor of neurology at the UCI School of Medicine. Heydari, an expert in analog circuit design, will be creating an implantable system that will enable people with spinal cord injuries to walk and regain the sensation of feeling in their legs by bypassing the damaged spinal cord.

New Republic, Oct. 31, 2017
Scott Pruitt Declares War on Air Pollution Science
Robert Phalen, who directs the Air Pollution Health Effects Laboratory at the University of California Irvine, …. has argued that the air is currently too clean, because children’s lungs need to breathe irritants in order to learn how to fight them. “Modern air,” he said in 2012, “is a little too clean for optimum health.”

Psychology Today, Oct. 26, 2017
Zen and the Art of Awe
Professor Paul Piff of UC Irvine has shown that this awe-induced small-self feeling is associated with increased ethical decision-making, generosity, prosocial helping behavior and decreased entitlement. People who experience awe more often are also more likely to give to strangers. As Professor Piff has stated, “awe arouses altruism.”

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