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Get involved with the BSR: Fall 2013 article pitches and staff openings

TypeWriter_2_by_violetta_louisa1. Call For Pitches: Write an article for Issue 25!

Seasoned and aspiring science writers and bloggers alike: we want to hear your ideas! Submit pitches for the Fall 2013 Issue by Friday, June 7th. 

Guidelines for submitting a pitch can be found here and, in case you’re looking for inspiration, our editorial staff maintains a list of story ideas just for you.

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Editors work directly with authors to sculpt the content for each issue from the first draft to its polished final form. Please briefly outline your experience and include a non-technical writing sample with your email.

Join our award-winning layout team and learn to build compelling visuals to enhance science stories. Experience with graphic design, Adobe InDesign, or Javascript is helpful but not required.

To join our fun and diverse team, email to express your interest.

Announcing Issue 24 – Tons of new content in a brand new format

We’re very excited to bring you the Spring 2013 edition of the BSR in a new and improved digital format. Click “Read the BSR” in the menu above to start exploring. We hope that new features, like a standard format across current and past issues (back to Issue 21) and a sidebar for browsing the current issue within each article page, will make your experience as a reader more seamless. Please tell us what you think about the new look and the content of any of the articles. Leave a comment, email or post on our facebook page. And if you’re a luddite, or just enjoy holding an old fashioned paper magazine in your hands like I do, you can pick up a print copy of Issue 24 on campus starting May 6th (look for our bright yellow distribution boxes!).

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Now that the fall semester is over, we can look back and take stock of the incredible science and the outstanding science journalism in our newest Berkeley Science Review, Issue 23. If you haven’t browsed through yet, there is a treasure trove of new articles waiting for you. Editor in Chief, Sebastien Lounis, has a quick rundown here on all that this issue has to offer.

Once you’re done reading, we would love your feedback. The author of the most-loved feature article will win $150. And the prizes available to a few lucky readers include:

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It’s a turkey vulture, it’s a plane, no … it’s a California condor!

I really want to see a California condor.

When I learned that there were 19 released—and commonly sighted—California condors in the Sierra de San Pedro Martir National Park in Baja California, where I would be traveling over break, I decided to brush up on my bird identification skills to avoid excitedly mistaking every turkey vulture for a condor. According to a recent article in KPBS in San Diego, four California condors were just transferred from the San Diego Zoo’s captive breeding program to the park for acclimation and quarantine; they are scheduled to be released in April. In the end, I had no confirmed sightings of a California condor, but I did learn more about them and the near ubiquitous turkey vulture.

The first give away of a California condor is its sheer size. Weighing in at a whopping 25+ lbs, the California condor commands the skies with a wing span of nearly 10 feet from tip to tip, the largest of any bird in North America.