• Can you teach an old turtle new tricks?

    Can you teach an old turtle new tricks?

    Turtles are stereotyped as moving so slowly that you might not think about the fact that turtles can move quite quickly, especially when they have somewhere to go! The painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) is one of the most common turtle species native to the United States. These reptiles primarily hang out in fresh-water ponds and eat […]

  • Catch the brainwave: Cognitive Technologies at the Exploratorium

    Catch the brainwave: Cognitive Technologies at the Exploratorium

    All images courtesy of Anja Ulfeldt Getting his ticket to the Exploratorium on the opening night of the new exhibit Cognitive Technologies, Berkeley neuroscientist Jack Gallant was asked if he thought it would work. “It better work,” he said. “It’ll be amazing if it works.”   Gallant’s actual words were, characteristically, a smidge more colorful. […]

  • 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 […]

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