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The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 16, 2022
Pricing of Stock Trades Varies Widely Among Popular Brokers, Study Finds
A recent academic study found wide disparities in the prices that investors get when buying and selling stocks through a half dozen popular brokerages. … “The difference in execution costs between these different brokers is huge, and nobody knows it,” said Christopher Schwarz, a finance professor at the University of California, Irvine, and lead author of the study, which came out last month. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]

KCBS, Sept. 15, 2022 (Video)
Experts concerned with increased beach erosion in wake of Hurricane Kay
“We saw around five feet of vertical displacement of the sand,” said UC Irvine Engineering Professor Brett Sanders. “That means that walkways down to the beach aren’t accessible.” Sanders says that the tropical storm isn’t the only factor that contributed to the erosion, noting that Friday night brought a rare series of events unlike any California has seen in recent history.

BBC, Sept. 14, 2022
What’s the right age to get a smartphone?
“By the time we get to older teens, over 90% of kids have a phone,” says Candice Odgers, professor of psychological science at the University of California, Irvine .… “The majority of studies find no association between social media use and mental health,” says Odgers. In the studies that did find an association, the effect sizes – both positive and negative – were small. “The biggest finding really was a disconnect between what people believe, including adolescents themselves, and what the evidence actually says,” she says.

The Physiologist Magazine, Sept. 2022
Stranger Things
“The comparative approach really is a founding approach to understanding how biological systems operate,” explains James W. Hicks, PhD, FAPS, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on vertebrates and spans several groups, from fish to humans. … “There are examples throughout history where the comparative approach suddenly revealed something that people didn’t know or think about, such as the study of fever, which, historically, was thought of as something that wasn’t a good thing,” Hicks explains.

Super Human Radio, Sept. 15, 2022 (Video)
Control Your Insulin Response With This Root? New Study
A team of researchers led by the University of California, Irvine has discovered that a commonly used root supplement generally associated with improved mood, energy and nootropic effects may be effective for helping manage type 2 diabetes, showing promise as a safe and effective non-pharmaceutical alternative. Its effects may also aid in weight loss. Guest: Mahtab Jafari, UCI professor of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences.

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