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Science Countdown: 6 More Days

Hi there Sci Slugs! The countdown continues with another interesting fact to get your day going and to keep you pumped for the magazine release on May 4th. Catsharks emit a green bio-fluorescence that can only be seen through shark vision.  At depth, it is important for members of the same species to be able to locate each other despite […]

Spring 2016 Issue on the Way!

Ahoy Sci Sluggers! To celebrate our upcoming issue we are doing a countdown of cool science facts. The new issue will be released on Wednesday, May 4, so keep an eye out for them around UCSC. Starting off the countdown is a fact about the bones that make up your body. A fully grown adult body has around 206 bones. […]

Tea Talk Tuesday: The Search for Dark Matter

When pondering the universe, we can think of it as an iceberg floating in the ocean. All that we can see – the planets, the stars, the galaxies – is within the tip. Roughly one-tenth of the volume of an iceberg is above the water. Similarly, what we can “see” of the universe makes up only around 15% of the […]

We’ll be back soon.

This weekend, the Student Media Press Center was taken over by a bunch of scientific slugs busy with magazine production. But don’t worry, we are going to be back with a brand new Spring issue in a couple weeks. Until then, ahoy! The Editors

Farewell

Once, loneliness led to revelry and camaraderie: falling down stairs and sleeping in a heap. I’d wake up like a groggy beast of burden resigned to drop my shoulder into the harness one more day. Now I watch Faraday shock toads with magnets drawn over copper wires on the page, and I wonder endlessly how a rim of infinite parallelepipeds […]

Radiation resistance?

As I write my genetics lab report while listening to Imagine Dragon’s Radioactive for perhaps the 88th time on the radio, I contemplate whether people can really be radioactive. Wikipedia tells me yes– we earthlings indeed radiate some gamma rays thanks to a miniscule amount of naturally present Potassium-40 in our bodies. Some of this we get from bananas. But […]

Illustrating science

Some of the products of the merging of the left brain and the right brain in a summer UCSC Science Illustration course with a graduate from the Science Illustration Certificate Program at California State University at Monterey Bay, Lucy Conklin – A somewhat artistic interpretation of science, one by which you force yourself to look close enough at the seemingly […]

Farewell to abalone

In lieu of Valentine’s Day, it is appropriate to discuss a matter that captures the essence of love–the spawning of abalone in southern California. Their super hard shells… that super soft interior…. mmmm don’t even get me started on that sexy foot! What is more romantic than a gastropod? Although undeniable sexy creatures of the sea, abalone are endangered. Gasp! […]