• Does power help or hurt perspective-taking?

    Does power help or hurt perspective-taking?

    First comes love, then comes the realization that we are navigating life’s journey with another person who may have different thoughts, feelings, and beliefs than us. How do we deal with having differing viewpoints from our romantic partners? Perspective-taking...

  • Skirting Death from Above

    Skirting Death from Above

    An isolated, wind-battered island in the Pacific. Telltale signs of intruders, venturing far beyond typical stomping grounds, wreaking havoc on locals. And the efforts of detectives, law enforcement, and concerned citizens, helping to crack the mystery...

  • Charles Townes, laser inventor, turns 99

    Charles Townes, laser inventor, turns 99

    On July 28th, Charles Townes celebrated a very special birthday. His 99th to be exact. It was indeed a very special birthday, not only for Townes, but for scientists and modern society as a whole, for 2014 also marks the 50th anniversary of his Nobel...

  • Dinosaur eggs and ancient mammals

    Dinosaur eggs and ancient mammals

    Everything we see when we look around at the natural world has an incredibly long and intriguing history. Ashley Poust, a third year graduate student at UC Berkeley in the paleontology department, studies this history and the records provided in the earth...

  • Alternative science career: Become an organoleptic taste tester

    Alternative science career: Become an organoleptic taste tester

    One bored lunch, I was lazily reading through the chemical properties of benzyl ether and diphenyl ether on Sigma Aldrich’s website, and for the first time I noticed a line called “organoleptic: almond; chocolate; spicy; fruity; sweet” and “organoleptic:...

  • Feeding on the Fall

    Feeding on the Fall

    By Isabel Alter Jenna Judge, a Department of Integrative Biology graduate student in David Lindberg’s lab, studies a very specific world created by good timing and evolutionary quirks. When wood falls to the bottom of the ocean it creates an environment...

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