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USA Today, Nov. 24, 2017
Self-driving cars programmed to decide who dies in a crash
Azim Shariff, an assistant professor of psychology and social behavior at the University of California, Irvine, co-authored a study last year that found that while respondents generally agreed that a car should, in the case of an inevitable crash, kill the fewest number of people possible regardless of whether they were passengers or people outside of the car, they were less likely to buy any car “in which they and their family member would be sacrificed for the greater good.”

Daily Pilot, Nov. 24, 2017
UCI-made game explores a ‘magical world’ with costumes and spells
Joshua Tanenbaum always envisioned creating a mixed-reality game that incorporated elements of theater, costumes and dance. The UC Irvine assistant professor of informatics got his chance last fall when he collaborated with then-student Natalie Nygaard to start developing an interactive storyline for a physical game called Magia Transformo — The Dance of Transformation.

Transport Topics, Nov. 27, 2017
Fuel Cells Gain Momentum as Range Extenders for Electric Trucks
“With fuel cells, you can size the energy conversion device — the fuel-cell stack — to meet the power demands and simply size the hydrogen storage to be appropriate for the amount of energy you need,” said Jack Brouwer, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and associate director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center and Advanced Power and Energy Program at the University of California, Irvine.

Cheat Sheet, Nov. 27, 2017
#MeToo and Harvey Weinstein Reveal These Truths About Sexual Harassment
Dr. Anju Hurria, assistant clinical professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at University of California, Irvine, called victim blaming a “secondary trauma or assault.” Hurria told U.S. News and World Report those who are blamed for abuse “report greater distress, increased amounts of depression … [It] often decreases people’s chances of reporting future abuses, because there is a fear they won’t be believed, or that they’ll have to deal with the negative feedback of reporting it.”

Nature, Nov. 27, 2017
Structural basis for TNA synthesis by an engineered TNA polymerase
Nicholas Chim, development engineer in the department of pharmaceutical sciences at UC Irvine, writes: “Synthetic genetics is an emerging field of science that aims to extend the principles of heredity and evolution to nucleic acid polymers with backbone structures that are distinct from those found in nature.”

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