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The top public schools in the WSJ/THE college rankings | Wall Street Journal

The University of California, Los Angeles tops the chart for public schools and ranks No. 25 overall. In the rankings, UCLA placed highly in the environment and engagement categories, fifth and 11th, respectively, among all schools public and private. Environment measures diversity on campus, while engagement rates how involved students said they felt both inside and outside the classroom.

Walmart to limit ammunition sales and discourage ‘open carry’ of guns in stores | New York Times

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see people force a confrontation and try to ruffle Walmart’s feathers,” said Adam Winkler, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of “Gun Fight: the Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America.” “The Store employees are the ones who will have to solve the problem without getting themselves shot.” (Winkler is also interviewed on Marketplace)

Gay fathers receive less parental leave than other couples, study says | Reuters

The study by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) examined paternity laws in 33 member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) that offer paid leave to new parents…. “A lot of the differences in leave stem from gender stereotypes where women are the primary caregivers,” Elizabeth Wong, the lead author, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. (UCLA’s Jody Heymann also quoted)

Could this new mineral be from a destroyed planet’s core? | Smithsonian

Still, Chi Ma, a mineralogist at Caltech, and Alan E. Rubin, a cosmochemist at the University of California, Los Angeles, were able to get a piece of the meteorite to study last year. Looking at the rock closely, they were able to find tiny grains of a mineral called Fe5C2, which is a byproduct of iron smelting. By tradition, minerals aren’t named unless they are naturally occurring, so the team dubbed the substance edscottite in honor of pioneering cosmochemist Edward R. Scott who studies meteorites at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. 

D.C. delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton wants more action on hate crimes in city | CBS News

Members of D.C.’s LBGTQ community are disproportionately affected by hate crimes. The city has the highest LGBTQ population rate in the United States, according to a new study from Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. Police and court records reported by the Post revealed that LGBTQ residents have been targets of suspected hate crimes in D.C. more often than any other group of residents — accounting for nearly half of such cases in the city last year.

Have plastic bottles had an impact on our DNA via epigenetics? | ABC (Australian Broadcast Corp)

“My understanding actually is that we still don’t really have a good clue as to what is going on biologically. It seems that the epigenome could have evolved to control metabolism,” said UCLA’s Patrick Allard…. “The epigenome is just a ‘bookmark’ telling the cell ‘read this passage here; that’s what’s important right now for you.’”

Facebook could be scrapping ‘like’ counts from site in the future | Tech Times

According to a study by UCLA published in Psychological Science in 2016, social media likes activated the rewards circuits of a teenager’s brain, which is the same part that gets triggered by chocolate. Additionally, teenagers were found to be more likely to like a photo if they see more Likes on it already. This urge for conformity highlights the significance of peer approval to teenagers, which is on display on social media…. “If your teen’s friends are displaying positive behavior, then it’s fabulous that your teen will see that behavior and be influenced by it,” lead author Lauren Sherman explained in a statement. (Also: CBS News)

Walmart’s decision to ban certain ammunition fills vacuum left by lack of laws | MarketWatch

State-level firearm bills between 1990 and 2014 have a passage rate of just 15.6%, according to researchers at Harvard Business School and University of California, Los Angeles.

Thousands of conversion therapy victims are still forced into discredited practice each year | Insider

According to a study from the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, published in 2018, more than 698,000 people have undergone conversion therapy in the United States, and thousands more will likely face the discredited therapy in the future.

The other Twitterverse: Squirrels eavesdrop on birds, researchers say | NPR

Daniel Blumstein, a behavioral ecologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, says this is a great study with convincing results…. He says researchers have long focused on how individual species respond to other individual species. But increasingly, people are thinking about more complex communication networks in nature, which Blumstein describes as being sort of like “Facebook for birds.”

San Diego home building continues to plummet. Biggest drop in SoCal | San Diego Union-Tribune

Some groups are still forecasting increased homebuilding for California by the end of the year. The California Department of Finance predicts 11.7 percent more units built this year compared to 2018, and the UCLA Business Forecasting Project predicts 6.3 percent.

Fighting the shame of skin picking | New York Times

Government grants to study the disorders have been hard to come by. Ms. Raikes recently oversaw a patient-led fund-raising effort of more than $2 million for a precision-medicine study that aims to index roughly 272 patients with body-focused repetitive behaviors in search of commonalities such as genetic biomarkers that could lead to more targeted treatments. The study — a collaboration between researchers at Harvard University, the University of Chicago, the University of California, Los Angeles, and Stellenbosch University in South Africa — is underway, and researchers said they hope to publish related findings by next year.

A new way to study high-energy gamma rays | Symmetry Magazine

Rene Ong, an astrophysicist at UCLA and the co-spokesperson for the project, says that CTA is unique in that it will function as both an experiment — zeroing in to investigate specific points and topics of interest — and an observatory — creating an overall record of a portion of the night sky over time…. “CTA will operate like an astronomical facility with a mix of guest-observer time, dedicated time for major observation projects, and time reserved for the CTA observatory director,” he says.