The New Republic, Nov. 27, 2018
The Pathology of Prejudice
Erika Hayasaki, professor in the Literary Journalism Program at the University of California, Irvine, writes: “White power organizations are not uncommon in California—the state actually has the most active hate groups in the nation, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center—but Brown’s family disapproved of their criminal behavior, if not their ideology.”
The Economist, Nov. 29, 2018
What would it take to decarbonise the global economy?
Steven Davis of the University of California, Irvine, has led a team of researchers in mapping out what a net-zero-emissions energy system would look like, using a set of already available technologies that he describes as “fairly simple and finite”.
Nature, Nov. 28, 2018
Searching for digital technology’s effects on well-being
Studies in sleep labs have found differences in sleep between people reading on paper and on screens before bed, says Candice Odgers, a psychologist at the University of California, Irvine. “It’s pretty clear from experimental work that sleep is disrupted and displaced due to mobile-phone use,” she says. “That’s important for a host of reasons, especially for kids.”
Education Week, Nov. 27, 2018
Fortnite, Video Game Popular Among Students, Now Has 200 Million Players
Some researchers have said that parents and teachers shouldn’t worry the violence in Fortnite will lead to violent behavior by players. Kurt Squire, a professor of social informatics at the University of California Irvine, wrote in an Education Week Commentary that research shows there is no causal link. He said Fortnite isn’t all that different from “traditional types of kids’ play,” like tag or capture the flag.
Orange County Register, Nov. 28, 2018
Appeals court overturns challenge to California’s right-to-die law
The End of Life Option Act passed after gaining public support based on the advocacy of UC Irvine graduate Brittany Maynard. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.]
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