• Issue 28 has arrived!

    Issue 28 has arrived!

    Hey blog readers—it is with great excitement that we announce the latest edition of the Berkeley Science Review. As always, this encompasses hundreds of hours of work put forward by a spectacular team of graduate student scientists. Whether it be creating designs for our articles, organizing the editing and quality assurance, brainstorming new ideas, or writing […]

  • All Natural

    All Natural

    Title image courtesy of joeymanley, CCASA2.0 License People, especially in Berkeley and in some other enclaves of California, are really into the whole “natural” thing, whether it be food ingredients or medicine, and are wary of “synthetic” chemicals. So today, I decided to highlight some of my favorite natural chemicals. I hope you enjoy them […]

  • Liquid salt, solid science

    Liquid salt, solid science

    Title image courtesy Cantons-de-l’Est, CCASA 3.0 License Ionic bond image courtesy Rhannosh, CCASA 3.0 License   Everyone knows what table salt – or sodium chloride – looks like at room temperature. Pick up a saltshaker, and you’ll see a white, crystalline solid. Amazingly, this solid does not melt until 800°C, a testament to the incredibly […]

  • We’re still in this together

    We’re still in this together

    Image via Trisweb, Creative Commons License. Last April, This is Your Mind on Grad School, by Sebastien Lounis and Denia Djokic, garnered more views—by two orders of magnitude–than anything we’ve ever covered. The piece broke not only our record for page views, but also, temporarily, our website. Through interviews and survey data, Lounis and Djokic […]

  • Disability no barrier to science

    Disability no barrier to science

    All images courtesy of Digital Media Specialist Matthew Chilbert During the event, the keynote and panel discussion were streamed live for those who were unable to make it. Video is below.     When Josh Miele was growing up, he wanted to be a physicist. But a family friend said, “He can’t be a physicist […]

  • Walking the talk: taking ethics seriously in science

    Walking the talk: taking ethics seriously in science

    “What would you say is the most important thing you’ve gained from this ethics course?” the assistant chemistry professor asked her mixed audience of chemistry, bioengineering, molecular biology, and neuroscience graduate students. “It’s a bit scary how much we rely on an honor system in order to root out scientific fraud,” I recall saying, three years ago. […]

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