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We’re thoughtful about what we eat. How come we’re thoughtless about what we share online? | Los Angeles Times Column

Social media has such a direct path to our emotions that we sometimes forget that these are commercial information platforms whose primary purpose is to harvest our attention and information and sell it to anyone who will buy it, said Safiya Umoja Noble, a professor at UCLA who studies digital media and society…. Jeff Share, a faculty advisor at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, helps teach a class about critical media literacy designed for future educators. In the class, Share and professor Douglas Kellner emphasize that all information has a bias, review past hoaxes and practice analyzing the perspectives and motives of various forms of content.

Positive childhood experiences tied to better adult mental health | Reuters

“In fact, people with poor mental health might be less likely to view their childhood experiences as positive,” said Dr. Rebecca Dudovitz, a researcher at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles. “It might actually be that adults with depression remember their childhood differently than adults without depression,” Dudovitz, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.

Jonathan Franzen says it’s too late for us on climate change. Scientists immediately push back | KQED-FM

Sean Hecht, the co-director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA Law School, responded on Twitter: “Seems to me Franzen’s entire #climateapocalypse essay hinges on this claim — that there’s a consensus of certainty that 2-degree warming will create an “out of control” positive-feedback tipping point. Problem is: this claim is false.”

Why employee rewards are frequently ineffective and potentially counterproductive | Quartz

Jana Gallus of the UCLA Anderson School of Management and Emma Heikensten of Stockholm School of Economics address the fact that collaborative work suffers when talented team members do not feel confident speaking up in meetings. For exceptionally skilled women, recognition of their achievements in front of their male peers led to more contributions in meetings, perhaps because those colleagues are forced to recognize their abilities.

Gun rights activists say new Walmart policy not stopping open carry | Business Insider

Adam Winkler, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, told the Times that the retailers would be able to ban people from openly carrying guns in their stores if they wanted to as the stores are private property. “A retailer can refuse service to anyone so long as it is not on the basis of race, religion or another protected group. That does not apply to gun owners.”

Could a drug cocktail reverse biological aging? | LiveScience

Fahy reached out to geneticist and biostatistician Steve Horvath, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who is well known for developing highly accurate epigenetic clocks, to see if the drug trial had altered participants" overall biological ages.

With consumer DNA tests, sperm banks reconsider long-held promises to donors | STAT

As DNA testing services proliferate, and as “people realize how anonymity truly is an illusion now, we could see donor rates drop,” said Dr. Sriram Eleswarapu, a urologist who researches male infertility at the University of California, Los Angeles.

California approves that will turn gig workers into employees | CBS News

At the same time, gig-economy work has proved lucrative for employers, who can save as much as 20% of their costs by shifting to contract workers, as noted by a 2016 UCLA paper.

Cases of high blood pressure during pregnancy have increased dramatically, study finds | CBS News

Dr. Amy Stoddard of UCLA Health said age is a factor in the rising rate of hypertension during pregnancy. “One of the main things we can attribute that to is older maternal age in pregnancy. Women are waiting longer to have their first baby,” Stoddard said. (Also: KCAL-TV)

Jacqueline Stewart becomes first African American host at Turner Classic Movies | The Hollywood Reporter

As co-curator of the LA Rebellion Preservation Project at the UCLA Film and Television Archive and Chair of the National Film Preservation Board's Diversity Task Force authoring reports on diversity, equity and inclusion on the National Film Registry, Stewart views film preservation as crucial. “As fans, we should all be invested. I guess we think certain classics will always be around. We don’t worry that we’ll never be able to see ‘The Wizard of Oz’ or ‘Casablanca,’ but the fact of the matter is these films were created on very fragile film stock.”

6 things other governments provide that Americans still have to pay for | Business Insider

In fact, the US is the only advanced economy without a paid vacation policy, reports the Boston Globe, citing the World Policy Analysis Center at the University of California Los Angeles. Only 13 countries are in the same boat. Most offer universal paid vacation policies— in the UK, employees receive about 28 days of paid leave, and in Denmark, workers get at least five weeks of paid annual leave.

Johns Hopkins opens new psychedelic research center | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“I think this represents a tremendous advance forward for this field. Hopkins is very well situated to explore these various areas that Dr. Griffiths has mentioned. I think it holds great potential and should be a real stimulus for more research in this area, not only at Hopkins but around the country and around the world,” said UCLA’s Charles Grob. (Approx. 5:20 mark)

What happened to the smog days of summer? | Toronto Star

“Emissions testing programs are ultimately what caught Volkswagen in their massive scandal,” says Suzanne Paulson, a professor in UCLA’s department of atmospheric and oceanic studies and director of the Center for Clean Air. Volkswagen was caught by independent testing. “The thing is if we don’t test them, then we don’t really know what’s going on.”

I tried mindful drinking, a more intuitive way to imbibe | Mic Column

Alcohol use becomes unhealthy when it no longer enhances your life, which is what it’s supposed to do when used properly, says Timothy Fong, director of the UCLA Addiction Medicine Clinic.

RoMeLa's newest robot is a curiously symmetrical dynamic quadruped | IEEE Spectrum

A few years ago, we wrote about NABiRoS, a bipedal robot from Dennis Hong’s Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa) at UCLA. Unlike pretty much any other biped we’d ever seen, NABiRoS had a unique kinematic configuration that had it using its two legs to walk sideways, which offered some surprising advantages.