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Mysteries of the Dark Cosmos: Unlocking The Secrets of Dark Matter and Dark Energy

By Mikayla Kauinana & Archit Tiwari Modern physics has transformed the world and the lives of the people in it. Its applications can range from microwave ovens, smoke detectors, and GPS to nuclear power, synthetic elements, and quantum mechanics. The speed of such advancements and our knowledge of classical physics has led some to suggest that we might be reaching […]

Studying the Brain in 3-D

-Featured Image By Ryan Hoffman Imagine growing brain tissue and watching it organize autonomously into a mature, three-dimensional mini-brain. What does that look like to you? If you’re imagining a tiny brain floating in a jar, that is creative, but not spot-on. If you’re imagining a complex ball of cells, that is more accurate. The term “mini brain” can be […]

Petrology: Rocks Origin Stories

By Simone Wright Rocks are cool. They’re like small time capsules that describe the Earth’s history. The variety of characteristics impies a natural process unique to that rock; like a game of mystery to describe the events leading up to them. Geologists study rocks not only to understand/model Earth processes, but to access fundamental knowledge about the universe around us. […]

(W)hooo Lives in the Box?

Owls come in many shapes and sizes as there are over 250 species around the world, living in different habitats like agricultural fields or thick forests. Most live in natural habitats like trees or caves, but some rest in human-made places like owl boxes or barns.

Fingerprinting: A Word of Precaution

Fingerprints are like social security numbers—they hold the key to your identity. No two fingerprints are alike, and biometric scanners can even differentiate twins, no matter how similar they are. Biometrics not only reinforce security but also establish accessible and reliable records of employees’ work hours. Such technology eliminates fraudulent input of hours. Biometrics are also used in air travel. […]

Time to Simone Wright: How to Become Instagram Famous

Any good artist knows that in order to have a beautiful picture you must have the right medium to translate it properly. When painting an ocean you don’t want to use the same shade of blue, so you add variety of colors to represent shadows and highlights. The same concept applies to photography, except time and light are your shadows […]

Time to Astrid Anker

Time is found, lost, given, spent. Together with space it can bend. Time is a fickle friend. In physics class we are told that time is relative: it ticks by slower or faster, depending on the motion of the object and the frame of reference. Sometimes we forget to apply that to our own human experience. It’s a lot for […]

“When Art Meets Science,” a Tea Talk Review

Author: Kat Feng Tea Talk Tuesday is a platform for graduate students at UCSC to come together and listen to each other speak about their research in STEM and related fields. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. More and more, another term has been on the rise: STEAM. That is STEM plus Art. At Scientific Slug, we have […]

Rose Synthesis

A rose unfolds, unravels and blooms Days and nights waltz quickly, a shuffling one, two Past the artist child’s eyes They glow- In rivers of golds and bursts of green the eyes of the little one grow With fascination the rose unfolds to reveal everything- Everything that we are – in it beauty In it jealousy and greed The thoughts […]

Tea Talk Tuesday: Collaborating with the Universe

Recently, TEDxSantaCruz took place. I didn’t get to go, but I loved the theme: Radical Collaboration. It made me think of those videos that feature unlikely friendships between, say, a tiger and a monkey. But really, it was about innovative approaches to problems and ideas across disciplines and boundaries. This Tea Talk featured the wonder that arises when music meets […]