• Converging and diverging views in Pew Research Poll on science and society

    Converging and diverging views in Pew Research Poll on science and society

    Image credit – Wikimedia – public domain A report published last week by New Pew Research Center polled both the general public and scientists’ views on science and society. Although the public generally appreciates and regards science highly, when it comes to actual scientific topics, such as climate change and GMOs, views diverge. Pew surveyed […]

  • Choking under pressure: overthinking or misthinking?

    Choking under pressure: overthinking or misthinking?

    Image credit –  Allan Ajifo A baseball player steps up to the plate. It’s the bottom of the ninth inning, with the bases loaded. The pressure is on. One, two, and finally three pitches go by: he chokes. He’s not alone in his pain. Choking under pressure is a phenomenon as universal as it is […]

  • Science Fiction Writers on Writing Science

    Science Fiction Writers on Writing Science

    I read Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton recently, and as someone who had never seen the movie, I was pleasantly surprised by the plausibility of the science he used to reconstruct his dinosaurs. The genetic engineering was reasonably accurate, and the dinosaur behavior was consistent with the current models. For those of you who have […]

  • Women in Science: Bay Area Machine Learning Extravaganza

    Women in Science: Bay Area Machine Learning Extravaganza

    The UC Berkeley graduate student run group Bay Area Women in Machine Learning and Data Science will be hosting their first meeting next Wednesday, January 28th at 5:30 PM in 560 Evans Hall.  For more information, see this meetup posting or the group page. Speakers include Dr. Laura Waller, a UC Berkeley assistant professor in […]

  • In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind

    In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind

    Image: Zebrafish embryo, 27.5 hours post-fertilization. Ho-Wen Chen. The evolution of vision was one of the most effective advances in the evolution of animal life: the vast majority of animals have eyes, and many animals, humans included, have made vision their go-to sense for perceiving the world. But light perception doesn’t always depend on eyes (think […]

  • 2014 Year in Review

    2014 Year in Review

    The International year of crystallography has seen many innovations and exciting scientific advancements.  Science has announced Rosetta’s Philae to be the breakthrough of the year. While we leave it to the big-wigs to round up the most exciting research across the globe in 2014, here is a smattering of some of the great science that […]

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