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Snow might be the next clean energy source | Popular Science

He and co-inventor Richard Kaner, an inorganic chemist at UCLA, see numerous future uses. It could power a portable weather station, for example, or a wearable gadget that tracks the performance of cold-weather athletes. The device could also be integrated into solar panels, kicking in extra power during snowstorms, a scenario when solar arrays are less efficient, they said.

California’s stem cell program faces a turning point | Los Angeles Times

A stem cell-based cure developed by a team at UCLA for a rare disease — a “bubble baby” disease that deprives children of a functioning immune system — is on a path toward expected approval by the Food and Drug Administration as early as next year. It would be the first treatment funded by the program to reach the market.

Trump’s trade levers test long-term U.S. alliances | Wall Street Journal

Aaron Tornell, a Mexican-born economist at the University of California, Los Angeles, noted that since the 1980s, Mexico has turned away from left-wing isolationism toward liberalized markets and closer cooperation with the U.S. on trade and security issues such as narcotics.… Mr. Trump’s policies could “destroy the political foundations of a country that has been following liberal economic policies for the last 30 years and give more power to those who want to be like Venezuela,” Mr. Tornell said.

How much does education level affect health? | New York Times

Some clever studies have teased out the causal effects of education by exploiting natural experiments. One, by the UCLA economist Adriana Lleras-Muney, relied on state compulsory education laws enacted between 1915 and 1939. These laws required some children to obtain more education than they might have otherwise, resulting in longer lives for those that did so. According to the study, having an additional year of education by 1960 increased life expectancy at age 35 by 1.7 years.

Consumers could pay the price for Mexico tariffs | Los Angeles Times

“Mexico is one of the largest trading partners of California,” said Jerry Nickelsburg, director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast. “Our two economies are highly integrated.” Trump said a 5% tariff would be levied on all Mexican goods coming into the U.S. starting June 10 “until Mexico substantially stops the illegal inflow of aliens coming through its territory.” Those tariffs would increase to 10% on July 1 and could potentially go as high as 25% by October, he said.

Colorado bans conversion therapy for minors | New York Times

Conversion therapy has been around for more than a century. Its most common technique is talk therapy, although it is not uncommon for practitioners to use aversion treatment such as inducing nausea, vomiting or paralysis when a person is aroused by same-sex images, according to a 2018 study by the Williams Institute of the School of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles. In some cases, electric shock has been used, the study said. (Also: ABC News)

Neighborhood with worst LAX noise is left out of soundproofing program | Los Angeles Times

For Joan Ling, a lecturer in the UCLA Urban Planning Department and board member of Housing California and MoveLA, the idea of building new housing in the flight path doesn’t seem prudent, but she sees no justification for denying sound relief to those living in the existing homes. “What’s important is for the city to go out there and do some ground-up planning and figure out what the community members want,” Ling said.

The dangers of vegetarian diets for pets | Washington Post

In 2017, Gregory Okin, a geography professor at University of California at Los Angeles, calculated that if American dogs and cats formed their own country, it would rank fifth in the world in meat consumption.

Cancer drug sets new five-year survival standard | Reuters

“The uniformly negative outlook that has been associated with a diagnosis of advanced non-small cell lung cancer is certainly no longer appropriate,” said Dr. Edward Garon, a lung cancer specialist at the University of California, Los Angeles, who led the study. (Also: Medical Xpress)

A Georgia boycott of Hollywood boycott would hurt | CNBC Online

“A boycott on production in Georgia on a grand scale is possible, one could even say imminent,” said Tom Nunan, a lecturer at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. “The real question is whether or not that will have any influence on local politics.”

New York City says ‘no so fast’ to e-scooters | Bloomberg

“Two to three scooter injuries a day is still where we are,’’ says Wally Ghurabi, director of the Nethercutt Emergency Center at UCLA Medical Center. His colleagues published a report in January finding that about 250 people were treated over a one-year period for e-scooter-related injuries in hospitals in Southern California, where electric scooters are popular.

Is it a right to be protected from climate change? | Los Angeles Times

“It’s a novel legal claim,” said Ann Carlson, a professor of environmental law at UCLA.… “That highlights for the court how just expansive this legal case is and makes it difficult for the court to ignore the magnitude of the claim.” She thinks the plaintiffs have a strong case for standing. And if the three appeals court judges agree, that could bolster the prospects of future climate lawsuits.

How a South Korea boy band became the biggest in the world | CNN Online

Suk-young Kim, Director for the Center for Performance Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles thinks BTS are doing a lot for Asian males, who haven’t always been presented well in U.S. media. “BTS’s ubiquitous visibility and positive image will do much to create cool ‘Asianness,’“ she said. But she cautions against seeing BTS as a game changer for K-pop overall.

FBI information on MLK is declassified | The Conversation

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Trevor Griffey) No figure, no matter how revered, should be immune from scrutiny over their potential support for violence against women. But those weighing the evidence and its veracity should not forget that the tapes being used to facilitate this discussion were created and preserved with the goal of destroying Martin Luther King’s reputation. The FBI’s intent was to demoralize and fragment the coalition of supporters King brought together in his life, the people who find common purpose by honoring his memory.

Democratic 2020 candidates converge on California | The Guardian

“There’s a lot at stake for California in this election,” said Zev Yaroslavsky, a former LA county supervisor and the director of the Los Angeles Initiative at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. “Donald Trump is the most openly hostile president to this state that I’ve seen in my lifetime. Whether it’s on healthcare, the environment or offshore drilling, disaster aid or a woman’s right to choose, from A to Z, he’s always looking for ways to punish California.”

Zap to the brain could help retrieve memories | ScienceDaily

“We found dramatically improved memory performance when we increased the excitability of this region,” said Jesse Rissman, a UCLA assistant professor of psychology, and of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, the study’s senior author. “We think this brain area is particularly important in accessing knowledge that you formed in the past and in making decisions about it.”