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How a revolutionary technique got people with spinal-cord injuries back on their feet | Nature

The results have bolstered hopes for an improved quality of life, even for people who were paralyzed years or decades ago, and the findings are upending conventional wisdom about spinal-cord injuries. “This is a new ball game,” says Reggie Edgerton, a physiologist at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), who has been closely involved with the work.

For Latino kids, racial segregation is getting worse. But economic integration is rising | LAist

And there’s still another problem with the study’s optimistic view, notes UCLA professor Gary Orfield: while it’s possible that Latinos are integrating the suburbs, it’s also possible that suburbs are simply transitioning from racially isolated white areas to racially isolated enclaves for minorities. So which is more likely? “The way I look at it,” said Orfield, who is co-director of UCLA’s Civil Rights Project, “is that it depends on what we do about it — and if we do nothing about it, the dominant pattern is resegregation.”

Insured price: $2,758. Cash price: $521. Could our healthcare system be any dumber?  | Los Angeles Times Column

“Chargemasters have grown increasingly unrelated to hospital costs,” said Jack Needleman, a professor of health policy and management at UCLA. He said he routinely sees chargemaster prices that are “two or more times” the actual cost of treatment.

California and four automakers reach climate deal to bypass Trump | KCRW-FM’s “Greater LA”

“Let’s just back up for a minute and talk about the relationship between California and the federal government for standards that regulate carbon pollution that comes out of tailpipes,” said UCLA’s Ann Carlson. “Both the federal government and California can regulate and right now they have a harmonized set of standards, one set of standards. And the Trump administration is trying to roll those back.”

Off-duty police officer killed after confronting taggers | KPCC-FM

“They are not violent. They are not involved in violent crime. This doesn’t add up,” said UCLA’s Jorja Leap. “Gang violence is used very strategically in a very limited way against a very limited number of people, usually other gang members.”

When did it become a crime to cross the U.S.-Mexico border? | PolitiFact Texas

Blease’s policy targeted Mexican migrants in particular. “The idea was to force Mexican immigrants into an authorized and monitored stream that could be turned on and turned off at will at ports of entry,” [UCLA’s Kelly Lytle] Hernández wrote in a 2017 article about the history of criminalizing crossing the border. “Any immigrant who entered the United States outside the bounds of this stream would be a criminal subject to fines, imprisonment and ultimately deportation.”

Physicists made a blazing hot plasma doughnut to study solar wind | Wired

“This experiment is the first time anyone has produced something even vaguely similar to the solar wind,” says physicist Marco Velli of the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved with the work. Forest credits his team’s success, in part, to the development of samarium cobalt magnets, which maintain a strong field and can withstand infernal temperatures. Now that scientists have an Earth-based model to play with, Velli adds, they can use it to “help us understand whether our theoretical models make sense or not.”

At a summer camp where community comes first, STEM education thrives | EdSource

SMASH, an education initiative of the Kapor Center, launched in 2004 as the Summer Math and Science Honors Academy, with UC Berkeley as its first partner. Now referred to simply as SMASH, the program has expanded in California to Stanford University, UCLA and UC Davis.

Tackling food waste and climate change from the kitchen | PBS SoCal

A study from UCLA says that 20.4% of global greenhouse emissions come from agriculture. 5.4 million square miles of land, or 10% of habitable land on earth is devoted to producing food that’s never eaten.

Why everyone is talking about breast implant safety right now | Allure

Doctors say BIA-ALCL is treatable if caught early. “In the majority of cases where the disease is limited to the area around the implant, we remove the implant, the scar tissue, and the cancer,” says Steven Teitelbaum, a plastic surgeon in Santa Monica and an associate clinical professor of plastic surgery at the UCLA School of Medicine.

UCLA to lead $10 million California conservation project | Patch

“This project has the potential to revolutionize how we manage our land,” said Bradley Shaffer, who leads the project and is a UCLA distinguished professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and director of UCLA’s La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science. “We will apply state-of-the-art techniques to California’s most pressing conservation problems and provide government agencies with the best scientific data to make informed decisions as California’s climate continues to undergo rapid change.”