Could Nanotechnology Spark Another 'Silent Spring'?
A Biologist Investigates How the Booming Demand for Microscopic Materials Could Threaten Fragile Ecosystems
More Than a Century After His Death, a Paris Exhibition Illuminates Both the Tawdry and the Transcendent
The French have always loved Oscar Wilde, just as he always loved them. Long before Britain sent him to jail for enjoying sex with other males in 1895, he made Paris his spiritual home. He wrote the erotic tragedy Salomé (1892) in French, but the Examiner of Plays in London banned it after deeming it “half Biblical, half pornographic.” Much later, when he left prison in May 1897, he had to escape London, since his reputation there was ruined. So he crossed the Channel to Paris, where he resided, as “Mr. Sebastian Melmoth,” for much of the next three and a half years. ...
Experts Say GMO Controversies Are Overblown—and Distract Us From Bigger Food Problems
The Gleaming Potty Art Isn’t Genius, But That Won’t Halt the Curious … Or the Instagram Crowd
After an Arduous Journey Emigrating from Vietnam in the ‘70s, the Author Benefitted from Both Personal Resilience and Public Assistance
I spoke my first words on a boat: “milk,” “cockroach,” and “itchy.” An unusual toddler vocabulary perhaps, but not surprising considering that I spent the second year of my life on a freighter with thousands of other people, a floating petri dish of equal parts vomit, diarrhea, desperation, and hope. Every inch of that boat teemed with refugees: the cargo hull, hallways, and deck. Even the captain’s steering room had ceased to be a sanctuary. ...
Our Craving for Comfort and Our Broken Health Care System Are Fueling a Deadly Epidemic
A Poet’s Powerful Example Inspired Immigrant Students in South L.A. to Dream Bigger
Two Assistant Principals Learned Their High School Didn’t Need a Special Status to Be Academically Rigorous and Locally Respected
Active Shooter Scenario Training is Highly Imperfect But Highly Necessary
A good part of what was so distressing about this month’s active shooter episode at UCLA was the familiarity of it all.
The death of William Klug, a brilliant and affable young professor, at the hands of a mad former graduate student, was the chief tragedy. But as our campus was taken over June 1 by a veritable army of armed law enforcement personnel in helicopters, police cars, and trucks, I couldn’t help but think: Here we go again. ...
People Can’t Be Too Transparent About Who They Are—Although Sometimes I’m Too Transparent
Yalda Uhls is an award-winning child psychological researcher. Her new ...
In the Age of the Angry Asian Man Blog, 113-year-old Japanese-American Newspaper 'The Rafu Shimpo' Reaches Out to New Readers
Long before I was the English editor of The Rafu Shimpo—the newspaper that covers Japanese-American communities up and down the Pacific Coast and other Japanese-American hubs like Denver, New York, and Chicago—I was a Japanese-American kid from San Pedro seeking out my place in the universe.
In San Pedro, a blue-collar coastal neighborhood defined by the Port of Los Angeles and its large population of Italians and Croatians, I never thought about my cultural identity. Japanese-Americans were ...
The Bard's Plays Not Only Reflect Legal Culture—They Also Shape It
Internet Exposure Can Improve Children's Learning—but It's Still No Substitute for Real-World Experience
An 8-year-old American child has never known a world without an iPhone. For today’s kids, smartwatches, video chats, and virtual reality aren’t harbingers of the high-tech future that adults have dreamed of for decades, but the simple accessories of an always-connected present. In kids’ eyes, the future is now. The first car they drive will probably be able to drive itself.
The glue that holds this connected world together is, of course, the internet. And while many adults came of age at a time when getting onto the internet involved sitting at a desk and suffering through ...
The Incendiary Candidate’s Popularity Isn’t Surprising If You Understand the Art of Persuasion
Websites Like DraftKings and FanDuel Bear All the Hallmarks of Gambling—Including Addiction
If I Had to Be a Mollusk, I’d Be an Abalone
Gene Block became chancellor of UCLA in August 2007. An expert in neuroscience, Block’s current research focuses on the effects of aging in the nervous system and how it impacts ...
A High BMI Could Increase Your Insurance Premium, but the Notorious Metric Is Only as Accurate as a Coin Flip
You’ve just returned from your morning run and you’re rustling through your snail mail when you receive some shocking news—an official memo from your employer informing you that your health insurance premium is increasing by 30 percent. You’ve been deemed a health risk, and you are being charged accordingly.
Yet you’re the picture of health: A run is part of your daily routine, you passed your last physical with flying colors, and kale is your favorite food. This must be some sort of mistake. But you read the fine ...
I’m a Classically Trained Cellist, But I Also Play in Rock Bands
Rev. Lori Koutouratsas is a palliative-care chaplain at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. Before joining a Zócalo/UCLA panel discussion on end-of-life care—“Does Medicine ...
If We Want to Think Clearly and Stay Fit, We Are the Ones Who Have to Unplug, Say UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and Other Researchers
The Arrival of the Zika Virus in the U.S. Reminds Us That the First Line of Defense Is Our Own Backyards
Hospitals Have Gotten Better at Keeping Us Alive, But That Also Means Thornier Questions at the End of Life
UCLA Chancellor and biobehavioral scientist Gene Block explains what we can do to save ourselves from the damaging effects ...
People Don’t Understand How Important Nurses Are
Katherine Brown-Saltzman is an assistant clinical professor at the UCLA School of Nursing and the co-director of the university’s Health System Ethics ...
Lessons on Coexistence from Jane Austen's London
Is it right to talk about friendship in a time of hatred? More specifically, is it right to consider Muslim affection for the West when, from London to Boston to Paris and now perhaps San Bernardino, Muslims appear to be saying we hate you?
In trying to make sense of these attacks, security analysts have looked at the social profiles of the terrorists in London, Madrid, Paris, and Boston. But there is no clear pattern to be discerned. There is no pattern of poverty, no pattern of being oppressed, no pattern of poor ...
A South L.A. Charter School Offers a Personalized Formula for Success
Options, Not Treatment, May Be What's Most Needed at the End of Life