Popular Science, Nov. 29, 2018
Scientists share the most dangerous things they work with
Snake Venom. Jeffrey O’Brien, recent doctorate in chemistry from the University of California at Irvine. “Antivenins work for specific species. Our lab decided to make one from nanoparticles that inhibit the toxins of many types of snakes. To test it, we ordered about 15 venoms, which we stored in a frozen box marked with a skull and crossbones. These samples come from the world’s deadliest reptiles, such as the black mamba, so they must not get into your bloodstream. Even when you’re weighing out the freeze-dried powders, you’re hyperfocused.”
Nature, Nov. 28, 2018
How automation is changing work
Such changes in the skills required for particular jobs can also be seen in the United States. David Neumark, an economist at the University of California, Irvine, found that the amount of easily automatable work performed by low-skilled US workers fell by 20% between 1980 and 2015.
New York Magazine, Nov. 30, 2018
Mass Immigration Creates Problems For the Left. Tighter Borders Can’t Be the Solution.
Many pundits have attributed the rightward drift of non-college-educated whites in recent years to concerns over mass immigration. And that certainly appears to be part of the story. But according to the research of University of California Irvine political scientist Michael Tesler, a more important causal factor was the election of a black president — which led many low-information white voters in the U.S. to realize, for the first time, that the Democratic Party was more closely aligned with African-Americans than the GOP was.
South China Morning Post, Nov. 24, 2018
Chinese fine arts luminaries to hit the spotlight at China Institute’s Blue Cloud Gala in New York
John Long, founder and CEO of Highridge Partners, and Howard Milstein, president and CEO of New York Private Bank & Trust, will also receive Blue Cloud honours at China Institute’s ceremony. Long and his family foundation established the University of California Irvine Long Institute, which focuses on “bridging common understanding between US and China in the areas of business, law and society”.
Daily Pilot, Nov. 30, 2018
Costa Mesa’s new council election system yields ‘historic’ result with win by Manuel Chavez
Though [Manuel] Chavez is one of the youngest people ever elected to the City Council, he views his age as an advantage. “People my age who have not been involved in politics and don’t know how to approach the council now can, because they can approach me,” he said. … After graduating from Estancia, he went to UC Irvine, where he majored in political science and religious studies and obtained a bachelor’s degree in the former. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.]
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