Category: Fall 2023

  • Could newly uncovered DNA-elements be key in fighting climate change?

    Could newly uncovered DNA-elements be key in fighting climate change?

    Assimilating genetic information from their hosts, Borgs are here to (potentially) act as our saviors! No, unfortunately, you didn’t just stumble into a really good Star Trek fanfiction.scientists speculate that these Borgs — large, linear sequences of DNA originating in some archaea — may be significant in addressing a global issue: climate change.

  • Captured: How Technology Changes Filmmaking

    Captured: How Technology Changes Filmmaking

    We go to the movies to exist outside of our everyday lives and enjoy ourselves. This is the value of a film we seem to inherently accept. But why is that? How does movie magic work, and how does new film technology add or take away from the marvels of cinema?

  • Mussel-Inspired Science: Sealing the Future of Fetal Surgery

    Mussel-Inspired Science: Sealing the Future of Fetal Surgery

    In the world of medical science, the most innovative ideas often come from the most unexpected sources. From research by UC Berkeley Professor of Bioengineering Dr. Phillip Messersmith, a look into the adhesive properties of mussels provides hope to create a bio-inspired ‘glue’ that can seal delicate fetal membranes post surgery.

  • Never Trust a Physicist

    “The Cataclysm Sentence,” by Richard Feynman: “if, in some cataclysm, all of scientific knowledge were to be destroyed, and only one sentence was passed on to the next generation of creatures, what statement would contain the most information in the fewest words?” Feynman forces readers to evaluate: what can we define as “essential” knowledge?

  • Living Machines of Tomorrow

    Living Machines of Tomorrow

    Artificial intelligence and advanced biomedical research now have the capability to produce remarkable innovations in science. Looking into the realm of nanotechnology, scientists have pioneered a novel generation of artificial living cells. Created not by nature, but by machine. Introducing; Xenobots.

  • Inconceivably Real, Infinitely Dear

    Inconceivably Real, Infinitely Dear

    Emotion is often regarded as an inborn ability among human beings, universal in both their expression and perception. However, a significant amount of human emotion is shaped by our social and cultural upbringing. How can it be that people from different cultures express emotion in such similar ways when humans differ widely in emotional experience?