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Baedal Minjok, Korea's leading mobile app for food delivery services, will join hands with UCLA's robotics research team to develop cooking robots, the company said Monday. Woowa Brothers, the operator of Baedal Minjok, said it has agreed with Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa) of UCLA to jointly develop robots that can cook at restaurants and homes. RoMeLa, which is led by Professor Dennis Hong of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, is widely known as the mecca for robotics research focusing on the development of humanoid robots and autonomous vehicles.... Professor Dennis Hong, who will be leading the project, said “This project will play a starring role in the evolution of the human diet.” (Also: Pulse News)
Einstein’s theory of general relativity stands, but cracks are showing | Courthouse News Service
“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,” Andrea Ghez, UCLA astronomer and professor said in an interview. [UCLA’s Tuan Do also quoted.] .] (Also: Axios, Phys.org, Forbes, International Business Times, Mashable India, Tech Times)
Actresses of color are banding together to fight for equal pay in Hollywood | Associated Press
Less work means fewer chances for an actress to build a resume and the fan base that leads to more and better roles. Yet box-office receipts and TV ratings show that audiences embrace projects with multiethnic casts, according to an annual Hollywood diversity report from the University of California, Los Angeles.
How ‘developer’ became such a dirty word | New York Times
“If you drive through the San Fernando Valley, you wouldn’t feel like someone did all of that because they were driven by a desire to create community, or that they were really modeling their housing on aesthetics,” said Jim Newton, a longtime chronicler of California for The Los Angeles Times who now teaches at U.C.L.A. “It’s just a bunch of houses and strip malls.”
California reaches climate deal with automakers, spurning Trump | Los Angeles Times
UCLA environmental law professor Ann Carlson called the deal a “huge step forward” because it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions while undermining arguments the administration had used to promote its policies. That includes the assertion that automakers can’t meet higher fuel efficiency standards. “The deal doesn’t mean that the Trump administration will abandon its efforts to freeze auto standards and take away California’s permission to issue its own standards,” Carlson said. “But the settlement does make the administration’s case a lot weaker.” (Also: UCLA’s Cara Horowitz is quoted in the Sacramento Bee and UCLA’s Julia Stein is quoted in Forbes)
Content moderators at YouTube, Facebook and Twitter see the worst of the web — and suffer silently | Washington Post
After the tech firms’ proclamations, online job boards in Manila began to light up with openings from contracting companies for “moderator,” “data analyst,” “content quality editor,” as firms went on a hiring spree, said Sarah T. Roberts, assistant professor at UCLA and author of the book “Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media.” Some tech companies already had offices there, but after the Russia hearings, growth in content moderation accelerated a hundredfold, according to an industry executive who works in the U.S. and the Philippines.
A study conducted by the University of California Los Angeles analyzed data on 6,386 women from the National Institute on Aging’s Health and Retirement Study regarding work life. Assessing data from these women over a span from age 16 to 50 who reported employment and who were married with children, researchers found that steady work may reduce Alzheimer's risk among married moms.
The new study found that some autistic children don’t show habituation — and this may explain why these children show unusual responses to sensations, such as covering their ears in noisy environments or refusing to wear clothes with itchy tags, says lead investigator Shulamite Green, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. “It’s like your brain is continuing to try to make sense out of these stimuli,” Green says. “It’s putting a lot of effort into this, and it’s very overwhelming and very exhausting.”
About one-third of Los Angeles County residents live within a mile of a drilling rig, according to a 2017 study by student researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles. Minorities are overrepresented in this population: According to the study, 44% of African Americans, 38% of Asians and 37% of Latinos live next to oil drilling sites, compared with 31% of whites.
Marcus Anthony Hunter, chair of the Department of African American Studies at UCLA, said people are fatigued. “I don’t think people are saying they can’t watch ‘When They See Us’ because of ‘When They See Us’; they’re saying they can’t watch because of Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Philando Castile.” Cell phone video and social media have empowered citizens with new tools for exposing police brutality, but the downside of those viral videos of black people being arrested for doing nothing or in danger of being killed by police can trigger a gamut of emotions from anger to hopelessness to terror. TV shows can reinforce feelings of paranoia, danger, or hopelessness. “It’s a cumulative effect that requires black people to revisit trauma and pain,” Hunter said.
Lessons from rape kits | Daily Kos
They’re equal opportunity criminals — by DNA analysis men who rape have also been convicted of petty property crimes, non-sexual assaults or other crimes. The Case Western Reserve University research also showed that the great majority of rapists are generalists, or “one-man crime waves.” “They will steal your car, they will steal your watch, and they will steal sex, so to speak, if they can get away with it,” says Neil Malamuth, a psychologist at UCLA. “They are antisocial folks who will commit all sorts of antisocial behavior, including but not limited to sexual aggression.”
LGBTQ living and mental health: From DSM to queer care | Philadelphia Gay News
The development of conversion therapy began in 1899, and over the next century, a range of procedures were utilized to attempt to turn gay men and lesbians heterosexual. A survey by The Williams Institute of UCLA Law School showed that nearly half a million Americans had undergone conversion therapy as minors.