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National Geographic, Sept. 1, 2021
Why some COVID-19 infections may be free of symptoms but not free of harm
Studies attempting to assess how many asymptomatic infections account for long COVID symptoms have varied. … [A] study, which is under peer review, used data from the University of California’s electronic health records and estimated that number could be as high as 32 percent. Melissa Pinto, a co-author of the latter study and associate professor in the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing at University of California Irvine, says the researchers examined healthcare records of people who tested positive for COVID-19 but hadn’t reported symptoms at the time of infection—only to come in later with symptoms associated with long COVID-19.

Spectrum News 1, Aug. 31, 2021
UC Irvine study shows kids are as likely to contract COVID-19 as adults
Data on COVID-19 and the accompanying variants have been slow in materializing. Still, a new study conducted by the University of California, Irvine, has shed some light on the disease that has occupied the national consciousness for nearly two years. … “I think we’ve let kids down here tremendously. We should have had a vaccine out for these kids with the adults,” said Bernadette Boden-Albala, principal investigator of the study and director of UCI’s program in public health. “I sort of say, how dare we do this to kids. They’re a population that has no choice because there’s no vaccination for them.”

Smithsonian Magazine (Hakai Magazine), Sept. 1, 2021
A Marine Bacteria Shows Promise for Curing an Aggressive Brain Cancer
Just over 22 kilometers away, at UCI Medical Center, a phase two trial was underway for a new glioblastoma drug derived from an unlikely savior: marine bacteria. … When she walked into Daniela Bota’s office for the first time on September 20, 2017, [Amanda] Johnson had never heard of marizomib. She had, however, heard that Bota’s expertise on glioblastoma was unrivaled, and she was prepared to pursue any course of treatment Bota recommended.

The Orange County Register, Sept. 1, 2021
UCI study of traffic sensors to use city of Irvine streets
Several roadways and intersections in Irvine are on the verge of getting a lot smarter thanks to a study of emerging technologies being conducted by the UC Irvine Samueli School of Engineering and the city. … Twenty-five intersections in the city, including nine on the UCI campus, will be equipped with next-generation traffic sensors designed to collect data in real time, with the information being used to implement instant adjustments to the flow of traffic, … The advanced sensors will be able to detect the traffic flow and then respond by adjusting the length of time a traffic light stays red, green or yellow, UCI Engineering Professor Scott Samuelsen, the principal investigator of the study, said.
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UPI, Aug. 31, 2021
Study links articulation, gender to vocal attractiveness
Some voices sound better than others, but a study published Tuesday suggests the relationships between vocal qualities and the perception of listeners are gender dependent. For the study, scientists at the University of California, Irvine and the University of Utah recorded 42 individuals reading sentences. … “From a sexual selection standpoint, males with traits that are slightly more masculine than average are typically preferred, which in this context would make males with less clear speech more attractive,” said [Daniel] Stehr, a graduate student and researcher at the Visual Perception and Neuroimaging Lab at UC Irvine.

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