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Hubble Telescope zooms in on interstellar visitor | Associated Press

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the best pictures yet of our newest interstellar visitor. This comet from outside our solar system is zooming by us at a blistering 110,000 mph (177,000 kph). Hubble caught some glam shots over the weekend from a distance of 260 million miles (420 million kilometers). The photos were released Wednesday… “It’s a puzzle why these two are so different,” David Jewitt of the University of California, Los Angeles, who led the Hubble observation team, said in a statement. (Also: CNET, TechCrunch, Fox News, La Opinión, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Daily Mail (U.K.), Universe Today)

Planetary ‘autopsies’ indicate worlds like Earth common in the cosmos | Reuters

“The more we find commonalities between planets made in our solar system and those around other stars, the more the odds are enhanced that the Earth is not unusual,” said Edward Young, a geochemistry and cosmochemistry professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), who helped lead the study published in the journal Science. “The more Earth-like planets, the greater the odds for life as we understand it.” (Also: Space.com, Physics World, Cosmos, Phys.org, Science Daily, Vice, Scienmag, Medium)

Mitochondria work more like a Tesla car battery than a household Duracell | United Press International

“Nobody had looked at this before because we were so locked into this way of thinking; the assumption was that one mitochondrion meant one battery,” Orian Shirihai, a professor of medicine in endocrinology and pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, said in a news release.

Nasty letters. Funding threats. Here’s why California’s clean air fight with the feds matters | CALmatters

There’s more to the story than California trading barbs with the feds, according to University of California Los Angeles environmental law professor Ann Carlson. “This is EPA being willing to play very fast and loose with the facts in order to push the president’s agenda.” 

Los Angeles mansion sets U.S. market record with $225 million price tag | Guardian

But it remains to be seen whether it will sell at its eye-popping listing price, says Paul Habibi, a real estate professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. Habibi says that we’re late in the expansion cycle — when developers create new properties — and the market is at an all-time high in terms of pricing. “Even more relevant is the idea that we have this uber-wealthy segment of society that has the means to purchase such a home,” he says. “The likelihood that a house could sell in the nine-figures is significantly higher than it was five or 10 years ago.”

Why do pigeons bob their heads? | LiveScience

What we see as a “bob” is actually the head sliding smoothly forward and then waiting for the body to catch up. We perceive it as a bob because the motion unfolds so rapidly. “This happens on average five to eight times a second as a pigeon is walking,” Aaron Blaisdell, a professor of psychology who studies animal cognition, including that of pigeons, at the University of California, Los Angeles, told Live Science. “That’s fast enough that, for us, we don’t process it as the actual event unfolds and our minds treat it like a bob.”

Kombucha isn’t making you any healthier | Vice

In ancient Europe and Asia, sugar and tea were relatively scarce commodities. So kombucha—a fermented tea produced by feeding sugar to bacteria and yeast—was a high-end beverage, a sign of privilege, says Zhaoping Li, professor of medicine and chief of the division of clinical nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Facing a deepening housing crisis, Gov. Newsom says he’s still ‘pleased’ with his work on it | Los Angeles Times

There are few signs the state is making the kind of progress Newsom had hoped for in addressing its housing issues, and homelessness is now an even more pressing problem than when he took office. “It seems like a pretty meaningful failure,” said Michael Lens, an associate professor of urban planning and public policy at UCLA. “Either a failure of commitment or a failure of effort.”

As ‘green wave’ spreads, marijuana funds create new dilemmas for education leaders | Education Dive

Researchers are also learning the earlier people begin using cannabis, the more likely they are to develop cannabis use disorder, marked by symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, withdrawal symptoms and craving, explains Ziva Cooper, research director at the University of California, Los Angeles’ Cannabis Research Initiative. “A lot of people aren’t aware that withdrawal or dependence actually occurs,” she says.

Council President Wesson moves to establish $30 minimum wage for rideshare drivers | Los Angeles Sentinel

Last year, the Economic Policy Institute found that the average W-2 employee equivalent wage for Uber drivers after expenses, fees, and taxes is $9.21 an hour. A study by the UCLA Labor Center concluded that nearly 1 in 5 rideshare drivers in Los Angeles receive some form of public assistance and 44% struggle to pay for work expenses.

Study: Racism shortens lives and hurts the health of blacks by promoting genes that lead to inflammation and illness | Edge Media Network Commentary

Until recently, we scientists did not know the mechanism linking racism to health. The new study from my lab here at USC and colleagues at UCLA shows that the function of genes may explain this relationship. As it turns out, our study showed that genes that promote inflammation are expressed more often in blacks than in whites. We believe that exposure to racism is why.

UCLA study reveals educational and social challenges affecting black youth in Los Angeles County | L.A. Watts Times

A recent study published by UCLA graduates exhibits Black students in LA County disproportionately attending schools that the state declared as “low-performing” or lack the critical resources needed to alleviate the many social and psychological needs of their students. “The academic achievement of Black and low-income students in California has been a focus for many decades in schools. Yet our failure to recognize that schools alone cannot address poverty and unhealthy community conditions has made it more difficult for social policies to have a positive impact on the needs of our most vulnerable children,” Joseph Bishop, Director of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Center for the Transformation of Schools stated.

LA City Council orders study of $30 minimum wage for Uber, Lyft drivers | Los Angeles Daily News

The Los Angeles City Council this week ordered a study into a proposal to set a $30 minimum wage for drivers for ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft. The move comes as a think tank, the Economic Policy Institute, determined that the average hourly wage of Uber drivers is $9.21. A UCLA Labor Center study also found that a fifth of drivers in Los Angeles receive public assistance and 44% struggle with gas, insurance and maintenance expenses.

Whole genome sequencing could help save pumas from inbreeding | Scienmag

More insights will come as scientists ramp up whole genome sequencing. Sequencing the full genomes of many individuals across a species’ range is “tremendously valuable,” explains Brad Shaffer, director of the UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science. “That can tell us a lot about the potential for climate adaptation and other critical conservation goals.”

‘Linda Vallejo: Brown Belongings’ captures cultural zeitgeist | LatinoLA

Asserts Chon A. Noriega, Director and Professor at UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center in the CSRC’s newsletter: “These historical gestures situate her work in the context of two crossings: that of the Moors crossing the Strait of Gibraltar to the Iberian Peninsula, and that of Mexicans crossing the US border during the Mexican Revolution and the rise of U.S. agribusiness, which required a massive labor force. These histories, woven together, are all about place and belonging. Brown belongings.”

Ophthalmologists have found effective treatments for diabetic retinopathy | Asian News International

“Accurate, real-time diagnosis holds great promise for the millions of patients living with diabetes. In addition to increased accessibility, a prompt diagnosis made possible with AI means identifying those at risk of blindness and getting them in front of an ophthalmologist for treatment before it is too late,” said Srinivas Sadda, MD of the Doheny Eye Institute/UCLA.

UCLA releases first in-depth empirical study of court-ordered community service | KPCC-FM

“The average person doing community service in L.A. is going to be a low income person of color. Period,” said UCLA’s Tia Koonse.