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The Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 23, 2015
To learn to battle drought, California turns to the experts: Australia
It’s not enough to tell the public to cut back. “You have to engage, educate and bring along …. It’s more than just water management,” says David Feldman, chair of the Department of Planning, Policy & Design at the University of California, Irvine.

The Washington Post, Oct. 26, 2015
Scientists confirm that East Antarctica’s biggest glacier is melting from below
Xin Li, a researcher at the University of California, Irvine, worked with a team from her institution and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to examine Totten using satellite imagery and aircraft data. The researchers documented for the first time just how much the glacier’s “grounding line” − the critical underwater area where ice, bedrock and the ocean meet − has been retreating inland over the years.

The Guardian, Oct. 26, 2015
How America became addicted to air conditioning
Reducing energy consumption can be tricky, according to Aaron James, a professor of philosophy and ethics at the University of California, Irvine. “People often feel a sense of entitlement about what they have become accustomed to. So even if it wouldn’t be asking much – a small behavioral change in the face of a severe problem – it can make us feel morally defensive.”

The New York Times, Oct. 25, 2015
Start-ups take on challenge of nuclear fusion
After earning his doctorate from the University of California, Irvine, in the mid-1990s, Michl Binderbauer had trouble securing federal funds to research an alternative approach to fusion that the American government briefly explored − one that adds the element boron into the hydrogen fuel. … Mr. Binderbauer, along with his Ph.D. adviser, Norman Rostoker, founded Tri Alpha Energy ….

The Telegraph, Oct. 24, 2015
Mindfulness backlash: Could meditation be bad for your health?
“To some, this will be blissful relaxation, but for others the outcome will be emotional distress ….” says [psychologist Miguel] Farias. ” David Shapiro of the University of California, Irvine, found that 7 percent of people on meditation retreats experienced profoundly adverse effects, including panic and depression.”