UCI News

Discover Magazine, Oct. 24, 2018
How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch
Donald Hoffman, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine, believes that our senses and brain evolved to hide the true nature of reality, not to reveal it. … His ideas align with what some physicists believe to be a central message of quantum theory: Reality is not completely objective — we cannot separate ourselves from the world we observe. Hoffman fully embraces that view.

Daily Pilot, Oct. 23, 2018
UCI student helps design canoe that allows the blind to paddle solo
The missing link, as it turned out, was UCI graduate student Mark Baldwin, who has a knack for creating low-cost, do-it-yourself solutions for challenges facing the blind community. … Baldwin, alongside his partner and fellow graduate student Sen Hirano, modified one of Makapo’s existing boats. They were backed with the support of the UCI informatics department …. This allowed them to work on the design at the university’s labs. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

KPCC, Oct. 23, 2018 (Audio)
Veggie Sharks
Have you ever met a shark who’s a….vegetarian? … Okay, so maybe not a strict vegetarian. But there is a shark who eats more seagrass than fish! It’s the bonnethead shark—a small relative of hammerheads. Samantha Leigh and her colleagues at the University of California – Irvine are studying its bizarre feeding habits.

GQ Australia, Oct. 24, 2018
Climate Change Could Double The Price Of Beer – Here’s Why
“Our analysis showed us that we’re probably going to prioritise 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.”

The Cornell Daily Sun, Oct. 23, 2018
Professor Compares Current China to ‘1984’ and ‘Brave New World’
“To understand current China, I say read 1984 and Brave New World,” said Prof. Jeff Wasserstrom, history, University of California, Irvine during a lecture on Chinese politics …. The lecture focused specifically on Xi Jinping’s presidency and his removal of presidential term limits on March 10, 2018. Wasserstrom compared Xi’s recent ascent to power with that of past Chinese leaders Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek, as well as that of Pope Francis.

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