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UC admits largest and most diverse class ever of Californian freshmen | Los Angeles Times

UCLA is increasing seats for California freshmen by 240 this fall for a first-year class of 4,440. (Also: KABC-TV, San Francisco Chronicle)

A look into the history of the periodic table | NBC News

“It summarizes the fundamental building blocks out of which everything is made. This year is the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the mature periodic system by Dmitri Mendeleev…. Just about anything you see and touch and smell is in a sense contained within the periodic table,” said UCLA’s Eric Scerri.

Parents who won’t vaccinate their kids turning to home-schooling in California, data show | Los Angeles Times

And though most of their schooling may take place at home, many are part of programs that meet several times a week with other students. If one contracted a disease such as measles, they could still spread it at the park, or the grocery store, or anywhere they come into contact with other people, said Dr. James Cherry, a UCLA expert on pediatric infectious diseases. “They frequently get together,” he said. “If there’s a cluster, and they’re getting together, and [a disease] gets introduced, then there are going to be a lot of cases — and that’s likely to happen.”

Where there’s wildfire smoke, there may be heart problems | Medical Xpress

According to Dr. Janki Shah, a cardiologist at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, wildfire smoke is potentially hazardous and can exacerbate heart and lung conditions…. “The week after the fire was one of the busiest that I’ve had in the hospital with so many heart illnesses related to the fire…. It can cause an increase in stress hormone levels, which can increase blood pressure; it can affect the metabolism of glucose, lipids and insulin.”

How air conditioning gave us skyscrapers, President Reagan and saved countless lives | CBC

“It changed dramatically,” said Alan Barreca, an environmental economist and associate professor at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, as well as one of the study’s co-authors. “Our vulnerability to extreme heat has fallen 80 per cent,” said Barreca. “We can confidently say that if we did not have air conditioning, [heat-related fatality rates] would be in the tens of thousands [annually].”

Democrats are in danger of falling into Trump’s trap on immigration | Los Angeles Times Column

“There’s going to be a generational split,” Matt Barreto, a UCLA professor who runs Latino Decisions, a polling firm, told me. “Younger voters are going to be more interested in bold, progressive actions. Older voters will be comfortable with more traditional positions.”

Buchi Emecheta: Google Doodle celebrates prolific British-Nigerian author | Independent (U.K.)

The new Google Doodle is commemorating what would be the 75th birthday of the recognized writer of 20 novels, whom some have called “the first successful black woman novelist living in Britain after 1948.” … Later in life, she established herself as a visiting professor of English at various U.S. universities including UCLA and Yale and became a resident fellow of English at the University of Calabar in Nigeria.

Research into birds’ cognitive functions may make you rethink the phrase ‘birdbrain’ | NPR

“Back in the ’60s, when people thought only humans used tools, it was Jane Goodall who discovered that chimpanzees also use tools.… Flash-forward to the past few decades and we’ve discovered that many birds, especially the New Caledonian crows, are so amazingly proficient at tool use,” said UCLA’s Aaron Blaisdell. (Approx. 1:34 mark)

Google, Amazon, Netflix and their tech pals storm L.A.’s office market | Los Angeles Times

The companies have plenty of fresh talent at hand to choose from. Los Angeles-area schools such as USC, UCLA, Caltech and UC Irvine have produced about 42,000 graduates in fields such as computer hardware and software engineering in the last five years while about 20,000 tech jobs were created in the region.

7 sneaky things your voice can predict about your personality and health | Reader’s Digest

Women’s voices are higher pitched before ovulation than when their fertility is low, found a UCLA study. Researchers think men have evolved to find higher-pitched voices more attractive because feminizing hormones and youthfulness are associated with indicate high fertility.

American Lung Association honors UCLA cancer researcher | Healio

The American Lung Association honored [UCLA’s] Steven M. Dubinett, MD, during its Lung Force Gala in Los Angeles for his contributions to lung cancer research and treatment. The association recognized Dubinett for helping to advance academic, clinical and community partnerships designed to accelerate scientific discoveries and clinical breakthroughs that benefit the health of people around the world.

New technique helps create more personalized therapies for people with advanced cancers | Scienmag

“In the setting of patients treated with anti-PD-1, we identified for the first time, in a high-throughput manner, which neoantigen mutations in the tumor are being targeted by T cells. More importantly, we were able to identify their T cell receptors and demonstrate that they can actually specifically kill the tumor cells,” said lead author Cristina Puig-Saus, PhD, associate project scientist in hematology/oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.