Fast Company, Nov. 8, 2019
People are building technology that could survive the apocalypse
If computing resources become more scarce and networks fracture, even deciding what information to store could become an important question, potentially leading to scenarios such as communities dividing up pieces of resources like Wikipedia to try to preserve it across computers, says Bill Tomlinson, a professor and vice chair of the Department of Informatics at the University of California at Irvine.
KPCC, Oct. 24, 2019 (Audio)
Sonoma Fire, Microgrids, EV Chargers
Microgrids. Southern California Edison has shut off power to about 1,500 homes in the Southland today. It’s a preemptive measure in case heavy winds knock over electricity transmission lines that could spark a wildfire. The move follows a controversial power shutoff in the Bay Area, and it’s raising an important question: Isn’t there a better way to produce and transmit electricity? Guest: Jack Brouwer, [associate professor, mechanical & aerospace engineering], University of California, Irvine. (Starts: 13:10)
Mother Nature Network, Nov. 8, 2019
What ailments does medical marijuana help?
Autism: Researchers at the University of California Irvine believe that natural marijuana-like chemicals in the brain “can help correct behavioral issues related to fragile X syndrome,” autism’s main genetic trigger. They’re researching if medicine made from marijuana can be used to reverse autism’s effects.
Physician’s Briefing, Nov. 7, 2019
Ibuprofen Does Not Increase Postpartum Blood Pressure
Christina A. Penfield, M.D., M.P.H., from the University of California Irvine Medical Center, and colleagues conducted a double-blind trial in which women with a diagnosis of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and mild hypertension were randomly assigned to receive a postpartum analgesic regimen with either ibuprofen or acetaminophen. The researchers found no difference in postpartum average arterial pressure between the study groups ….
Noisey, Nov. 8, 2019
How Hip-Hop Dance Groups Have Helped Asian Americans Find Belonging
Community is at the core of these contemporary Asian American hip-hop dance groups, so it’s no surprise that this movement was born out of collegiate cultural clubs. Arnel Calvario, a Filipino American college freshman at the University of California, Irvine, started the first of these groups in 1992: Kaba Modern. … The concept resonated. Soon after, UCI’s Chinese cultural club formed its own hip-hop faction. Then the Vietnamese group followed suit, and the Japanese one. Within three years, Calvario said, the movement had blossomed from two groups on campus to 20.
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