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When Science Communication Fails

-Featured Image By Gabrielle Cox Flashback to late March 2020. An overwhelming majority of businesses and schools are closing their doors because of a new virus spreading across the globe. Many are confused, scared, and panicking as toilet paper and masks are selling out. Where does everyone look for answers? Most turned to their phones and televisions as a way […]

Maladaptive Daydreaming

– Featured Image By Melody Trujillo Daydreaming is one of the few intangible luxuries we humans possess that uniquely grants us the ability to temporarily live in an alternate reality. You may imagine yourself in a movie, kicking a villain’s butt, living life wildly on Mars, headlining at a sold-out concert, or even reimagining the killer remark you should have […]

The World of Jurassic Flora

If you have ever seen the movie The Land Before Time, you are probably familiar with the scene where a young brontosaurus named Littlefoot stumbles upon a leaf referred to as a “tree star”. It most closely resembles the foliage of a sycamore tree, which personally rubs me the wrong way, and I’ll tell you why: sycamores are angiosperms, meaning […]

Can Science Be Anti-Colonial?

Scientists are trained to think in very specific ways, to focus on the individual by disconnecting our subject from the complex factors that affect it. We do this in an effort to make it easier to understand our discoveries and avoid bias. This method has brought us a wealth of knowledge about our world: helping to cure and prevent disease, develop technologies that connect us in meaningful ways, and identify and help to solve our problems. But, too often, it is seen as the only or best way of knowing. I argue that is not the case.

The Virtues of Volcanoes

– Featured Image By Mikayla Kauinana You may have heard about the numerous volcanic eruptions happening through the Spring of 2021, but did you know there were 45 active volcanoes as of March 12th?1 This fact may freak you out because we tend to only focus on the destructive power of volcanoes that impacts people, crops, and communities. However, objectively, […]

Drowning in Waste By 2020?

– Featured Image By Emily May Growing global waste management issues, increasing climate change pressures, and missing our UC-Wide Zero Waste by 2020 goals inspires IDEASS Lab team, Myceliall Solutions, to take matters into their own hands.  It’s Fall of 2021 and after a whirlwind year, you’ve finally made it back onto campus. You’re rushing over to a café to […]

COVID-19 and the Environment

– Featured Image By Emma Houle Since the Coronavirus pandemic shut down the world, our environment has faced many changes such as increased pollution from surgical masks and decreased air pollution from stay-at-home orders. The following article lists some of the shocking environmental statistics that illustrate what has come from the COVID-19 pandemic. Dolphins returned to the Bay of Bengal […]

E. coli: Full of Crap?

What comes to mind when you hear about E. coli? Most likely, you associate E. coli with food poisoning or a bad meal. Maybe a trip to Chipotle took a wrong turn. Indeed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that ~75,000 people become ill each year in the U.S. from the particular strain called E. coli O157:H7.1 However, […]

Napping: A Quick Recharge

Hey you! Yeah you, a college student. Have you ever dozed off during a mid-afternoon lecture, or just struggled to maintain your focus and overall energy throughout the day? Chances are that you have; I have too. In fact, it’s quite common to get tired in the afternoon. Many of your peers work around this, as you may notice, by […]

Sex in Space?

Space has been a fantasy I have recently been exploring. I love space-themed movies and TV shows; they provide a detailed feeling of extraterrestrial life outside the one we’ve known. Aesthetically, space can be a beautiful setting or an amazing plot point to a movie, like it is in Guardians of the Galaxy. Stories that are accompanied by the mysteries […]