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Einstein’s theory of general relativity stands, a study says — for now | CNN

“Einstein's right, at least for now,” said Andrea Ghez, a co-lead author of the research and astronomy professor at the University of California Los Angeles, in a statement. “We can absolutely rule out Newton's law of gravity. Our observations are consistent with Einstein’s theory of general relativity. However, his theory is definitely showing vulnerability. It cannot fully explain gravity inside a black hole, and at some point we will need to move beyond Einstein’s theory to a more comprehensive theory of gravity that explains what a black hole is.” (Also: National Geographic, NBC News, Reuters, Smithsonian,  SpaceDaily, LiveScience, New Scientist)

CBS News investigation finds fraudulent court orders used to change Google search results | CBS News

“It never even crossed my mind that people would have the guts to actually go out there and just forge a court document,” said Eugene Volokh, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who specializes in internet law. Volokh points out that forging a court document is criminal. “Part of it is just how brazen it is. They take a judge’s signature and they copy it from one order to another order and they pretend something is a court order. It’s cheaper and it’s faster — if they don’t get caught,” Volokh said. CBS News worked with Volokh and identified more than 60 fraudulent court orders sent to Google.

Detained migrant children need continuous medical care | Scientific American

“The rights of the child and their health and health care really need to be thought about as separate from the legal process that’s unfolding,” says Elizabeth Barnert, a pediatrician at the University of California, Los Angeles, who studies the effects of juvenile incarceration on children’s health. She says health care processes should be consistent across the various facilities in which children have been held. “While it’s great that the children are being released [to sponsors], you do worry when things have happened hastily,” she says.

Native Hawaiians halt construction of giant telescope | New Scientist

“If we were talking about putting a coal-fired power plant or a factory or something up there, I’d be the first to say ‘hold on’,” says David Jewitt, an astronomer at the University of California, Los Angeles, who uses big telescopes to study the outer solar system. “But we’re not. Astronomy is about as pure and as clean as you can get, so what’s the big deal?”

What a new report says about disability representation in children’s TV shows | Forbes

The findings within “Is TV Making Your Child Prejudiced: A Report into Pre-school Programming” echo previous research from the GLAAD Media Institute and the Center for Scholars and Storytellers out of Toronto’s Ryerson University and UCLA, which suggests that disabled characters (and actors, even more so) are woefully underrepresented onscreen.

Mark Kleiman, who fought to lift ban on marijuana, dies at 68 | New York Times

Author, blogger, adviser to government and a teacher at New York University and the University of California, Los Angeles, Professor Kleiman considered himself a “policy entrepreneur.” His purview extended beyond drugs to the broader criminal justice system.

Congo rain forest dry season growing at accelerated rate | Eos

These results bring “much needed attention to climate changes in Congo Basin,” according to Rong Fu, a climate change hydrologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved with this study. She added that “the rapid increase of dry season length reported in this paper raises serious concerns on the health of Congo rain forests [and] associated ecosystems.”

Tinder introduces safety feature to protect LGBTQ travelers | NBC News

The relatively high number of queer people using dating apps, therefore, makes increased protections a more urgent matter, said Ian Holloway, an assistant professor of social welfare at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. “Tinder’s Traveler Alert is a great idea, but I wonder how it would translate to LGBTQ-specific platforms, where people know others’ sexuality by virtue of being on those apps,” Holloway said.

An industry organizes against decades of exploitation | New York Times

Antonia Crane, a dancer, author, and writing instructor at UCLA Extension, is hoping to capitalize on the Dynamex decision. Ms. Crane, who did not want to share her age, is a founder of Soldiers of Pole, a labor movement of strippers striving to become a union. “Right now, the Supreme Court is saying, ‘you don’t even have to convince us,’” Ms. Crane said. “‘You’re employees, you have rights and the ability to organize.’”

These 2020 Democrats are barely paying some workers $15 an hour | Vice

Jason Oh, a tax attorney and faculty adviser at the University of California-Los Angeles’s Colloquium on Tax Policy & Public Finance, reverse-engineered the math. If an employee is single, without dependents, and living in a state without additional income tax, $15 an hour for a 40-hour work week means she would be making about $30,000 annually.

Is Trump’s use of identity politics strategic? | FiveThirtyEight

Figuring out the exact role of Trump’s identity politics in the general election is more murky. In their book, “Identity Crisis,” Sides, Tesler and UCLA’s Lynn Vavreck argue that in the general election, Trump won over voters in swing states like Michigan and Wisconsin, including people who had previously backed Obama, by appealing to their conservative views on issues like immigration.

Exploring the human brain with virtual reality | Nature

“Virtual reality allows the brain to make a map using only vision,” said Mayank Mehta, UCLA professor of physics, neurology and neurobiology. “Now we are going to see how the brain makes a map in the real world, where all the senses are telling you where you are, not just vision…. We can measure the activity of the same neurons in the real and virtual worlds and we can compare whether the map of the space that neurons made in the real world looks exactly the same as virtual reality or not.” (Approx. 6:52 mark)

Metro leaders look to reverse ridership declines on buses | Curbed Los Angeles

In a recent analysis, Juan Matute, associate director of the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies, found that Metro buses now travel at an average speed of 10.8 miles per hour. That’s a slowdown of 12.6 percent since 1994, largely due to rising traffic congestion across the Los Angeles region.

Eating 60g of walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts each day boosts the libido of men | Daily Mail (U.K.)

Other trials, including one by experts at the University of California, Los Angeles, have found eating nuts can be a beneficial aid to sperm quality. It revealed sperm shape, movement and vitality improved in men who added walnuts to their diet over 12 weeks.