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Supreme Court takes up gun control case that might have broader implications for gun transportation | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“It all turns on how it is that the court will decide the case,” said UCLA’s Eugene Volokh. “There may be very little practical impact from the decision if it just says this particular statute is unconstitutional because it’s the only one in the country like this and there’s not much of a justification for it.” (Approx. 3:30 mark)

Hemp and marijuana come from the same plant, but only one will get you high | Business Insider

Besides coming from the same plant, hemp and marijuana have very little in common. “Hemp is the non-drug usage of that plant, while marijuana is the drug use,” Jeff Chen, director of UCLA’s Cannabis Research Initiative, told Insider.

Did ‘The Big Bang Theory’ get the science right? A lesson in supersymmetry and economy class | Space Opinion

The writers try not to stray too far away from real science in their episodes. In fact, David Saltzberg of UCLA is both a research collaborator of mine and a scientific consultant for the show. He makes sure that the writers don’t include any scientific topic that is too outlandish and disreputable.

Behind the smiles, deep rifts remain after L.A. teachers’ strike | Los Angeles Daily News

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs professor Chris Tilly, who studies strikes and collective action, said relationships following a strike tend to fray at the local level — in this case, individual schools. “My sense is that although this strike certainly seems like a victory for the union, it didn’t go for too long. There are going to be some bridges to rebuild and communication channels to establish but I wouldn’t expect it to be a highly traumatic strike.” He suggested moving forward, it’s up to administrators and union leaders to foster dialogue.

Kavanaugh has already had an impact on the Supreme Court, starting with gun rights | Pacific Standard

According to University of California–Los Angeles law professor Adam Winkler, a specialist in constitutional law, the case (New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. New York) could have far-reaching impact, possibly creating a constitutional right to public carry that would undermine gun-control legislation across the country…. “When [Anthony] Kennedy was on the court, the justices declined to take numerous Second Amendment cases,” Winkler says. “Now, Kavanaugh is on the court, and the court jumps on one very quickly. Given what we know about the other justices, it seems clear that Kavanaugh’s confirmation has reinvigorated the justices’ appetite on the Second Amendment question.”

How should parents teach their kids about racism? | The Guardian

It’s also important for teachers, parents and teenagers themselves to understand how a teenager’s developing brain can shape their behavior, said Dan Siegel, clinical professor of psychology at the University of California Los Angeles medical school. The “remodeling” of the teenage brain into an adult brain entails four core changes: emotional sparks, social engagement, novelty-seeking and creative exploration — what Siegel calls “Essence”. The four changes represent an uptick in passion, drive to be a part of a group and a desire for new experiences that is normal for teenagers. These changes can be positive or negative, depending on how they’re fostered, Siegel said.

What are the economic and security implications of Trump’s Venezuela policy? | CBS News

Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda is a UCLA professor of Latin American studies who observed the elections in Venezuela that gave Maduro a second term last year. The U.S. and most democratic nations across the globe deemed that vote illegitimate as Maduro barred all major opposition candidates from running. Hinojosa-Ojeda tells CBS News that any U.S. military intervention could escalate the violence. “I think it’s a huge mistake,” he said. “When the United States gets involved in these types of conflicts within countries … it really polarizes the situation making the risk of bloodshed even stronger.”

Transgender youth more than three times as likely to commit suicide, CDC says | ABC News

Of the respondents, 1.8 percent answered “Yes, I am transgender,” while 94.4 percent said, “No, I am not transgender.” Another 1.6 percent answered, “I am not sure if I am transgender.” The figure of almost 2 percent is noticeably higher than a June 2016 study by The Williams Institute at UCLA, which found 0.6 percent of U.S. adults identified as trans.

Kids prefer friends who talk like they do | Science Daily

“It’s common knowledge that adults unconsciously discriminate against others based on the way they speak, but we wanted to understand when, how and why these biases develop,” said lead author Melissa Paquette-Smith of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Haptic sensors enable physical feedback in robotic surgery | R&D

UCLA engineers have developed a novel sensor that could add a sense of “touch” to robotic surgery. Robert Candler, an associate professor of electrical engineering, helped develop a haptic feedback sensor that, when placed on the tips of surgical instruments, would provide feedback on the various forces exerted on body tissues to better guide surgery…. Jonathan King, a general surgeon at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, was not directly involved in the study but said he was excited by the potential benefits of the new technology. “Robotic minimally invasive surgeries allows us to sew using finer sutures, but without physical feedback, we must use visual cues,” King said. “(Haptic feedback) would help trainees to get better used to the robotic tools and avoid breaking sutures.” (UCLA’s Mark Girgis and Jake Pensa also quoted)

Teachers’ strike is over, but LAUSD still faces threats from charters and finances | Los Angeles Times

The union “won the public perception battle about the challenges that teachers face. And I think that’s a good thing,” said UCLA education professor Tyrone Howard. But that did not change the big picture financially or with charters, he said.

Prominent ‘gay conversion therapist’ comes out as gay and offers apology | MSN News

The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law estimates as many as 700,000 LGBTQ adults in the US have undergone some kind of “therapy” in an effort to change their sexuality.

Japan’s approval of stem-cell treatment for spinal-cord injury concerns scientists | Nature

Studies in the early to mid 2000s found that MSCs [mesenchymal stem cells] could take on certain features of neurons, such as expressing some of the same proteins, but the idea that they can function as neurons has been widely discarded. So it is very unlikely that the MSCs converted to neurons in the trial, says Bruce Dobkin, a neurologist at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Life on earth may have come from a collision with ancient planet more than 4 billion years ago | Fox News

The hypothesized planet has often been referred to as Theia, including in a 2016 study from scientists at UCLA.

Owens Valley | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“The city did go in and quietly purchase up to around 90 percent of the private land in Inyo County,” said UCLA’s Jon Christensen. “Owens Valley’s lake dried up, there’s now often toxic dust clouds that blow up from that dry valley and cause real health and respiratory problems. The Owens River lacked water for a very long time.” (Approx. 41:10 mark)