• 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...

  • You’re a bird: Does your personality depend on when you hatch?

    You’re a bird: Does your personality depend on when you hatch?

    Sibling competition can be found throughout the animal kingdom — not just in humans. An animal may share half of their genetic material with their siblings, but they still compete for the same limited resources, especially parental care and food....

  • How Toxic is Mercury?

    How Toxic is Mercury?

    In the words of George Orwell, “All kinds of mercury are toxic, but some kinds of mercury are more toxic than others.” Or something like that, anyway. As Chemical Safety Officer for my lab, I have to deal with some pretty nasty chemicals from time...

  • 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...

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