UCLA In the News August 10, 2017

UCLA In the News lists selected mentions of UCLA in the world’s news media. See more UCLA In the News.

Can a better night’s sleep in a ‘hipster’ bus replace flying? | Washington Post

“The distance between [Los Angeles and San Francisco] is far enough that, even if you’re comfortable in a pod, it’s still a lot longer than flying,” [UCLA’s Michael Manville] said. “How do you want your hassle served to you? In a series of crowds at the airport amid the unpredictable interruption of flight delays, or knowing you’ll be asleep, but it’s going to take nine hours to get to your destination?”

The invisible poems hidden in one of the world’s oldest libraries | The Atlantic

“A big piece of what we are doing is making sure future generations have access to this material despite the geopolitical pressures,” says Todd Grappone, an associate librarian at the University of California, Los Angeles, and another member of the research team.

For transgender women, an extra dose of fear | New York Times

In 2016, advocates tracked at least 22 murders of transgender people in the United States, the highest number ever recorded, though numbers on transgender violence tend to be unreliable since many cases go unrecorded. “We lack systematic data collection within the U.S.,” said Jody L. Herman, a scholar of public policy at the Williams Institute, a research center at the UCLA School of Law.

Air filters aren’t a cure-all for those living near freeways | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“There’s been a lot of research on asthma and other respiratory diseases and heart disease. With children, asthma is a particularly terrible problem for people who live near freeways, and it’s very well documented about what the impact of particulate matter is,” said UCLA’s Sean Hecht.

By age 12, poor may show signs of heart risks ahead | HealthDay News

The study builds on evidence that heart disease risk can start to take shape at a young age. It also adds another layer: Social disparities in heart disease risk may begin early in life, too, said Dr. Gregg Fonarow.… It’s well-known that poor adults face a higher heart disease risk than their more-affluent counterparts, Fonarow said. But it hasn’t been clear whether kids from poor families are more likely to show early warning signs of unhealthy arteries.

Extortion racket that gave us today’s summer blockbusters | History.com

“The business of Hollywood has always been distribution,” says film historian Jonathan Kuntz, a lecturer at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. “That’s where they make their money.”

U.S. has only one option on North Korea’s nuclear threat | CNBC

(Commentary by UCLA’s Gen. Wesley Clark) So, this is a situation we must be prepared to live with indefinitely; setting an objective of rolling back the clock is unrealistic and ultimately unachievable. Instead we should seek strategic stability and continued U.S. deterrence in the region.

Color of your clothing could affect animals’ behavior | Seeker

A frightening encounter with police in Orange County inspired new research that determined clothing color may have a profound effect on animals. Breanna Putnam of the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles often studies the impacts of nonnative species on the environment. The research requires Putnam and her colleagues to wander neighborhoods and industrial parks catching anoles or other lizards by day and geckos by night.

Attempt to scrub Scientology anti-drug program warnings | Hollywood Reporter

The fabricated court orders were brought to THR’s attention by Eugene Volokh, a noted UCLA legal scholar who specializes in free speech and religious freedom law. He discovered them while researching online content removal requests in a digital Harvard archive of takedown legal notices, provided in part by Google. “This situation is an interesting illustration of how every system breeds parasites,” says Volokh. 

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