UCI in the News – Sept. 8, 2016

NBC 4, Sept. 7, 2016
Golf club sparked Orange County brush fire
A 2014 UC Irvine study determined that titanium alloy clubs caused sparks that generated a small brush fire at Irvine’s Shady Canyon in 2010 and another a few years earlier at Arroyo Trabuco. … Chemical engineering and materials science Prof. James Earthman, lead author on the study, said: “When the club strikes a ball, nearby rocks can tear particles of titanium from the sole of the head. Bits of the particle surfaces will react violently with oxygen or nitrogen in the air, and a tremendous amount of heat is produced. The foliage ignites in flames.”

Yahoo! News, Sept. 6, 2016
Controversial ‘gene drive’ research sparking ethical debate
Another speaker on the panel, Anthony James, professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine, said time is of the essence. … “One of the key things that is going to be important for this technology is the ability to get these genes out in a very rapid way in the population.”

South China Morning Post, Sept. 8, 2016
Climate change in East Asia caused by China’s air pollution, study reveals … because it’s making goods for the West
The study shows that export-related air pollution has a cooling effect in East Asia, masking the region from some of the impact from global warming, said Steven Davis, a scientist at the University of California, Irvine, who participated in the study. But the pollution may also bring undesirable weather patterns, he said in an email.

The Guardian, Sept. 8, 2016
Great helmsman or ruinous dictator? China remembers Mao, 40 years after death
Despite all this, Jeff Wasserstrom, a professor of Chinese history at the University of California, Irvine, said Mao remained a revered figure in some parts of China. … “This is going to be a very selective commemoration of parts of Mao’s life, that aren’t the ones that we necessarily dwell upon outside of China,” Wasserstrom said of this week’s memorials.

DW, Aug. 31, 2016
Fingerprint forensics has a future despite new technology and the folly of humans
“The first study that looks anything like a validation study of latent prints was published in 2011,” writes Simon A. Cole, professor of criminology and law at the University of California, Irvine, in an email to DW. … “Whether one study constitutes scientific validation is a more difficult question, but most people seem to think probably not.” … “I have long thought we will know it is obsolete when law enforcement agencies stop maintaining fingerprint databases and concentrate on DNA databases,” says Cole.

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