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CBS New York, Oct. 17, 2018 (Video)
HealthWatch: Artificial Intelligence Used To Detect, Prevent Colon Cancer
The AI colonoscopy, which was developed by doctors at the University of California-Irvine, was designed to spot polyps, where all colorectal cancers begin. “Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer in the United States,” UC-Irvine Health Dr. William Karnes said. Karnes said the AI colonoscopy can identify up to 20 percent more abnormalities than a conventional exam.

The New York Times, Oct. 18, 2018
The Week in Good News: #ThisIs18, America in 24 Hours, Sea Turtles
Scientists are testing a new way to treat snakebites. The lab of Kenneth J. Shea, a chemist at the University of California, Irvine, created hydrogel nanoparticles coated with polymers small enough to attach to proteins. In experiments with mice, venom specialists found that the nanoparticles significantly reduced tissue damage from snakebites. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

CNET, Oct. 18, 2018
Facebook ‘war room’ scrambles to combat fake election news
“Facebook has a very tough challenge to be able to deal with the problem of on the one hand keeping false information out of the hands of voters who might be misled by it, but on the other hand protecting free speech where they’re not seen as taking sides,” said Richard Hasen, a political science and law professor at UC Irvine.

NPR, Oct. 18
Bye-Bye, Beer? Brewers Say They’ve Got A Plan On Climate Change
“Our analysis showed us that we’re probably going to prioritize the food over the luxury beverage,” Steven Davis, a co-author of the paper and an associate professor of Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine, tells The Salt. “In many cases, the affluent consumers will just pay more for their beer, but someone’s going to have to do without the barley, and it looks like the beer industry as a whole will do with less.”

Interesting Engineering, Oct. 17, 2018
13 Amazing Battery Innovations That Could Change The World
1. Gold nanowire batteries. Researchers from the University of California Irvine stumbled across a method of using gold nanowires housed in a gel electrolyte that can withstand long-term recharging.  The result might be batteries that never break down.

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