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The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 31, 2018
5 Unnervingly Spooky Houseplants for Halloween
“Few plants resort to violence to make a living, but it helps them secure nutrients like nitrogen that’s lacking in their soil,” said Carter Butts, a professor who studies the plant’s genomes at the University of California, Irvine. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Whimn, Oct. 25, 2018
Turns Out There Is A ‘Psychopath Gene’ And It Can Be Switched On Or Off
Kidspot spoke to James Fallon, professor of psychiatry and human behavior and emeritus professor of anatomy and neurobiology at the University of California, Irvine, a specialist in the field of psychopathy. He believes it is possible for a child to be born with the genetic makeup of a psychopath. Not only is it possible, he says, but it happens every day. Fallon has good reason for being interested in the genetic and psychiatric makeup of psychopaths, because as he discovered by accident about a decade ago – he is one.

Newsweek, Oct. 30, 2018
New Intelligence Test that Only Takes 10 minutes Created by Psychologists
Scientists have developed a quick test which measures what is known as “fluid intelligence.” Researchers at the University California Riverside and University California Irvine wanted to find a quicker and cheaper alternative to the commonly used Raven’s Advanced Progressive Matrices (APM). … To investigate the effectiveness … the researchers recruited 713 undergraduate students at UC Riverside and UC Irvine.

Foreign Affairs, Oct. 30, 2018
China’s Bad Old Days Are Back
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellors Professor of history at UC Irvine and others write, “Disturbing things have been happening in China lately. … Taken together, however, the dots connect to present a clear—and distressing—picture of China’s course under President Xi Jinping. For all its talk of moving forward, the country is in many ways returning to the past, with its officials and leaders displaying a new brazenness in their crackdown.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Entrepreneur, Oct. 30, 2018
Why Entrepreneurs Are Constantly Distracted (and 6 Ways to Fight Back)
If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you find yourself struggling with distractions on a regular basis. Whether it’s an email notification, a meeting or a new emergency to deal with, every distraction can potentially pull you away from whatever project you’re working on. And that’s not good because, according to Gloria Mark, a professor of informatics at the University of California, Irvine, “Once thrown off track, it can take some 23 minutes for a worker to return to the original task.”

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