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The New York Times Magazine, Nov. 12, 2015
The secrets in Greenland’s ice sheets
But there are clear warnings that the ice sheets have entered a phase of dangerous and unknown instability. … ‘‘We know the ice can change fast,’’ Eric Rignot, a professor of Earth [system] sciences at the University of California, Irvine, told me …. ‘‘We’ve never seen it. No human has ever seen it.’’ Rignot is fairly confident, however, that we are seeing it now − a conclusion borne out by the ice-sheet data he scrutinizes every week.

Time, Nov. 12, 2015
Company bans email for 1 week, Employee stress levels plummet
A 2012 study from the University of California, Irvine found that people who were unable to access email for five days were not only more productive, they had “more natural, variable heart rates.” Over at The Atlantic today, Gloria Mark, a professor of informatics at the University of California, Irvine, said people check their email on average about 77 times per day, and it’s the checking of email (rather than writing) that is most stressful.

The Atlantic, Nov. 12, 2015
Is email evil?
According to Gloria Mark, a professor of informatics at the University of California, Irvine, … “The more email people do, the lower is their assessed productivity, … [and] the lower is their positive mood at the end of the day.” …  “I just think we have to rethink email, and even redesign the way email is used,” Mark said in Codebreaker’s first episode.

The Diplomat, Nov. 11, 2015
The Xi-Ma meeting: Why Singapore?
Chancellor’s Professor of history Jeffrey Wasserstrom dissects last Saturday’s Singapore summit between Xi Jinping, the Chinese Communist Party leader, and Ma Ying-jeou, the leader of Taiwan. … “What made Singapore such a fitting place for this curious meeting, in which Xi and Ma shook hands for more than a minute and then shared a meal − for which the bill, in another outcome of pre-summit negotiation, was split neatly down the middle?”

The Economist, Nov. 14, 2015
Envisaging the invisible
The endorsement Dr. Hooper and Dr. Goodenough really wanted, though, was from the Fermi team itself, which knows better than anyone else what the telescope’s kinks are, and thus how artefacts might be created. On November 10th that endorsement came − with the release of an analysis to be published in the Astrophysical Journal, led by Simona Murgia of the University of California, Irvine, who helps run the telescope’s main detector.

Southern California Public Radio, Nov. 11, 2015
OC supervisors expand civilian oversight to DA and other county law enforcement
“We don’t know the extent of the scandal in the District Attorney’s office. We don’t know how many convictions are tainted because of it ” said, Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Irvine’s Law School. Chemerinsky continues to call for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate potential wrongdoing in the OC District Attorney’s in regards to jailhouse informants.