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How old are you really? Elysium Health will tell you — for $500 | Fast Company

There are some early indications that interventions can affect biological age. In a study of nine people, UCLA geneticist Steve Horvath was able to reverse biological clocks by 2.5 years on average using an intervention that combined growth hormone and two diabetes drugs.

Sackler legacy is at stake in family’s bid to reinvent Purdue Pharma as a public trust | Washington Post

“The fact that the Sackler family would like to have a memorial to themselves by creating a public trust, and doing the right thing, is completely irrelevant,” said Lynn M. LoPucki, a professor of bankruptcy law at the University of California at Los Angeles. “Whatever value is there belongs to the creditors, and the court’s job is to realize as much value as possible.” The Sacklers’ offer of $3 billion into the settlement can be seen as an “opening gambit” that is likely to rise in further negotiations, LoPucki added, especially as creditors receive more information about the family’s removal of billions from the company.

Toyota faces revolt from eco-conscious customers after siding with Trump | Washington Post Analysis

Despite hybrids being more popular than ever, Prius sales have dipped over the past six years. The competition “has made some pretty big strides,” especially compared to a decade ago when Toyota made a huge leap forward with hybrid technology in the form of the Prius, said Sean Hecht, co-executive director of the UCLA School of Law’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. 

Horton Plaza is a ghost of itself: What’s next for the iconic mall? | KCRW-FM’s “Design and Architecture”

“Ghosting is something that I think is very commonplace in our current society. We understand it to mean when someone that you’re interacting with suddenly vanishes without apparent reason or without apparent justification. And so one of the things that we're trying to ask is, can we ghost a built environment?” [UCLA’s Jason] Araujo said, adding the plaza and its decline fascinates them on many levels, from what caused it to how Horton Plaza represents a moment before the end of the Cold War, when American consumer culture appeared to be ruling the world. The exhibition consists of photographs and a video installation, what [UCLA’s Philip] Salata explains are “evocative images of a space that has been abandoned. It’s a ruin.… And so we are also encouraging visitors to come with their own memories… So we’re also trying to collectively think about what was this place? What did we do there and what will we do when it changes?”

To save a species on the brink, look to where its ancestors thrived | National Geographic

Daniel Blumstein is somewhat apprehensive. A behavioral biologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, Blumstein has done research on ways to improve the rehabilitation and reintroduction of rare Australian mammals into areas where they used to occur, but is not involved in this project. “Expanding the range of a rare species may be a good idea under certain circumstances, but putting an animal into an ecosystem where it has not recently occurred is not without risk,” says Blumstein. “While the climate may be amenable to living there, it’s difficult to know what the negative impacts on other species might be.”

To attract middle-income students, colleges add scholarships and tuition discounts | Education Dive

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has a solution. Last month, the elite public college announced it landed a $10 million gift to help students from middle-income families afford to attend.  Half of the donation, which was given by film producer Steve Tisch, will support 24 scholarships of about $10,000 each annually for students with demonstrated need over the next five years. Recipients are expected to have family incomes between $60,000 and $120,000, a university spokesperson said. 

Army Corps raises failure risk rating of Mojave River Dam | Los Angeles Times

“The risks of catastrophic flooding are not as rare as they once were,” Daniel Swain, a UCLA climate scientist said, “and they will be less rare in the future.”

The difficult path to an autism diagnosis | Spectrum

“Pediatricians are in a very difficult situation because, first of all, they don’t have a lot of time; they don’t have a lot of training in what are the signs [of autism] specifically,” says Catherine Lord, distinguished professor of psychiatry and education at the University of California, Los Angeles. “We need more guidance for pediatricians on what to do,” she says: “How do you use what the parents are telling you in a better way?”

10 things to love about love | KCET-TV

As part of UCLA’s centennial celebration, the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture is holding a series of conversations called 10 Questions: Centennial Edition…. On October 29, a team of experts took on the toughest question yet: What is Love? Victoria Marks, professor of choreography and associate dean of academic affairs for the UCLA School of Art and Architecture, introduced Thomas Bradbury, co-director of the UCLA Marriage Lab; Massimo Ciavolella, professor of Italian; Meryl Friedman, director of education and special initiatives for the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA; David Roussève, choreographer, writer, director and performer. They each gave a short presentation, participated in a discussion and answered questions from the audience.

1 in 5 LGBTQ adults isn’t registered to vote, despite high 2020 stakes | MarketWatch

Some 21% of LGBTQ adults aren’t registered to vote, according to a recent study by the University of California, Los Angeles’ Williams Institute. That’s compared to an estimated 17% of non-LGBTQ adults. The finding, part of a larger poll of 2,237 people that measured LGBTQ voters’ demographic characteristics and political attitudes, came as LGBTQ rights have taken center stage in the national conversation…. The analysis by the Williams Institute, a UCLA Law think tank that researches sexual orientation, gender identity and public policy, comes ahead of a high-stakes election in which civil-rights protections for LGBTQ people could hang in the balance.

More is more. Why the ‘Pattern and Decoration’ show at MOCA is pure pleasure | Los Angeles Times

In a happy case of serendipity, this show’s 1985 end date coincides with the launch of the mature work of Lari Pittman, providing copious backstory to the smashing Pittman retrospective currently across town at the UCLA Hammer Museum. Both owe much to the confluence of liberation movements of the 1960s — African American, feminist, LGBTQ — yielding a political dimension that undercuts efforts to dismiss its gravity.

Why is the world on fire? | Al Jazeera’s “The Stream”

“California’s considered paradise, but all of a sudden people who are living in suburbs are living on the edge. They’re wondering ‘well, is this Fall, this early Winter, going to be the winner?’ Ten years ago that wasn’t the case,” said UCLA’s Glen MacDonald.

Farmworkers continue to toil even while Sonoma burns | Eater San Francisco

It’s worth noting, too, that masks aren’t considered a sufficient barrier for the particulate spread by fires. UCLA pulmonologist Dr. Kathryn Melamed tells The New York Times that masks should only be used as a last resort, and that the only way to be truly safe from the toxic air is to remain indoors.

All-male summer STEM program seeks candidates of color for 2020 class | Atlanta Journal-Constitution

SMASH Morehouse is the only all-male iteration of the program, which has programs at the University of California-Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, University of California-Davis, University of Pennsylvania, Southern Illinois University, the Illinois Institute of Technology and Wayne State University in Detroit.

Short-term interest rates are actually higher now than before the last Fed cut | MarketWatch Opinion

I got the idea for this chart from a study that was circulated a couple of years ago by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Its authors were Daniel Feenberg, a research associate at NBER, Ivo Welch, a finance professor at UCLA, and Clinton Tepper, a Ph.D. student in finance at UCLA.

Study reveals how brain injury can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder | Scienmag

A UCLA team of psychologists and neurologists reports that a traumatic brain injury causes changes in a brain region called the amygdala; and the brain processes fear differently after such an injury. “Is one causing the other, and how does that occur?” asked senior author Michael Fanselow, who holds the Staglin Family Chair in Psychology at UCLA and is the director of UCLA’s Staglin Music Festival Center for Brain and Behavioral Health. “We’re learning.”

Learning is optimized when we fail 15% of the time | Medical Xpress

Wilson and his collaborators at Brown University, the University of California, Los Angeles and Princeton came up with the so-called “85% Rule” after conducting a series of machine-learning experiments in which they taught computers simple tasks, such as classifying different patterns into one of two categories or classifying photographs of handwritten digits as odd versus even numbers, or low versus high numbers.