• Stackexchange pro clicks

    Stackexchange pro clicks

    There’s this joke involving an engineer, a physicist, and a mathematician trying to solve a problem–it’s sort of overtold–and the punch line is something like engineers are practical, physicists are lazy, and/or mathematicians...

  • Grey Goo: Not an end for Me or You

    Grey Goo: Not an end for Me or You

    Misconceptions are common. Everyone has preconceived notions of what people are like; words like “jock”, “nerd”, “cheerleader” will bring certain stereotypes to mind. The same goes for professions— “doctor” and “politician” probably...

  • From Clever Hans to the modern day

    From Clever Hans to the modern day

    In the early 1900s, scientific and public attention to animal cognition and intelligence was focused on the performance of one animal, Clever Hans the horse. His owner, a mathematics teacher, claimed that Hans could perform addition, subtraction, multiplication...

  • Reproducible and collaborative: Teaching the data science life

    Reproducible and collaborative: Teaching the data science life

    Feature image above courtesy Natalia Bilenko, Data source: PubMed The Spring 2014 issue of the BSR made a splash with Anum Azam’s feature piece, ‘The First Rule of Data Science.’ For many PhD students in the sciences, grim job prospects in academia...

  • Bacteria in your frosted (snow) flakes!

    Bacteria in your frosted (snow) flakes!

    If you’re from the Northeast or the Midwest (like I am) then you probably know that children enjoy playing in the snow. Snowball fights, snow angels, snow forts, and catching snowflakes on their tongues, children revel in the soft, downy, cold crystals....

  • 5 Things I wish I knew about Berkeley at least 2 years ago (instead of just 1)

    5 Things I wish I knew about Berkeley at least 2 years ago (instead of just 1)

    UC Berkeley is a huge melting pot of interesting people, groups, communities, assemblies, departments, services…the list could continue ad nauseum. We’ve seen the impressive interplay of collaborations between these departments put together by...

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