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In this issue: MOFiosos

How you think about metal-organic frameworks, better known as MOFs, all depends on your perspective. A MOF’s capacity for carbon capture is governed both by what’s there—a beautiful chemical architecture—and what’s not—a wide-open network of CO2-sized pores. In “MOFiosos,” Zoey Herm explores the complex human dynamics behind this complex material. From basic science to applied technology, experimental to computational, thinking fast to thinking slow, every MOF researcher at UC Berkeley seems to have a different approach to the same collaborative projects. What’s your perspective?

The latest issue of the Berkeley Science Review is out now! Each week, we’ll publish a preview of the fantastic articles, like this piece edited by Anna Schneider, that you can find in this issue.

Omar Yaghi’s scientific empire, and the growing trend of satellite labs

If you’re interested in the future of how science is done, both in America and worldwide, then you must read this article from the September 28 issue of Science (subscription required): “Satellite Labs Extend Science.”

I’ll give you a short version of the story: big name scientists at American universities want more funding for their ideas and more manpower than their current positions can provide. Institutions in “emerging nations” want talent and direction to improve their research programs. The result is a satellite lab, which operates under advisement from the long-distance faculty member, while the host country supplies the funding. The PI sets the research agenda and visits occasionally. There is usually a native surrogate on the ground in the satellite lab to run things from day to day.

The idea of global scientific cooperation is certainly not new. Research groups often collaborate across national boundaries, and universities partner with institutions around the globe to share faculty and students. However, this new model is neither a collaboration nor a partnership. If research groups were countries, we would call it colonialization. If they were restaurants, it would be like opening a new franchise.