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Did your rented e-scooter suddenly shut down? Blame the invisible geofence | Los Angeles Times

Indeed, where fences are and what they do is constantly shifting, the product of agreements that, while often shaped by city ordinance, are designed and negotiated behind closed doors. “These aren’t on the books,” said Juan Matute, deputy director of the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies. “Given that what the companies are asked to do changes week to week, it can be hard for an individual to keep up with what’s permitted and what each company’s restrictions are.”

Trump delivers ‘false choice’ for Latinos between country, racial identity, experts say | ABC News

Matt Barreto, a political science professor at UCLA and the co-founder of Latino Decisions, sees Trump’s comments as being predicated on an effort to evoke “racial anxiety” solely among his white supporters. He also told ABC News that he thinks the Trump campaign’s strategy could still be politically effective for a very specific Latino sect. “I think they have a plan to try and win over Cubans and South Americans in (South) Florida,” he said. “Rick Scott did a reasonable job in his Senate run against (Bill) Nelson. He sort of did better than the typical Republican in winning over some of those.... Outside of that, I do not believe he is going to make any inroads at all with Latino voters, and I don’t think he’s going to try.”

New report wants to make sure Hollywood walks the walk on diversity | HuffPost

A new study released Wednesday by the same UCLA team aims to outline best practices to guide industry leaders in actually ensuring better diversity and representation, particularly in behind-the-camera roles and in positions of power…. “There is no silver bullet for solving Hollywood’s longstanding diversity and inclusion problem. Instead, organizations truly committed to change must holistically address the problem with a toolkit of practices,” the researchers wrote. “If Hollywood storytelling is to become a truer reflection of a diversifying American mainstream, the industry must widely adopt these means as part of a new normal.”

How a ruling over opioids could impact climate change lawsuits | MSNBC’s “MTP Daily”

“To begin with, one thing that’s important to note is that the opioid case took place in Oklahoma, which is hardly known for being a liberal state. It’s one of the reddest states in the country, and yet the judge used what’s called public nuisance law to hold Johnson & Johnson liable even though Johnson & Johnson was not the principal pharmaceutical company actually prescribing the medication or selling it to doctors,” said UCLA’s Ann Carlson.

Can one person make a difference with climate change? Experts insist your voice matters | Bustle

Katharine Davis Reich, M.A., an associate director of the UCLA Center for Climate Science, emphasizes this point when discussing how at-home efforts, like recycling and water conservation, can make a difference in countering global warming. “Collective action to reduce carbon emissions is absolutely necessary,” Reich tells Bustle. “But collective action can’t possibly happen if individuals throw up their hands and decide not to pitch in.”

How Cluster is uncovering the secrets of the aurora | BBC’s “Sky at Night Magazine”

Time and again, the movies revealed curtains of aurora crashing together to produce the brilliant outbursts. Team member Larry Lyons of the University of California, Los Angeles said: “Our jaws dropped when we saw the movies for the first time. These outbursts are telling us something very fundamental about the nature of aurorae.”

Hyundai’s ‘Hope on Wheels’ campaign donates millions to fight childhood cancer | Univision Los Angeles

The nonprofit organization Hyundai Hope on Wheels has embarked on a national tour with the goal of bringing awareness to the disease, providing new support and granting donations totaling more than $160 million. UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital will receive $500,000 to continue their fight against this disease. (Translated from Spanish)

California might require all public universities to offer abortion pills to students | KCRW-FM’s “Press Play”

“We always look to the language of the bill itself, and what we have here is language that says abortion care is a constitutional right and part of women’s reproductive health care. So we start there. And what the concern was that people who have made that decision to terminate need access to abortion care, and medication abortion is something that they can have and that they can take advantage of,” said UCLA’s Julie Cantor.

Weill Cornell scholarships to provide debt-free medical school | Bloomberg

An early program aimed at addressing accessibility was announced by the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2012. A $100 million gift from billionaire David Geffen has funded the full cost for 264 students since the 2013-2014 year, according to the school. The scholarship is based on merit rather than need.

Iron from ancient supernovae may still be raining down on Earth | Nova

 “This is challenging work, and I’m very impressed,” says Haolan Tang, an astrophysicist and iron-60 expert at the University of California, Los Angeles who was not involved in the study. “Iron-60 is normally undetectable...and this is the first detection that is recent.”

MRI-guided biopsy best for determining future risk of prostate cancer, study shows | Medical Xpress

“We’ve found that when you use an MRI-guided biopsy to confirm what appears to be a low-risk prostate cancer, you can then tell the patient with pretty good accuracy what the future is going to entail and what his risks are of having a cancer that will require treatment in the future,” said Dr. Leonard Marks, senior author of the paper published in JAMA…. “If you know exactly where to put the biopsy needle, you have a much better chance of getting answers about a tumor,” said Marks, who holds the Jean B. deKernion Chair in the department of urology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.