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The Atlantic, Sept. 22, 2020
The United States has become a disaster area
Researchers who study this tangled web of crises call them “cascading disasters”—disasters that trigger other disasters like falling dominoes. As the climate warms, they are becoming increasingly common. Many risk analysts, though, still treat each disaster as a discrete event, according to Amir AghaKouchak at UC Irvine and Farshid Vahedifard at Mississippi State University.

Scientific American, Sept. 22, 2020
Powerful new observatory will taste neutrinos’ flavors
At 700 meters below the ground, once in a blue moon, an electron antineutrino (the specific type of particle that is produced by a nuclear reactor) will bump into a proton and trigger a reaction in the liquid, which will result in two flashes of light less than a millisecond apart. “This little ‘coincidence’ will count as a reactor neutrino signal,” says particle physicist Juan Pedro Ochoa-Ricoux of the University of California, Irvine, who co-leads one of the two phototube systems for JUNO.

KATU, Sept. 18, 2020
What the TikTok, WeChat ban means for app users
Peter Krapp, a professor of information and digital culture at the University of California, Irvine, argued the data collected by the Chinese apps is comparable to what U.S.-based companies collect and potentially share with the government, including location, contacts and activities across platforms. … “It’s maybe a good thing for consumers to be reminded of that and to be a little more aware of the fact that all these apps collect, aggregate and monetize user data—not just for advertising but also, perhaps, for security angles.”

Newsweek, Sept. 21, 2020 (Opinion)
COVID-19 Is exposing the child care crisis. and grandparents aren’t the solution | Opinion
Deborah Vandell, UCI professor and dean emerita and Kathleen McCartney write, “Grandparents are not a solution to the child care access and affordability problems faced by families. When we look back on the pandemic in search of silver linings, solving the child care crisis could be one of them. We owe nothing less to the next generation. We must build political will now—during this election cycle. Parents and grandparents alike need to reach out to our representatives in Congress to let them know we believe support for early care and education is a top priority for the country.”

Los Angeles Times, Sept. 22, 2020
How is Little Saigon curbing coronavirus? By respecting elders, authorities and masks
Dr. Quynh Kieu has a three-part theory to explain why Little Saigon has been relatively successful in stemming the COVID-19 pandemic. One factor is a months-long project to test 1,900 people for free in the sprawling Vietnamese American community …. Quyen Le, Project Vietnam Foundation’s director of public health programs, said the group will participate in a behavioral study with UC Irvine’s School of Public Health to monitor all those who were tested on their progress six months after the pandemic started. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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