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The New York Times, Oct. 12, 2019
In a High-Tech State, Blackouts Are a Low-Tech Way to Prevent Fires
“It’s an incredible travesty, this sort of really crude and unsophisticated approach for dealing with what is a very serious issue,” said Jack Brouwer, an engineering professor and director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine. “We have technological solutions for this that exist,” Mr. Brouwer said. Unfortunately, he said, California regulations and planning have been “insufficient for that technology to be used instead of just turning the power off.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Orange County Register, Oct. 14, 2019
What do Hong Kong protests have to do with you? Plenty
Today, “be water” is a clarion call for Hong Kong protesters in the face of escalating adversity and Jeffery Wasserstrom, UC Irvine history professor, explains activists use the motto to ensure they are fluid enough to avoid getting arrested. Wasserstrom, whose specialty is connecting China’s past and present, told me, “Hong Kong’s people are fighting for ideals that should resonate with Americans as they desire the ability to have a direct say in how they are governed. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

U.S. News & World Report, Oct. 9, 2019 (Contributor)
A Patient’s Guide to Migraines
If you’ve ever experienced throbbing head pain – along with nausea, sensitivity to light or sound and possibly also odd visual disturbance – then you know the pain and debilitating powers of a migraine. Dr. Anna E. Morenkova, a neurologist with UCI Health and assistant professor of the UCI School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology in Orange, California, says that “migraines are debilitating headaches lasting anywhere from four to 72 hours and are characterized by moderate to severe throbbing or pulsing pain.”

Houma Today, Oct. 10, 2019
Our opinion: Reminder — sifting election fact from fiction
Back in August, we shared some tips to help voters avoid misinformation on social media or anywhere else. With the election two days away, we thought it would be good to run through them again. This set of simple guidelines comes from Cailin O’Connor and James Owen Weathrall, associate professors of science at the University of California, Irvine. They have written a book, published earlier this year, called “The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread.”

The Independent, Oct. 13, 2019
College kids create app tracking bubble tea expenses
Three college students and bubble tea enthusiasts put their talents and sweet tastes to good use by creating an app that keeps track of how much you spend on the milky, bubbly beverage. Ryan Yang with his friends Alexander Chen and Callista Wu put their creative, bubble-tea addicted minds together and developed the Boba Watch. Twenty-year-old Yang from the University of California-Irvine said in a Facebook post that they probably created the “highest-effort meme” in the history of Subtle Asian Traits (SAT).

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