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UPI, Nov. 5, 2018
Researchers restore vision in rats after retinal cell transplant
Researchers at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine found that sheets of fetal cells integrated into the retina — which is in back of the eye — can generate nearly normal visual activity in their brains. … “It’s been known that retinal sheet transplants can integrate into the degenerated eyes and allow the animals to detect light,” Dr. David Lyon, associate professor of anatomy and neurobiology at UCI School of Medicine, said in a press release. “But, beyond rudimentary light detection it was not known how well the visual system in the brain functioned with the newly integrated retinal transplant.”

My News LA, Nov. 6, 2018
Voters to Decide State Ballot Issues Ranging from Rent Control to Animal Pens
Proposition 4 is a $1.5 billion bond measure to fund construction, expansion and equipment for children’s hospitals across the state, including Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach and Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. Funds would also be provided to children’s hospitals at University of California medical campuses, including UCLA, UC Irvine and UC San Diego. The repayment cost is estimated at $80 million annually for 35 years.

Los Angeles Times, Nov. 6, 2018 (Column)
It’s time cellphone signal jammers were installed in people’s steering wheels
The trick, said A. Lee Swindlehurst, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at UC Irvine, is “to find a sweet spot where only the driver’s device is jammed,” regardless of where he or she holds their phone. This is technically feasible, he said, “but it would be a challenging design.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Vox, Nov. 5, 2018 (Podcast)
How identity politics elected Donald Trump
Who we are influences not just what we want from politics but what we believe is true about politics. This is the key message of Identity Crisis, a new analysis of the 2016 campaign from political scientists John Sides, Michael Tesler [political science professor at UCI], and Lynn Vavreck. Based on reams of data covering virtually every controversy, theory, and explanation for the outcome, it settles many of the debates that have raged since the election. And, more importantly, it offers a framework for thinking about how identity politics is changing and defining this era in American politics.

Slashgear, Oct. 30, 2018
Psychologists create free intelligence test for tablets and smartphones
Psychologists with UC Irvine and UC Riverside have developed a new test designed to measure intelligence. Unlike some existing tests, which often require payment and take a large block of time to finish, the new test is free and can be completed in only ten minutes. The test is designed to work on tablets and smartphones.

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