• Snap, crackle, pop, whoosh!

    Snap, crackle, pop, whoosh!

    (Brainsplosions not drawn to scale)   Ah, aging. Just when you think you’ve got your life together, your body starts falling apart. Thanks to WebMD, you can now diagnose yourself with almost anything if you play fast and loose enough with your...

  • Expressing Science Through Art

    Expressing Science Through Art

    Cover image credit: Kate Nichols. Through the Looking Glass 1. Silver nanoparticles on glass. 24 x 45 inches, 2011. Photo credit: Donald Felton.​ When I look back to the past, it always seems to be a simpler time. Luminaries such as Leonardo Da Vinci...

  • How fit is that Fitbit?

    How fit is that Fitbit?

    Technology used to be something external, we traveled to the office to use it – you sat  at your computer. Then technology became something we carried around – our cellphones, our laptops. Wearable tech used to be something of sci-fi and comic books...

  • Choice articles from the arXiv

    Choice articles from the arXiv

    The open access movement has gotten a fair amount of attention in recent years due to everyone realizing how much of a cartel the traditional publication model actually is.  This uproar actually recently resulted in the government making it such that...

  • Particle Fever: a must-see hit

    Particle Fever: a must-see hit

    Two weeks ago, the Physics Department hosted a viewing of the critically acclaimed documentary, Particle Fever. This viewing was followed by a lively discussion with the director and producer, Mark Levinson (UC Berkeley Ph.D. ’83), as well as Walter...

  • Coding is climbing

    Coding is climbing

    These days coding is all the rage. With phrases like “data science”, “big data”, and “machine learning” being thrown around with the promise of solving all the worlds problems and, gasp, actually getting you a job, I’m often asked by people...

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