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Scientific American, Sep. 12, 2018
Extreme Flooding from Florence Likely, Due to Convergence of Threats
“We have ignored it in the past, we cannot ignore it in the future,” says Amir AghaKouchak, a civil engineer at the University of California, Irvine …. AghaKouchak is studying how sea level rise might affect such flooding; a 2017 study he co-authored found that when compound flooding and sea level rise were factored in, the chances of floods that exceed what local infrastructure was built to accommodate went up considerably.

Independent Online, Sep. 12, 2018
How toddlers use social cues to avoid bullies
Toddlers like high-status individuals who win, but prefer to avoid those who win conflicts by using force, a study has found. The results demonstrated how toddlers use social cues and prefer to affiliate themselves with the winners of conflicts and avoid those who they have seen yield to others. “The way you behave in a conflict of interest reveals something about your social status,” said lead author Ashley Thomas from University of California, Irvine.

East Bay Times, Sep. 12, 2018
Arrivederci, cioppino? Climate change takes aim at our signature dishClimate change could alter the ocean food chains, leading to far fewer fish and shellfish in the seas, according to Jefferson Keith Moore, professor of earth system science at UC Irvine. … As fish become nutrient-starved, he said, the global catch could be reduced 20 percent by 2300 and by nearly 60 percent across North America, affecting the diets of millions of people. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Bleacher Report, Sep. 12, 2018
Did one hit lead to a 13-year-old’s suicide?
“The problem is, is that we don’t have real, good, quantitative, physiological evidence about what’s happening (in the brain) with a ‘bell rung,'” says Dr. James Hicks, a professor at UC Irvine, who co-authored a pioneering study about concussions in water polo. “Those are the kind of hits you might take a lot of and not really think about them.”

Venture Beat, Sep. 12, 2018
PerceptIn’s self-driving vehicles go on sale in November for $40,000
While autonomous cars aren’t as expensive as they used to be, they’re not exactly competitive with midrange family sedans. … Dr. Shaoshan Liu says it doesn’t have to be that way. The University of California Irvine graduate … is the founder and CEO of PerceptIn, a robotics startup headquartered in Santa Clara, California that’s been developing an in-house self-driving car platform since 2016. It today unveiled the DragonFly Pod, an autonomous vehicle priced at just $40,000 that’ll go on sale in November.

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