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Is there a cancer risk from Airpods? | Quartz

The shorter distance means Bluetooth radiofrequency can function at a much lower power than cell phone radiofrequency. As UCLA professor of epidemiology Leeka Kheifets told Consumer Reports last year, that means Bluetooth devices may pose less of a danger than cell phones. But again, we don’t really know.

The luckiest team in the country needs a little more | New York Times

Alan Castel, a psychology professor at UCLA who studies memory and metacognition — how we think about our thinking — said that while confidence (or the lack of it) is a fundamental element of athletic competition, it is often misplaced. “The human mind doesn’t rely on big data,” said Castel, whose research has debunked the hot-hand theory — the belief that a team should get the ball to a shooter who is on a hot streak. “We’re prone to rely on illusions and small sample sizes and what we want to think.”

Why are some animals impossible to domesticate? | Popular Mechanics

But not just any old beast can make the jump to humanspace. “The vast majority of mammal species have been impossible to domesticate,” says Pulitzer Prize-winning author and UCLA geography professor Jared Diamond. In his book “Guns, Germs, and Steel,” Diamond argues that to be domesticated, animals must possess six characteristics: a diverse appetite, rapid maturation, willingness to breed in captivity, docility, strong nerves, and a nature that conforms to social hierarchy.

How ‘real America’ became queer America | New York Times Opinion

As more millennials move to the South and West — and as more Americans all over the country come out as L.G.B.T. — cities like Louisville, Ky.; Norfolk, Va.; New Orleans; and Salt Lake City are all seeing huge spikes in the percentage of their residents who identify as L.G.B.T., as data from the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, shows. At the same time, between 1990 and 2014, that same statistic stayed relatively static for longstanding hubs of gay culture like San Francisco and Los Angeles — and it even fell in New York City.

Q&A with UCLA law professor Kal Raustiala | Zócalo Public Square

Are attacks on globalization good or bad for global studies scholars? “I think they are good because they make people realize the stakes and they generate interest from students, which is good for us,” says UCLA’s Kal Raustiala.

8 simple ways to get rid of belly bloat | Shape

“Many people aren’t actually bloated at all; they’ve just developed a habit of relaxing their abdominal muscles and contracting their diaphragm, which makes them look and feel bloated because their stomachs are sticking out,” says Brennan Spiegel, M.D., an associate professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Learn to contract your abs instead.

How far will California go on charter schools? | Sacramento News & Review

John Rogers, professor of education at UCLA, said the 2018 election “sent a signal to Democratic legislators that there is a change afoot in the way the broader public, in particular Democratic voters are thinking about charters.” “I think that probably trumps a certain reckoning on the part of some legislators who haven’t wanted to step in because the Democratic legislators have felt like if they take action to try to rationalize this (charter school) system, they will get pushed back and pay some cost relative to the charter lobby.”

U.S. high schools suffer ‘rising political incivility and division’ in Trump era, principals say | Fortune

A UCLA survey of hundreds of high school principals found that most high school campuses are experiencing some of the more troubling aspects of current public discourse in the U.S. “In the age of Trump, America’s high schools are greatly impacted by rising political incivility and division,” the study, titled “School and Society in the Age of Trump,” concluded. In particular, the principals said that political incivility, misinformation on social media, and racial hostility have had a negative effect in their schools.

San Francisco anticipates housing doom and gloom after new tech IPOs | Curbed San Francisco

For a more in-depth analysis, researchers with UCLA and Pennsylvania State University published a February 2019 study titled “Cash to Spend: IPO Wealth & Housing Prices” examining past trends in housing after large IPOs from 1993 to 2017.

The seven tools of causal inference, with reflections on machine learning | Communications of the ACM

(Article written by UCLA’s Judea Pearl) The dramatic success in machine learning has led to an explosion of artificial intelligence (AI) applications and increasing expectations for autonomous systems that exhibit human-level intelligence. These expectations have, however, met with fundamental obstacles that cut across many application areas. One such obstacle is adaptability, or robustness.