NBC News, Nov. 11, 2018
Would flooding the deserts help stop global warming?
Interfering with nature can have unexpected consequences. Katherine Mackey, a University of California, Irvine climate scientist, noted how Australia has long tried, and failed, to combat overpopulation of native species by introducing non-native creatures. … “Saying that we intervened and created a problem with global warming, so let’s further intervene, that’s not the thing to do,” Mackey said. “That’s not how you fix the problem, by replacing it with another problem.”
The Atlantic, December 2018
Who Is the Most Underrated Superhero?
Michael Dennin, physics and astronomy professor, UC Irvine, and co-host, Fascinating Fights. “Aquaman does much more than speak to and summon fish. Breathing underwater, withstanding attacks from supervillains, and resisting machine-gun fire are just the tip of the iceberg. Add in the Trident of Neptune, and he is unbeatable!”
Grub Street, Nov. 13, 2018
More Restaurants and Cafés Refuse to Accept Cash — That’s Not a Good Thing
“We already have so many forms of stigma and discrimination in this country,” says Bill Maurer, a UC Irvine professor who also directs the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion, “and now we are adding mode of payment to the list — if we start marking belonging by ‘means of payment,’ that’s a big problem.” Maurer, who coordinates research in over 40 countries about the impact of new payment technologies on people’s well-being, encourages everyone to seriously think about the long-term ramifications of a “cashless revolution” — but that doesn’t seem to bother cash-free advocates too much.
Fast Company, Nov. 13, 2018
How our 269 billion emails a day have made us miserable
Researchers from the University of California at Irvine conducted an experiment where they eliminated email usage for five consecutive workdays for a group of 13 employees in one organization. The result showed that when workers stopped using email altogether, they were more focused and had reduced stress.
The Blaze, Nov. 13, 2018
Amazon announces HQ2 will be split between New York City, northern Virginia
Economist Amihai Glazer of UC Irvine told the Los Angeles Times, “Amazon played cities against each other. But incentives often lead to winner’s remorse. Last year, for instance, Boston offered $145 million to General Electric [for its new headquarters] but the promised employment has not materialized.”
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