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Ars Technica, Oct. 4, 2018 (Podcast)
Ars on your lunch break: The oddly divisible nature of consciousness
Below you’ll find the third installment of this week’s After On podcast interview, in which UC-Irvine quantitative psychologist Don Hoffman presents his wildly counterintuitive theory on the nature of reality. … We kick off today’s segment by talking about what’s widely referred to as “the hard problem of consciousness” (what is it, and how does it arise from inert matter?). Don takes a highly contrarian approach to the subject.

Government Technology, Oct. 4, 2018
Fuel Cells Will Help Bring Balance to the Changing Grid, Researchers Say
Fuel cells, which generate electricity by combining hydrogen and oxygen, could change that equation, says a University of California researcher, eliminating the need for large coal and nuclear power plants and leading to a zero-emissions electric grid. Jack Brouwer, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at University of California-Irvine, made the claim…

Chicago Tribune, Oct. 1, 2018
Purdue Northwest grad finds direction and excels
To achieve his dream, [John] Szura knew a doctoral degree was next after earning his bachelor’s degree …. He applied to several top research institutions across the country. After being accepted into five Ph.D. programs, Szura chose the University of California, Irvine. … Szura participated in Competitive Edge, a summer research program led by the Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience program on Irvine’s campus. He began work on his Ph.D. in Education, specializing in language, literacy, and technology this fall.

Mobilizing Ideas, Oct. 1, 2018
The Election of Women and Women’s Political Empowerment
Catherine Bolzendahl, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine writes, “The U.S. is poised to witness unprecedented numbers of women engaging in electoral politics in general, and running for political office in particular. … All sectors of society – corporationsuniversitiesnational academiestechnology – are seeing the advantages of inclusion and diversity both in terms of more positive cultures, happier workers, and practical outcomes. Politics is no different.

Family World News, Sep. 25, 2018
Just 10 minutes of light exercise a day instantly boosts memory
Over time, connections between parts of the brain weaken, making it harder to distinguish between similar events in your mind. … However, new research from the University of California, Irvine and Japan’s University of Tsukaba found that even light exercises like tai chi or yoga can have a transformative impact on the part of the brain responsible for storing and organizing memories.

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