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Voice of America, Oct. 18, 2019
California Power Companies Race to Upgrade Systems
Distributed power production could also reduce the need for transmission lines in high risk areas allow “local production of renewable electricity, for example distributed solar and battery energy storage.  Those are also very important technologies for avoiding wildfires,” said Jack Brouwer, an engineering professor at the University of California, Irvine.  The director of the university’s National Fuel Cell Research Center, Brouwer says new fuel cell technology, similar to that being introduced in cars, can create more local generation.  The university’s medical center gets 30 percent of its power from fuel cells.

NPR, Oct. 17, 2019 (Audio)
Vietnam Bans Animated ‘Abominable’ Over Controversial Map Of South China Sea
[UCI Chancellor’s Professor] Jeffrey Wasserstrom is the author of “China In The 21st Century: What Everyone Needs To Know.” He says … “The Chinese Communist Party is asserting that every time that there is a reference to, visual or spoken, their view of the size of a China that they claim to legitimately rule, it has to be as big as possible.”

The Washington Post, Oct. 17, 2019
Video giant Twitch pushes Trump rallies and mass violence into the live-stream age
“That’s why it’s so interesting to extremists,” said Bill Maurer, dean of the School of Social Sciences at the University of California at Irvine. “There is no way they can stop someone from airing something in real time.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Guardian, Oct. 17, 2019
Herbal remedies inspire future treatments for high blood pressure
Researchers from the University of California, Irvine recently zeroed in on a group of plants that have, historically, been a treatment for hypertension. … The scientists took herbal extracts from a diverse range of unrelated plants, including lavender, fennel seed extract, basil, thyme, marjoram, ginger, and chamomile. Under the leadership of Prof. Geoff Abbott, Ph.D., they identified a bioactive trait that all of the extracts shared. This trait, the scientists believe, might help explain why some herbs appear to have mild antihypertensive properties.

Spectrum News1, Oct. 17, 2019 (Video)
Artist Analyzes Relationship Between Black People, Police
Lauren Woods, a contemporary artist, uses all lowercase letters for her name. woods along with Kimberli Meyer, her key collaborator, launched an exhibition called “American Monument,” on October 5, which takes a deeper look at 22 cases of police or state-sanctioned violence against African Americans. Their exhibition is currently on display at the Beall Center for Art + Technology at the University of California Irvine.

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