UCLA In the News December 13, 2017

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

A robot carried the Olympic torch in South Korea | New York Post

On Monday, the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology’s humanoid robot, HUBO, carried the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics relay torch during a stretch in Daejon, South Korea. HUBO – decked out in an Olympic beanie — received the torch from Professor Dennis Hong, the founding director of the Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory at UCLA.

California’s real cost of living | New York Times

Out on the horizon, beyond the periodic fires, floods and landslides, lies the knowledge that at some point the next great earthquake is going to cause a staggering amount of destruction and, if it damages the water system, could render large parts of the state uninhabitable. But shortly in the aftermath of a disaster, after checking the first aid kit and refilling the fresh water bottles, Californians go back to living. “It’s a kind of episodic mindfulness and then you retreat back to oblivion,” said Jim Newton, a journalist, historian and lecturer at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. “People talk about traffic; people talk about the price of homes.”

How much did climate change affect state’s wildfires? | Vox

“In the Sierra Nevada, about 50 percent of the variation [in wildfires] is explained by climate,” said Jon Keeley, a senior scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey and an adjunct professor at the University of California Los Angeles. “When we look at Southern California and coastal California, there’s no relationship between climate change and fire.”

Obsession, unspoken and unacknowledged | New York Times

Set mainly in a back-lot version of Freud’s Vienna, “Letter From an Unknown Woman” (1948) is as exquisite an account of romantic obsession as Hollywood ever produced, dramatizing a passion as outsize as it is understated. The film, to be shown twice in a recent 35-millimeter restoration from the University of California, Los Angeles, is part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s international survey of movie melodramas, titled “Emotion Pictures.”

Phones in school could be banned in France | Newsweek

"We really need to be sure that children, and probably older people, are getting enough face-to-face interaction to be competent social beings," Patricia Greenfield, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles who studies screen time, told NPR in 2014.

Study uses MRI to predict pregnancy complications | Health Imaging

Researchers at University of California, Los Angeles have developed a new method of using MRI technology to scan the placenta during a woman's pregnancy.  According to a UCLA press release, many previous studies regarding the subject matter were conducted after childbirth — not before. Furthermore, the study demonstrated promise in providing higher quality images that can indicate pregnancy complications and other details when compared to an ultrasound exam.

Real versus fake Christmas tree | Orange County Register

Deepak Rajagopal, an associate professor at UCLA who teaches about the environmental impact of consumer products, says plastic beats natural, but only over time. “The more years you use the plastic tree, the plastic tree wins out,” said Rajagopal, who works at the university’s Institute for the Environment and Sustainability.

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