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How climate change primed California’s power shutdown | National Geographic

Crucially, that effect increases exponentially with every degree of warming, explains Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles. That means that today’s hotter, climate-changed air is much more effective at drying vegetation to a crackle than it was 100 years ago. “All else being equal, in a warmer world, vegetation is going to be drier, even in a place like California where vegetation is usually dry by autumn. You can still make it drier,” says Swain — and that’s exactly what scientists have watched develop over the past few decades. (Also: Wired, Salon, Phys.org)

Why author Adam Winkler doesn’t wait for inspiration to start writing | PBS’ “NewsHour”

“After I received tenure at UCLA School of Law, I decided to focus on other, more high-profile issues, like the Second Amendment. As I was finishing my book on guns (“Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America”), Citizens United came down. I knew right then what my next book would be about: the hidden history of how corporations won constitutional rights,” said UCLA’s Adam Winkler.

Trump’s policies, as well as anti-immigrant violence, disturbed these Latinos. Now they’re taking action | Los Angeles Times

For Laura Gomez, a law professor at UCLA, the scapegoating of immigrants specifically and Latinos in general feels familiar and cyclical…. Gomez said that the battle over Proposition 187 helped shape a new generation of young Latinos politically, with repercussions that have continued into the present — notably, California’s shift from a purple state three decades ago to a deep-blue one now. “There was a lot of energy in the law students,” Gomez said. “Some of the students that were protesting then are leaders today.”

Sweeping study raises questions about who benefits from buyouts of flood-prone homes | KCRW-FM

“Without public support, it’s clear that many people will be left without sufficient resources to move out of harm’s way,” says Liz Koslov, who studies how communities decide to relocate at the University of California, Los Angeles, and reviewed the study before it was published Tuesday in the journal Science Advances.

Native American boys suspended more than other students in Sacramento area, state, report says | Sacramento Bee

In 2017, suspensions in California resulted in more than 760,000 missed days of instruction. Black and Native American students who were suspended missed more days per capita than any other racial or ethnic group, according to a report by the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at UCLA.

88% of those polled engage in distracted eating | Cape Cod Times

“While I haven’t heard it called zombie eating before, I am fully aware of the possible detriments of eating while staring at a screen or essentially not being aware while eating,” said Dana Hunnes, senior dietitian at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and adjunct assistant professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. “It is something people should watch out for because when we do not pay attention to our senses, whether that be appetite, satiety, fullness or frankly even taste, we tend to overeat and/or be out of touch with how it feels to be satiated or satisfied, which can lead to overeating.”

Impeachment latest: Trump blocks witnesses from testifying | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“As we’ve seen when witnesses actually have come forward, Republicans will have their chance to question, that’s for certain, and if they want to use that chance to try to criticize Joe Biden, that will be their lookout,” said UCLA’s Harry Litman. (Approximately 12:08 mark)

School meals: a reflection of growing poverty in LA | CALmatters

Dr. Pedro Noguera, a professor of social sciences at UCLA’s Department of Chicano Studies, said that for the most part, school districts fail to distribute the resources to the students most in need.  “Two things happen in many Los Angeles schools: children are poor and also have other important needs to worry about, such as housing and access to health,” he said. “The schools do not have the resources to address all the problems and the children struggle because the districts do not allocate the resources in the schools that need them most.”

Two mountain lions found dead in Santa Monica Mountains had ingested rat poison | Los Angeles Times

In bobcats, fatal mange is highly correlated with the degree of their exposure to rat poisons. Studies by UCLA and the National Park Service have found bobcats exposed to rat poison have weaker immune systems and altered gene expression.

How housing wealth transferred from families to corporations | CityLab

But today, a large and growing share of single-family rental homes are owned and managed by large corporations, real-estate firms, and financial institutions. The percentage of home owners is at its lowest level since the 1960s. Those are the big takeaways of a recent study by Andrea Eisfeldt of UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and industry expert Andrew Demers, published as a working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

Two dozen new state laws will tackle wildfires in California | KPCC-FM

“Breeding the conditions for our homebuilding to be more resilient will be helpful. Breeding the conditions for existing housing to be more defensible against fire, this bill package also includes some provisions that will increase the state oversight over the utilities’ own plans,” said UCLA’s Sean Hecht.

Supreme Court appears divided over whether landmark civil rights law protects LGBT people from job discrimination | Daily Mail (U.K.)

A ruling for employees who were fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity would have a big impact for the estimated 8.1 million LGBT workers across the country because most states don't protect them from workplace discrimination.  An estimated 11.3 million LGBT people live in the US, according to the Williams Institute at the UCLA law school.

Pulmonologist discusses educating children about health risks of vaping | Medical Xpress

Recent CDC data also shows that 1 in 4 high school students vape, and that e-cigarette use among middle school students is on the rise. UCLA pediatric pulmonologist Dr. Eric Hamberger explains how vaping affects children's health, and how parents can keep their kids safe and informed about the dangers of e-cigarettes.

AI-based cytometer detects rare cells in blood using magnetic modulation and deep learning | Phys.org

Researchers at UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering have developed a new cytometry platform to detect rare cells in blood with high throughput and low cost. Published in Light: Science and Applications, this novel cytometry technique, termed magnetically modulated lensless speckle imaging, first uses magnetic bead labelling to enrich the target cells.

How to raise a vegan dog | San Francisco Chronicle

Bethencourt said he was inspired to start the company when he learned that pets are responsible for a surprising 25% to 30% of meat consumption in the U.S., according to a 2017 UCLA study. A longtime vegan who previously fed his dogs a meat-based diet, he also became concerned about safety issues in the industry, such as a recent recall of Gravy Train dog food tainted with a drug used to euthanize animals.