The best part about bracing for bad news is that not only does it help prepare you and help you to avoid disappointment if bad news comes, but it also makes good news feel even better.

Kate Sweeny, associate professor of psychology, on her lab's finding that if people receive bad news followed by good news, they are more likely to be happy


Playing action video games has been linked with myriad enhancements in cognitive function, from low-level vision through high-level cognitive abilities, while playing many other types of games fails to produce equivalent impact on perception and cognition.

Aaron Seitz, professor of psychology, on how video games can actually improve brain processing, attention skills and cognitive functions in gamers


Generally speaking, the initiative process is popular. Politicians are not.

Shaun Bowler, professor of political science, on the different initiatives in the upcoming November 2016 ballot


The pope is delivering an important political message about our nation’s origins—that our nation is diverse, and that Spaniards and Catholics have been here for a long time and have made lasting contributions to our national culture.

Steven Hackel, professor of history, on the canonization of Junipero Serro and the controversy surrounding his legacy


The triple digit temperatures tend to hit the coastal areas more, such as downtown Los Angeles...As you go into the fall, the marine influence just weakens and weakens...and you get more hot days as well as Santa Ana winds, which are going to blow to the sea and produce the hottest temperatures toward the beach.

Richard Minnich, professor of earth sciences, about how Southern California's hot temperatures in October are not unusual, despite common beliefs


We aim for a future where everyone, with any shape and form of swimming outfit, can contribute to the cleanliness of the seas by a sports activity or simply a leisurely summer vacation.

Cengiz Ozkan and Mihri Ozkan, professors of engineering, from their research that developed a swimsuit that cleans water as people swim


But because the Los Angeles basin is so far over its carrying capacity for such pollutants, even a small addition matters.

Wayne Miller, scientist and researcher, on Volkswagen's recent scandal, in which they used software to cheat on emissions tests, allowing their cars to emit between 10 to 40 times the allowable levels of nitrogen oxides and how the added pollution might have affected Californians


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