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As California burns, generator companies make a power grab | NBC News

“We’re facing this weird new world where PG&E is going to be able to shut down power and put people out of power for more days at a time,” Ann Carlson, an environmental law professor at the UCLA School of Law, told NBC News. “The whole question shifts because suddenly you have lots and lots of generators being run all the time.… We don’t know what the cumulative impact will be.”

Should your cat be vegan? | Wall Street Journal

A 2017 study from the University of California, Los Angeles found production of cat and dog food is responsible for a quarter of the environmental impact — the study looked at factors such as land use, water use and fossil-fuel consumption — from animal agriculture in the U.S.

Rowena Chiu’s Weinstein allegation highlights the issue of race in sexual assault | NBC News

In the 16th and 17th centuries, Europeans imagined the East or the “Orient” as exotic and immoral, Catherine Ceniza Choy, professor of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, told NBC News. As European and American colonizers expanded into Asia, they perpetuated ideas of Asian women as attractive, available and submissive, cementing this characterization through postcards and photographs…. “Twentieth-century popular culture, especially the stereotyping of Asian women in Hollywood films as dragon ladies, lotus blossoms, geishas and prostitutes with hearts of gold, furthered the reach of these one-dimensional fantasies in more contemporary times,” Choy said.

As U.S.-China rivalry spills into education, UCLA hits out at ‘corrosive’ racial profiling of foreign students | South China Morning Post

“Racial profiling, in any context, is corrosive to our community,” the statement, issued by the chancellor’s office, said. “The important research that UCLA undertakes does not arbitrarily stop at our national borders … Our collaborative spirit has helped us to thrive, and we are committed to protecting a research and teaching environment that is open and cooperative, and facilitates the appropriate exchange of research results.”

Ella Dabney: KNX Hero of the Week | KNX 1070-AM

“A medical therapy doll is a doll that looks somewhat like a gingerbread person, and they’re very plain,” explains Mira Costa High School student Ella Dabney. “They are used by a child specialist, to explain to pediatric patients what kind of procedures they will endure.” Over the last year and half, Ella has donated around eighty dolls to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. 

People of color make gains in mayoral race across the U.S. | Associated Press

Matt A. Barreto, a political science and Chicano studies professor at UCLA, said the victories are a result of new grassroots campaigns that focus on local races. “These campaigns are being led by people of color and younger people,” Barreto said. “And we are seeing the effects of these more diverse voices.” Barreto said the often overlooked local races were important because they set up a “bench” for future candidates seeking higher offices. “These folks are tomorrow’s state legislator, governors and members of Congress,” he said.

Riding while drunk and other dangers of the electric scooter craze | New York Times

“New York City is one of the places that, without the prohibition, the companies would have launched in long ago,” said Juan Matute, the deputy director of the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies. “It has density, the ability to pay, a preponderance of short trips. And people are looking for an alternative to the subway.”

Why do we associate love with the heart? | HuffPost

“Everyone can describe a time when their heart flutters because they saw their crush. And everyone can describe a time of intense heart pain when they were crushed by their love,” Dr. Karol Watson, a professor of medicine and cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, told HuffPost. “You see the love of your life, your heart starts fluttering and flip-flopping, and it’s like, ‘Oh, wow! That’s my heart! And it’s telling me that I’m in love!’”

Leonard Kleinrock and Vint Cerf on the invention of the web | PBS’s “Amanpour & Co.”

“When is the last time Facebook asked you for your privacy policy? They haven’t. They give you their privacy policy in a 20- or 30-page legal document you can’t interpret. And they say take it or leave it. It should be and is possible where you can articulate what you want in terms of can I have your contact data base, tracking your keystrokes, looking at your e-mail, et cetera. You identify what policy are you willing to have applied to you? And they should present in an easy-to-understand way what they’re doing, what they’re asking,” said UCLA’s Leonard Kleinrock.

This group of voters could swing the 2020 election | CNN

Two other new surveys offer further insights into what these patterns might mean for 2020. One is the new Nationscape project, a weekly survey of 6,000 Americans conducted by the Democracy Fund’s Voter Study Group and two political scientists at the University of California at Los Angeles. At my request, the project combined results of its surveys from mid-July to late October to explore early preferences among these groups in a potential 2020 race between Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Kevin de León: ‘If it weren’t for Prop 187, I would have never entered politics’ | La Opinión

A professor at UCLA and USC, financial advisor for energy investments and 2020 candidate for Los Angeles City Council, [Kevin de León] believes that we will never return to the past status quo. “Latinos are very alert. Fabián Núñez, who reached the highest seat in the state assembly, and a certain Kevin, who reached the highest seat in the state senate, were born out of Prop 187 in California,” he said. (Translated from Spanish)

30 tips to help you live long, be happy, and have financial success | Reader’s Digest

Falls are one of the most overlooked health threats facing older adults, says Alan Castel, PhD, principal investigator for the Memory and Lifespan Cognition Lab at the University of California, Los Angeles, and author of Better with Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging. According to the CDC, the death rate from falls rose 31 percent from 2007 to 2016. Taking yoga or tai chi has been found to be especially effective, but you can sharpen your balance in less formal ways. “I practice it every morning when I am brushing my teeth by standing on one leg for one minute, and then switching,” Castel says.

What failing 15% of the time actually looks like | HuffPost (U.K.)

The Arizona researchers, with collaborators at Brown University, the University of California, Los Angeles and Princeton, came up with the so-called “85% Rule” after conducting a series of machine-learning experiments, in which they taught computers simple tasks, such as classifying different patterns into categories. The computers learned fastest in situations where the difficulty was such that they responded with 85% accuracy.

Study finds LGBTQ characters hit record high on network TV | Associated Press

An estimated 4.5% of adults in the United States, approximately 11.3 million people, identify as LGBTQ, according to new analysis by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.

New solar panel design inspiration: how do sunflowers get the most out of the sun’s bright light? | Science Times

In a recent report published in Nature Nanotechnology, scientists from UCLA make use of this information to create an artificial material that mimics the circadian rhythm of the sunflower. Although some substances are capable of moving towards the direction of light, these existing materials tend to stop arbitrarily. This gives the sunflower-like biomimetic omnidirectional tracker, or SunBOT as the researchers call it, an advantage point. SunBOTs regulate their own movements so that they face the sun at an optimal position that allows them to absorb light from the sun efficiently.

Carbon dioxide capture and use could become big business | Phys.org

“The analysis we presented makes clear that carbon dioxide utilization can be part of the solution to combat climate change, but only if those with the power to make decisions at every level of government and finance commit to changing policies and providing market incentives across multiple sectors,” said Emily Carter, a distinguished professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering and a co-author of the paper. “The urgency is huge and we have little time left to effect change.” (Also: Scienmag)